Jean A. Stevens conducts the morning session’s closing prayer during the 183rd annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in the event’s 183-year history, a woman led a prayer Saturday at the semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jean A. Stevens led the morning session’s closing prayer for the more than 100,000 Mormons gathered in Salt Lake City for the two-day general conference, and the millions more watching via satellite, radio or Internet broadcast.
Among other church roles, Stevens is a member of a three-person board that advises and assists parents on teaching their children about the faith, which has more than 14 million members worldwide.
A feminist group launched a campaign earlier this year asking church leaders to let women lead the opening and closing prayer – a first for the conference – as a symbol of gender equality. Full story.
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