At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

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At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

Post by Gerald » 12 May 2020, 14:32

I'd been meaning to bring this book to the attention of this forum for a while. It was published by The Church Historian's Press (which I think is an arm of the LDS Church). So it's a church publication. Now I'm not really one for just reading talks. My wife bought the book and I picked it up idly one day. But I was soon absorbed. Eliza R. Snow, Zina Young, Elaine Cannon, Ardeth Kapp are all represented in the volume. Most were women I hadn't heard of. (One exception is a talk by Alice C. Smith who served on the Relief Society General Board... I knew her personally! She was a wonderful woman!) But I really wanted to mention a talk by Francine Bennion who served on the Young Women General Board back in the 80's. The title is "A Latter-day Saint Theology of Suffering" and it's simply one of the best talks on this topic I've read or heard. The fact that they are all by women might be the hook but it's just a very interesting collection of discourses. Period.
So through the dusk of dead, blank-legended And unremunerative years we search to get where life begins, and still we groan because we do not find the living spark where no spark ever was; and thus we die, still searching, like poor old astronomers who totter off to bed and go to sleep, to dream of untriangulated stars.
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Re: At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

Post by Roy » 29 Jun 2020, 08:26

I agree that this book is excellent... it is also available online! ... 3?lang=eng

The link above will take you directly to Francine Bennion's amazing discourse.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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