God did not create men and women to be alike, but to be valued equally

Of all the questions we get about the church, no subject is more prevalent than the role and status of women. It is surprisingly common for curious people to have the impression that Mormonism is a male-dominated culture and theology; and even to view women as subservient, second-class citizens.

Part of this impression likely comes from misconceptions about polygamy (see earlier columns in this miniseries about answering common questions). But it goes broader and deeper than that. Many people know that the priesthood is held only by men in the church, and they assume that implies that they occupy a more important and favored position than women.

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