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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 11:55 a.m. MDT

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WilliamLee
Ogden, UT

I have been a member of this wonderful Church and I am a High Priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood. My wife is in Relief Society. We are both converts to this church and have been for 37 years. Not once have I ever wanted to attend RS Conference, as I knew those messages were meant for the sisters and young women of the church. My wife has shown no interest in attending General Priesthood. Yet after these meetings we discuss what we came away with from the meetings. I'm not passing judgement, but it saddens me to see how these sisters could be putting their memberships on the line. They are treading on apostasy and I pray they counsel with the Lord on what they are doing is wrong.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

I believe that we often make up explanations where none exist so we don't have to say "I don't know."

First off, do you believe that the LDS Church is Christ's restored gospel that is led by a living prophet? No? Then why are we bothering to have a conversation about the practices of the LDS Church if we're not starting from the same point? For the sake of argument?

So, let's say you are a believer and next we can see if we agree about the way change comes to the Church. Is it from press releases and protests? How about from the Prophet and Apostles petitioning the Lord for more wisdom on a given topic? If one believes that the LDS Church is just another organization then why not make a big fuss, create alliances, and campaign for the changes you desire? And certainly there would be few reasons in this day and age to exclude women from the priesthood. But...if Christ is the one in charge here, shouldn't we be praying for patience and understanding, not change according to our desires?

By their fruits ye shall know them.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

When ever this issue surfaces, the immediate example used as proof possitive that women will eventually be ordained is that once, the priesthood was extended to all worthy men. But the comparison is an apples to oranges one. Prior to the change in 1978, temple blessings were denied to an entire ethnic group. Currently, temple blessing are not denied to any worthy member of the church - male or female.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

By saying that women should receive the preisthood what these women, and the males that support them, are saying is that the church itself is not true, its doctrine is incorrect, Christ did not establish its order, and that the prophets and apostles are not in tune with God and his will.

So why do they wish to even be a part of it?

I would never try to change a religion to fit my personal desires, what would be the purpose? It is not my church and it is not based on my selfish desires, it is Christs church and its doctrine is his. To try to force Christ to change his doctrine to placate the desires of yourselves is to put yourself above Christ. How very sad.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

This will change just like African Americans and the priesthood. If women aren't allowed in they will leave. If the Mormon church loses the women, it loses everybody.

Fern RL
LAYTON, UT

' "This is about the ordination of women to the priesthood," said Kelly, an international human rights attorney in Washington, D.C.... '

This drive to have women ordained to the priesthood is insulting. It insults me that a large number of people should think that I would need to have the priesthood to have self respect or be better in any way.

Are these women so selfish as to push their own agenda without considering how insulting it is to some of the rest of us?

That is my own opinion as a woman who grew up in this church through the 1950's until now.

Rainman
Syracuse, UT

Comparing black men and women in the priesthood isn’t apples to apples. To obtain the Celestial Kingdom, a man needs the priesthood but this is not required for a woman.

If Christ revealed to his prophet that women should have the priesthood I would accept it with all my heart. If you would like to pray for that go ahead. I have no problem with that. My feeling is that it’s difficult enough to obtain exaltation. Why spend time and energy on something that won’t affect your ability to obtain it? Why not focus that time and energy on something you do have control over which will help lead to your salvation. The adversary loves it when we get distracted.

JT4
Salt Lake City, UT

I think the women in question here are forgetting the First Great Commandment. Unless they don't believe that God has called those in authority in the Church, in which case why would they be concerned about hearing what they have to say?

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . a much smaller group of women — probably somewhere between 150 and 200 . . . ."

Here's betting the number will be nowhere near that. Or that, if 200 women actually do show up, only a tiny fraction will be actual members of the Church.

This is nothing more than naked aggression against and persecution of the Church by a tiny, tiny cabal of non-believers. They've chosen to affiliate themselves with the usual small crowd of antis and apostates, and their goal is to bring down, rather than to build up Zion.

Real people can't help but feel sorry for them.

iktmRl
Henderson, NV

Christ lives! He is our Master, our Lord, our Redeemer, and is the head of this church! He hears the concerns of these women, and he invites all to draw nearer to Him for answers. We need to follow the counsel of our Prophet and the scriptures always, and even when we think things need to change, we must always sustain our Lord and his servants in diligence and faith. He will bless us for our obedience, faith, and humility. We have much to learn, and there is much the Father and the Son wants to teach us. Our roles have potential beyond anything we can comprehend at this point. Reading the Book of Mormon and drawing nearer to Christ and the Father in prayer will reveal what their will is for us individually, and what we are capable of in this life and the life to come.

john d
REXBURG, ID

these woman don't care about god plan they care about the worlds way Christ said be in the world don't be of it. these woman can choose the way of the world. benson said we can stand up for the kingdom of god or kingdom of the devil. you choose

Itsme2
SLC, UT

As a female who served a mission for the church, I say Kate Kelly is on a slippery slope. I have all the blessings of the Priesthood and I don't need to hold it. What is it about being the same as men? We are equal, but we don't all have the same responsibilities. When are men going to have the right to bear children? We don't see them protesting about a right Kate has that men don't have. If you understand the church at all, as a woman you don't feel the need to pretend to this so-called right that Kate thinks women should have.

Capt Moroni
Perris, CA

What always astonishes me is how some women want equality even in the priesthood when we as Men do not want that same equality in the home. Motherhood is a sacred and real calling. I could NEVER do what my wife does for our children, so why would she ever want to do what I do in the Priesthood?! The Lord's House is a House of Order, and there is a season to all things under Heaven...Why do women feel they need to share in everything a Man does? Don't they understand how important they are in the Lord's House?

Shushannah
Kendal, Cumbria

As far as I can remember, no righteous man who desired the priesthood but was unable to hold it (eg Gentiles in Biblical times, certain worthy males before 1978) was ever punished for having that desire. However, it may be recalled that Miriam, the sister of Moses, was punished sorely by The Lord for just such a desire... Be careful what you wish for, sisters...

Other denominations have women ministers, true... But these do nothing more than our own Relief Society Presidencies do; In fact, Relief Society sisters all do as much, or more, within our communities. Other denominations hold no keys, nor are they authorised to act in the Lord's stead. Anyone envying these people has neither a testimony of, nor an understanding of, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and of the Lord's dealings with his children, and the set-up of his church.

May I respectfully suggest that any sister (or brother) struggling with this issue, should turn to The Lord in prayer, study the scriptures, ancient and modern, and visit the House of The Lord often, in order to gain a greater understanding of the Plan of Salvation.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

I have to believe that the women invested in this issue, while possibly very well-meaning, have a focus that is being lead by someone other than our Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father directs the affairs of the church. He is unchanging and always directing things for our benefit. If we are ready to have things revealed to us we didn't possess yesterday, they will be revealed. We must have faith in that. There isn't faith in asking our Heavenly Father to give us blessings now instead of tomorrow. If it will come, it will. If it will not, then we must accept that.

The world defines equality in several different ways; none of which are perfect and aligned with God. The order in which He directs us is already equal. It is an equality that is perfect, unlike what we are taught by the world.

Obedience to Heavenly Father is something very important to us. There is an order in His kingdom and it is calculated to bring us happiness. If we are in disharmony with it, or desire it to operate differently the error is within us, not God's work.

snowman
Provo, UT

Dennis: the boys priesthood leaders would take him.

Johnny Triumph: men can be just as loving and nurturing as a woman But women spend more time with the kids than a father would.

Women can particpate in the blessing of the priesthood too

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Any person who has received their endowments regardless of gender would already know that for the priesthood to be fully implemented temporally or spiritually both men and women have to hold the priesthood but modified for each genders needs and roles in an eternal continuum.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

This article is historically incorrect. Priesthood meeting was broadcast live once before for just one session. I'm not sure anymore the exact year, but I was perhaps under President Lee. Then they went back to closed meetings again.

rightascension
Provo, UT

Guys nights out get increasingly harder and harder to orchestrate. General Priesthood broadcast was the major guys night out event of the spring and autumn social seasons – sometimes with dinners out afterward. With this announcement the LDS priesthood holding father can watch the broadcast at home with his wife and kids. This is change amid change.

goutahutes
Cedar Hills, UT

Everyone should be heard, but using sacred meetings like Sacrament Meeting and General Conference as your forum of protest demonstrates how little regard you have for your Heavenly Father and more about some personal agenda. These protests during these sacred meetings are offensive, and not much different than the people protesting outside the Temple Square walls during conference.

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