MWS First Year: Top Ten Articles

standing for jesus ChristWe 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.

Thank you, for standing with us and for your ongoing support and encouragement. Our pledge to you, is that we will continue to boldly stand to increase and amplify truth!

The Mormon Women Stand Team

1. Feeling Left out at Church? Try these Six Things ~ By Diane Robertson

left out of church“Have you ever felt left out at church, like you don’t fit into your ward, or that even as an adult, you are still not one of the “cool kids”? Have you felt like your ward does not need you and that maybe people in your ward feel like they would be better off without you there? If you have, you are not alone.”

 

 

2. When Doctrine Taught in Primary Becomes Controversial ~ by Kathryn Skaggs

doctrine taught in primary“I recently attended a daughter’s ward to see some of my grandchildren participate in the yearly Primary Children’s Sacrament meeting. This year’s theme is: Families Are Forever. I know I share the feelings of many when I say that I think this is the best Sacrament meeting of the year. There’s a very important reason for that (not just that the children are so darn cute!) This year, in light of what’s going on in the world in regard to the family and marriage, what those sweet children presented struck me as being truly sacred. But what I’ve found out since is disturbing—”

 

3. Chipping Away at Priesthood Authority to Undermine Faith ~ By Angela Fallentine

apostasy“Since the beginning of time, the adversary has stirred up the hearts of those in Christ’s church against the prophets and apostles in veiled (or unveiled) criticism about their fallibility, age, or human frailties as a way of chipping away at their authority and weakening faith. Yet it’s comforting to know that despite this, Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church. He calls specific men to these sacred positions because He is the One with the authority to make these divinely inspired callings. He is in charge. We are not. We also know that, “No one knows how to work a crowd better than the adversary.”[ii] So, it shouldn’t surprise us to find that there will be a concerted effort to undermine and lessen the authority of the prophets, seers and revelators—and it will be done in very smooth and unique ways.”

 

4. About the Mormon Gender Issues Survey ~ by Terrie Bittner

 mormon gender survey“The Mormon Gender Issues Survey Group has placed a survey online for Mormons to complete concerning their attitudes towards gender in the LDS Church. It has approval from several universities and may therefore get a great deal of attention. If those who understand LDS gender issues from God’s point of view complete the survey, it is hoped that this will help prevent misconceptions that could be passed along otherwise. However, if you do take the survey, please proceed with caution and read each question carefully.”

 

5. The Secret Life of a Bishop’s Wife ~ By Becky Porter

mormon bishop's wife “On the surface, it appeared to be a typical Sunday in a typical LDS chapel in Phoenix.  There were a couple of items, however, that would make it stand out in my mind forever.  It was Leap Day 2004 — the day after my 25thbirthday – and it was the day my husband was sustained and set apart as a bishop.  It was the day I became a bishop’s wife.”

 

 

6. Apostasy: False Prophets, Teachers, and “Loyal Opposition” ~ By Angela Fallentine

apostasy“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we follow modern day prophets and apostles. We believe that they are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. As such, it is their duty to be watchmen on the tower, warning Church members to beware of apostasy. We also need to beware of false prophets and false teachers who lie in wait to ensnare and destroy faith and testimony.”

 

7. Missing Context in Discussions About LDS Women: Mormon Women Stand

lds women“Mormon Women Stand is one of many groups who have met with Church Public Affairs as a part of ongoing outreach to LDS women. In this powerful open letter to the media and blogging community, Managing Director of Public Affairs, Michael Otterson, provides insight into this outreach, while dispelling false ideas and concepts presented by some on the Internet. As well, he clarifies the role of Church Public Affairs and its close relationship with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency.”

 

 

8. Kate Kelly: Stand By, Not With ~ By Kathryn Skaggs

 kate kelly excommunication“It’s been a few, raw days since we all heard the news about Kate Kelly. Since then some rather disturbing facts have come to light – things that her followers should find alarming. So here’s my question to those who are still hanging on to her cause: Will you still stand with Kate, even though she’s beenexcommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? If your answer is yes, then I beg of you to reconsider what that decision means and how it might critically affect your own personal journey of faith – if that’s important to you. Is it?”

 

9. LDS Church Has Not Conceded Marriage ~ By Diane Robertson 

lds church not conceded marriage “In our last Conference, Dallin H Oaks talked about kindness and living with people who do not believe as we believe. The very next day the United States Supreme Court dismissed all marriage cases allowing the rulings of the lower courts to stand. Without further ado, gay marriage was legalized in Utah and 4 other states with many more to follow. Immediately following the Supreme Court’s dismissal, social media accounts flooded with lots of celebration. Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints either stated out right or inferred that the LDS Church had conceded its stance on marriage. I heard some declare that, as members of the Church, we were done. We should no longer argue or stand up for marriage because Elder Oaks had spoken, and we need to obey.”

 

10. 5 Common Concerns: Polygamy, Joseph Smith, and the Church ~ By Jelaire Richardson

 Joseph Smith, polygamy“With the Church’s recent publication of the essays about Polygamy in the Topics section of its website, there has recently been a flurry of criticism both directed at Joseph Smith, and at the Church. I had noticed some common themes in people’s statements that I thought would be good to address. Before I address those five common concerns, let me start with a fictional conversation that will hopefully help you notice a pattern that the Lord has established.”

 

 

 

Make sure and visit the Guest Stand section of website, where MWS community members are invited to stand with us and share personal experiences in keeping with the purpose of Mormon Women Stand: http://www.mormonwomenstand.com/guest-stand/. If you’re interested in submitting an article, please contact us for guidelines: http://www.mormonwomenstand.com/contact-us/

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