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

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mesa, AZ

Kryssy--You make good points in your argument--but I also think you miss the point in consideration of the opinion piece-we have no real understanding as to why Kelly and her activists are choosing to do this. we do not know their motivations- we do know that if we as individual gospel learners, church members, priesthood bearers, temple goers, etc that if we defy against gospel standards, principles, leadership etc. then we are much like in a boat without oars amongst a raging river. The issue is that you, nor I, nor Ms Kelly receives revelation for this church and we have made commitments and covenants to the Lord-to sustain His chosen prophets and leaders--and it has nothing to do with any research, history, etc. But very simple--Our willingness to stay the course--Who's on the Lord side Who?

OC Fan
Orange County, CA

This is my second try for a comment. The DN staff didn't appreciate my attempt at levity. I'll bet mine is not the only comment rejected on this topic! I appreciate the sensitivity the staff has for the Ordain Women group, but I still think they should give them tickets to the BYU game.

I went to the Ordain Woman blog, which says: "Ordain Women aspires to create a space for Mormon women to articulate issues of gender inequality they may be hesitant to raise alone. As a group we intend to put ourselves in the public eye and call attention to the need for the ordination of Mormon women to the priesthood."

I respectfully take issue to the statement that there is a "need" for women to be ordained. The group simply wants to call attention to their "desire" for the priesthood. Hello?

I'm only writing this because I want to see if the staff rejects me again. If they do, I will march on the DN offices to express my desire to be a member of the staff. I could screen comments.

Salt Lake City, UT

It boils down to this. Folks, God has created worlds for a long time, and He has established divine roles and responsibilities for both men and women. If you read and believe the Proclamation to the World on the Family, the roles for men and women were ordained (assigned) in the premortal life. Remember - God has done all of this before. He is not just practicing on us like a student teacher in a classroom. He knows what He is doing. Do we really understand the true character of God as explained in the Lectures on Faith - that He is all-knowing? If so, then we exercise faith in His prophets and in His timing. Then we don't worry about the questions He has chosen not to answer. We devote our time to the things we should be doing here and now - keeping our covenants, serving others, expanding the Church, etc. There is plenty of work for all of us to do right now. Yes, there is plenty of work for women - even without formal priesthood ordination.

Canyon Country, CA

Kathryn Skaggs, sorry to break the news to you, but you're wasting your time and energy. You clearly have no understanding of the equal, but different, roles of men and women in the church. Boy, you could really do some good by focusing your time and energy on service, missionary work or genealogy and temple work, rather than spinning your wheels with your little misguided and misplaced crusade.

North Las Vegas, NV

hilarious! once again its someone who joined the chess club and wants to make everyone play checkers. anyone who wants to attend another meeting is out of their mind anyway! i could care less if the guys meet without me--grateful to not be invited! grow up ladies and find a productive way to spend your life!

Sioux Falls, SD

Gordon B. Hinckley said:

"Women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has put it that way. It is part of His program. Women have a very prominent place in this Church. Men hold the priesthood offices of the Church. But women have a tremendous place in this Church. They have their own organization. It was started in 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith, called the Relief Society, because its initial purpose was to administer help to those in need. It has grown to be, I think, the largest women's organization in the world... They have their own offices, their own presidency, their own board. That reaches down to the smallest unit of the Church everywhere in the world... The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. 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"

I don't know if women will ever have the priesthood but if they do receive it one day it will be because the Lord has declared it so.

Salt Lake, Ut

It is beyond ironic that people want their true church to change its doctrine to suit their personal desires.

Salt Lake City, UT

Does OW think that God does not know they feel this way? Or think He won't be interested in addressing their concerns unless they throw a faux-protest at conference? Why do these women think God's chosen prophet needs that sort of reminder to consult with God over these issues? Do they think they are personally responsible for making sure he's doing his job? Why do they presume they are speaking for a larger body of Mormon women with the same feelings? Maybe most Mormon women don't want this? Do they think media will influence God's decision? Why can't they ask God about their concerns through prayer and scripture study like the rest of us? AND ON THE OTHER SIDE: why do people think it's their responsibility to prove that this notion is against the will of God? There is NO reason to fight these women about equality or tell them they are evil. Being kind is good. If God doesn't think women should have the Priesthood at this time, He won't give it to them. Which will prove to be a better explanation than anything you have to offer.

Brigham City, UT

All people can read the Ensign: past, present and future, where the proceedings are covered; all people can pray. Only women can bear children however, so there are differences. Differences make life wonderful. Boring world if we all looked the same and had same personality.

Mapleton, UT

I have taken note, in recent years, of the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church) and their full embrace of the "me too" ecumenicism, including the ordination of women to their "priesthood" which has naturally led to several women "apostles". Something just seems wrong about that. Bottom line: In my opinion, this just further demonstrates their continuing drift from Truth. Will the Latter-day Saints likewise start down this slippery slope of bowing to the popular causes of the day? I think not.

Tom Kemp
East Hamnpton, CT

Priesthood sessions have been broadcast on television in the past. All conference sessions are recorded and live video, audio and print versions of the Priesthood session have been widely available for decades to anyone that wants to listen or see the talks.

Hucahuca City, AZ

I just thin of when Martin Harris repeatedly pleaded with the Prophet Joseph about the Book of Lehi. Bro. Harris really, really wanted the manuscript to prove to his wife their veracity. He got them eventually. Yep, that all worked out great for us, didn't it. The Lord let it be lost to us for a time because Bro. Harris and the Prophet wouldn't take no for an answer. It wasn't the will of the Lord, but both Bro. Harris and the Prophet needed to be humbled, and we all lost out because of it. I am certain the prophets have repeatedly petitioned the Lord about the issue of the priesthood and women. The answer has been no. Why? Because that's what the Lord has said. If these women had the faith they proclaim to have, they would accept this answer and let the will of the Lord happen, not what they want to happen. Isn't that what faith is?

West Valley City, Utah

Sister Kelly lacks a basic understanding the purpose of the priesthood. It is exists to humbly service others. Women serve others, men serve others. Is she saying that the ways that men serve is superior to the way men serve, that somehow sameness would achieve some kind of equality of power? I thinks these ways are equal and both essential. The priesthood is explicitly stated as not being meant to be used in any way to exert power or control over women or anyone else.

Vancouver, WA

Why can't men naturally bare children? Why can only men have the priesthood? Since we humans in our imperfect state cannot fully comprehend the fullness of God's knowledge and greatness, we should all follow God's council and follow him in faith. No man or woman holds any right to challenge or tempt God. His plan is perfect, his knowledge is perfect and it will do us right to follow his direction given through living prophets. What he has taught us is that man and woman have distinct and eternal roles. We were not created to be the 'same'. If women were the same as men there would be no difference. We were made differently to fulfill different responsibilities. As men and women come together in one heart and one mind each fulfilling their eternal role and purpose, then perfection can be reached. And like our Father in Heaven we can become.

Paul Bohman
Arlington, VA

Someday we will look back on this time and we will remember what it was like before women could be ordained to the priesthood. And we will be glad that those days are over.

bleeding purple
Santa Ana, CA

Why do I have to have it and do it ALL? Why do we all have to be the same? I like the different roles my husband and I have. If I'm ever offered the Priesthood, I will have to decline ... I'm too busy doing everything else!

American Fork, UT

Ladies, you've been given your choice. Status quo, or else.

St. George, UT

I think Eve should have petitioned God to have been the one to have assisted in the creation. Apparently, many of the people commenting on this article haven't been inside a temple. Or, possibly, weren't paying attention.

Colorado Patriot
Grand Junction, CO

Come on sisters! If you think you should have the priesthood, then you belong to the wrong church and should find another one that suits you. Good grief, don't you have enough to do?

Pocatello, ID

I am an active LDS woman and I cannot believe what I am reading!
It was explained very simply to me when I was a child.
Got had TWO special gifts. One was the Priesthood, which He gave to men. The second was giving birth, which He gave to women. This was equal, each got their special gift.
When men start giving birth on their own - THEN will I start bellyaching about it not being fair. Until then I will remember the sister of Moses who tried to be equal with him and was cursed for trying to take on her own what God had given to men. This REALLY upsets me big time!

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