Sister Jean A. Stevens: First Woman to Pray in General Conference

Sister Jean A. Stevens, the first counselor in the Primary, became the first women to ever pray in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Saturday morning session.

Sister Jean A. Stevens

Prior to the concluding talk of the morning session by President Henry B. Eyring, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf announced that after the closing song Sister Stevens would give the benediction.

The website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the following information about Sister Stevens:

Sister Jean A. Stevens was sustained as first counselor in the Primary general presidency in general conference on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, where she graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate. She has served in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary, most recently as a member of the Primary general board. Sister Stevens and her husband, Mark, are the parents of five children and have nine grandchildren.

In her prayer, Sister Stevens gave thanks for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Restoration of the Gospel, and for Presdent Thomas S. Monson and other leaders of the Church. She also gave thanks for the messages and music of the two hour session of General Conference.

The Primary is the children’s auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. General Conference takes place twice a year and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the two days of the weekend, there is a total of 10 hours of talks, musics, and prayers spread out over 5 sessions.

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  • Vanka

    It should be an embarrassment to every Mormon, every Woman, and every American that it took 183 years for the sexist leaders of the Mormon Church to figure out that a woman can “lead the congregation in prayer” in General Conference.

    If the MEN in charge of the Mormon Church really do talk to god, it is a sad reflection on the Mormon god that he is such a sexist bigot as the Mormon Church seems to reveal him to be.

    But let us not make to much of this historic prayer by “Sister” Jean A. Stevens. The sexism remains entrenched in the Mormon religion. Faithful members, in their zealous delusion, will disagree, but you simply have to answer a few simple questions:

    Was “Sister” Jean A. Stevens “set apart” or “ordained to the office of” First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency? Is she (or any other woman in [token] “leadership” positions in the LDS Church) given “keys” to her office, or not? Does her “General Presidency” have the autonomy to spend money, make decisions/changes, and organize their “Primary” organization as they see fit, or are they overseen and governed by the MEN in the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles?


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