Church Approves Endorsement of Chaplains, Including Women

LDS Chaplain
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PROVO — “I preach every Sunday in an Interfaith Service. I am a Pastoral Counselor, wife, mom and grandma. I’m a chaplain. I’m a Mormon.”

That is what Chaplain Tami Harris wrote Oct. 7 when she started her first “I’m a Mormon” profile at Harris, of Provo, was the first non-military female chaplain in the LDS Church and has been serving and pastoring troubled teens since 1989.

Since last Tuesday, she has received more than 1,000 hits on her page and numerous inquiries.

It was just this past June when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially announced it has approved the centralized endorsement of all chaplaincies, including female chaplains. It was reiterated at last week’s chaplain’s seminar and training that runs in tandem with the October General Conference of the LDS Church.

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Elizabeth Cole is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was born and raised near San Antonio, Texas. Elizabeth graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree in English and is currently a blogger for "The Geeky Mormon."