Happy first anniversary! Since the day we launched, which was one year ago today, I have loved the sisters of Mormon Women Stand for everything we, together, represent in this incredible gathering of like-minded LDS women online—now over 33,000 strong and growing! We love the Lord and His work, and desire with all of our hearts to magnify the sacred covenants we have made—especially in a world rapidly rejecting moral absolutes.
The admins of MWS lead out in this effort, collectively, by identifying and expressing bold thoughts using social media to show what we believe it looks like to stand as covenant women of Christ. It has been a truly amazing year. Not without challenges, concerns and criticism, mind you—but should we have expected anything less? We stand with the Lord’s prophets on issues, doctrines, and policies 100 percent in keeping with current revelation. It’s a thing not so popular these days, and often difficult even for some Church members. In fact, it’s precisely because of the increasing difficulty of standing alone that Mormon Women Stand came to be.
As founder, I am often asked if Mormon Women Stand was launched in direct response to a specific social issue, advocacy group, or individual opposed to the Church. My response is that because we faithfully stand for Jesus Christ and everything we believe that entails, MWS is inherently opposed to all philosophies, causes, and organizations that advocate contrary. From our perspective, it’s that clear.
However, Mormon Women Stand’s purpose is not to be against anyone, but rather to stand with Jesus Christ. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all agree on what that means? I believe the only way that will ultimately happen is if we all choose to follow the living prophet of God and set our own agendas aside. That will be Zion.
Mormon Women Stand began as a Facebook page that rapidly gained attention because of its initial growth. The brief description about us included on the page (which is now part of our mission statement) is intentionally very specific and resonated with many sisters. That brought about an unprecedented online gathering.
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 in support of ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World.’ We believe standing together will reflect the divine nature and power that LDS women are endowed with 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. We support how the Lord has delegated priesthood authority to organize and administer the gospel among all of His children.
Shortly thereafter, Deseret News noticed the page and requested interviews. Sisters, we are making history!
At that time, I had not disclosed myself as the founder of Mormon Women Stand because of widespread attention I had recently received for a post on my personal blog that caused much controversy. I didn’t want those who disagreed with that post to use it to undermine this great effort (although it has been attempted multiple times).
Since that early exposure, we have steadily grown by word of mouth and through the sharing of our wonderful admins’ original content. We thank you, with all of our hearts, for your support and encouragement!
Speaking of the Mormon Women Stand Team… I can’t begin to tell you what choice sisters these women are. They dedicate their lives to living the gospel of Jesus Christ daily. I love them dearly. I am inspired and strengthened by them every day as we work to learn together what the Lord needs of this effort. These are true women of covenant, and it is a privilege to have their association in this endeavor.
As I’ve reflected on this past year, I am humbled to know that God is with us. I truly believe that! I have felt impressed numerous times that what we are doing here is part of His great plan and that the women of the Church will have influence in the world that will change the course of history.
The family is under attack daily. Marriage between a man and a woman, as God ordained, is being socially deconstructed in courts of law everywhere. The ability to speak out on these types of issues in public (and even among our own) is being challenged at every turn. Religious freedom is at risk. For these reasons and many others, it has become imperative for us to unite as valiant women of covenant to make a stand if we are to do the work we were sent here to do!
As we gain strength from each other as sisters of the Relief Society outside of our church buildings, we are using technology (what I consider the Lord’s Power Tool) to go about doing much good of our own free will. We will make a difference within our own spheres of influence as we take this strength and do more within our homes, our communities, and our church.
Thank you for standing with us. We pray that you will continue to help us gather more sisters in need of a safe space online by sharing what we are doing here. Together, we can strengthen one another as we faithfully seek inspiration from Heavenly Father. We can live the gospel of Jesus Christ with greater devotion by using our time and talents to do His work.
Founder, Mormon Women Stand
You might also enjoy listening to this podcast, where my dear friend and Co-Founder, Angela Fallentine, and I were interviewed by FairMormon. It’s a great way to get to know us better and to hear the passion we both share for the work of Mormon Women Stand.
Mormon Women Stand frequently receives notes and comments that encourage our entire team to keep standing, which we cherish. Here are a few that have truly touched our hearts:
“Thank you so much of creating this Facebook page! I am so overcome lately with women who proclaim to be covenant keeping members of the church but oppose and protest the prophet. It’s very disheartening to witness. So thank you to standing up and defending our prophet as well as the proclamation to the family.”
“I learned about your page from the Deseret News, and I love it! It’s good to have a place to go where other women are proud to live by gospel standards and support church leaders without reservation.”
“All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU for giving me a place I can stand up for the prophet and for our doctrine with others!”
“Thank you for those who have had the moral courage to set up this page and as a result, inspire women all over the world. God bless you and thank you.”
“So many of [the] posts from pages like this have lifted my spirits and have been missionary tools for my non member family and friends. I am thrilled at the boldness [of] the statements made. It is time for us to ” lead the women of the world” in humility and righteousness.”
“Thank You . . . for creating a place where we can be heard. I was feeling like one of the silent majority . . . shaking my head at the headlines that report the rebellion of the few.”
“This site looks like a beautiful oasis in the vast desert of worldly distractions. . . .I sense no “holier than thou” attitudes here, as one person has claimed; but rather a comfortable resting place where my faith will not be challenged. Those who have issues with the Church’s teachings can find many negative sites to voice their complaints on. Those of us who have strong testimonies of the Lord’s church and teachings do not benefit from hearing the constant roar of those who think it should be changed to suit their personal agendas. I ask questions about the gospel all the time, because that’s the only way I can learn, but there is a difference between asking to learn and asking to stir up trouble. I accept the answers the church leaders provide us, even if I don’t fully understand them. I would never want to argue with a representative of Christ. To me that would be taking the devil’s side, since that is what he does constantly.”
“Thank you very much for striving to show how blessed we are because of the women in this church. I have no doubt that this will present wonderful missionary opportunities that will plant seeds into the hearts of those who seek whether they realize it or not. Even if one person is eventually baptized because of your efforts that’s still greatly worth it. Thank you for doing this and please keep it up!”
“Hi Sisters, I LOVE and fully support this group and thank you for creating it! It is a beautiful place to visit for uplifting, TRUE messages! I am STANDING with you- With the prophets and with My Savior, and I wouldn’t be found standing anywhere else! “
“This FB page is truly a needful thing at this time.. I’m in the process of inviting all of my LDS friends to like it! Well done! And thanks again for all you are doing.. I know it is no easy task, but it is evident that the Lord is behind its cause~”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful articles and uplifting quotes and picture you post. I appreciate and admire your strength and grace in a world that is becoming ugly. Thank you for helping me stand strong in the gospel.”
“I so appreciate your group here on Facebook. I watched a talk on YouTube by Sherri Dew from the 2008 BYU Women’s Conference, “Awake, Arise, and Come Unto Christ.” This inspired message deals with the challenges we are facing right now even though it was given six years ago. Sister Dew specifically counsels us not to admire or follow celebrities, but instead to follow our prophet, and to be women of leadership that the world so sorely needs.”
“Thank you for taking a stand when so many do not! I have been so bothered by the loud minority of the ordain women group but feel strength in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so happy to “like” and follow Mormon Women Stand! Thank you so much!”
“Thank you for having a page that supports and uplifts women in the church! A page that recognizes the work they do and the important role women carry in the church all without being ordained priesthood holders! Thank you again”
“Thank you for this page I have wanted to make a positive stand for what I believe without being negative in any way.”
“This is wonderful. People who wanted to voice their complaints have always had a place to do that it seems. However, a place to voice our love and support of the Gospel is new and much needed.”
“THANK YOU for doing this!!! We needed a voice and the silent majority finally has one.”
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