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Letter from LDS Church officials responds to criticisms regarding efforts to reach out to women

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Posted at 8:07 PM, May 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-29 22:07:47-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints department of Public Affairs have reportedly sent out a letter in response to criticisms from bloggers and others that have come about recently regarding women in the LDS Church.

The Millennial Star posted the letter on their website, and the letter is titled “Context Missing From Discussion About Women.”

The letter, signed by the LDS Church’s managing director of Public Affairs Michael Otterson, responds to three criticisms, labeled in the letter as follows.

“Criticism 1: The Church doesn’t want to hear from women about painful experiences, doesn’t talk to them or only wants to hear from women who are ‘blindly obedient.'”

“Criticism 2: There is nowhere for women who don’t feel safe in their wards to have a conversation about some of their negative experiences that isn’t seen as subversive.”

“Criticism 3: By not engaging with the more extreme groups, the Church — and Public Affairs in particular — is not acting as Christ would.”

The full letter can be read at this link, and it is also available as a PDF, here: Context-Missing-From-Womens-Discussion-May-29-2014