In keeping with our mission of cultivating and promoting Latter-Day Saint women’s voices and stories, we are excited to present a collection of narrative essays focused on gospel principles and topics. We hope that these essays can enrich our study and understanding of, as well as our devotion to the gospel. The stories of Latter-Day Saint women have been the heart and soul of the Mormon Women Project. And in this spirit, our series offers a mix of narrative, theology, research, and intuition. Each essay will share a unique woman's perspective on striving toward Christian discipleship.
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Loving the Other

The first person to whom Jesus announced his ministry (at least recorded for us) was the woman at the well. When Bethany Brady Spalding and... (Read More)

Recognizing Our Mother by Name

One hand guiding the soft wooden casket, the other hanging awkwardly by my side, I shuffled next to my cousins and siblings, guiding my grandmother... (Read More)

Strength: Spiritual Fitness and the Atonement

Several years ago, a friend and I signed up for a triathlon. Neither of us had ever completed one before. In fact, neither of us... (Read More)

The Awesome Gift of Personal Revelation

This very morning, my five-year-old daughter wailed in obvious distress, “I know I am supposed to ask God but how do you get an answer... (Read More)

Man of Sorrows: Becoming Trauma-Informed in the Body of Christ

Content warning: This article contains discussions of trauma, including injury and PTSD. It does not constitute professional mental health advice. President Henry B. Eyring’s district... (Read More)

Hope: Remembrance, Contentment, and Looking Forward

In April of 1937, my grandmother was sitting in a restaurant with her husband when he suddenly collapsed. Ralph was 25 years old when he... (Read More)

Creation: The Practice of Becoming a God

Creation has turned into being one of the most important aspects of my life. Which, frankly, is interesting as it took quite a detour. I... (Read More)

Joy: A Song of Redeeming Love

I had been pondering about joy for a couple of weeks when it greeted me unexpectedly in a crowded hallway one morning. It quickened me... (Read More)

TEMPLES: On Temples and Texts

When I was twenty-one, the day before I entered the MTC, I drove out to Manti, Utah with my parents. I had wanted to attend... (Read More)

Oceans of Joy

The film crew finished arranging the cameras on my husband who was sitting on a barstool in the middle of our front room. I watched... (Read More)

Misusing Forgiveness: A Letter to My Younger Self

There are times when I consider moving along this journey in private, working it out quietly in my own head and keeping it all to... (Read More)

AGENCY: You Have a Say

Take Ezekiel, for example. He had the high and holy calling of prophesying Jerusalem’s destruction. He didn’t get to make the standard cry of repentance,... (Read More)

FAMILY: The Most Demanding Joy

When I signed up to contribute to “Essays in Discipleship,” I thought family would be an easy topic. I love my family. I have written... (Read More)

Faith: Strong Roots and Flexible Branches

On February 11, 2020, my family drove Rachel, my oldest daughter, to the airport here in Madison, Wisconsin. People streamed past us in the busy... (Read More)

Grace: Greet the World with Grace

“Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ . . . ”[1] So Paul begins almost all his letters... (Read More)

Facing Adversity: Workways with the Wind and Waves

There’s a scripture you’ve probably heard referenced before. It’s in D&C 123:16 and it goes like this, “You know, brethren, that a very large ship... (Read More)

Revelation: Shared, Diverse, and Proactive

Aurelia Spencer Rogers was not impressed with the boys in her recently established community of Farmington, Utah. Words like “hoodlum” and “carelessness in the extreme,... (Read More)

Faith: Why Turning to God Is Always the Answer

For my entire life, I would say that one of my core identities has been “I am a believer.” As a result, I have been... (Read More)
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