At the October 2007 general conference of the LDS Church, Beck delivered a sermon that caused some controversy among some members of the church. In her sermon, Beck equated "nurturing" with "homemaking" — which Beck said "includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home" — and stated that "Latter-day Saint women should be the best homemakers in the world". A report issued a few days after Beck's speech stated that "she has caused a stir among Mormon women not seen since 1987, when President Ezra Taft Benson said unequivocally that mothers should not work outside the home except in emergencies."
Beck reiterated her counsel in a March 2008 address.
Beck's second annual address to LDS Church women in September 2008 focused on strengthening the role of the Relief Society in each congregation throughout the world. The address was viewed as being more inclusive of single women and women without children and was more enthusiastically received in the United States than previous addresses.
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