35c: April 2013 General Conference Young Women and Priesthood Sessions

Amy and Troy host reviews of the Young Women and Priesthood sessions of General Conference. Panelists include: Amber, Ashley, Sara, Brandt, and Kate Kelly.



  1. SloppySeconds

    Conditioning kids to feel betrayed by experienced partners is totally reprehensible. I can only imagine the amount of phycological damage that kind of teaching causes and how it complicates relationships. Sexuality as taught by the Mormon Church hurts every child pressured into accepting it.

    Reply Apr 17, 2013 @ 15:20:28
  2. Amber

    I can’t tell you how much listening to this session with my daughter and then discussing it both on the podcast and offline made me have a testimony of leaving the church for the sake of my children.

    The rhetoric of ‘your only power is your sexual purity’ followed up with ‘don’t let anyone take your virtue/purity from you’ is SO SO SO damaging.

    Reply Apr 17, 2013 @ 15:51:39
  3. Gail F. Bartholomew

    To the Priesthood conference crew,
    I disagree that there is any good evidence that more kids are sexually active. Particularly stating that kids having more knowledge, and their willingness to talk about that knowledge as reason to believe that there is a higher rates of sexual activity among them. Because statistics show that the more knowledge kids have about sex more likely they are to delay sexual activity to older ages, as well as statistics showing the more comfortable kids are talking about sex with their potential sexual partners the more likely they are to delay sexual activity to older ages. I do hear kids having more sexual knowledge than I did, and them being far more comfortable than talking about it than I did as a kid. I believe this is a good thing. When I was a Mormon teen in Tacoma Washington 25, 30 years ago the assumption at school was that if you had not had sex you were weird, although no one would talk about it and know one was willing to admit to never having had sex even when I was in fifth and six grade. Also among my fellow Mormons we would never talk about what we personally had done physically with another human being. I don’t think this helped me make good choices about sex. It lead to shame and not making choices. What ever happened making out with someone after a stake dance just happened it was never talked about or chosen before hand.

    Reply Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:02:22
  4. sinclaire (@domi_KNIT_rix)

    great observations Gail. I spent 5 yrs as a reproductive health counselor and community educator for Planned Parenthood and i would agree that there is really no difference in sexual activity amongst teens (unless we are talking the Victorian age) than say, the 1950’s ….we just know more abt human sexuality, we talk more openly and realistically. Granted some consequences have increased but im not really comfortable saying teens today are more sexually active than in the past.

    Reply Apr 20, 2013 @ 19:21:17
  5. Pechin

    Interesting sides for both the YW’s meeting and the Priesthood.
    Is this the bullying story the men are talking about?
    She does have special needs.
    I do feel like young women are made to feel “unclean” in MANY aspects, which is awful! I agree with Amber. Also, making it the young women’s responsibility for how the young men act it hideous! Teach the boys/men to be responsible for their own actions!

    Reply Apr 23, 2013 @ 14:02:16
  6. Alan

    I think Sara should be on more podcasts. She is a great voice for the believers side of things which I think there should be more of. She is a great communicator and usually says things that make a lot of sense while still being critical when appropriate.

    Reply Apr 30, 2013 @ 21:00:37
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    Reply Jun 26, 2013 @ 00:08:53

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