Latter-day Saint Life

How Women & the Priesthood Is One Small Part of a Much Larger Question


MR says: After the Church released two new Gospel Topics essays focusing on the sensitive topics of women and the priesthood and our Heavenly Mother, many people from all backgrounds have begun commenting on the Church's stand on women being ordained to the priesthood.

We really appreciated this insight posted by LDS Smile on remembering the most important questions when it comes to our faith or challenges to it. As President Uchtdorf so insightfully shares, "please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."

Do I believe God is running the church today through living prophets and apostles?

This is the fundamental question I ask myself and one that ultimately will decide where we tend to fall on the spectrum when it comes to female ordination of the priesthood. I absolutely believe that men and women are equals when it comes to the church.  As President Hinckley stated:

In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.

The fact that women are not ordained to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for some a sticking point, a hot topic, even a potential media controversy. Others aren't troubled by the issue at all. But wherever you fall on that spectrum, you'll be fascinated by this doctrinal exploration of a topic that is crucial for both women and men to understand.

In Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord's church, that God expects women to receive revelation, and that both men and women have access to God's highest spiritual blessings.


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