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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Priesthood and gender relations.

Okay, I'm finally doing it. I've been wanting to write a post on the subject of women and the priesthood for a long time, but there's so much to say and I wasn't sure exactly what to say or how to say it. This post doesn't even come close to covering the whole topic, but it is a small part of what I feel.
I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. It is God's church. I know this because I've prayed about it. I strongly believe that anyone who studies it out and prays can know the same thing. I also believe we have a living prophet on the earth, who leads the church by revelation from God. The living prophet holds the keys to the priesthood, which is God's power for the salvation of all of His children.
Within the Church, I think that sometimes we mistakenly view callings and responsibilities as ranks or as ladders to be climbed. They're just positions that can be held. Yes, there is an order to it, but it's not like any of those callings is more important than any other. There's a great scripture in the Bible that talks about how every part of the body is necessary. Both men and women and all of the callings in the church are important to its function. No matter what we're asked to do, we will be blessed for our faithful service. If we look at the way sister missionaries are becoming ever more involved in missionary service, it's further evidence that men and women need to work together to help themselves and others gain salvation.
Personally, I don't feel at all slighted in not being ordained to the priesthood. I don't feel robbed, I don't feel less important, and I have no reason to complain. As a daughter of God, I have my own role to fulfill, and I am extremely grateful for the covenants I have made through baptism and in the temple. Those are all priesthood ordinances and I haven't been left out in any way because I'm a woman. I loved the conference talks on Sunday and Saturday which spoke of the importance of women, the importance of men, and the importance of loving, respecting and honoring each other.
One final thought: I liked it when President Uchtdorf said (in his priesthood session talk, I believe) that we sometimes think or say that men are less sensitive or that they don't get their feelings hurt as easily as women do, but that's not necessarily the case. Women need to be sensitive to the feelings of men, and men need to be sensitive to the feelings of women. We just need to treat each other as brothers and sisters should. Charity is a quality we all need to develop.