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    • I cannot speak to those numbers. They don’t make any sense to me.

      Even though I have enormous respect for Kate Kelly, it has always seemed to me that the argument that women should have the priesthood is misguided. Why? Because I have a difficult time with the concept that the priesthood is anything other than men’s way of creating a false sense of importance and an ecclesiastical pecking order. Why would women want to support or participate in that kind of pretense? It makes no sense to me.

      I recognize that there are some people (male as well as female) who are extraordinarily empathetic, others who are extraordinarily gifted as leaders, still others who have extraordinary insight, etc. Recognizing those talents is just fine, and recruiting those people to assist in conducting the business of the organization and coordinating the activities of the community is a good idea. However, I do NOT believe that anyone other than myself has any sort of authority to know, much less judge, my individual standing with God, if there is a God. For me, this is where the whole concept of priesthood goes awry.

    • I don’t support women receiving the priesthood and I’ve never understood the kerfluffle about it. Men and women are distinct and have different roles.

      Our society has been slow to recognize and revere women’s capabilities and gifts. We’ve been marginalized for sure, both our voices and our vocations. I think the treatment of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has partially echoed that vibe (not seeking and respecting women’s input, for example). Much like in the workplace, women tended to not speak up and would defer to men unnecessarily when it came to certain things. However, this is changing and improving.

      I still get pandered to as a woman on a somewhat regular basis (by the local hvac manager who assumes I suck at math and don’t do my research and asks for my husband to approve money decisions, etc.) but this rarely occurs at church and certainly isn’t due to any policy in place that promotes it. People change slowly and at this point I think the women are mostly the ones perpetuating the gap because we don’t tend to step forward with confidence and be assertive.

      That being said, I’ve only referred here to minor person-to-person interactions. In the things that matter most, the Church has had it right all along and society at large is floundering.

      Women and men are fundamentally different. Promoting wholescale sameness with men doesn’t elevate women. It diminishes our unique gifts. One of the most powerful and distinctive aspects of womanhood is our ability to create life and nurture a new generation. The Church has always supported, applauded and revered women for this. Mothering is marginalized in society now to such a degree that my friend who’s raising six wonderful children went back to work as a secretary at a law office because she wanted to do something she felt that actually mattered. That is so backwards!

      I could continue but I rarely talk to a woman in the church who has an issue with not holding the priesthood. That power isn’t ever used to bless yourself. It’s only used in the service of others so women are already able to equally access its benefits.