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The Bolder You Stand, the Stronger You Become

Mormon Women Stand Kathryn Skaggs

Taking a stand for righteousness is like exercising a muscle. The bolder you stand the stronger, or more confident, you become. If you’re anything like me, I don’t necessarily like to exercise, but I like the way regular exercise makes me feel physically, mentally and emotionally. I think standing for the gospel of Jesus Christ is very much the same. When you take a bold stand, it requires not only courage but perhaps most important faith.

One very important principle of faith is how its power increases with persistence.

Three years ago, on March 10, 2014, I founded Mormon Women Stand. At that time, I had just experienced standing alone as an independent blogger, on a topic that ruffled more than a few feathers (or perhaps froze them) – not only among some members but what I wrote garnered global attention; and still does. To say the backlash, both publicly and personally, was tremendous would be putting it lightly. However, I knew that the stand I took was right. I knew that to shrink would be to let the adversary win. I knew that the Lord, more than ever, needed faithful women to speak what needed to be said in order to stand for truth and righteousness, regardless of the consequences.

What I learned most, however, is that if women of covenant are to stand BOLDLY on issues that support the teachings and counsel of modern prophets and apostles, we must stand TOGETHER! Continue reading

The War of Words

There is a unique war raging all around us. It’s unlike any war we can remember and it is so cleverly disguised that most do not even recognize that it’s happening. This isn’t a war that is designed by men; with big artillery, armor, trenches, and an army that is fed by C-Rations. Instead, it’s a war designed by women; with words as it’s weapons and under the leadership of anyone with a microphone or a blog who is willing to feed us the emotion we are so hungry for.

If this war took you by surprise, you are not alone. Most families who are busy raising and providing for their children and serving those around them did not see it coming either. As we have tried to wrap our heads around what is causing so much anger and frustration, we have been quite startled to see that the attacks were starting to come our way, very personal attacks against our womanhood, our family and our religion. It feels like we have been dragged into a war we did not want and we are not quite sure how to fight it. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Editorial Statement: Mormon Women Stand Twitter Account

Mormon Women Stand TwitterMormon Women Stand has received concerned messages from those thinking the official Mormon Women Stand Twitter account (@MWStand) has been hacked. It has not.

 What we’ve learned is that a counterfeit account was recently launched using our official logo and name, which is clearly in violation of Twitter’s TOS. The false account has been posting ideas that go against counsel from the brethren, which has probably confused readers even more when they mistakenly thought the ideas were coming from Mormon Women Stand.

Mormon Women Stand has filed a report and has provided requested documentation. We trust that Twitter will rectify the situation, ASAP.

We are appreciative of the Mormon Women Stand community for recognizing that our voice is not one of personal advocacy but rather a desire to amplify the words and teachings of inspired leaders of the Church.

From MWS 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 purpose of the Mormon Women Stand Twitter account is to assist in this effort and to build online community in order to have our collective voice clearly represented. Continue reading

MWS Admins: A Year of Standing Together

mormon women stand adminsMormon 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.”

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General Conference Challenge: Prepare to Get Your Question Answered

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.
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FairMormon Podcast Interview with Mormon Women Stand Founders

IMG_5906 Kathryn Skaggs, Mormon Women Stand founder, and Angela Fallentine, co-founder, were interviewed by Nick Galieti for the FairMormon podcast ‘Articles of Faith‘ titled: Mormon Women Stand – Defending Prophetic Authority. The interview was an opportunity to discuss the establishment of Mormon Women Stand, and a recent article featured under the MWS Topics section: Chipping Away at Priesthood Authority of Mormon Prophets to Undermine Faith.

Host, Nick Galieti, FairMormon podcast

 

From the ‘About‘ section of the FairMormon website: “FairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief and practice.” Mormon Women Stand is pleased to share our collective voice with the FairMormon audience. Among the broad conversations about Mormonism and within and among its members, particularly females, ours’ is a voice that represents, we believe, the vast majority of Mormon women and what it looks and sounds like to be a faithful, covenant women of Christ. Continue reading

Increasing Faith

Faith, the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ starts us on the path to conversion. In Alma 32 and 33, we learn that faith begins small, with just a tiny seed. Through hope and consistent nourishment our faith can grow up into the Tree of Life. The Savior taught more about faith and what it can become. In Matthew chapter 17, the apostles were not successful in casting out a devil; they went to the Savior and asked why. In verse 20, He replied, “…Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

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United in Our Devotion

My “new” favorite document is the Relief Society Declaration. I say “new” because I never really paid much attention to it before, but when I came across it recently, it hit me like a ton of bricks. The second line of the declaration says, “As a worldwide sisterhood, we are united in our devotion to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Exemplar.”

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