Persons for All Seasons

Women in Mormon History



Throughout Mormon history women members have perceived themselves as having a triple identity: They are daughters—individual children of God responsible for making choices and actualizing potential. They are also mothers—partners in the bearing and rearing of the spirit children of God. And third, they are sisters—essential contributors to the Kingdom of God upon earth. While at any moment all three identities have been acknowledged and recognized both privately and officially, there were periods when one or the other was given particular emphasis because of the condition of the Church and Saints and because of different interests and inspiration of those who directed the affairs of the Kingdom. But all three identities have coexisted from the beginning to the present day and represent the triple identity of Mormon women. For this paper the author has divided Mormon history into seven periods and have attempted to suggest the principal theme of each period and the major role models of women during that period.

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