A good Sunday, with more yet to come


The nineteenth-century English poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti used his sister, the poet Christina Rossetti (author of, among other things, “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”), and his brother William as models for this painting of the Annunciation (“Ecce Ancilla Domini,” or “Behold the Handmaiden of the Lord”).


We had a wonderful sacrament meeting today.  The theme was prayer, but it was also the homecoming for a sister missionary who had been sent out from another ward but whose parents had moved into ours while she was serving.  So we had a very large congregation.  Happily, the talks were all very good.  And all, by the way, were by women.  (Remember how the all-male priesthood of the Church silences female voices?)


Last week, Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve, who was visiting our ward for family reasons, taught our Gospel Doctrine class (the lesson for the week was on citizenship and religious liberty, favorite themes of his; the official lesson manual actually quotes him).  This week, trying to figure out a way to surpass that experience, I tried to line up a member of the First Presidency.  But, alas, none of them could make it to our Sunday school class today, and so, accordingly, it was left to me to lead a discussion of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”


But don’t worry.  I’ve arranged for a member of the First Presidency to give a fireside, tonight at 6 PM MST, to the general membership of the Church.


You’re welcome.



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  • mike

    I organized one sacrament meeting last month where all of the speakers were women, and then another where the concluding speaker (gasp!) was female. Oh, and a few women in the congregation wore suit pants this week. Shockingly, our bishop did not banish them.

    • DanielPeterson

      LOL. If somebody had asked me, after one of the sacrament meetings over which I presided as a bishop, whether or how many of the sisters had worn pants, I would have had precisely no idea. It amuses me to see some trying to turn this into a big issue.