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    • Thanks for the book opportunity. Not Mormon (LDS) and never been but have studied, presented papers on the history of.

      FWIW: it’s still a young religion, and certainly changing (again). It has gone through periods of what seems to be orthodoxy, and then progressivism. Will be interesting to see what happens over next few years.

      I will look for the book in the library - chances are high in NJ that the wait isn’t that long!

    • men

      I don't understand why in the case of Seventh Day Adventist chuch, which were founded by a woman, all the leaders have been men.

      From Pew Research, I can understand the Catholic polling, but I'm gob-smacked by the LDS polling

      While roughly six-in-ten American Catholics (59%) in a 2015 Pew Research Center survey said they support ordaining women in their church, 87% of Mormons (including 90% of Mormon women) in a 2011 Pew Research Center survey said they do not support allowing women to enter the LDS priesthood.

      I wonder how much attitudes have changed since 2011?

    • This is just it. If you are a believing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I am, then you believe:

      Leaders are imperfect people called of God.

      We don’t vote or campaign, and you can seek a personal confirmation from God that the leaders of the church are, in fact, prophets.

      The Bible teaches us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, and that’s where faith comes in: trusting that the person we might pick to lead the church or the change we might want in doctrine or policy is not better than what God is doing. I believe His will is wiser than my own and I believe He speaks to individuals.

      To someone who doesn’t believe in God or that He speaks to us today, it’s a total paradigm shift. But it’s fundamental to understanding why people may join or leave a church when on paper, it may or may not make sense.