Posted on Nov 17th, 2007 by Allison (Spiritual / Religion)

Recently several LDS women collaborated on a response to Relief Society President Beck’s recent “Mothers Who Know” general conference talk in October 2007.  They entitled this documenent What Women Know and published it online today.

One of the women is a friend of mine and sent the document to me for review – and to sign if I so chose.  What they came up with really resonated with me, and I was happy and honored to sign it.  A few of the items that stood out for me:

  • I like that this statement affirms and includes all women, not just mothers.
  • I like that it specifically mentions nurturing fathers as well as mothers.
  • I really like that it puts cleanliness into perspective – a luxury and personal choice when one has access to resources.
  • The statement: “anyone who is regularly reminded that she is “equally important” is probably not.”
  • I invite you to visit their site to read this beautiful and affirming declaration, and add your signature if it resonates with you.   Men are also invited to sign. 

    (8) Comments   


    craig on November 17th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    I particularly like the part of the document that addresses the Book of Mormon story of the 2000 young soldiers. The line: “We are filled with unutterable sadness by the Book of Mormon story of more than 2,000 young soldiers whose mothers teach them that faith in God will preserve them in battles IN WHICH THEY KILL OTHER MOTHERS’ CHILDREN” should be cannonized.

    Ashley Rae on November 17th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing that- it was really nice to read. And yes, I agree with you, Craig.

    Allison on November 18th, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Yes, that one jumped out at me as well. I know this story is used to illustrate faith – but if someone were to really think about the implications, they would have to recognize the sadness and horror of the events…. glorification of war serves no one.

    michelle on November 19th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    I was hoping you were going to post this. Thanks for sending it to me and allowing me to sign my name to it.

    I couldn’t agree more with your bullet point choices, especially the 4th one.

    Erica on November 20th, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this, I definitely will be adding my name.

    Chris on November 20th, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I added my name. Thanks for the link!

    Rob on November 20th, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    I am not a Mormon, so I won’t add my name… but…

    I did post the link on the Myfamily website for my mother’s family. You never know,,, you may get a signature from it.. : )

    Kathleen on November 21st, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    I was having dinner this evening with my so and his family along with my daughter and son in law, when my son turned to me and said,”well mother I see you have been signing your name to ‘things’ again. This is how I found out that the response to Julie Beck’s conference talk was widely available. His comment launched a discussion of my “views” and my very active daughter told us that her Stake President just laughed when he asked her in a temple recommend interview if she was involved with anyone or any groups hostile to the church and she replied”Just my mother”.
    Anyway Allison, thanks for giving me the opportunity to add my name to this important article.

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