Vol. 42 No. 4 — Spring 2023

COVER ART — “Arrival” by Laura Erekson
I ran out to my garden several times during the creation of this work, gathering everything from Italian parsley to grapes. It explores the complexities of womanhood and female identity. The woman standing in a lush garden represents not only Eve, but all women past, present, and future. The central question is whether she is lost or found, or both. This work is both a tribute to the resilience and strength of women and an invitation to examine our own journeys and celebrate them. It is an ode to the long line of women who have come before us and an affirmation of the infinite possibilities that lay ahead.
@lauraereksonart | ereksonatkinson.com

LETTER FROM EDITOR “A Reverence for Trees, a Reverence for Printers” by Rosie Gochnour Serago

ESSAY “Complete Reconstruction // Reconstructing Completion” by Kimberly Applewhite Teitter

ESSAYThe Place that Doesn’t Exist” by Allison Pingree

FICTION  Holy Week” by Carol Lynn Pearson

ESSAY A Letter to My Daughter” by L.E.R.

POETRY “After Dobbs” by Alixa Brobbey

WOMEN’S WORK “Meet Sue Zwahlen: Mayor of Modesto, California” — Interview with Mayor Zwahlen by Katie Ludlow Rich

ARTIST FEATURE “Holiness Found Everywhere” — Interview with Kathryn Ivy Reese

BLOG FEATURE by Kaylee McElroy, Mindy Farmer, Bryn Knowlton Neenos, Nicole Sbitani

POETRY “Our Mother-Goddess Gleaming Bright, a Hymn” by Sarah J. Carter

THEOLOGYThe Lord Has Directed”: Precedent & Revelation in Priesthood Ordination” by El Call

ESSAY “Clean” by Josieanna Peterson

ESSAY “Gentle Parenting” by Lauren Toiaivao Bost

POETRY “Reluctant, Radiant” by Heidi Naylor

ESSAY “Working Mom” by Janalie C. Bingham Joseph

BOOK REVIEW of Every Needful Thing by Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye & Kate Holbrook — Reviewed by Ynna Padilla

ESSAY “Not Giving My Son the Priesthood” by Alma Frances Pellett

BOOK REVIEW of O Lady, Speak Again by Dayna Patterson — Reviewed by Rachel Rueckert

ESSAY “Wayfinding Between Worlds” by Trang Thach Hickman



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rueckert 
Managing Editor Carol Ann Litster Young
Art Editor Page Turner 
Managing Art Editor Natalie Taylor 
Layout Designer & Editor Rosie Gochnour Serago 
Women’s Theology Editor Eliza Wells 
Poetry Editor Abby Parcell
Blog Feature Editor Katie Ludlow Rich
Book Reviews Editor Ynna Padilla
Subscription Manager Gwen Volmar 
Proofreaders Kami Coppins, Cherie Pedersen, Karen Rosenbaum 
Additional Staff Tracy Allen, Kif Augustine, Kate Bennion, Jessica Mitton, Alma Frances Pellett, Emma Tueller Stone



President Lori LeVar Pierce
Vice President & Secretary Lindsay Denton
Treasurer Jeanine Bean
Members Crystal Adams, Andee Bowden, Carol Ann Litster Young, Ramona Morris, Rachel Rueckert, Nancy Ross, Heather Sundahl



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Exponent II (ISSN 1094-7760) is published quarterly by Exponent II. Exponent II has no official connection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Articles published represent the opinions of authors only and not necessarily those of the editor or staff. 

Copyright © 2023 by Exponent II, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rachel Rueckert is the current editor in chief of the Exponent II Magazine. She is the author of EAST WINDS.

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