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As the Exponent II website states, “The purpose of Exponent II is to provide a forum for Mormon women to share their life experiences in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. This exchange allows us to better understand each other and shape the direction of our lives. Our common bond is our connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and our commitment to women. We publish Exponent II as a living history in celebration of the strength and diversity of women.”

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35 Comments

  1. Hey, how do I submit a guest post?

  2. email us at exponentblogATgmailDOTcom. We’re excited to see it!

  3. I would like any input on Relief Society lesson 25. I’m struggling with the last part. Thanks

  4. Janice, that lesson should be up any day now.

  5. lesson 25 any ideas

  6. Janice, it’s up right now. http://www.the-exponent.com

  7. I am subbing in Releif Society this Sunday and I see that Camille has a lot of neat ideas. Camille, could you send me your outline too! I was just released from Primary after 15 years of not going to Relief Society and I need all the help I can get!

  8. Lesson 29-There is a wonderful video on youtube that pretty much sums it up and will really touch your Spirit as you prepare. It was made after the manual was published but I doubt that anyone seeing it would complain that it wasn’t from the manual. I’m going to bring kleenex for everyone and show it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4WUsr689Y4

  9. any tips or help for the lesson on the bitter fruits of apostasy

  10. If anyone has any thoughts on Lesson 28 about missionary work, please share. ASAP!!

  11. I amlooking forideas on lesson 29 in the Joseph Smith manual on peace

  12. Has anyone got any ideas for lesson 29?
    It is on peace in the Joseph Smith manual

  13. Vicki I would be happy to share my lesson ideas with you if you would like to email me that would be great

  14. I can share my ideas with anyone who is interested
    lesson 29-Just as the prophet Joseph Smith was a peacemaker so can we. I took an assignment given by a bishop and used it for the R.S. ladies. I chose 3 ladies for the next two weeks to be peacemakers where ever they go and to come back and report in R.S. about being peace makers. I then used the story from the manual about Joseph Smith being a peacemaker. I have based my lesson around this theme.

  15. I really find the relief society lessons helpful but it would be even nicer if they could be posted a little sooner. Maybe our ward is ahead of the game but often the lessons are only posted a few days before I have to give it. Definately better than not but it sure would be great to get them a week or two earlier. Thanks for the great site and input!!

  16. Heidi,
    May I get your ideas for lesson 29 as well? How do I get a hold of you?

  17. Lesson 29 is up now.

  18. Evelyn,
    I’d love to help but due to this website you aren’t allowed to post email addresses. Is there a way that you know of to give you this information?

  19. Heidi,
    Do you happen to be on Facebook? If so, you can request me as a friend and you can get my email address. Thanks, Evelyn Blanchard Marchant

  20. Okay need help with Lesson #30 in J. Smith Manual ASAP! Any help would be great, It’s “Standing Valian in the Cause of Christ” and I’m not really sure how to go about it. HURRY!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Hello, just looking to see if anyone had some suggestions for lesson #26 Elijah and the restoration of the Sealing keys? I think we are behind everyone else. Thanks for any help.

  22. I would LOVE to submit work (I’m brimming with ideas!), but looks like summertime & Xmas break are the only times I’m not crazy, dizzy-bizzy with semester teaching.

  23. Has anyone taught lesson 32 yet that has some ideas to share?

  24. Heidi, lesson 32 is up. Just go to our home page and scroll down to the bottom. You’ll see it listed there in our recent posts.

  25. This is an excellent website. I love all of the ideas on presenting the RS lessons. I just had surgery and was working on lesson 39. I decided to do a big quiz. I divided the room into 2 teams The sisters loved it and learned a great deal. Any helps out there for lesson41?

  26. Nancy,
    I have read an article out of the August 2009 New Era entitled Personal Progress by Proxy. The message in the article goes so well with the R.S. manual. We are today Saviors on Mount Zion doing work for those who can’t do it for themselves. I haven’t
    decided how to use the article but it may give you some ideas as it has helped me to begin my preparations for this lesson.

  27. I need some ideas for Relief Society lesson #42,I am new at this. Thank You

  28. Thank you Alisa for lesson 43. It helped me personally to focus on my mission and I just received an email from someone in our RS class yesterday and she went home to read her patriarchical blessing to identify her mission. It was a great lesson objective that I would not have thought of myself. Thanks.

  29. I’m teaching this sunday from the Ensign, General Conference talk ( Elder Richard Scott)any ideas.

  30. Hi Raquel, sorry, we only do the lessons from the manual because the fourth Sunday lessons are up to the bishops to choose. Have you tried sugardoodle.net? Good Luck!

  31. I just got called as a RS teacher and I teach the 2nd week. Chp 45. I really don’t know what I am doing and how to go about it. Any help would be great!

  32. Jamie, just go to the top right of the blog and type in ‘lesson 45′ in the search box. It will pop up then.

  33. Hello everybody! I do not know where to begin but hope this place will be useful for me.
    In first steps it is really good if someone supports you, so hope to meet friendly and helpful people here. Let me know if I can help you.
    Thanks in advance and good luck! :)