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Published: Friday, April 5 2013 3:45 p.m. MDT

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Akiachak, AK

It will be interesting to watch this issue possibly "evolve' over the next years and decades.

Kearns, UT

We've lived in many different areas of the U.S. It amazes me how many women consider being a RS President to be the highest calling in the church for women. They actually rank callings on their level of importance in their eyes. The lowest callings are cub leader and leading music in sacrament meeting. I have been informed by mothers all over the U.S. that it was my responsibility as a cub scout leader to make sure their child received their awards. They had more important callings in other organizations. They did not have time or interest in such a silly program. From my experience, I would say many women are into titles and authority. In Utah it is used to promote themselves in the employment arena. With womens lib, women are more competitive with each other. The idea that they are loving and kind is not really the norm. Why is it so difficult for women to even do Visiting Teaching? They pick and choose who they will visit and not. I would give 30% to the loving and kind group.

Sanpete, UT


What do you mean? Do you think that the church is going to "evolve" and let women hold the priesthood? What do you mean by your comment?

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

The Rank and File female members of the LDS Church share a diversity of opinions on the issue priesthood ordination of LDS women. It will be interesting to see if the Des-News staff interviews Kate Kelly the founder of the "Ordain Women" movement. The Salt Lake Tribune addresses this topic in their paper today. What caught my eye in the Trib article was the issue of female member retention. Would giving women (young and old) greater leadership responsibilities keep them active? Thats a hard call.

Fellow readers sharing your opinions are welcome.

Salt Lake City, UT

I think that the male leaders of the LDS Church (at least those in the leading councils of the Church) really do have a firm grasp of how to incorporate women into the Church leadership. It never has been, and never should be, about what title a woman holds; the issue is mutual participation. Mutual participation at all levels (as has been exemplified in the article above, viz. the missionary decision) is the goal. In the LDS Church, you take what there is to offer (and there is a lot), and you leave behind all the petty wranglings for titles and authority to other populaces. The Church is not built on the backs of men; the Church is not built on the backs of women; the Church is built on the backs of those who do what they are called to do and further the work. Gender never limits the amount of work you can do in the Church.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Quote from article: "I think that if people could sit in those councils and realize how into the details our brethren are, how aware they are of individuals, of issues, of trends, of things that are taking place that really affect families......."

In the last couple of years or so, this country has moved toward many "trends" and "issues" that are far from what would be considered acceptable to LDS principles. I will be watching closely this weekend at General Conference to see if the brethren are going to address any of these issues and advise how we as LDS should respond to them. The world is changing so rapidly and affecting us so dramatically that the typical Conference talk that tells us about the young boy Joseph Smith ect. is not going to cut it. We need leadership and answers to many of the vexing questions of the day. I hope some of the General Authorities who speak to the Church have been so inspired to give us such.

Akiachak, AK

Evolve is an English word with various synonyms: develop, change, grow, progress, advance, go forward, etc.

Sanpete, UT


I am aware of the definition, I was responding to your comment. How will this issue evolve?

Bountiful, UT

I believe you see it any way you choose! Their point in my eyes is that their opinions are are highly regarded and respected because they were called by God to preside over their organizations! I believe all callings have God's hand in them! The test is how you accept them and how you regard them! I am sad that you feel otherwise!

Cinci Man

I loved the line about how equality doesn't always mean sameness. We have equal value in the church and home. I've been an organist nearly all my life, and I value my calling as much as anyone in the church and I devote hours each week to practicing and improving my skill, so that I can provide a better spiritual experience in meetings through my music. I think some of the most inspired women I know, are those who choose the music each week for sacrament meeting. That is a calling I value as much as any calling in the church.

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Supporting LDS Church
Salt Lake City, UT

I sustain the Lord's church, His ways, His teachings. He reveals through the prophet and I sustain the prophet.

I don't imagine the Lord's kingdom is one of "social movements" with people propagating to persuade their Lord to govern differently. He is our Lord and governor and we follow Him. These decisions are not ours to make. Pondering is something in our nature that we inherited from our Heavenly Parents. However, expressing "I wish it were differently" is something we should carefully consider before we voice in front of others who ponder and struggle with issues. I believe we can best benefit from focusing on the Savior in our daily doings while pondering sacred things in private.

The LDS Women Leaders are absolutely correct in that these women want the blessings. This is a good desire. Any woman pondering such things ought to focus on such blessings and how they can bring them into their lives. I only hope that any 'movement' will lead to bettering of lives and not disputes.

Women have motherhood and child bearing responsibilities.
Men have fatherhood and priesthood responsibilities.

I know there is wisdom and purpose in this design.

Manti, UT

In all reality, women have authority over the most important asset in this Church; to wit, the children of the covenant. They give them life, they raise them up from babies to adulthood, hopefully in the gospel. Generally, a righteous mother raises righteous children. The father does have the priesthood, which is ideal in a family, but his priesthood would avail him naught if he didn't have his wife for time and eternity. These protesters who want for LDS women to receive the priesthood have little knowledge of the eternal purpose of the priesthood. A man and a woman joined in marriage in the holy temple become eternal companions; he and his wife are co-equal partners and each has his or her life and challenges in their families and in the Church as it is God's plan. After all, this plan was authored by God in the Garden of Eden wherein He tasked Adam to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow and Eve to have children. God never said that one was better than the other, God wanted them to work together. It is the same today.

Provo, UT

I don't think the Church needs to give the priesthood to women to keep them active. When I attend my ward, there are plenty of active, involved women in the congregation. Probably a few more women than men are there each Sunday. When I'm at the temple, women sometimes outnumber men two or three to one. So, I think female involvement is pretty good. I believe we should be concerned about what's going on with the men. That said, the LDS Church seems to have more men in their pews on Sundays than many other Churches. I suspect their responsibilities in the Priesthood make them want to be more responsible and involved. God and the prophets know what they are doing. These social movement Mormons will never be happy with the Church. They judge the Church by the philosophies of the world instead of judging the philosophies of the world by the values of the Gospel.

Orem, UT

Supporting LDS Church

Motherhood should not be considered the equalizer when it comes to women not having the Priesthood, because any worthy man can receive the Priesthood whereas not all women have the opportunity to be mothers.

Vincentown, NJ

What a difference in makes in the lives of poor women who are working to keep food on the table and a roof over the heads of their family to share that burden with an honest hardworking husband who is willing to bear the brunt of overwhelming circumstances instead of running off to the bar, or running off to be with another woman. Through the gospel man is taught to feel the weight of responsibility and leadership in a healthy whole-some way that supports the family in it's most difficult times. Watch when a father who loves his family walks through the door, and kneels down to receive the embraces of his young children. The world teaches men that they are burdened and hen-pecked as committed fathers and husbands, but the gospel of Christ tells men to submit themselves to God and be the example in their family. That's real leadership. Men can be taught to step up and lean into the role of family leadership.

Supporting LDS Church
Salt Lake City, UT

I hold the priesthood. I don't feel 'above' anyone for it and there is no inequality in my filling this role, a mother filling another, and a woman without children filling a completely different role. We are all equal in God's eyes and I know this to be true. Faithful members of the church know that there is no inequality in the Lord's kingdom. That is what I know of this matter. I will share my knowledge but do not wish to dispute fine points. Make no mistake, I can argue my beliefs, including this, 5 different ways if I felt it was right. I have spent too much time arguing really. But for this it is best that I simply share what I know to be true and not contend.

If you would like clarification on this or any other doctrine, you can inquire as I once did. But if you want to ask for answers, I'm really not who you ought to ask. If you aren't looking for answers then you'll have either made up your own or perhaps you inquired and received an answer. In any case, I wish you well.

orem, UT

M.g.scott - you may very well be disappointed in conference. Mostly the brethren teach principles and then *we* apply them to the world's complex issues.

Bloodhound said,"These social movement Mormons will never be content with the church." This is true. I am not sure why these same emoted ideas flare up every few generations and parade about as if it's not all been said before. It is sad to me to see the next generation of supposedly forward thinking, "evolving" LSD women believe their ideas are new, bold and untried. They will be met with the same answers as they were just 30 years ago. I think some women get bored and need something to keep their blood pumping.

Just a Question

I really believe these women to be sincere. I also believe the 12 Apostles and First Pres. to be sincere and striving daily for humility. But just because people have sincere and good intentions doesn't make them right and infallible. This entire piece felt contrived (wether intentional or unintentional) and it was a masterful piece of propaganda: three women try to convince the female viewers that there is no "power" or "authority" problem as they take direct council/orders from a men-only upper management. The piece seemed like it was engineered as a Jedi-mind-trick, waving their hands infront of viewers saying "Women don't want the priesthood, women don't need the priesthood," while the viewers watch with their hearts, listening to the soothing and and inspirational voices and repeat blankly "women don't want the priesthood, women don't need the priesthood." Problem solved.

Agua Dulce, TX

"I don't imagine the Lord's kingdom is one of "social movements" with people propagating to persuade their Lord to govern differently."

Except that by saying that, you're ignoring most of the history of change in the church. Most famously, the Word of Wisdom came about because of a plea from Emma Smith. The membership of the Church had wanted the 1978 revelation long before there was a serious effort to study it and change it. FHE came about because of grassroots efforts.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Content aside, I find the rapid response by the Church interesting.
Some issues fester for years and get no official attention or explanation.
Why are some issues addressed immediately and with great authority while others are not?

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