[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]In an assembly of youth leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church), a young woman named Elsie Brandley gave an address titled “The Religious Crisis of Today.” The world was changing rapidly, she told her audience, and as a result, many youth were becoming estranged from the Church. مراهنات المباريات They had questions, Elsie explained, and they needed to have their questions respected, not dismissed or angrily rebuffed. “Is there a place—a legitimate and reverent place—for inquiry in the building of a testimony? العاب مربحة ” she asked. “We answer—we must answer—yes, and say that the basis of doubt and inquiry has been the genius of the church, the power through which members have fought their way into it.”
Elsie urged intergenerational open-mindedness and compassion, asking leaders of youth: “Listen to what they [the youth] have to say; open your hearts and minds to their problems. Never bid them be silent, but inspire them to cry out to you the innermost questions of their souls. Forget your own convictions in listening to them; remember your convictions only when you come to make reply.”
Elsie’s wise words feel like they could have been delivered last week in a training for youth leaders, but she actually delivered her remarks to the leaders of the Church in 1934! Her speech is one of 54 addresses collected in the volume At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women, published by the Church Historian’s Press and available for free online.
In At the Pulpit, readers will find a thoughtful collection of wisdom, insight, and testimony from women of many walks of life in all eras of the Church’s history. Beginning with early Church matriarchs such cialis how to use cialis as Lucy Mack Smith, Emma Smith, and Eliza R. Snow and continuing through modern women leaders such as Chieko N. لعبة 21 Okazaki, Sheri L. Dew, and Julie B. Beck, At the Pulpit provides a survey of the role women have played in leading and instructing members of the Church throughout the Restoration. The collection of speakers includes European women leaders such as Jutte B. Busche, the first matron of the Frankfurt Temple, and Irina Kratzer, a cardiologist and teacher from Russia, as well as other speakers from South Africa, Mexico, and Canada.
At the Pulpit is an invaluable resource for speakers, teachers, and gospel learners in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each entry in the volume begins with a historical and biographical note on the speaker’s life, her intended audience, and the context of her remarks. The online version also includes a timeline of the talks; supplemental videos and photos; and seven bonus discourses. The talks’ topics include creating unity within the Church and among its female members; building faith and testimony in the face of challenges; overcoming personal suffering, and other witnesses of gospel truths.
One of the greatest joys of reading this collection is discovering the strength and authoritative witness offered by these Latter-day Saint foremothers. Through world wars and economic depressions, through migrations and personal dark nights of the soul, these women stood at their various pulpits and before diverse audiences to testify of their belief in their Savior and in His Church. As preserved in At the Pulpit, their words remain as a powerful testament of the power of faithful women who speak by the Spirit.
Click on the links above to read Elsie Brandley’s address in full or to explore the At the Pulpit collection for free online!
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