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Published: Saturday, June 28 2014 10:10 a.m. MDT

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orem, UT

Very well stated by the brethren.

I have lived long enough to see the social trends pendulum sway from one side to another like a ship without a rudder. I am grateful to be aboard a steady ship in the LDS church. As a woman I find the opposite of oppression in my membership and participation.

Poppa Alan
Fruit Heights, UT

The first time I heard of 'Ordained Women' I knew it would lead to loss of membership to those that created it and pushed its agenda. People speak of Satan's evil, such as stealing, murder, adultery, coveting those things that are not yours. (the ten commandments people!) but they don't recognize his greatest tool to bring us down is the struggle within. Whether it be within ourselves or as a group. This woman seems to feel that what she is doing is right, She says she still loves the church but she's wrong. She can't love the church when she is being manipulated by Satan. I feel so bad for her and all who follow her. Come back to the light!

American Fork, UT

All service in the church has equal merit in the eyes of God. Your experience, however, may not reflect that. And they'd really rather you not point that out.

Vince here
San Diego, CA

Would the priestesses and women in position of power in the Bible have their positions taken away if they were living today?

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

The underlying assumption of the Ordain Women bunch is based on an erroneous belief. They think they can change who gets ordained to the Priesthood the same way they would change a department store's return policy on a dress (or pant-suit maybe) they don't like. Arguing with the clerk will get you nowhere in this case. The manager cannot help either.

You have to go to the owner in this situation. And the owner is God. They have his direct line, if they will use it. But they should understand that what they are asking is for Him to rethink His entire creation. It is like asking Him to change which gender has babies. Of course, with God, nothing is impossible. Though, it would seem like a more reasonable request to ask God for understanding about why He did things the way He did.

"...seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works." (Jacob 4:10)

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

Let this be the end of it. The Church isn't conforming to be accepted by the world.

Proud L.D. S.
Huntington Beach, CA

I am so thankful for revelation and a prophet that understands and knows the will of God, but most of all I'm blessed to know that I can know for myself what they say is true. I don't need to be ordained to the Priesthood to use it in my callings in the church. I sustain President Monson and his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the callings that they have. I know their are those that will say I'm brainwashed and whatever else they want to say, but I'm not.

Light and Liberty
St. George/Washington, UT

Only the world, and those caught up in worldly affairs, would misconstrue something so simple to understand!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"All service in the church has equal merit in the eyes of God."

I believe this. I want to see it in action in my church, though. If this is what we believe and teach, let's put our money where our mouths are. Let's dedicate equal resources to programs for our boys and for our girls. Our scouting program for boys gets so much more of our resources than programs for the girls of the same age and the disparity is most exaggerated when comparing programs for the 8 - 11-year-old set. Our children are watching and they feel it too. I have asked the question repeatedly why this is so and there has been no answer from my local leaders. Now is a good time to remedy this disparity. I have no good answer when my daughter asks why her brothers are honored at pack meeting and she is not.

Arlington, va

Bravo! Clear and concise statement for not only church members but the world, who has been so quick to jump on one side of the story.

To those who have Ordain Women profiles, I would say this is your answer. Please do not "stand with John Dehlin or Kate Kelly". Standing with their cause and with them is openly and actively advocating against the church. It is sympathizing with apostates. Please remove your profiles and align yourselves with the Prophet who has spoken. It is so clear that having an Ordain Women profile on the public page is actively and openly opposing the doctrine and our Church. Please reconsider. Please know you will be welcomed with open arms with love. I ask everyone who knows someone who has an OW profile to be loving when they remove their profiles from the site and show increased love for their obedience to a prophet of God.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Was this statement meant to make LDS women feel better?

Orem, UT

Hugh B. Brown was more forward thinking than the leaders of the LDS Church today.

”I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent--if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression... This free exchange of ideas is not to be deplored as long as men and women remain humble and teachable. Neither fear of consequence or any kind of coercion should ever be used to secure uniformity of thought in the church. People should express their problems and opinions and be unafraid to think without fear of ill consequences.... We must preserve freedom of the mind in the church and resist all efforts to suppress it."
March 25, 1958, BYU Speech, “MAN AND WHAT HE MAY BECOME.”

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

The church presidency said in this statement that they are concerned about members who leave who then encourage others to question the church and potentially follow them.

But when members join the church they are encouraged to share their beliefs with other and potentially get other people to join.

Can the first presidency and its members see the hypocrisy in this thinking? That it is okay to send 80,000 missionaries out into the world to get other people to question their beliefs. And to encourage every member to be a missionary.

But when other people try to share their beliefs (that the church isn't true) with LDS members the first presidency and its members are offended.

i think it is great when LDS people try and push their beliefs on me. But they need to be ready and willing to hear about my beliefs in return.

Provo, UT

A well worded response to Ordain Women and liked minded groups and individuals. Kate Kelly and those who support her position would likely be more at home in the Community of Christ Church. They have developed a more liberal restoration theology and they ordain women to the priesthood. If Ms. Kelly wants to regain membership in the LDS Church, her Church leaders have clearly stated what she needs to do to regain her membership.

Syracuse, UT

Nothing new here really. This is nothing more than a reiteration of what everyone already knew. The LDS Church is going to have to do a lot more than this to stem the tide of negativity that built up over the Kate Kelly incident. She generated a lot of publicity nationwide and internationally. From what I saw it was almost universally negative. This story will have no coverage beyond the immediate area and certainly will have no effect on that negativity. Standard pablum isn't going to do it. Between Kate and the 10th, the LDS Church had a very bad week.

Saint George, UT

I just read the Kelly woman's response in another news source and it appears that she still doesn't get the message Gods laws don't change.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

As pertaining to the LDS church's statement about women and the Priesthood: simple, clear, and truthful.

Good job, Pres. Monson, good job!

Cinci Man

This is absolutely true. I love the men and women who direct and guide us through obedience to the principles of the gospel and by clinging fast to the organization as established by Jesus Christ. The current application of that true organization applied to the quorums of the Seventy is quite different than it was a few years ago, when quorums of Seventy were located in each stake. But now the Quorums of Seventy are only found at the General level of the Church. The Church changed under the direction of Jesus Christ, who could have at that time, declared that women can hold the priesthood. But Jesus chose not to direct the governing quorums to make such a change. It was not necessary then, and is evidently not necessary now. "Lift where you stand" and there is complete fulfillment and equal access to every eternal blessing. Thank you brethren for you inspired leadership.

Cinci Man

Part 2
Humility, service, righteousness, love, obedience, and knowledge fill the hearts of those who lead. Pride, ego, self recognition, stubbornness, and coveting, motivate those affiliated with Ordain Women. It is so obvious, yet it is so very sad to see those who are so loved be so blinded by the craftiness of the one who loves to see followers of Christ turn away from the prophets and truth. I pray for there humble and swift return to the love of Christ, who again is the one who has not chosen to ordain women at this time.

Happy Liberal
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope that women members of the LDS Church continue to question why they are not able to participate in experiences that their own 12-year-old sons are entitled to. The Mormon Church seems incredibly out of touch in a modern world, in my opinion.

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