“Mormon Women Stand is not an official page of the Church. However, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we strive to follow the counsel provided in the new Handbook 2: Administering the Church, which addresses social media use: “Members are encouraged to use the Internet to flood the earth with testimonies of the Savior and His restored gospel. They should view blogs, social networks, and other Internet technologies as tools that allow them to amplify their voice in promoting the messages of peace, hope, and joy that accompany faith in Christ.” (Handbook 2, 21.1.22).” Mormon Women Stand Mission Statement
In D&C 81:88 it says, “Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.”
There are few things in life that bring as much joy as the joy that comes from assisting another improve his or her life. That joy is increased when those efforts help someone understand the teachings of the Savior and that person decides to obey them… I know many more would follow that charge were they to realize that there are many different ways to fulfill that responsibility. Continue reading →
Today, we say goodbye to our sister in Christ, Terrie Lynn Bittner, who lost her battle with brain cancer and has returned home to be with her Heavenly Parents. She was the beloved Chief Editor for Mormon Women Stand since its inception and the technical brains behind the launch of this website enabling us to get up and running. Through her strong testimony of Jesus Christ and incredible writing and editing skills, Terrie’s influence has been a strong guiding force to what we have accomplished as a team in a little over one year. Presently, Mormon Women Stand is fast approaching 35,000 “Likes” on our Facebook page. This is only a facet of her online influence within the LDS community, and one I know she loved very much.
I’ve known Terrie since 2008 when we connected online through writing about Mormonism. She was always encouraging of my desire and passion to share our faith with others. When I determined to gather and launch Mormon Women Stand, she was the very first person I approached for counsel with an invitation to join me.
When finding out her condition was terminal, only recently, she gave up everything except her association with MWS. Her remaining days were spent focusing on her family and leaving a legacy by writing personal thoughts, which will strengthen her posterity for generations to come.
Terrie also leaves behind a legacy of empowering faithful LDS voices (particularly women) to stand for Jesus Christ. Terrie is a true disciple of Jesus Christ; a covenant woman. Terrie will forever be remembered for her stalwart understanding of the doctrine of Christ and her gift of teaching it to many of all ages.
On behalf of our entire team, you will be greatly missed, Terrie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of your family. We love you and will eternally be grateful for your loving influence and the Christlike example you brought to every facet of your life. We are all better for having known you. You will forever hold a very special place in our Mormon Women Stand family.
God bless and keep you until we meet again.
Kathryn Skaggs MWS Founder
In loving memory, some of our admins here at MWS would like to share some very personal and tender thoughts about Terrie:
Terrie Lynn Bittner is the Senior Editor of the Mormon Women Stand blog. She is a technical guru who made this website possible. Terrie is an intelligent, published author with many accomplishments under her belt. She loves children, and many of us couldn’t wait every Sunday for her weekly Facebook post about her Primary class. More importantly, she is our good friend, mentor, and confident. Terrie has a strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. You can read her conversion story here. She is steadfast and immovable.
Very suddenly, Terrie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and is preparing to go home to her Heavenly Father. The time that she has left here in mortality, she is not wasting. On the contrary, she is showing the rest of us how to live with faith and courage. She is teaching us how to love life, love our Heavenly Father, and endure to the end.
The first article Terrie has written since brain surgery was just published on LDSBlogs, and we would like to share it here. We share it as a testimony of not only her strength, but the strength of all of us as women. We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, and together we can do anything–even write articles after brain surgery. Terrie, we are cheering you on. You are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. We love you!
The MWS Team
Click here for Terrie’s first article post-surgery.
We still can’t believe that it’s been a year since we launched the Mormon Women Stand Facebook page — and even shorter since we launched the website and blog! During that time, our contributors’ have been writing on a regular basis to keep you informed and to sound off on topics, issues and concerns that we believe are relevant to the MWS community — and most important, in keeping with our Mission Statement:
“Mormon Women Stand is a collaborative online effort to join like-minded female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who share a desire to make a public stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ and support The Family: A Proclamation to the World. We believe standing together reflects the divine nature and power with which LDS women are endowed to influence others for good. We unequivocally sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—commissioned by God and sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators—and support how the Lord has delegated priesthood authority to organize and administer the gospel among all of His children.”
The best way for us to measure how well we are connecting with you, is in how many page views a particular blog post or Topics article receives. Based on that information, here’s a look at the top ten articles published during our inaugural year. It’s clear that you care about LDS women’s issues, what is going on in the world, words of living prophets, and how these things affect the family and personal faith. Continue reading →
Mormon Women Stand is celebrating our one-year anniversary! This has been a unique challenge and experience for each of us, and we have grown from our association with Mormon Women Stand. Our team has a few thoughts about what this last year has meant to us, and we share those thoughts with you below:
Mormon women are “standing together with the other millions of sisters and brothers, going forth boldly, doing what disciples do — serving and loving their Savior.”
As a special witness of Christ at the Vatican, President Henry B. Eyring provided the pattern of God’s marriage by solemnly declaring that:
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
“The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
… By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
These words are prophetic, and they went throughout the entire world today from a prophet, seer, and revelator. He boldly testified of the doctrine of the family not only at the Vatican, but to the world and made an international call to stand up and defend marriage between a man and a woman when he said: Continue reading →
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in an era of unprecedented social media, we have the opportunity to testify of the things in which we believe and hold close to our hearts. As such, one of our fundamental beliefs is that Joesph Smith was a prophet of God who was foreordained to bring forth The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. He was the instrument by which the fullness of the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ were restored to the earth. We are blessed to be able to testify of these truths. As stated in the popular LDS hymn “Praise to the Man“, we, too, can testify about the “man who communed with Jehovah”, recognizing that “Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer” who was “blessed to open the last dispensation”.
We’re all familiar with his prophetic words: “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).
Tens of millions have known—and will yet know—about the prophet Joseph Smith. While the persecutions may combine, we will still stand. Continue reading →
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”“Does it hurt,” asked the Rabbit?“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?” “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” (Margery Williams “The Velveteen Rabbit”, illustrated by Turi MacCombie.)
I am a member of the Mormon Women Stand Admin team. I live far away, geographically from the others, yet we are close to each other when it comes to our hearts, and a desire to Stand for the gospel truths, as well as for the teaching of the Prophets. In these matters we stand united. While our intended destination is the same, we have had varied life journeys, but we are all becoming real. This is mine . . . With a combination of counseling, medication, and acceptance, I righted the capsized vessel that was my life. Continue reading →
We’re coming into one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is it autumn, but it’s also one of the best seasons in the LDS community. It’s General Conference season. We’ll hear inspiring messages from a member of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and members of the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. But this year, instead of just watching the General Conference, I’d like to take it a step further. Continue reading →
If you are a regular reader of Mormon Women Stand blog posts, or read the comments posted over on our Facebook page, you have received bits and pieces of my personal story. The administrators of Mormon Women Stand are real people. We are all very different in our upbringing, and each of us has traveled a different path to reach the place we are now. We are all struggling, just as everyone else, to keep our lives on track and to hold onto the iron rod. We don’t all live in the same state, nor even the same country. We are as diverse in our opinions as we are in our ethnicity.
Sometimes I think the admins of Mormon Women Stand are perceived as a bit stuffy and old fashioned, which is laughable to me because we are anything but that. If you could only witness the lively online conversations amongst us, you would get a much better feel for our personalities. We are as different as night and day, yet we come together as sisters in Zion to do one thing that we all consider important: Stand for truth and righteousness. We are one in purpose. We may not always see eye to eye on everything, but we come together in purpose.
Maybe it would be worthwhile for our readers to get to know us better, so it is with that in mind that I write this post. This is my personal story.