Woman wears protest pants while praying at General Conference


The real news is that Sister Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, gave the closing prayer in the Saturday morning session of General Conference. I am pretty sure she was not wearing protest pants.

It should be noted that women have been praying at General Conference for a long time: they pray regularly at the Relief Society sessions of General Conference.

But the fact that a woman gave a prayer during General Conference weekend is a first and is noteworthy.

My personal feeling is that it is positive thing for women to pray during General Conference weekend. If this small change makes women feel more included then, I say “great.”

I am skeptical that it is more than a vocal minority of women and men who actually care about these types of things. I also feel that vocal activism for change within the Church is a dangerous road to head down. The purpose of our journey on this planet is to draw closer to God and become more like Him, and that means we show humility and meekness, rather than being prideful and strident. Feeling that you know better than modern-day prophets does not show humility but instead indicates pride. Remember, Satan felt he knew better than Heavenly Father.

But if people would like to celebrate this small step, no problem at all.

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Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

9 thoughts on “Woman wears protest pants while praying at General Conference

  1. I was waiting for lighning to come down and strike the members of the evil patriarchy, or the herald of golden trumpets, or strains of a heavenly cherubic choir, or *something*. There wasn’t even a small little earthquake or a tiny little pillar of fire. How undramatic.

  2. The entire session, including the prayer was great. Now, just as always regardless of who prays or speaks, let us act and be worthy of the blessings they petition the Lord in our behalf for.

  3. The humble child asks. Some submissive children knock and wait for the door to open. Some meek child seeks understanding and knowledge. I must also observe that some little children who trust the father or the father’s representative who they’re asking, whose door they are knocking at, who they are seeking to learn from persevere. And in the meanwhile they cry and demonstrate and carry on some. Sounds like a calling to the nursery might be in order.

  4. I agree that the entire session was great.

    What I think is particularly important, is that we point out, incessently, that the decision to have a woman pray in the General Sessions of GC was made before the agitators even started.

  5. It seems to me that if we truly believe that it is not the Prophet who leads the Church, nor the Council of the Twelve Apostles, nor the Seventy…..but the Lord Jesus Christ, under the direction of His Father….why would we not petition Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, to make the changes we want?

  6. I keep looking back at the vibrancy of the Church during the early days of the Restoration, and how many issues and concerns the members had then. Many of the revelations in the D&C came from these concerns, and as a result of the people “lobbying” for the change.

    I may not agree with every piece of various individuals agendas, but I’m convinced that as a people, we’ve become complacent. I’m glad to see people again actively engaged with what the Church is. I would like to see some new revelation come out of their concerns. After all, it is the same Church as it was in the time of Brother Joseph.

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