30.4.14

THE PRIESTHOOD

As many (if not all) of you know I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
aka I'm a Mormon.
The past few months the topic of women and the priesthood has come up everywhere in social media and many discussions have been made.
I've read countless bloggers talk about their views and struggles, but I haven't read any posts about of women who have the same testimony as I do.

Now before I get into things, allow me to clarify:
1. This post is not in any way judgemental of those who have a different view than me
2. I'm not saying that because I haven't read any posts about people who agree with me, doesn't mean that I am alone or "making a stand". I just really feel that I need to share my thoughts.

I have been a member of the church my entire life.
I have always lived in a home where there have been worthy priesthood holders.
Never once have these men made me feel beneath them, or that I am inadequate to have the full blessings of the priesthood in my life.

Some think the priesthood is sexist because only men can hold it.
Others think that the reason men hold it is because they need to be "restrained" more than women do in relation to sin.
While I think that the reason that men hold the priesthood and women do not is the following.

Heavenly Father (God) created this world and this plan around one purpose:
the family.
We lived before the earth was, as a family.
We live on the earth in families.
And we live again after death with our families.
At the head of each family is a father and mother.
Each have very different roles, but neither of them undermine the other.
The priesthood is not more important than motherhood.
And motherhood is not more important than the priesthood.
They go hand in hand.

Some of you are probably thinking: "Well what about those who are unable to bear children?"
I know without a shadow of a doubt that whatever these women have missed in this life, will be made up.
Trials in this life are bound to happen.
Bad things happen to good people.
I genuinely don't know why certain women have been given such a hard burden.
But I know that when they look back on the pain they felt in this life, it will seem like such a short time compared to the eternities ahead.

Heavenly Father is not judgemental, sexist, or chauvinistic.
It's not in His nature.
He is loving and expects great things from us.
Whether we are male, or female.
I love being a women.
I love that I will someday be able to bring life into this world.
Do you realize how beautiful that is?
Heavenly Father allows us to have a life grow inside us.
A life that will be in our care for eternity.
I wouldn't trade that for anything.

I am trying my very best to empathize and understand the struggle and desires that some women in the gospel have in regards to the priesthood.
It saddens me to see women who are righteous and worthy not realize their worth as women.
But it saddens me even more to see how some members have taken the hostile route towards these women.
If someone is struggling with something, love them.
If someone calls you judgemental and old fashioned, love them.
If someone has a different opinion than you, love them.

I'm sorry for the length and depth of this post.
And I hope it did not come across offensive in any way.
But I am not sorry for the testimony I have on this beautiful gift from God.

I'm a woman and I love the priesthood.
In it's entirety.

11 comments

  1. This gave me chills! I agree 100%. Seriously though, what is the big deal lately? I mean, can't we all just get a long and understand God's plan ;)

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  2. Preach it girl! I love your testimony of the gospel. Pure beauty.

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  3. This is just so beautifully said. Thanks so much for writing this - you said so much of what I've been thinking, and much more eloquently. :-)

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  4. The dignity and vocation of both men and women is something so powerful and beautiful isn't it?! Both so valuable...different...and necessary!

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  5. this is beautiful. you're a great writer.

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  6. love this. glad I stumbled upon it.

    xo.

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