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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

Faith And Activism

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Sister Jean A. Stevens became the first woman to offer prayer at LDS General Conference, April 6, 2013.

For faithful Latter-day Saints, there isn’t really a way to petition the Church for change. Activists who make a ruckus run the risk of discipline or excommunication. So, when does activism work?

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Monday we’re asking just how much influence Latter-day Saints have over policy changes within their church. For faithful members, there isn’t really direct way to petition the church presidency, which means change can be very slow. Impatient activists who make a ruckus run the risk of discipline or even excommunication. So, when does activism work and who gets the credit when change does happen? KUER’s Lee Hale, historian Matthew Bowman, and Amber Whiteley of “Let Women Pray” join us.

  • Lee Hale reports on religion, and is working on a podcast for KUER.
  • Matthew Bowman teaches history at Henderson State University in Arkansas and is the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]
  • Amber Choruby Whiteley was a co-founder of Let Women Pray, and is a Ph.D. candidate in counseling psychology.

Who Gets Credit For Change In The LDS Church? There's an understanding among Latter-day Saints: Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happens from the top when God speaks through his prophet. That's been the case for a long time - as is it is now with the current prophet Russell M.

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