Stand Strong and Immovable

The Mormon Women Stand community is made up of LDS women from around the world with varying ages, backgrounds, locations, and professions who believe that women have a powerful opportunity to be a force for good both in the Church and online. This endeavor was established to invite all LDS women to stand together in a positive online community. It is a safe haven and gathering place for women to join in doctrinally sound and uplifting gospel conversations in an atmosphere of loyalty to those whom the Lord has authorized to lead His church.

It has been such an incredibly rewarding few years and I’m amazed at all of the powerful content the bloggers and community members have created. Together with our 40,000 + members (and growing!), we’ve created a gathering place for LDS women to link arms and stand together for prophets, apostles, the Savior, doctrine, family and faith. We knew from the outset that women needed a place to be able to talk person, woman, laptopabout their love for the doctrines of the gospel without fear of persecution. We knew how important it would be to ensure that women of faith never feel alone as they stand for all that we hold sacred—despite it being unpopular with the world. So, when we hit an audience reach of 1.2 million on Facebook for two consecutive weeks last summer, we realized that this space is being filled with women eager to stand with the prophet on doctrinal issues and The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

President Russell M. Nelson recently stated:

Attacks against the Church, its doctrine, and our way of life are going to increase. Because of this, we need women who have a bedrock understanding of the doctrine of Christ and who will use that understanding to teach and help raise a sin-resistant generation.12 We need women who can detect deception in all of its forms. We need women who know how to access the power that God makes available to covenant keepers and who express their beliefs with confidence and charity. We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve … whose righteous lives will increasingly stand out in a deteriorating world and who will thus be seen as different and distinct in the happiest of ways.

This is Mormon Women Stand.

One of my heroines is Julie B. Beck. In a General Conference talk titled, “What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable“, she describes what we are endeavoring to do:

[Our prophet] has called upon the women of the Church to stand together for righteousness. He has said that if we are united and speak with one voice, our strength will be incalculable.

… As a covenant-keeping Latter-day Saint woman, you know that raising your voice in defense of the doctrine of the family is critical to the strength of families the world over.

… Knowing and defending the divine roles of women is so important in a world where women are bombarded with false messages about their identity.  … Knowing and defending the truth about families is the privilege of every sister in this Church. The things women can and should do very best are championed and taught without apology here.

Knowing the divine roles of women. Defending truth. Championing the doctrine of the family without apology. Raising our voices in defense of the family. In defense of religious freedom and conscience. In defense of the Church and the prophet Joseph Smith. In defense and support of our prophet and apostles. Without being ashamed.

For far too long, loud voices of the world—voices not representative of women of faith, motherhood and family—have claimed this space. It is now our turn to reclaim it. Will you stand with us?

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Angela Fallentine

Angela Fallentine is a native of Alberta, Canada but has loved living in New Zealand and briefly in Europe with her fun-loving and adventurous husband. She is a researcher and analyst for a think tank focusing on social issues, religious freedom and international policy affecting the family at the United Nations.