Season of Change: The LDS Women Project

February 25, 2021

As the Mormon Women Project enters into its twelfth year, we find ourselves in a season of change. This brings new challenges and excitement. Most significantly, the Editorial Board at the Mormon Women Project has decided to change our name... (Read More)

Calling It What It Is

A condensed transcription of this interview, with photographs, may be found here. Elizabeth Ostler is a theater-maker, activist, and professor living in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in directing and puppetry, and in coaching others on how to tell their stories.... (Read More)

To Shine a Light

June 23, 2018

Listen to this interview at the Mormon Women Project podcast, available on all platforms. Elizabeth Ostler is a theater-maker, activist, and professor living in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in directing and puppetry, and in coaching others on how to tell... (Read More)

You Ask

June 17, 2018

You Ask by Elizabeth Ostler Brooklyn, NY, USA You ask me to come unto thee You ask to make my burdens light You ask me to place it all on your alter But Even the misplaced keys When I’m already... (Read More)

Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families

November 22, 2016

A discussion about Heavenly Mother, families, writing, unexpected joy and more. Elizabeth Ostler interviews Bethany Brady Spalding and McArthur Krishna about their new book, Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families.

Welcome From the Editors

Dear Readers, How many choices do we each make in a given day? Dozens? Hundreds? Thousands? With each of these choices, we exercise our most precious God-given right: our agency. Modern Latter-day Saint women choose to prioritize the Gospel in... (Read More)

Confessions of a Midsingle

By Elizabeth Ostler The Gospel Doctrine lesson #7 manual objective is “To help class members strengthen their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith and to encourage them to find happiness through trusting in the Lord and keeping His commandments.” Our Objective... (Read More)

By the Testimony of She

By Elizabeth Ostler The Gospel Doctrine lesson #43 manual objective is “to help class members live in holiness and be a chosen generation” Our Objective A commentary on Peter’s directive to faithful wives in 1 Peter 3:1-7. Commentary In 1 Peter 3:... (Read More)

Choosing God in the Americas

October 18, 2015

A book review by Elizabeth Ostler. My personal scripture study over the past year has consisted of reading all of the conference talks given by women since 1971. It felt radical. I was hesitant to tell people that I wasn’t reading... (Read More)

She Had Something to Offer

By Elizabeth Ostler The Gospel Doctrine lesson #28 manual objective is “to remind class members of their responsibility to be witnesses of Jesus Christ and to help them see how the gift of the Holy Ghost helps them do so.” Our Objective... (Read More)

That We May Be Exalted

By Elizabeth Ostler Last general conference I decided, as my personal scripture study, to read all of the conference talks given by women since 1971. I chose 1971 out of convenience as that’s the start of their availability on the Church’s... (Read More)

When Marriages Aren’t Eternal

  — Editorial Board — Elizabeth Ostler Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ostler is a Brooklyn-based theater-maker, specializing in directing and puppetry. She is the founder and Storyteller-in-Chief of Life’s Echoes where she helps people tell their stories. She is a multimedia artist... (Read More)


    LDSWP (Her)story We were founded by Neylan McBaine in 2009 as the Mormon Women Project (MWP). With a recorder and a lot of curiosity, Neylan began interviewing LDS women and publishing their stories. She believed that sharing the... (Read More)

Playing From Her Heart

May 9, 2013

Tina knew from a young age that music was her life's calling and she is a professional saxophonist in New York. It took longer for Tina to realize that she is gay, but a period of inactivity from the Church... (Read More)


May 5, 2023

Carol Lynn Pearson’s first collection of poetry was self-published in 1967, and the print run of 2000 books sold out in just a few days. Since then, she has published over forty works – poetry volumes, memoir, gospel commentary, and... (Read More)

Clarity and Connection

October 22, 2019

Amber Richardson is a storyteller with many credits in many mediums. She has produced a YouTube series, “Splitting the Sky,” and a podcast, “On Sovereign Wings.” She has performed in festivals and plays, such as “Mother Wove the Morning” by... (Read More)

Straight to the Source

March 15, 2019

Since she was a small child, Ashley Bryant Miller knew she wanted to be an actor. It wasn’t until young adulthood that she knew she wanted to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her... (Read More)

Turning My Heart

Gospel Doctrine Old Testament Lesson #43; Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 18:21–32, Ezekiel 37:1–14, Ezekiel 37:15–28 In the 34th chapter of Ezekiel, Ezekiel gives counsel on shepherding or as we now call it ministering. This is an area where I have much learning, growing and practicing... (Read More)

We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father

Gospel Doctrine Old Testament Lesson #23; 1 Samuel 18, 1 Samuel 19, 1 Samuel 20, 1 Samuel 23–24. This lesson focuses on David’s relationships with King Saul and his children, Jonathan and Michal. After the victorious battle with the Philistines, the women of the kingdom are heard... (Read More)

Exiles of Eden

Old Testament Lesson #1; Moses 1 Our first lesson of the Old Testament concentrates on Moses 1 found in the Pearl of Great Price. A lot happens in this chapter: Moses speaks with God face-to-face. He learns that he is a... (Read More)

Reconciling and Not

The Gospel Doctrine lesson #34; Doctrine and Covenants 136, “This Shall Be Our Covenant, “Ministry of Brigham Young: A Visionary Leader.” How do we continue when we are at our capacity? overwhelmed? terrified? When hope seems cruel? When grief has swallowed us whole?... (Read More)

The Rest of Their Story

The Gospel Doctrine lesson #14; Doctrine and Covenants 42:30–42; 51; 78; 82;104:11–18; Our Heritage, page 26; “The Law.”;“A Bishop unto the Church.” Few things reveal the gap between godly living and our human failings as strikingly as the law of consecration. The Lord started... (Read More)


The Gospel Doctrine lesson #7  Lesson #7 focuses on the first ordinances and principles of the gospel: faith, repentance, baptism and confirmation of the Holy Ghost. To start, let’s look at what some of our women leaders have said about... (Read More)

You Are Not Alone

The Gospel Doctrine lesson 21 manual objective is “to help class members understand righteous principles of government and avoid priestcraft and pride.” Our Objective To awaken to our duties as global, national, and church citizens. Commentary Mosiah 29 focuses on... (Read More)

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