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Mon., April 8, 2013, 10:15 a.m.

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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. (Associated Press)
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. (Associated Press)

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.

Do consider the Church of the Latter-day Saints progressive or regressive as far as the role of women in church leadership?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.