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At the Pulpit Collection of 185 Years of Discourses by LDS Women, Now Free Online

More than fifty discourses given by Latter-day Saint women over 185 years are now available online for free. The talks were compiled by the Church Historians Press for publication in a book a year ago titled At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women. The Church Historian’s Press is an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The publication can also be found in the LDS Gospel Library app in the “Church History” section.

At the Pulpit, authored by church historians Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook, showcases fifty-four speeches given by Mormon women since the founding of the church. The talks focus on doctrinal themes and were selected from every decade from 1831 to 2016.

Reeder and Holbrook gathered the early talks by digging through old Relief Society minute books, newspapers, magazines, journals, conference reports, and other resources.

At the Pulpit editors Jennifer Reeder, left, and Kate Holbrook, right.

At the Pulpit comes alive when people use it. While we know women gave great talks of doctrinal importance, we recognize the power and meaning of those words when we understand their lives that produced such testimony,” said Reeder.

Speakers include Emma Hale Smith, wife of church founder and president Joseph Smith, as well as his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, who led a group of Saints from New York to Ohio. Other prominent pioneer women featured include Elizabeth Ann Whitney and Eliza R. Snow. The historians also selected talks from women they had never heard about before they started their research for the book.

International voices include Judy Brummer of South Africa and Gladys Sitati of West Africa.

Discourses from contemporary church leaders include those of Belle S. Spafford, Ardeth G. Kapp, Elaine L. Jack, Chieko N. Okazaki, Julie B. Beck, Bonnie D. Parkin, Sheri L. Dew, Virginia H. Pearce, and Linda K. Burton.

In addition to the text, twenty-two original audio recordings allow listeners to hear many of the addresses. Spanish and Portuguese translations will also be available later this summer.