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265 interviews. 47 countries.
10 years of telling women’s stories.

 

Dear friend of the Mormon Women Project,

We invite you to join us July 20th at the home of Neylan McBaine to celebrate a decade of storytelling by the MWP! The evening will be divided into two parts, and we welcome you to one or both. Please share this invitation with friends and family who care about the voices and experiences of Latter-day Saint women, or who love our community of faith!

MWP Anniversary Celebration
July 20, 2019 | Holladay UT

VIP Reception
5:00-5:30 — Mingling with other MWP fans and contributors, enjoying appetizers
5:30-6:10 — Neylan McBaine will conduct live interviews with two fascinating women: Yvonne Nsabimana Baraketse, (President & Creator of Ngoma Y’Africa Cultural Center in Provo, which celebrates African culture through song, dance, and storytelling), and Vanessa Quigley (Co-Founder of Chatbooks).
6:10-6:30 — Mingling and seat-taking for the main program (included in VIP ticket)

Program (included in VIP ticket)
6:30-8:00 — Celebratory program highlighting MWP stories and interviews from the past decade, including a dance performance by Ngoma Y’Africa.

Tickets: VIP tickets include the main program. Tickets for the main program will be available at the door!

     

Your ticket purchase goes to support our operations as we curate the stories of Latter-day Saint women from around the world! If you cannot attend but would like to contribute, you may donate here.
Thank you for sharing our vision!

We can’t wait to meet and mingle with you. See you July 20!
Much love, the Mormon Women Project team

 

 

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A condensed transcription of this interview, with photographs, may be found here.

Emily Bates suffered severe migraines from a young age, leading her to pursue a career in science in order to study the genetic causes of the condition. She now is an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and runs a lab studying the molecular mechanisms of birth defects. Emily has led groundbreaking discoveries in the field of genetics, overcoming dyslexia, cultural pressures, and self-doubt along the way. She feels that God has led her from the beginning down this path. Emily sees science and faith as compatible methods of seeking truth, and relies on both as she runs her lab, partners with her husband to raise their daughter, and works to understand the nature of God and of the human body.

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By Rachel Galli Fleming

As the Relief Society chorister, I had chosen “O My Father” as the opening hymn for Mother’s Day because it is the only hymn that mentions Heavenly Mother. When a collection of Eliza R. Snow’s poems was first published in 1856, the text of “O My Father,” later paired with an existing hymn setting, was entitled “Invocation, or The Eternal Father and Mother.” On Mother’s Day, I played prelude music while the Relief Society president asked someone else to direct the music since the pianist had not yet arrived. The Relief Society president requested that we sing only the first three verses, but the sister directing stopped after the second verse. The final two verses are those having to do with Heavenly Mother, but especially verse three. As the meeting continued, I intended to recommend that we sing the last two verses at the end in lieu of the closing hymn, but the lesson ran long and we left without singing.

While I was stewing about this, the thought came to me that this is how I feel about my experience in the church sometimes. I believe our doctrine, am humbled by the sacredness of our temples and ordinances, and am grateful for our leaders. However, sometimes it seems that we fall short of singing the verse about women—not just about our role as mothers and sisters, but the divine role of womanhood. We don’t sing about what it means to have a Heavenly Mother and how we can model ourselves after Her. It isn’t that the knowledge isn’t part of our doctrine, because it is there as surely as the verse is part of the hymn. It’s that it is largely unsung and unknown, and we grope around somewhat blindly in the ambiguity seeking to comprehend our role in the Church and what it means to be a woman eternally. Much of this lack of understanding seems an innocent oversight, like forgetting to sing the third verse. Some may not believe there is a third verse and find that the first two verses are unsatisfactory to help them feel valued and supported in the church. Others may feel content with the verses they are familiar with.

I am among the many who believe there is a third verse that has largely been forgotten. I hear the first strains of it carried on the wind.  I feel strength and support from the bond of covenant keeping women around the world who are embracing their spiritual gifts and don’t feel they need express ecclesiastical permission to become who they feel called to be. I feel that it won’t be long before we will all sing the third verse together.  

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A condensed transcription of this interview, with photographs, may be found here.

Julie Grygla is the mother of six children under five years old. She and her husband achieved their first pregnancy with the help of fertility treatment, and gave birth to triplet boys. When their triplets were only five months old, Julie became pregnant spontaneously with twin girls, who were followed not long after by a baby boy. Their journey has carried them through many unexpected challenges, but Julie has depended on revelation and patience as she has navigated the abundance of motherhood one step at a time. Her own mother passed away unexpectedly while Julie was in graduate school, before her marriage. Julie has learned how to turn an isolated mourning into a connection with her mother and with God, both of whom she feels increasingly guiding her as her children grow older.

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A condensed transcription of this interview, with photographs, may be found here.

Kristin Hodson is the founder and executive director of The Healing Group. As a LCSW and Certified Sex Therapist, she specializes in maternal mental health and healthy sexuality. In this interview she discusses issues regarding sexuality that are unique to conservative religious cultures, developing the confidence and skills to talk with our kids about intimacy, how we can better identify and support mothers who might be struggling with postpartum depression, and the importance of seeking out Christlike love and understanding in our relationships with those in the LGBTQ community. 

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This interview is part of our Mixed-Faith Marriage Series. An edited transcript of the interview, including photographs, can be found in our interview library.

Leslie Schwartz-Leeper’s parents divorced when she was very young. Her mother raised her six children by herself, and taught them that the bottom line of the gospel is love. Leslie always had a testimony, but drifted in and out of the Church through her teen and young adult years. In her early thirties, she married Ian, a non-believer of Jewish/Episcopalian heritage, at the same time as she returned to the Church. Leslie talks about her positive experience undergoing a Church disciplinary council, about the ways Ian supports her and their children in Church activity, about some of the challenges of a mixed-faith marriage, and about the peace she has in her partnership with a man she chose for his intelligence, kindness, and love.

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This interview is part of our Mixed-Faith Marriage series. A full transcript of this interview, including photographs, can be found in our interview library.

Jennifer Kambourian is a lifelong member of the Church. At 42 years old she married John, a man of Catholic upbringing who had recently lost his first wife to cancer, leaving him to raise his three children. Coming from a part-member family herself, Jennifer had always been determined to marry a faithful Latter-day Saint man in the temple. But a revelatory process of prayer, fasting, temple attendance, and conversations with trusted friends led her to know she was meant to join this family and give her heart to raising the children and supporting them through their grief. Jennifer and her husband have been married twelve years, and she attributes their success to their mutual support of each other’s faith practices and respect for each other’s autonomy. She feels peace that the questions of eternity will be answered later, and that her current job is to love her family.

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In November we will be launching a series on mixed-faith marriages. We would like to hear from women who are active members of the Church, who are married to inactive or non-member men.

In addition to sharing your story, you might consider some of the following questions:

  • How do you navigate your separate faiths on a day-to-day basis?
  • How do you negotiate parenting?
  • What do you and your husband share in terms of beliefs and values? What divides you?
  • How does your extended family and your ward family respond to your mixed-faith family?
  • How has your marriage changed your own spirituality and your relationship with God?

 
Stories should not exceed 750 words in length, and will be accepted until October 15, 2018. To submit, email mwpeditor@gmail.com with the subject “Mixed-Faith Marriage.”

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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. A survivor of childhood abuse and of an abusive marriage, she dedicates her artistic work to advocating for other victims and raising awareness about domestic violence and human trafficking. She has felt the companionship of the Savior throughout her life, and her knowledge of His love and of her inherent value helped her find the courage to walk away from abuse, to work through her trauma, and to shine a light for others. Elizabeth is co-editor of the Mormon Women Project.

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by Rachel Hunt Steenblik
Jersey City, NJ, USA

As One Whom His Mother Comforteth
She showed Her Son
how to mother, so He
could show the world.

Mother Tree
After nourishing, and digging,
and pruning, and dunging,
and weeping, the Lord of the
Vineyard remembered the Mother
Tree.

He brought Her back to Her
children, then Her children
back to Her, grafting branches
into branches. Their togetherness
preserved—natural branches and roots
and the roots of their Mother Tree.
She bore good fruit.

What Nathan Taught Me
He told me, It is odd that
with all the birthing God does—
a Son, a Holy Spirit, a creation—
that God is called ‘Dad.’
Rather than a mother? I asked.
Rather than Mommy, he answered.
Instead of calling God ‘Abba,’
Jesus should have called him, ‘Mommy.’

In the Guise of an Angel
When Jesus
was sorrowful,
and very heavy,
He cried, Mommy.
She came to Him
from heaven,
strengthening Him.

Tree of Life
When Jesus was on the cross,
His Father might have been
in the farthest reaches of heaven,
for sorrow, and solace.
(We can give Him that.)
His Mother might have been
right there,
branches holding Him—
a weeping willow,
the Tree of Life.

(Originally published in Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother. Republished here with permission from the author.)

Lord of the Vineyard by Rose Datoc Dall

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