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Glory of Womanhood: The View from 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 03, 2014

This is an excerpt from a talk given at the Smithfield Stake quarterly conference in 1945, by a young woman named Helen Daines. (Remember, please, that I gather and post whatever expressions I find of LDS women’s roles, ones I agree with and ones I don’t, and post them without comment or endorsement or rebuttal.)

The Glory of Latter-day Saint Womanhood

What is the mission of womanhood?

First, to find a worthy man who honors the priesthood and with him be married in the temple of the Lord. The design of nature is that man and woman together shall form the unit of society, known as the family, shall rear children to carry on the race, and shall find in family life not only their greatest joy, but also the incentive to useful activity. Marriage is ordained of God.

The Church has taught and urged that man and woman accept their respective responsibilities as husband and wife, father and mother. For the woman it means that she, at least during a large part of her life, devotes herself to the duty of the home. Home and home life require a heap of living.

The responsibility of woman is not to enter the business world and try to replace men at men’s jobs, but her first duty is to be a mother in Israel. With her home and church duties, women will have no time for a so-called worldly career. She should devote her time and efforts to her children, thereby influencing them as Naomi influenced Ruth, her daughter-in-law. She must be willing to sacrifice for an ideal or a conviction, even though it may mean the giving up of worldly things. She cannot put the world first and retain the love of God.

A true Latter-day Saint woman will love and seek to honor God, for it is he who has given her the power to appreciate and understand the glory of Latter-day Saint womanhood.



2 Comments »

  1. A young woman sharing with her friends and neighbors something that is important to her, in a setting of worship. Thanks!

    Comment by ji — January 3, 2014 @ 9:41 am

  2. Also, keep in mind that this was before the invention of the microwave oven and permanent press fabrics and the birth control pill.

    Homemaking really was more more time-consuming back then!

    Comment by Naismith — January 3, 2014 @ 10:42 am

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