Check out our new Young Women Lesson page

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Jordan First Ward Young Women

So you’re a Young Women leader.  You’re choosing lessons from the  Come Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth curricula to teach each month, and naturally, you would prefer the lessons that your friends at the Exponent have already helped you out with by writing ready-made lesson plans.  Our Exponent bloggers are adding new Young Women Lesson plans to our collection regularly, but how can you know which ones are ready right now?

No worries.  We have your back. Now we have a new webpage indexing all of our Young Women lessons by topic and the month in which they should be taught, alongside links to the original materials.

Bookmark this link and share it with other Young Women leaders:
Exponent Young Women Lesson Plans

Keep up the great work mentoring our young women!  The Exponent thanks you for all you do for our Church’s future leaders.

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Announcement: Exponent II 2015 Retreat to Feature Fiona Givens

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the Exponent II 2015 retreat in September is going to be Fiona Givens. Please take a look at her bio below. We plan to open registration for this year’s retreat in early June. We’ll be posting more specific dates on the website, blog and Facebook group soon.

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Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt. She graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in French and German, and received an M.A. in European History while co-raising the last of her six children.  Fiona directed the French Language programme at Patrick Henry High School, in Ashland, Virginia. Besides education, she has worked in translation services, as a lobbyist, and as communications director for a non-profit. Her writings appear in Exponent II, LDS Living and Journal of Mormon History. Fiona is a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences from Time out for Women to Sunstone and Women’s Retreats. A longtime collaborator in the books of her husband, Fiona and Terryl have recently co-authored two books: The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life and The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith.   Fiona is the grateful mother of six children and currently resides in Virginia with Terryl and Andrew’s dog, Zoe

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Virtual Oases

A round-up of interesting news and links for your weekend!

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Christmas Series: Give the Gift of Exponent II

Gift of EXII logoAre you looking for that special gift for your favorite Mormon woman? Consider getting a subscription to Exponent II, and your gift recipient’s first issue will be a double issue packed with so much of the best stuff of Exponent II over the past 40 years.

Our editor-in-chief, Aimee Hickman, has been working on this issue for over a year, and it will be such a treasure, including past editors’ favorite essays published during their tenure with a few paragraphs describing the events surrounding the choosing, editing, and publishing of their chosen essay.

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How to Access Your Online Subscription on

Thank you for your patience as Exponent II has undergone some significant changes…we’ve had an explosion in subscriptions and moved to an online database so our subscribers can now manage their own subscriptions online (gift subscriptions and an Exponent II store renovation coming soon!). While we are no longer selling hard copies of our Spring 2014 theme issue, Women and the Priesthood, people who subscribe now (hard copy or online) will have access to the PDF of that issue on our website.

Please note: the last batch of orders went out this morning. Some were placed in late June as we’ve played catch up. Email me at subscriptionsATexponentiiDOTorg if your hard copy has not arrived by August 3rd, and thank you for your patience as our volunteers manager these transitions.

To manage your hard copy subscription account, follow the directions below.  If you have an online subscription, you should be able to follow steps #4, 5, and 7 to access your account and the PDF of the most current issue as well as access to all issues archived.

  1. Go to our new Exponent II store:
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click, “Create an Account”step 1
  3. Fill in the necessary information and click, “Create Account”step 2
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Guest Post: Ask an All-Star Panel of Mormon Feminist Theologians: Thursday June 5, 2014

By Lorie Winder

“We rejoice that we are privileged to live in this season of the history of the Church when questions are being asked about the priesthood. There is great interest and desire to know and understand more about the authority, power, and blessings associated with the priesthood of God,” wrote General Relief Society President Linda K. Burton in the June, 2014 Ensign. Those of us who support women’s ordination couldn’t agree more.

Like many, we ask:

  • Are there some historical precedents in Mormonism that point to women’s ordination?
  • Which LDS beliefs relate to and support the extension of priesthood to all worthy adult members of the Church?
  • Is priesthood essential for exaltation?
  • Should differences between men and women or among individual members determine whether or not we have access to a full range of opportunities for growth and service?
  • If women appropriately exercise the power and authority of the priesthood, as Elder Oaks has taught, why not priesthood keys and office?
  • Is there room for moral activism in the Church?

Our interest in these and many other questions prompted Ordain Women to launch a series of discussions on women and priesthood, complete with study packets that can be used to facilitate local conversations.

The first two discussions, “See the Symptoms” and “Know the History,” were presented in live Google Hangouts on May 15—the 185th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Priesthood—and May 29. New discussion packets will be released every Thursday through June 26 with an accompanying live Google Hangout.

This Thursday evening at 7:00 PM MDT, we’re pleased that several well-known LDS authors who have written ground-breaking theological/historical articles on women and priesthood are among the participants joining Ordain Women’s Lorie Winder, author of “Power Hungry,” and Mormon Matters’ Dan Wotherspoon for the live third discussion, “Study the Scriptures”:

Don’t miss out. Join the discussion via Ordain Women’s live Google Hangout and add your questions and comments to ours via Twitter.

Previous Discussions: (previously recorded)

Watch Discussion Three live here at 7:00 pm Mountain Time on Thursday, June 5.  Prepare by reading this packet: Study the Scriptures. Ask questions via Twitter @ordainldswomen with the hashtag #ordainwomen or by writing in the comments section of the event at Google +.  (If you press play, you will see a countdown to start time until the hangout actually begins.  Then you may watch live.  You may also watch a recording of the hangout here later, after the live hangout is completed.)


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