Group calls for Mormon women to lead prayer in church

Group calls for Mormon women to lead prayer in church

Group calls for Mormon women to lead prayer in church

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 4:58 PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of Mormon women is trying to persuade church leaders to let women lead the opening and closing prayer at the church's general conference. The women are asking supporters to send letters or emails to Change.org.

This is the same group that urged women to wear pants to church last month to raise awareness about what they perceive as gender inequality in the Mormon culture.

Women regularly give speeches during the general conference and can pray in the audience but have never led the opening and closing prayers. The group is calling the letter-writing campaign, "Let Women Pray."

You can find the group's Facebook page here.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled to hold its next general conference April 6-7 in Salt Lake City.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says decisions on people leading prayers were made several weeks ago but haven't been made public.

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