On Sunday, January 26th BYU professor Joseph Spencer presented a fireside on women in the Book of Mormon at the LA Temple Visitors’ Center. He discussed the sudden reveal that Nephi had sisters in 2 Nephi 5, the questions that are raised by the lack of representation of women in the Book of Mormon, and the Nephite prophets’ concern about this exclusion. The fireside was a great supplement alongside Come, Follow Me studies to help gain a deeper appreciation for Book of Mormon women.

See the full video below.

Joseph M. Spencer is an assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He has published extensively on Latter-day Saint scripture and theology in BYU Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Philosophy and Scripture, and the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies where he serves as associate editor. Spencer is co-editor of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture. His other books include Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah and For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope. He is an author for the forthcoming The Book of Mormon: Brief Theological Introductions series for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute. Spencer and his wife, Karen, live in Provo, Utah, with their five children.