From “Shhh, Be Still” to Speaking Up—Remaking the Church Experience

After decades of feeling alone, I’d almost given up seeking a place for myself at church. When I accepted the calling to teach in a new ward, I wasn’t sure what I believed but I felt inspired to try building the space I needed into my lessons. I knew what I had found lacking, and what I longed for. After five years of consistently saying the things I need to hear at church, there’s been a transformation in our Relief Society. It seems the more I’m willing to speak my truth, the more I create space for others to do the same.

Susan M. Hinckley, Jen Perlmutter Tanner