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I didn't notice if any women were wearing pants, but I did notice ...
-Women offering prayers, both to open and close meetings
-A recently-returned female missionary giving a beautiful sermon, with conviction, on being truly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
-A woman masterfully playing the organ in sacrament meeting
-A woman playing a rather exuberant piano solo of "Joy to the World" (that was me, actually)
-Many women offering insightful, educated comments during class instruction -- women also made up the majority of contributions to the discussion
-A teenaged young woman conducting a meeting without assistance
-Another teenaged young woman providing the piano accompaniment for the hymn
-A woman teaching a lesson to the 12- and 13-year-old girls on the importance of discovering and developing talents (also me)
-Those 12- and 13-year-old girls contributing to the lesson discussion with thoughtful, intelligent comments
-A musically-gifted woman leading the choir during choir practice. She also organized a group of 10+ strings players (mostly girls) to accompany the opening hymn next week during our Christmas service.
-Another talented woman accompanying the choir on the piano
-Yet ANOTHER musically-talented woman playing an oboe solo with the choir for next week's Christmas program
-The introduction of new, empowering teaching curriculum for the youth which will involve them -- boys AND girls -- teaching portions of the lessons
-Several 18-year-old young women from my congregation attending a mission preparation class along with some young men from the stake (region)
-Men, women and children uniting their voices together in song to rejoice in the birth of the Savior during our stake Christmas choir festival
In what ways do YOU see women contributing to your church congregation's services?
Update: I'd also love it if everyone would read this profound article by Valerie Hudson Cassler, a self-proclaimed Mormon feminist. Some really deep doctrine in there, things I feel like my spirit has always known -- my brain was just a little slow getting it.