Ordain Women founder's recruitment efforts result in excommunication from LDS Church
Kate Kelly's 'conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church,' bishop says
Two LDS Church spokeswomen did offer generalized statements in recent days.
“Tonight, our prayers are with those who have to decide these difficult personal matters," Ally Isom said in a statement Sunday night. "We also pray for those whose choices may place them outside our congregation. In the church, we want everyone to feel welcome, safe and valued, and of course, there is room to ask questions. But how we ask is just as important as what we ask. We should not try to dictate to God what is right for His church."
On Thursday, Jessica Moody said, "How and why one asks is as important as the questions we're asking. What causes concern for church leaders is when personal motivations drive those conversations beyond discussion, and a person or group begins recruiting others to insist on changes in church doctrines or structure. When it goes so far as creating organized groups, staging public events to further a cause or creating literature for members to share in their local congregations, the church has to protect the integrity of its doctrine as well as other members from being misled."
Kelly launched Ordain Women in March 2013. They made news in October, when she and about 150 others staged a direct action activity on Temple Square during the LDS Church's semiannual general conference. They gathered outside the stand-by line for the general priesthood meeting and, one by one, approached an usher to ask for admission. They left when they were denied entry.
About 200 members of Ordain Women and their supporters repeated the action at the church's April conference.
Kelly and her husband, Neil Ransom, are living in Utah while they await visas to travel to Kenya for Ransom's research.
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