Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Lynee Lewis Gaillet

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Lopez

Third Advisor

Ashley Holmes


Latter-day Saint women have led the Relief Society by implementing a rhetorical practice that seeks to unite the women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 19th-century Relief Society leaders began a rhetorical pattern of persuasion by utilizing ethos-based rhetorics found in their use of the collective identity ‘Sister’ and feminist identity of ‘Charity Work.’ As exemplified by commemorative acts of remembrance of the Relief Society’s March 17th Birthday and the perpetuated use of the terms established by the first leaders of the Relief Society, Latter-day Saint women continue to invoke pathos as a relationship between speaker and audience over time and across generations, demonstrating not only a form of pathetic appeal intended to unite the women of the Latter-day Saint faith, but also denotes a rhetorical process of pathos characteristic of religious women’s rhetoric and worthy of inclusion in the rhetorical canon.


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