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Latter-day Saint Women Podcast

The Latter-day Saint Women podcast shares the legacy of women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Get to know the faithful women who shaped our past, and hear from inspiring women of faith today as they address gospel topics.

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Steven Harper - The Value of Faith

In April 1926 Amy Brown Lyman stepped to the podium of the Assembly Hall and taught powerfully about the value and blessings of faith. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Steven C. Harper, PhD as they discuss what we can learn from this iconic discourse.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-30"My first love had been Primary work,” wrote Amy Brown Lyman (1872–1959), after nearly four decades of service on the Relief Society general board. In truth, she loved any program that concentrated on human development and flourishing. Before joining the board in October 1909, her major church work had been in the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association. Lyman served on the Relief Society general board until 1945, the last five years as president. The first meetings she attended connected her to foundational Relief Society roots: Bathsheba W. Smith, who joined Relief Society as a nineteen-year-old in Nauvoo, was president. At that time the board met in the office of the Woman’s Exponent in Salt Lake City’s Templeton Building.

8 Apr 2020

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Sister Sharon Eubank - Compassion Is A Way of Life

On today's episode we are excited to welcome Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and director of Latter-day Saint Charities, as we learn about Alice C. Smith (1913-2006)-- a fascinating former Relief Society general board member, college educator, diplomat and missionary. We'll discuss Smith's relevant 1969 discourse about visiting teaching (or ministering, as it is known today) and hear Sister Eubank share her own thoughts on what Christlike service looks like, how we can minister with greater compassion and direction from the Spirit, and why we need to "replenish" and fill our own souls in order to best serve others."Each year as the church grows, the need for visiting teachers (ministering sisters) will grow greater. What is their future? They will help combat the loneliness which plagues our world and impersonality of the big cities. They will look after the stranger, the widow, the orphan, the wounded, and distressed, after all sisters with concerned, loving care. ...They will help relieve physical, emotional, and mental suffering. They will aid the sinner and comfort the sorrowing. They will carry a message of gospel love to all our sisters throughout the world. As their warm, tender care spreads its web around the world, they will become a standard to the nations." - Alice C. Smith Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-38?lang=eng&highlight=Smith%7CAlice

10 Jun 2020

Rank #2

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Kate Holbrook - Suffering and the Goodness of God

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering when he has all power? Francine Bennion explored these topics in her groundbreaking discourse in March 1986. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Kate Holbrook, PhD as they explore how gaining an understanding of our theology can help make sense of suffering.Full discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-43“What I’m passionate about,” said Francine Russell Bennion (b. 1935), “is human existence, and the relationships between people and God, and what works and what doesn’t.” In an interview, Bennion explained that when she taught a Relief Society or Gospel Doctrine lesson she never wanted to brush off reality and speak only of ideals. Instead, she tried to present fresh, useful, and reality-affirming perspectives that would lift and enhance human relationships.

11 Mar 2020

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Jenny Reeder - Feeling God's Love Daily

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society general president from 2002-2007, wanted women to feel the love of the Lord daily. She taught that making and keeping covenants to serve God and His children helps us feel His love and find joy and peace. Join us as we discuss Parkin's life and teachings with Jenny Reeder, a women's history specialist in the Church History Department and co-editor of "At the Pulpit," a collection of discourses given by Latter-day Saint women from 1831-2016.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-49?lang=eng&highlight=love%7Cfeel%7Cdaily"Covenants—or binding promises between us and Heavenly Father—are essential for our eternal progression. Step by step, he tutors us to become like him by enlisting us in his work. At baptism we covenant to love him with all our hearts and love our sisters and brothers as ourselves. In the temple we further covenant to be obedient, selfless, faithful, honorable, charitable. We covenant to make sacrifices and consecrate all that we have. Forged through priesthood authority, our kept covenants bring blessings to fill our cups to overflowing. How often do you reflect that your covenants reach beyond mortality and connect you to the Divine? Making covenants is the expression of a willing heart; keeping covenants, the expression of a faithful heart." - Bonnie D. Parkin

27 May 2020

Rank #4

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Jessica Nelson - Identity, Roles, and Responsibilities

With recent changes to the way we organize priesthood quorums and Relief societies we may ask ourselves, what are the purposes of these organizations? Julie B. Beck provides straightforward and thoughtful answers in her 2012 BYU devotional. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jessica Nelson to learn more.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-51?lang=eng"As the Prophet Joseph Smith began establishing the church in this dispensation, the Lord directed him to follow similar inspired patterns. When he set the course for the Relief Society, he told the sisters they were organized “under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood.” This gave the sisters official responsibilities in the restored church and the authority to function in those responsibilities. This was a pattern similar to that given to a president of a quorum of elders, who was to counsel with his presidency." - Sister Julie B. Beck

15 Apr 2020

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James Goldberg - God's Mission for Us

Judy Brummer went from being a newly baptized member to a full-time missionary in just a few months. Her unique ability to speak Xhosa allowed her to become a powerful missionary and translator in South Africa. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest James Goldberg to learn more about Brummer’s amazing experiences and the history of the Church in Africa.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-52"The longer I live, the more I believe that my mother had quite a lot in common with Moroni, who in the very last chapter of the Book of Mormon uses the word “power” not once, not twice, but nine times. And let us remember that Moroni was not typing on a laptop; he was carving on golden plates when he wrote in Moroni 10: “Deny not the power of God.” Then he repeated: “If ye deny not the power of God …” I think Moroni wanted us, in these last days, to acknowledge, remember, and believe in the power of the Almighty. I am extremely grateful to my mother for teaching me those two things." - Judy Brummer

22 Apr 2020

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Kate Holbrook - A Change of Heart

One of the most hopeful messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that no matter our present circumstances, change and improvement is possible. But, sometimes the prospect of growth and change feels overwhelming and difficult. On today's episode we're joined by Kate Holbrook, the Church's managing historian of women's history and co-editor of "At the Pulpit," to discuss the life and teachings of a former Relief Society board member named Leone Jacobs (1903-1990) and her 1949 discourse about change beginning small and simple, in our hearts. Tune in to learn about Jacobs' mission to Syria and Palestine in the 1930s, how Kate discovered Leone's carefully-kept everyday journals, and how the Spirit can help us change our hearts and turn outward to see and serve others.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-33?lang=eng&highlight=Leone%7CJacobs"One of the most glorious principles of life is that we can always rise above our present level. How discouraging life would be if once we found ourselves involved in unworthy conduct we could not lift ourselves up and out and on to better ways, but we do not have to remain as we are. Each day offers a fresh beginning." - Leone O. Jacobs

3 Jun 2020

Rank #7

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Elizabeth Kuehn - Who We Really Are

When Jutta Busche moved from Germany to Bountiful Utah she was overcome with feelings of inadequacy and not fitting in. In her April 1990 talk at BYU Women’s Conference she explains how each of us have a treasure to give. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Elizabeth A. Kuehn as they discuss this poignant and laugh-out-loud discourse.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-44?lang=eng"I learned from them that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we are here on this earth to learn, to grow, and to love. I learned that we lived with God as his spirit children, his sons and daughters. We walked and talked with him. We knew him and he still knows us. We raised our hands in support of the plan to come to this earth. Achieving our full potential in our journey here depends on our free choices. That message needs to penetrate every act of our daily lives." - Jutta Busche

20 May 2020

Rank #8

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Lisa Olsen Tait - Today's Religious Crisis

It can often feel as though religious rights and values are under attack in today’s world. You may be surprised that this view was shared by Elsie Talmage Brandley in 1934. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Lisa Olsen Tait, PhD as they discuss how Sister Brandley’s insights can help us today.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-32Sister Brandley’s service on the YLMIA general board spanned eleven years during the presidencies of Mattie Horne Tingey and Ruth May Fox. She joined the board in 1924 and, in addition to working on the magazines, helped to write manuals, plays, songs, programs, and other material. She was also a popular public speaker. E. E. Ericksen, with whom she collaborated on MIA committees, said that her idea of saving souls was to help all of their abilities—cultural, moral, and spiritual. “The human personality was sacred to her, and its development the great spiritual objective,” he said. She also championed young people in asking and finding answers to their own questions. “You are the ones whose responsibility it is to insure the faith and unwavering trust in the gospel which is your heritage,” she wrote.

18 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Chere Clarke - Decisions and Miracles

Growing up in Russia during the Cold War Irina Kratzer was taught that all faith was a delusion. In this remarkable talk Kratzer explains how she discovered the Gospel and how it changed her life in unimaginable ways. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Chere Clarke to learn more about Kratzer’s extraordinary story.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-47?lang=eng"Even when we do not know God’s ways, he knows our hearts and listens to our dreams." - Irina Kratzer

13 May 2020

Rank #10

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Mathew Grow - Be Forbearing and Forgiving

Jane H. Neyman was denied membership in the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo. Rather than becoming bitter, Neyman went on to lead her local Relief Society in Beaver Utah. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Mathew J. Grow, PhD as they discuss how we can learn from the example and teachings of Sister Neyman.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-1/chapter-12?lang=engMother Neyman addressed the meeting on the subject of charity, encouraging all to be forbearing and forgiving, refraining as much as possible from scrutinizing the conduct of our neighbors, remembering always that we are human and must therefore err. It seemed to be the unanimous agreement of the Spirit that presided over the meeting that tattling and slander should die a natural death; that charity, which covereth a multitude of sins, which thinketh no evil, and suffereth long and is kind, should dig the grave and help to bury all the malice and envy which at any time had intruded upon our peace and harmony; and in their stead establish truth and integrity, twin sisters of charity, and then appoint the Mormon creed as a rear guard to repel the first attack of the enemy, that we might be timely warned to avoid an evil wherein our mutual confidence might be destroyed. All this, though not expressed in so many syllables, was in substance the same, no doubt the sentiments of all present. We hope our new members will understand what will be expected of them in this honorable sisterhood: that they will live above reproach and by guarding the doors of their lips keep themselves from censure.

25 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Jenny Reeder - Love Thy Neighbor

Every youth leader in the Church should listen to this talk by Emma N. Goddard. She may have given the talk 100 years ago but the principles ring with relevance and truth today. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jennifer Reeder, PhD to learn more about how to teach the gospel to youth.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-2/chapter-28?lang=eng"Youth is the time for sweet, innocent pleasures; hence, we should encourage such and, as much as possible, help provide them. But in addition to taking this interest in their social life, we must try to impress our young people with the seriousness of the conditions by which we are now surrounded, and the necessity of each one of them assuming some personal responsibility in helping to bring about victory to the cause of truth and liberty. We can all do our bit no matter how poor and humble, how rich or influential we may be. Our boys at the front are risking their all." - Emma N. Goddard

6 May 2020

Rank #12

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Jenny Reeder - Faith and Confidence in God

In May 1831 Lucy Mack Smith stood on the deck of an ice bound ship in Buffalo Harbor on Lake Erie and taught a group of Latter-day Saints the meaning of faith. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jennifer Reeder, PhD as they discuss the words and example of mighty Mother Smith.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-1/chapter-1“And even if this were not the case, where is your faith? Where is your confidence in God? Do you know that all things are in his hands? He made all things and still rules over them, and how easy a thing it would be with God if every Saint here would just lift their desires to him in prayer that the way might be opened before us. How easy would it be for God to cause the ice to break away, and in a moment’s time we could be off on our journey; but how can you expect the Lord to prosper you when you are continually murmuring against him?” - Lucy Mack Smith

1 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Tiffany Bowles - Spiritual Understanding

Prominent women’s suffragist Susa Gates called this address by Sarah M. Kimball, “the best paper of our session” at the National Council of Women conference in Washington DC in February 1895. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Tiffany Bowles as they discuss how truth can be gained through spiritual understanding.Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-2/chapter-22Sarah Melissa Granger Kimball (1818–1898) spent her life promoting women’s public activity and private “spiritual understanding,” as she explained in this 1895 speech delivered at the National Council of Women. Born in Phelps, New York, she and her family were baptized after her father read the Book of Mormon shortly following its publication. As a young woman, Kimball attended both the School of the Prophets and the Hebrew School in Kirtland, Ohio, at least once. After she and her husband migrated to Utah, Kimball supported her husband, Hiram, and their children by teaching school. Her contemporary Emmeline B. Wells said Kimball “had a good faculty for teaching [and] could simplify lessons and adapt them to the understanding of those whom she instructed. ”These educational endeavors from her youth and early adulthood laid the foundation for her intellectual inquiry later in life.

29 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Matthew Godfrey - Building a Meaningful Life

"Cultivating Life's Eternal Values", Mary J. Wilson, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint WomenWe all have many things competing for our time, and we're faced with making difficult choices about how to spend our limited time, energy, and means every day. Mary J. Wilson, a former Relief Society general board member, taught how we can each cultivate a joyful and meaningful life as we choose to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew C. Godfrey, the managing historian of the Joseph Smith Papers, joins us to discuss Mary J. Wilson's talk given in 1949, and her encouragement to develop a pattern of life based on eternal principles of sincere and abiding faith, prayer, and interested in and love for our fellow man.“The most important responsibility resting upon any individual is to build a worthwhile and meaningful life.” - Mary J. WilsonFull Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-34?lang=eng&highlight=Wilson%7CMary

17 Jun 2020

Rank #15

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Elizabeth Kuehn - Choose Life by Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ

"Get A Life", Elaine L. Jack, At The Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint WomenIn need of a pep talk? Former Relief Society general president Elaine L. Jack's 1993 devotional, "Get A Life," will challenge you to deepen your gratitude for the life you live and to "choose life" by living the gospel of Jesus Christ. On today's episode, guest Elizabeth Kuehn, Joseph Smith Paper's project historian specializing in women's and gender history, discusses Jack's direct, but loving message, her go-getter nature, and how she empowered women around the world during her service."Get a life. We are sons and daughters of God. We have the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to rise, not wallow. Brothers and sisters, let’s get a life." -Elaine L. Jack"At times when I feel overwhelmed or alone, unsure or defeated, I remember that I have a Savior who understands and loves me. His atonement was personal; it was for me. He knows. He understands." - Elaine L. JackFull Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-45?lang=eng&highlight=Jack%7CElaine%20L.%20Jack

24 Jun 2020

Rank #16

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Linda Burton | Becoming Spiritual Leaders

“Priesthood power with a woman looks a lot like influence, and we access that through our personal righteousness, our humility, and our diligence.” In this episode, Sister Linda Burton, former Relief Society general president and current matron of the Jordan River Utah Temple, encourages women to see themselves as spiritual leaders, drawing upon priesthood power through their covenants to teach, lead, and bless others as the Savior would. Sister Burton also shares unique insights and experiences from serving as a temple matron during the pandemic, and how women can grow in their understanding and appreciation for the temple.Resources:• Sister Linda K. Burton Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society/relief-society-presidents/linda-k-burton?lang=eng • Elder David A. Bednar, April 2019 General Conference talk, “Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/04/54bednar?lang=eng • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, October 2019 General Conference talk, “The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/11holland?lang=eng • Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, May 2019 BYU Women’s Conference talk, “Endowed with Priesthood Power” https://womensconference.byu.edu/sites/womensconference.ce.byu.edu/files/relief_society_general_presidency_-_2019.05.02_-_endowed_with_priesthood_power.pdf Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Linda-Burton.pdf

20 Jan 2021

Rank #17

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Bonnie Cordon, Michelle Craig, Becky Craven | Hearing the Voice of the Lord

Sisters Bonnie H. Cordon, Michelle D. Craig, and Becky Craven of the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsWith recent adjustments to the Young Women organization, one thing that hasn’t changed and will never change is the focus on Jesus Christ. You will love hearing from the Young Women general presidency, Sisters Bonnie Cordon, Michelle Craig, and Becky Craven, as they share about the process of receiving revelation to guide the recent changes, with insight into the revised Young Women theme and the focus on each young women's identity and purpose.Through their stories, sincerity, and openness, you’ll feel the presidency’s unity and the love they have for each other and especially for the women of the Church. As they discuss the legacy of the Young Women program and their current responsibilities, you’ll be inspired to cherish the gift of repentance and to seek the joy that comes from hearing the voice of the Lord and receiving personal revelation.“The Lord [gives us revelation] in a very normal and natural way, and we can have confidence in our life to realize the Lord is speaking to us.” – Sister Bonnie Cordon (30:30)“All of us, at times in our lives, are completely overwhelmed by our life circumstance or by what we’re asked to do, but just know that as we’re consistent in doing the small and simple things and as we’re trying to seek revelation and going through that work and that process, as we rely on Jesus Christ and His Grace that we will be made equal to those things that we’re being asked to do.” – Sister Michelle Craig (32:05)“We talk about this being a new theme, but the reality is that it is an extension of what we have been doing in the past, because we believe in living prophets, we believe that Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church, we believe that this is a living Church and that revelation reigns. … For the lives of our young women at this time, this is very relevant to them as it teaches them their identity and their purpose and their belonging.” – Sister Becky Craven (24:05)Read more about the Young Women general presidency by reading their full bios here:Bonnie Cordon https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/bonnie-h-cordon?lang=engMichelle Craig https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/michelle-craig?lang=engBecky Craven https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/becky-craven?lang=engLearn more about recent changes to the Young Women organization and theme here:Young Women Website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organizationRevised Young Women Theme https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/content/pdf/children-and-youth/PST_PD60009546_YoungWomenTheme_Wallpapers_750x1334_FINAL.jpg?lang=eng"Beloved Daughters" Bonnie H. Cordon, October 2019 General Conference https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/33cordon?lang=eng

5 Aug 2020

Rank #18

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Bonnie Oscarson - Directing Our Lives on the Gospel Path

"Drifting, Dreaming, Directing", Ardeth G. Kapp, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint WomenBonnie Oscarson served as the 14th president of the Young Women organization, leading young women worldwide through a period of great change and growth from 2013-2018. She joins us today to share her experiences from a life of service in the Church, and to discuss the life and teachings of another great leader of Young Women from our history, Ardeth G. Kapp. The discussion today focuses on themes from Kapp's especially relevant 1980 BYU Women's Conference address, "Drifting, Dreaming, Directing," where she encourages women to direct their lives along the gospel path and seek conversion from personal revelation."When changes come, and they always will, for some it may be a test to survive because their foundation is based on practices alone, without an understanding of the eternal, unchanging principles."- Ardeth G. Kapp"Our greatest dreams will be fulfilled only as we come to understand fully and experience the blessings of the priesthood, the power of the priesthood, and the ordinances of the priesthood in our own lives."- Ardeth G. Kapp"All individuals are what they are and where they are by a composite of choices that direct their life each day. The responsibility of directing is not only for our own lives, but also for others who may be looking for the light."- Ardeth G. Kapp

29 Jul 2020

Rank #19

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Virginia Pearce Cowley - Self-Worth and Potential

"Season of Awakening", Elaine A. Cannon, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint WomenVirginia Pearce Cowley, former first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shares her insights and experiences as we discuss self-worth and developing a relationship with God, as taught by Elaine A. Cannon, a former Young Women general president, in an 1981 fireside. Join us for a discussion about ways we all can better know and trust in Heavenly Father's unique plan for us, and how to find joy and satisfaction in pursuing a Christ-centered life.Full discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-42?lang=eng&highlight=women%E2%80%99s%20meeting%7CElaine%20A%7CCannon%20speaking%7CCannon"We believe that each of you should develop a sweet and saving relationship with the Lord, because when you have that, everything else will begin to fall into place." - Elaine A. Cannon

22 Jul 2020

Rank #20