Editor Says New Book Emphasizes the “Importance of Women’s Words”

Contributed By Rachel Sterzer, Church News staff writer

  • 10 March 2017

Kate Holbrook—coeditor of a newly published book featuring the voices of Latter-day Saint women—presented a lecture March 2 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.  Photo by Rachel Sterzer.

Article Highlights

  • The book “At the Pulpit" emphasizes the importance of women’s words.
  • One of the coeditors shared examples from the book of women “who can speak with the power and authority of God.”

“We need women’s words as well as men’s words to help us deeply understand and live the gospel.” —Kate Holbrook, editor

Kate Holbrook—coeditor of a newly published book featuring the voices of Latter-day Saint women—presented a lecture March 2 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

The new volume, titled At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women, includes the words of a variety of Latter-day Saint women, ranging from the well-known to the obscure, from the historical to the contemporary.

In her remarks at the Assembly Hall just days after the publication of the volume, Sister Holbrook explained that one of the questions she kept in her mind while working on the project was how to help people understand the importance of women’s words.

The answer—and the title of her lecture March 2—came, in part, from a talk given by President Russell M. Nelson during the October 2015 general conference. President Nelson told the women of the Church, “We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God” (“A Plea to My Sisters”).

Sister Holbrook then gave several examples found in the book of women, as described by President Nelson, “who can speak with the power and authority of God.”

After sharing the women’s stories as well as their words, Sister Holbrook offered her personal testimony. “We need women’s words as well as men’s words to help us deeply understand and live the gospel,” she said.

Sister Holbrook also fielded questions from the audience and added insights into the production of the new volume. In addition to discussing the process of gathering and selecting the 54 discourses included in the book, she spoke of the blessings she’s noticed in her life from working on the project.

“I feel so much stronger knowing the women in this book,” she said. “Still when I go through the book all these new things jump out at me that I didn’t really notice before. It feels so rich and like I have years ahead of me of material to learn. This is stuff they spent lifetimes learning, and so now I have all these resources for me to study in my lifetime.”