A very faithful sister in your ward named Mary asks to speak with you after church. She enters your office and starts to tell you her story. She tells you that in 1987 she was a newly married 22 year old who wanted to be a nurse. She had always wanted to be a nurse since a very young age, and this was her life long dream. She had just started the nursing program at the local collage. But that year Pres. Benson gave a talk in a fireside for parents that was circulated around the church in which he asked women to leave the workplace and come home to their children.
Mary tells you about praying and fasting with her husband, and that they decided she would follow the prophet and not pursue a career in nursing but would be a stay at home mother. Since that time she has had 3 wonderful children, but she always felt she missed something by not becoming a nurse. Her consolation was that she had followed the prophet, and would be blessed.
Then this last week Mary was driving down one of the main roads in your city when she saw one of the new “I’m a Mormon” billboards very large and visible on the side of the road. On the sign was the photo of a woman dressed in a nurse’s uniform, with the words on the side saying: “I’m a mother of three, a nurse, and I’m a Mormon.” Mary tells you she had to pull over, and she sat in the car and cried for 20 min.
She starts to cry as she asks you why the church is promoting women working outside the home. She asks why are working women put up as an example of Mormon Women.