Tuesday, October 15, 2013

thoughts on ordain women

some friends have asked my opinions on the Ordain Women movement and so i thought i'd share a few thoughts in response:

>>> i have many friends that are participating in the movement. while watching it progress, overall i've been saddened by some of the hostile reactions to the OW movement. my friends have been called names, been unfairly harassed and judged and some even accused as apostates (not by their bishops but by their friends). this unsympathetic and sometimes malicious environment has made me hesitant to share my views. however, i hope that the environment is changing and that especially after last weekend the atmosphere will lighten a bit.

>>> i'd like to take a quick moment to refute the argument that members of the OW are apostate. as members of our faith community, i think it is important that we are sensitive and respectful to their personal reflections, experiences and testimonies. so far all of my interactions with these sisters has shown me that they are active members and consider themselves faithful in our gospel. i really loved president uchtdorf's talk in conference last week about love and acceptance for everyone in our congregation no matter their personal convictions about the gospel.

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"“I did not like the old man being called up for erring in doctrine. It looks too much like the Methodist, and not like the Latter-day Saints. Methodists have creeds which a man must believe or be asked out of their church. I want the liberty of thinking and believing as I please. It feels so good not to be trammeled. It does not prove that a man is not a good man because he errs in doctrine.” 
-Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:340
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>>> from my experience interacting with and reading about the OW movement, they don't seem sexist at all (quite the opposite). the OW plea is centered around service and having more opportunities to serve the Lord. they see general inequalities among how members of our congregation serve and participate in leadership roles and decision making. OW women do not think they are better than men

>>> motherhood ≠ Priesthood. i keep hearing motherhood being compared to the Priesthood. what about fatherhood? what about the Priesthood being the power and authority of God? what about women becoming Goddesses? are women not going to have any power and authority of God in the eternities because they have motherhood? does that also mean women are forever called in the eternities to have uterus' and periods and labor?
we don't know everything about gender roles in the eternities. we don't know much about what power Heavenly Mother does and does not have up in heaven, so lets stop pretending that we know what kind of power She does and doesn't have in the eternities.

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i'm finally sitting and writing this post after kind encouragement and support from a few loved ones. i know my opinions are not always important, but i do feel passionately about a few things concerning women and the Priesthood. but i guess, in the end, my opinions are more what i don't know rather than what i do know. but i think that's a key thing to remember about this issue. there's a lot of uncertainty and confusion. i'm not going to pretend i understand the issue completely. but no one should. because we don't have all the answers. that's just something that comes with being immortal. it's also a part of constant revelation - we don't know everything about the present and the future.

what i do know is that it's going to be okay in the eternities. it's all going to make sense in the end. and the Gospel is true. and i don't understand why our Heavenly Parents have things set up on earth the way They do, but whatever Their reasons, i know they are important. things could stay the same. things could change. i'm not part of OW because i don't feel the need to be, but if they feel the need, they should not be persecuted.

Hi my name is dallas. <-- blog grafitti from my husband.

2 comments:

  1. First off, I really liked this post. Thank you for saying these things!
    I find it interesting to attend the temple and observe the ways women interact in not only the endowment but in the initiatory processes. Personally, I've noticed some really interesting things that I find insightful as to an eternal view of the role of the priesthood in men and women's lives. (I wish I could say so much more!!) Just something to maybe consider the next time you find yourself in the temple.

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    1. Emaline, my thoughts exactly. I know exactly what you're talking about, and I think we have the same assumptions from what happens in the temple! :)

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