What's new: 'Women and the Priesthood' by Sheri Dew

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    I doubt I would agree with Sister Dew on every interpretation of the Gospel and various aspects of the Priesthood that she has (she is not, after all, a prophet), but it would be interesting to hear her perspective—and presumably, her rebuttal of Mormon feminists—nevertheless.

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Dec. 10, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    Talking about roles ...

    People who disagree to this LDS VIEW, should realize, that we are not talking about the role in society. Keep in mind that Priesthood and Womanhood are just a mirror reflection of things in heaven, much not known to us.All of us are in the dark here.
    All we know now, is we were created this way. let's agree to this.

    So the normal LDS person is running a test on earth how things go with priesthood and motherhood.
    If they want the higher blessings in heaven, they need to learn how to use their given talents and gifts.

    That does not mean, if the mother is absent, he can't do both or if he is, she can't.
    There have been female prophets and female leaders etc., but the kids do need that nourishing special person, and most the time it is the mother.

    In terms of intelligence, woman and man are alike capable of doing both jobs.
    However, Adam and Eve were our set example for this, I would not want to miss on them.
    And this church would hardly be without them.

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Dec. 10, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    @ Thinkman

    I understand you'r saying, the believing member of the church needs reinforcements...

    I disagree to the above "Swimmer" that we need testimony meetings to have spiritual feedings.
    We don't need to tell each other what we know, we should use humility.
    The purpose of testimony is to encourage others to seek their own testimony.

    And Testimony is invited like this :
    Knowing by the BM/HG that ....is true, is also very hard work to get there.
    We need to humble ourselves, repent of our sins, have a forgiving spirit, and prove to God that our intentions are honest to seek answers from above, then stick to it and respect the holiness of these spiritual manifestations. We share testimonies to encourage others to seek the same.
    If we had known truth by listening to testimonies, we would rely on others to know truth (not good), but we need to be self-relying on God (good). Other churches also seek truth by prayer.
    That testimony meetings are less then perfect, is known in church, we are just normal people.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 8, 2013 11:58 p.m.


    Your comment certainly gave me things to ponder. Another possibility were for me to have functioning mammary glands so that I could feed our young children without needing to rely on my wife and she could be free to pursue a wider range of activities.

    I don't mean to sound flippant, but I have noticed that in society the strategy seems to be to make the other person obsolete. We don't need traditional 'bread winners' in our homes any more since both husband and wife can work -- and that is fine, but we seem to have also reached the point where we no longer need fathers in order to procreate, and we are quickly arriving at a point where we no longer need mothers either. As we evolve into a society that no longer needs anyone but ourselves, then what is left, and indeed, we may as well be left alone. Holding the priesthood doesn't make me better than my wife, it helps make me more useful to her. She can cure a sick cow, and more importantly doctors my children without needing consecrated oil. Let me be at least of some worth to my family.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 9:54 p.m.


    I do get it as I was in your shoes and bore testimony of the gospel, Joseph Smith, etc over and over and over again.

    I too thought I had absolute knowledge. I then decided to actually think things through and realized that the repeated testimony bearing over and over again was to reinforce my beliefs and not a supposed knowledge.

    You don't hear Catholics, Methodists, JWs or other religions testify that they know their churches are true. Why is that Mormons must do so? Is it to remove their doubts?

  • Swimmer Honeyville, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Thinkman, unless you understand how the Spirit works you will never get it. The Spirit bears witness of the truth of the restored gospel to each individual.

    Look at it this way. Even though we eat food every day, our bodies still need food--every day. Just because we ate yesterday, that doesn't mean we can now stop eating. The things of the Spirit are food for our soul. The soul needs to be nourished every day. A testimony meeting is to replenish our individual souls. For the believers it is a feast for the soul. For an unbeliever, it means nothing because he doesn't care to partake.

    To answer your question "doesn't that actually make one start to question if these things are true?", are you kidding? No. It strengthens one's testimony and knowledge. I know absolutely that "these things are true". For me it ceased to be a matter of belief or conjecture. It has become an absolute knowledge for me.

    Others may doubt or scoff, but it doesn't matter to me. I know what I know.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Sheri Dew is quoted as saying that she has had far too many witnesses telling her that the "gospel is true."

    Why does she and Mormons generally need witnesses over and over and over again and why does the LDS Church have Testimony Meeting once a month to reinforce the members' testimony?

    By saying over and over and over again that "the church is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true, etc," doesn't that actually make one start to question if these things are true?

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    Dec. 8, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    "God is no respecter of persons" but humans are. I have mixed feelings on this topic. It disturbs me to see so few women sitting in the stands at General Conference. Women are the backbone of this church. However, while it does not shake my testimony of the restored gospel it does remind me that one of the three-fold missions of the church is to "perfect" the saints". Would it be, in my eyes, a more "perfect" church to see more women in church leadership roles? Absolutely! But it is not my church. I believe that women in this church, as endowed members, already HAVE the priesthood although they do not officiate with it. Why is that? Because this is an imperfect world and many men NEED to see male leaders in order to follow. But I also believe the opposite is true for some, that is that some people, men and women, will not see women as being truly equal until they DO officiate.

  • AmBRoSiA75 Lehi, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    God is a God of order. You don't need consecrated oil to serve in the capacity that is naturally a part of your soul. God needs his daughters to love & create nurturing environments so that each of his children have the best shot at returning to him. There is nothing more powerful than the prayer of a faithful woman. We have power over the moral fabric of society. We see & we feel others needs without words. As we create safe places to fall we inspire people to look for God, to want more out of life. God needs us as us, not just in our homes but as far as we will push ourselves & use our natural female power to inspire good. This is just another technique satan is using to distract & divide us. If you doubt the real unseen power a woman has that satan uses to his benefit think of the billions spent each year on porn. Something that breaks up families, inspires rapes & murders, something that changes men from the inside out. Its hard wired & although satan has made it completely sexual its really not. We are the life givers both physically & spiritually.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 2:38 a.m.

    Men are ordained and women are set-apart by the laying on of hands with authority. Either way we both serve under the direction of the Priesthood together.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    ulvegaard, have you considered what a blessing to your children it could be if you stay-at-home wife held the priesthood and could use it to bless your children while you are away? Has anyone considered that the church was founded by a young man who went to God with a question? That the 1978 revelation pertaining to the priesthood was received in answer to a question? or that only 50% of priesthood power is available to bless everyone right now? Women holding the priesthood is not about envy. It is about service.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 6, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    I was raised to believe that men and women, boys and girls are all vital and important. The secular world seems to be on a mission to make everything the same and try to call it equality. Farmers can no longer feel good about their contributions to society because they are not CEOs. School teachers can never feel totally recognized because they aren't identical to congressmen and women.

    Our world has become all about envy. My wife loves being a 'stay at home' mother, though sometimes she wishes she could have the easier life by just going to work every day and coming home. It is frustrating to her that so many criticize her choices as not being important enough - that she is only worth while if she has a 'real' job.

    As a general rule, women who don't feel 'adequate' either have been listening too much to ignorant men, or are searching for the end of a rainbow that will ever be elusive.

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    Dec. 6, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    @TimBehrend: So we should just abandon our principles and follow the "trends of secular society". In other words, you want us to become "Salt which has lost its savor," and to "Cast our pearls before swine."?

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    At TimBehrend: You may be right...things may change. But if and when they change, the changes will be directed by God through his living prophet, not because of secular trends. Faith is faith is faith.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Dec. 6, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    It's interesting to apply the variety of 'understandings' that LDS men and women proffer when defending the exclusion of women from positions of power and authority to a more generalised social setting. "We, as women, DO have different but equally important roles in society. If we added the responsibilities of governing or holding public office or serving in the organs of state on top of what we are already responsible for, it would be a definite overload and Heavenly Father knew that." Exclusion is exclusion is exclusion. This policy, too, will change, as have so many policies that go against the trends of secular society.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

    I remember, as a lad, wondering why men were always sent off to wars, while women just stayed safely at home. All the teachers in our grade school were women and it sometimes seemed they were prejudiced against boys, and didn't know, or care, how we thought or felt. When we grew up we were responsible for going to work, usually to boring jobs, where we weren't appreciated, and women lived longer than men. They looked better than we did too.

    Yes, you can argue against all that but the point is you can argue against anything and complain about everything. It seems that, as men, we get all the blame and none of the fame these days. Never mind, we can all get close to deity and all enjoy the same spirit: a spirit of unity regardless of gender, age, color, race and nationality. God loves us all and we all have plenty to do.

  • dotp POTEAU, OK
    Dec. 6, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    @suzyk#1: I really like your comments. This echoes my own sentiments on the subject. We, as women, DO have different but equally important roles from the priesthood. If we added the responsibilities of the priesthood on top of what we are already responsible for, it would be a definite overload and Heavenly Father knew that. (Big surprise there! NOT!) I am often amused by the assumption so many people have the Heavenly Father is woefully ignorant of how life works here on earth. How could a Heavenly Father who CREATED all this NOT know our difficulties and have planned for them? My answer is that He DID know (and still DOES) and He has made the PERFECT plan for all of us. Our only necessity is that we FOLLOW HIS PLAN. I haven't read Sister Dew's book yet, but I'd be willing to presume that she says that very thing -- maybe not in those exact words, but in context. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    To: Hurricanes...your comment caused much thought. As active LDS women, we have certain roles as do the Priesthood in the Church. We are in most cases wives, mothers, sisters and care-takers for those who are in need. As we remain faithful we are blessed with the Spirit of Christ and the knowledge that is required to be inspired to help others. As we are prayerful and read our scriptures daily Heavenly Father will bless us with answers to our prayers and needs. We should pray for changes within ourselves for good and not focus on hope for changes in the Church. The Priesthood have their responsibilities as do the Sisters in the Church. We as Sisters should use our time loving, teaching when the opportunity is there and have Faith that the Lord will bestow all blessings we are worthy of at His given time. It is not a competition between women and the Priesthood...we are to all work together with respect, kindness and hope that our example with cause others to want to follow.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    “'What do Mormon women get?' she writes. 'Potentially, we get everything.'” I would put the emphasis on "potentially". Does anyone ever "have it all" in this life? Men certainly don't have it all by virtue of bearing the priesthood. Are we, or is any mere mortal, ready to have it all?

    I do believe that women, particularly, have the ability to rise above the petty concerns of life, and it saddens me to see, or hear of women who wish to lower themselves to that level.

  • Hurricanes South korea, 00
    Dec. 6, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    The issue of Preisthood and women in the lds church, has changed over the years. There are many different types of women in the Lds church, from mothers, single parents, never married and young women in the Lds church.
    I really hope and pray that the General Relief society presidency,will cover all these types of woman in the church.
    I am single parent, I use to get tired of hearing topics on child birth and marriage. we can cover after topics on a weekly basis.
    Connecting Lds woman and the Lds preisthood together. There are some very famous women in both the Old and New testament from Esther, Ruth, Mary Maglena, Jesus's Mother Mary, who did have special powers , from discement to knowing spiritually about their families and people who they served at the time. I will keep praying for changes in the Lds church, on the topic of Women and the Priesthood. My question is do we as Lds women have it all?

  • voiceofreason1234 SANDY, TX
    Dec. 6, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    I just wonder why Sister Dew never married. Knowing all she knows about the blessings of the priesthood, I believe she would get after it. She is a pretty lady and competent. I would like to see her find a husband to claim her blessings.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    Sherry Dew: “What do Mormon women get?” she writes. “Potentially, we get everything.” like your approach. Gratitude trumps attitude, and must be at the start of any treatise on this subject. How do we, who are so mortally myopic, ever think to counsel omniscient Heavenly Father? I do think He takes any counsel we offer him in good humor.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    I've read the book and "What Do LDS Women Get" is included word for word and here's another YouTube clip in which (sadly) is only partially included in the book. It's only eleven minutes long so watch this one next it's called: "It is Not Good for Man or Women to be Alone" (2001 General Conf. talk) and I hope more people will post their own favorite YouTube clips of our favorite (and only) representative of the group in this church known as singles.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    I have not read this book yet, but there is a really good YouTube clip entitled "What Do LDS Women Get?" which is Sheri Dew speaking about this subject (about 8 mins long). Really good clip, I recommend seeing it. Sister Dew is great!