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Join us today for a panel discussion on this week’s firestorm over J. Anette Dennis’s sermon broadcast to women of the church, which was uploaded to the LDS Church’s official Instagram account. Panelists include: Julia Sanders, Celeste Davis, Samantha Shelley, and Alyssa Witbeck.

This riveting interview takes a deep dive into the church’s recent Women’s Devotional – an event intended to empower female members but one that generated significant controversy. Hear candid analysis unpacking the mixed messaging around their supposed “power and authority”, and the perceived dissonance between leader’s rhetoric and the reality of women’s restricted roles. No topic is off-limits in this thought-provoking look at how the devotional aimed to honor women’s divine roles while still upholding traditional male leadership.

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  1. Cynthia Millsap March 26, 2024 at 6:59 am - Reply

    What is the 600 page document of mother in heaven.

  2. Gary Horlacher March 27, 2024 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    The soundtrack for episode (not the video, but just under it) is misslabeled. It is not a panel on women but an interview (part 2) with Sam Zitting Weisen and Melissa (Kauls), who have a podcast “Growing up in Polygamy”. Jenn Camp is with John on the interview. Nice interview – very fascinating.

  3. Elizabeth March 28, 2024 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    So powerful. We as women can take the reins. Let’s do it! One thing I didn’t think I heard mentioned was dedication of a grave. My mom and I are not active and she is mid nineties so we have planned her funeral services. It will not be in a church. Her kids will be pall bearers (sons AND daughters). She has agreed that when the time comes, I will have the honor to dedicate her grave in the name of Heavenly Mother and Father, our Savior Jesus, and on the name our family. Sometimes if people don’t give you permission you gotta go to the top mama! So grateful for this great woman I get to call my mom. No patriarchy needed.

  4. Monica McNeil April 2, 2024 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Will the audio only be added? The one below the video is to a different podcast.

    • Maven April 9, 2024 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you Monica! It should be fixed.

  5. Suzanne April 6, 2024 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Russell Nelson can come up with two women—really?!?

    I immediately thought of my wife, sisters, mother, grandmothers, my immensely sharp and witty 93 year-old mother-in-law, the vast majority of school teachers, best friends, leaders, and on and on. These are the strongest women I’ve learned from and with, looked up to, flat out belly-laughed with for hours and hours, and engaged in deeply intellectual and emotionally raw conversation. My first 16 years of life were spent as an active, trying to believe young woman, however, the past 44 years as MINO (member in name only) have been so much more rewarding and happy. I thank my father for teaching me to think critically about all things and not to fall for deceptive people or institutions.

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