On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 a group of Ordain Women met in the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, NY. As the Ordain Women theme for this year has been to, “Honor our Past and Envision our Future,” we embarked on a women’s history tour to learn about and honor a part of our history; but we also wanted to envision our future, and specifically the future of our church.
In the Sacred Grove, we shared what our vision and hopes were for the future of our church. We also shared 160 other individuals’ hopes for the future, who wanted to participate by proxy, and video-recorded these hopes for the future to create an electronic time capsule. You will see each of us reading our own hopes, and then the hopes of another and placing them in a symbolic time capsule.
It is our hope and prayer that we will see these hopes come to fruition, and we believe that women’s ordination is a significant step towards moving beyond the inequities in our church. It is also our hope and prayer that one day all can a can fully partake as it says in 2 Nephi 26:33:
“…he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; all are alike unto God.”
I look forward to the day when women are seen as an asset and not a liability for growing branches.
Elizabeth, Bailey CO
I hope for a day when church leaders realize that half the young men does not equal “half the youth of the church” and to a day when the prophets and apostles don’t believe that God approved of civil laws, through most of human history, oppressing nearly everyone but rich cis straight white men.
Catherine, Meridian ID
I envision a day when no ambitious young woman will ever again hear a church authority tell her she is unworthy.
Hart, Claremont CA
My wish: That my single mom could give me a blessing.
I look forward to the day when Heavenly Mother is elevated to the level of full divine status in the LDS Church and we are encouraged to pray to Her alongside Heavenly Father.
Michelle, North Carolina
My wish is that one day I will raise my hand and sustain a woman as Prophet Seer and Revelator in this church.
Clint, St. Louis, Missouri
A day when the full expression of our spiritual gifts is encouraged and not forbidden as inappropriate.
Tresa Cameron Park, CA
My hope for the future of the church is for gender roles to no longer be taught. But rather, women (and men) can be encouraged to make life choices based on their individual interests & strengths, and be able to contribute in diverse ways in church service.
Christy, New York, NY
I hope for a day when mothers and fathers can reclaim the ability to bless their children together by the laying on of hands with unified Priesthood authority. Jeremy, Alexandria, VA
I wish for a day when women may administer for their children, friends, and family in need and not have to wait for a man to be present.
Ashley Panama City, FL
My wish is that one day daughters can lay their hands on the heads of their parents when they are set apart as senior missionaries.
Rebecca, North Salt Lake, UT
I look forward to the day that women are ordained and my daughter is valued for more than her uterus.
Krystal, Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
I pray for the day when our religion moves to a higher moral plain by fully embracing gender equality and ordaining women.
Mark, Woods Cross, UT
I look forward to the day when women are members of the Quorum of the 12.
Ed, Atlanta, GA
I pray for the day when all of God’s children can use all of their God-given gifts and talents in connection with the work we have been commissioned to do. Bryndis, Atlanta, GA
I hope for a day that women in the church will have the power to heal, bless and comfort others through God’s power on earth.
Holly, Albuquerque, NM
I look forward to a time when we will all know Heavenly Mother as much as we now know and love our Heavenly Father.
Holly, Albuquerque, NM
I look forward to a day when women will be involved in not just teaching doctrine but creating it.
Joanna, Atlanta, GA
I hope someday members of the church will look back and wonder why women were ever not ordained because it seems so intuitive that the priesthood should be shared equally.
Jenny, Pocatello, ID
I wish to serve alongside my brothers in equality AND equity, joining our individual talents, strengths and abilities to bless each other and those around us. I wish for my responsibilities within the church not to be limited by the anatomy with which I was born.
I look forward to the day when blessings given by women in the LDS Church can be done in the open and not behind closed doors in hushed voices.
I am hopeful for the time when we will see women standing strong in their history (or herstory, as it could be); claiming their rightful place that was restored years ago by someone we acknowledge as the prophet of the restoration and leaving behind a legacy for the world to marvel.
Rachel, Holt, MI
My hope and prayer is to see women in every single level of leadership.
I wish to see the day when my daughters’ contributions to the church are products of their skills and the congregation’s needs, not their presented gender.
Thom, Belmont, MA
I hope that one day women will be valued for more than their marriageability and fertility.
Maggie, Washington, DC
My wish is to see women claim their spiritual authority and divine power, standing next to their brothers instead of behind them.
Rachael, Colorado Springs, CO
I envision prayers to Heavenly Mother and every woman empowered to serve and to lead in whatever way she feels so called.
I look forward to the day when women and men are encouraged to pray in Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother’s name: where women are not punished just for mentioning her name: whether it be in private with her husband or public: where men and women can serve God in his and her name: where sons and daughters can lay hands on each others heads without fear of reproach.
Heidi, Seattle, Washington
I wish to see the day when I can find a leader with a story like mine to inspire me & represent my viewpoint with experience. I wish to hear the voice of a dear Sister blessing me about things I know she understands and feels.
That one day women can lead and minister to congregations, and not just children or other women.
Katie, Denver, CO
The day when I can anoint and bless someone I visit teach.
Chris, Northumberland County, VA
I look forward to the day when my nieces can BE what I was only allowed to FEEL I was.
Makenzie, Boston, MA
Some day when our leaders are women, our revelations will flow from the divine feminine.
Tom, Mesa, AZ
I wish for everyone born a seat at the table.
Donna, Provo, UT
I look forward to seeing my sister baptize people on her mission.
I pray for a day when the priesthood will be given to members based on their desire and worthiness and not their body parts.
I wish that women’s eternal and mortal potential were recognized to be as powerful as men’s potential.
Rebekah, Orem, UT
I look forward to the day when the church will be led by a living Prophetess. Mary, Orem, UT
I wish to see men and women of color well-represented in the leadership of the church, with greatly expanded leadership roles for women. Then we win.
Nancy, St. George, UT
I anticipate the day when my Mormon friends and family can serve God in every way, to the fullest extent of their own desires no matter their gender biology or orientation.
Carson, Maple Valley, Washington
I hope that one day my sister, cousin, and best friend will join me in blessing my children.
Eva, San Francisco, CA
I look forward to the day when women and people of color are adequately represented in church leadership at all levels.
Holli, Aurora, Colorado
I look forward to the day when women will be as equal as many of them feel. I look forward to the day that a woman giving her child or friend a blessing won’t raise eyebrows. I am hopeful for a day when believers will listen to a female prophet carefully and faithfully.
Kari, Missouri City, TX
My wish is that one day, the LDS church and the wider LDS culture will embrace full equality for women.
I wish for a future when it is so common to have both male and female priesthood leaders that it is unremarkable. That my nieces grow up hoping to lead as priests, high counselors, bishops, stake or mission presidents, Q12, or prophets based upon their spiritual gifts and inclinations rather than their body parts.
Rebekah, Portland, OR
I look forward to the day when my wife and daughters can be my ecclesiastical leaders.
Rolf, Athens, GA
I look forward to the day when the importance of gender within our religious tradition will be primarily felt when its leaders encourage us to seek Mother in Heaven.
Emily, Provo, UT
I hope for a day when the temple sealing ceremony includes wording for *both* individuals to give themselves to their partners equally.
Eve, Tempe, AZ
“Perfect love casteth out fear,” so the Good Book says. I wish for the day in which love has banished fear from the LDS church.
The day when one of the witnesses to a sealing can be female, as well as the sealer.
Chris, Northcumberland, VA
I want to see young women encouraged to go on missions at the age of 18, equal in every way to the young men.
Lisa, Provo, UT
I can’t wait for more than 9 women to have access to the Church Handbook of Instructions. Having access only through the eyes of a man, if he sees fit to tell me, leaves me powerless to know my own doctrinal policies.
Lisa, Provo, UT
I look forward to representational leadership at General Conference.
Lisa, Provo, UT
I want young women in the church to grow up with a certain knowledge that they are just as valued by the church as their male counterparts. I want church leaders to devote as much time, energy, and money to the young women as they do to the young men. I want young women to grow up being taught that the roles of wife and mother are only two possible parts of a much larger self-identity. I want my sons to see my husband and I as equal partners in all things, including spiritual authority.
Cally, American Fork, UT
I wish for a day when a prophetess will reveal further doctrine about the eternal destiny of women and about Our Mother. I also pray for a day when the endowment ceremony is equally as inspiring, ennobling, and uplifting for women as it is for men, when the philosophy of men that is patriarchy is discarded and we can all be equals in Our Parents house.
Abigayle, Yakima, Washington
I wish for a day when I don’t have to worry that my daughter will be emotionally and psychologically damaged by attending church.
Joseph, Tucson, AZ
My wish is for women in all levels in leadership and for Young Women to be taught to find value outside of motherhood as well as within.
Candace, Irmo, South Carolina
I hope that someday soon all people will be represented in every level of leadership.
Shannon, Tucson, Arizona
1) I wish for the Ordination of Women in the Latter-day Saint (Brighamite) tradition to open the windows of heaven in such a way that spiritual light can shine on the fact that male and female exist *in each of us*;
2) I wish for the Ordination of Women in the Latter-day Saint (Brighamite) tradition to remind us that our deeply entrenched beliefs for social norms and gender are constructed by the spirit of our times, and that anything “essential” about gender roles requires the utmost humility and caution in approaching;
3) I wish for the Ordination of Women in the Latter-day Saint (Brighamite) tradition to shift the balance of decision-making on matters of policy and doctrine toward humanized, empathetic wisdom considerations in the spirit of Eve, and move the culture away from the obedience, authority-reliant spirit of Adam;
4) I wish for the Ordination of Women in the Latter-day Saint (Brighamite) tradition to usher in the influence of a Heavenly Mother in the worship and discourse of the LDS people;
5) I wish for the Ordination of Women in the Latter-day Saint (Brighamite) tradition to remove all barriers of gender-based discrimination from ordinances, and executive and pastoral callings.
Michael, Ithaca, NY
My hope is that my sisters and friends in the LDS church will soon be able to have their proper seat at the table and the ability to bless lives with ordained ministry that enriches their church and the world.
Brittany, Saratoga Springs, Utah
I have a dream of 100% inclusion, that will not be stopped due to arguments like gender-mixed presidencies automatically means that people will break their marital vows. In short term, well, any small steps ahead are welcome…maybe to allow women in the ruling bodies (on all levels) proportionally.
When women are ordained, we will not be limited to motherhood. Motherhood is great for some, but not for everybody, and for those who can’t have it or don’t want it, there is no room for us in the church. Ordination would change that.
Sarah, Cleveland, OH
Women running the Correlation Committee and authorizing churchwide bulletin: We are now a resource library only, accepting submissions.
I hope to see the first female apostle of our dispensation speak in General Conference.
April, Salt Lake City, UT
My vision for the future is that the scripture that “all are alike unto God”, both “male and female” is understood to mean that all can serve God in whatever capacity best suits their talents, gifts, and abilities, regardless of sex/gender.
Spencer, San Antonio, TX
I look forward to the day when the LDS church does not use the term “preside” for one gender over another and in the next sentence try to pass it as equality. They will acknowledge equality cannot entail the use of “preside”. I envision women healing their children, participating in all the rituals like baby blessings and baptisms, leading a congregation to name a few.
I wish for the return of Deborah the Prophetess. I wish for the church to recognize that women as well as men can receive revelation for Israel.
I hope that when women hold the priesthood they will use that power fairly and honestly without resorting to exclusion and excommunication to control others.
Nancy, Vienna, Virginia
My prayer is for all of our daughters and sons to build and race at a pine wood derby. To lead the next generation of future female Engineers and builders and STEM leaders.
Kay, Los Angeles, CA
I hope for the day that gender is not the deciding factor of what a person is capable of or what their desires should be. All people are accepted as they are, and are told their potential and capabilities are limitless.
Rachel, Las Vegas, NV
It is my prayer that one day it will be culturally and institutionally recognized that our Heavenly Parents speak to Their daughters as intimately, and work through Their daughters as often, as They do Their sons.
Leah Marie, Buena Vista, VA
That one day, my children won’t have to ask why both of their parents can’t be involved in their ordinances.
Christa, Monroe, NC
I wish for more healthy relationships between spouses as they minister, as equals, in their homes.
Greta, Norman, OK
I hope for a day when the Young Women and their leaders really know what Divine Nature means!
Greta, Norman, OK
I hope for the day that the LDS Church takes its place beside the great religions that fight for equality, love, and inclusion.
Jamie, Greenbelt, MD
I wish to see the day when men and women are treated equally in the church, so that my granddaughters have the same opportunities as my grandsons.
Ann, Hurricane, Utah
I look forward to the day when everyone who feels the call to serve is ordained to the work, and where none are ordained who do not desire the opportunity.
I look forward to the day when no people need to ask a prophet if God loves them as much as their brothers and sisters.
I look forward to the day when no one needs to preach from the pulpit about the importance of women because their importance will be glaringly obvious.
I look forward to the day that parents won’t have to make the choice of whether to raise their daughters EITHER with full equality with their male peers OR within the church.
Chad, Draper, Utah
I look forward to the day when gender and marital status are irrelevant as criteria for determining eligibility for any office at any level of church leadership.
Paul, Arlington, VA
I look forward to the day when the church teaches that one’s role(s) in life are determined primarily by self-discovery, aptitude, and choice, rather than by gender categories.
Paul, Arlington, VA
I look forward to a day that I could feel good raising my children in the church and know that it would never be a place where they would face discrimination or marginalization because of their gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Lara, Laramie, WY
I look forward to women being regarded as spiritual leaders and sustained as prophets, seers and revelators.
Sara, San Diego, CA
My wish is that each member of our church, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, can feel that they can fully use their spiritual power to the building of Zion and prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Esther, Quebec, Canada
I would appreciate having the only true church tell the truth about its history by opening its history department to historians, and treat its members with equality.
Bob, St. George, UT
Equal access to God and His love reflected in Church leadership, Ordinances, Preisthood, and cultural attitudes toward one another.
Todd, Pittsburgh, PA
I’d love my wife to be able to give me a blessing.
Nate, Gold Coast, Australia
I hope for the Church to lead the fight against violence against women.
Andrew, Salt Lake City, UT
I long for the day when I can stand side by side with my wife and bless our two boys together.
Keith, Roanoke, VA
I hope for a day when the LDS church can move on from the sexism, racism, and classism it’s mired in now and focus on serving–temporally and spiritually–those in need and being an organization that truly represents Christ or all things good. Anja, Boston, MA
I hope for a Church that focuses on the grace of Christ, values all individuals, and no longer values compliance to arbitrary rules.
Jason, Coeur d’alene, ID
I’m encouraged by the work that’s happening around the world to make things more fair for women, and that their voices are heard and respected. I hope that soon, this social movement will be reflected in the LDS church, and it can be a welcoming place for women of all walks and opinions.
Kristen, Henderson, NV
My wish is for the temple to be completely reformed from the ground up. I wish for the Church to become a force for good in women’s lives rather than the drag on them that it is; especially in Utah where the Church’s dominant presence pervades all aspects of women’s lives, even those who are not affiliated with the Church. It makes women underclass citizens in the whole state.
I wish for a church that values the contributions of every member without regard for gender in assigning tasks; that women as well as men can feel and exercise great spiritual power. I also wish for a church for which I do not need to make excuses to my teenage children who are more loving and understanding than their leaders.
Lori, Columbus, MS
” I have a dream “: that one day the sisters hold the priesthood with their brothers in order to bless and better serve their next and so become more powerful instruments, without fear or obstacles, in the hands of God.
I look forward to a day when I see the women on the stand quoted and admired and looked up to as examples by men and women of the church, alike.
Julia, Salt Lake City, UT
I wish to someday look at the stand of leaders at general conference and see a diverse group of people consisting of equal men and women and all nationalities.
Taylee, Chicago, IL
I wish that women did not feel useless and used up at 45 when their oldest child leaves the house. I wish that they did not try and “pray it away” when they had the urge to get a second career or go back to school. I wish they could feel comfortable finding meaningful and all-encompassing work instead of waiting by the phone hoping that their grandchildren will need them. I wish that women did not feel that they have to defer to their teenage sons.
I wish I could hold hold my twins in church for their naming and blessing ceremony next year.
Kristy, Athens, GA
I wish women could heal and ease sorrow and pain by laying on of hands.
Graciela, Porto, Alegre, RS, Brazil
My wish is that no young woman will say “I have to change who I am to be what the church wants me to be” ever again.
Rachel, Ames, IA
I hope for girls to grow up envisioning their future selves without limits based on what they *should* do because they happen to be female. I don’t want my daughter to circumscribe her dreams and ambitions so that she better fits in a box someone else made.
Danielle, Boston, MA
I envision individuals taking principles from their faith tradition that they find helpful and edifying – and applying them in ways that honor their personal, marital and family authority (regardless of gender, sexual orientation, relational status, etc.). And that they will be honored, respected and welcomed by their faith community for doing so. That this will be seen as the pinnacle of spiritual growth, instead of the current tide of obedience and compliance. That ecclesiastical authority trumping personal authority would be deemed abuse of priesthood power.
Natasha, Wichita, KS
I look forward to a day where women can gain self esteem from the responsibilities they are given in the church. Where their value is wider than the production of their uteri. When men look to women for authority rather than advocating for the benevolent use of the patriarchy. In short, a day when separate is no longer considered equal.
Alexandra, Salt Lake City, UT
I wish for more representation to be a catalyst in preventing violence against women. I wish that women will feel powerful both institutionally in the church as well as individually in their lives. I wish for the violent acts against women within the Mormon community to cease to exist and for women to stand up for themselves and claim their own power. I wish that spiritual abuse will cease to exist because there is not a power differential between genders.
Didi, Chicago, IL
I hope for less pain, for fewer women jamming themselves into boxes they don’t fit into, for fewer clipped wings and fewer silenced voices.
Liz, Eagle Point, OR
I hope that someday the church as an organization will make institutional repentance a practice: admit to the mistakes it has made in the past, make whatever restitution is possible, and take steps to systemically reduce the chances of similar mistakes in the future.
Tom, Boston, MA
I look forward to the day when women are no longer considered “appendages” to the priesthood
Paul, Arlington, VA
I wish for the day when we worship a complete God, when Heavenly Mother is integrated into all our doctrine and practices so that the powerful presence of the Divine Feminine changes the way women are seen. Our power and authority and spirituality will be honored. I wish for the day when the temple ceremonies aren’t comprised of antiquated gender roles, but rather are worshipful reminders of everyone’s individual divinity and women aren’t subjugated in these holy practices. I wish for the day when my daughter is valued as much as my son in the faith we follow.
I look forward, in our day of the gospel’s fullness, to the day that church leaders observe scripture in its fullness, quite chiefly women exercising the priesthood. Rhett, Bountiful, Utah
I look forward to the day when a man has to stand before a council of twelve women to confess his sins in order to receive forgiveness.
Jennifer, Murfreesboro, TN
I look forward to the day when marginalizing people based on their gender will be a relic of the past.
I look forward to the day when women are treated as equals in this church, spiritually, and temporally. I want women to have the priesthood is what I’m saying.
Hannah, Cleveland, OH
I look forward to the day when the church fulfills Christ’s teachings that we must love all people like ourselves, not in spite of their faults, but because of their humanity, and that we treat all people as equals in the sight of God, regardless of race, creed, gender, nationality, gender, sexuality or sexual orientation. When we do this, then all people will be able to magnify the talents they were given, rather than be forced to bury those talents in the ground.
I look forward to a day when all women will have a priesthood and will use it for goodness of all.
Alice, Czech Republic
I look forward to a day when a mother doesn’t have to choose between her church and her daughter.
Amanda, San Diego, CA
I look forward to a day when each member is valued for their individual gifts and not their gender. When roles are not prescribed based on sex. When women can be fully included in worship, leadership, and glorying in the goodness of God. I look forward to the day that I can return to the fold.
Katie, Salt Lake City, Utah
I look forward to the day when my daughter and sons serve side by side in the Priesthood. I hope for a day when their gifts, talents, and leadership opportunities are not limited or proscribed by gender. I look forward to seeing them circle my grandchildren with their spouses to bless babies. I long for the day when I can fully serve my Heavenly Parents without restrictions due to biology.
Mindy, Iowa City, IA
I look forward to the day when women and men are treated equally in the church and without attention to their gender. This will be a day when I feel safe and I know it is a place I can take my children without fearing for their wellbeing. It will also be a day when I do not feel happy and at peace again.
Suzy, Christchurch, New Zealand
I look to a day when the culture of the church mirrors the post-patriarchal society I was brought up in, one where there is no longer the need to discuss whether one person has superiority over another, equality is unanimously acknowledged, and justice is everyone’s goal. A world where women and men are respected by each other and no one is threatened or belittled for their gender, their sex or their orientation. Where we are so far past those questions of equality that new and more interesting discussions can happen, without being hampered by questions of superiority, imbalance or bigotry.
I look forward to how I hope the church will transform once women have a full and equal seat at the table–I long for an organization that embraces peace, justice, and inclusion, instead of nationalism, corporatism, and orthodoxy.
Natalie, Seattle, WA
For most of my life, the only women that were my leaders were in primary and most of my leaders in church were men. Although I did learn some important things from those men, I wish there were more women in leadership positions above me so that I could have more opportunities to learn from women and have a more balanced perspective.
I hope to see one day a woman of color sick, poor and lesbian be part of the twelve apostles.
Flora, Toulouse, France
I want the girls and young women I know and love in the church to grow up with strong female role models and leaders. I want them to imagine themselves as the prophet someday, not just the little boys in the primary class next to them.
I want a Mormonism that accepts it’s history and the wealth of culture it possesses, instead of trading it for a one size fits all, watered down rhetoric that ostracizes its members and empowers those with power, wealth, and privilege.
Bryan, Salt Lake City, UT
My wish is that one day the church will put more energy into promoting women’s equality than it now puts into justifying its sexism.
As it stands, women are discriminated against organizationally, and men are taught the narrative that they are spiritually inferior to women and given the priesthood as way to even the score. My wish is that both spiritual and organizational equality can be had by men and women in the Church and all will be encouraged equally to reach their full spiritual potential.
Natasha, Pearl City, Hawaii
I am looking forward to a day when a woman’s word counts as scripture as often as a mans word. A day when fatherhood is considered as important as motherhood. A day when no girl or woman believes she has to choose self-realisation or family but is encouraged to find her unique path, not a “one size fits all-path”. A day when women do not have to raise their voices to be heard. A day when sexism in ordinances has been purged out. A good day.
Marion, Namsos, Norway
My hope is for a day when the historically oppressed are granted equal power and authority–where women, POC, LGBTQ, differently-abled, etc. are treated equitably and where those in power bring themselves low and raise up those who have historically been put down–where the first shall be the last and the last shall be the first.
My hope is that my church will finally look and act and feel like the church of Jesus Christ. With equal opportunity to serve and love for all.
Debra, Ogden, UT
I look forward to the day when the church reflects my values of equality.
Didi, Kaysville, UT
One of Mormonism’s most intellectually and spiritually compelling teachings is the belief that God shares power and spiritual authority with us—that God’s desire is our empowerment. The exclusion of women from priesthood ordination is incompatible with this foundational belief. Further, to deny women access to decision-making authority in any community–religious or otherwise–opens up a space for the more extreme forms of discrimination and abuse that millions of women in the world endure.
Mormonism also teaches that our essential selves are uncreated. As such, we are free moral agents responsible for our choice either to perpetuate gender inequity through silence and inaction or to embrace a moral activism that requires us to work for justice and equality. I look forward to a day when the equality we seek in our secular lives is also a reality in our spiritual communities.
Lorie Winder Stromberg, Los Angeles, CA
I look forward to a day when I can give my husband a priesthood blessing when he is sick. I also look forward to a day when my nieces and nephews can name as many women general authorities as men.
Christiane, New York, NY
This is the future I envision and look forward to, and I believe it will not fully come to fruition until women are ordained. I look forward to the day when the Divine Feminine is just as sacred as the Divine Masculine is now. When the individual gifts women have are celebrated above the pedestal and gilded cage. Where men and women have equal opportunities and voice.
M’Lisa, Ogden, UT, USA
I look forward to the day when men can be nurturers too; when a man is in the nursery and a woman in the bishopric.
Jason, Irvine, CA
I look forward to a time when the church is no longer in denial about it’s sexism. I’d love for them to acknowledge it as they’ve acknowledged their racism with regard to the priesthood.
Holly, Norwalk, CT
I image a time where gender is a non-issue. I dream of a day when the words “male” and “female” aren’t even brought up, because they aren’t a consideration in who our Heavenly Parents want as a bishop, and because being one or the other doesn’t define how great a parent you’ll be. I desperately hope for a future world where the fullness of ‘all alike unto God’ is realized. I dream of a day when gender isn’t mentioned–not because it doesn’t exist–but because it isn’t a barrier to blessings OR service in the army of our Heavenly Parents.
Julie, Columbus, OH
I look forward to the day when women with life experience will be valued for their insight as well as their spirituality. They will be invited to bring their intellect and wisdom as well as their good nature and generous sprit. They will serve side by side with their partners in administering the blessings of the spirit to those that they serve. They will speak without fear of the things they know and not have to censor their words. They will be valued equally in working alongside their brothers, husbands and fathers in the work of the kingdom.
Catherine, Minneapolis, MN
I wish for the day a Grandpa will be overheard saying “I wasn’t sure so I checked in with my Bishop and she said…” and NO ONE bats an eye. And I wish for everything that goes along with that: either no more garments or unisex garments, women in all leadership roles and having all access to Priesthood authority. I wish to bless my daughter and son as they struggle in life and courageously seek inspiration from God for me and those around me.
Britt, Cincinnati, OH
My eyes of hope envision a future day in which my great granddaughters bless and pass the sacred emblems of the sacrament alongside my great grandsons, in which their mothers (my granddaughters) stand beside their fathers to give them parental blessings at the beginning of each school year, and in which their grandmothers (my daughters) preside over meetings where women and men learn and grow in faith side by side.
Catherine, Helena, MT
My hope is to see a vibrant, diverse, inclusive community where women and men, able and disabled, people of different ethnicities and different backgrounds are all valued and given equal opportunities to serve and make decisions about their community.
Nicola, Christchurch, New Zealand
I hope my nieces and all Mormon women and girls will someday soon break free of the Proverbial Auxiliary Ceiling.
Steve, Salt Lake City, UT
Looking forward to the day when the stories of the women of the Old Testament who were priests and prophets will be taught instead of ignored—-Miriam, Hulda, Deborah.
Elaine, South Carolina
My wish: That someday we’ll have women in the councils of the church so we can soften the dogma that seems to be so prevalent where we exclude instead of include individuals with different points of view. I feel that discussion and empathy needed to do this would make us a much more God-like church than simply writing off someone as sinful.
Tom, Eureka, UT
I can’t wait for the day when the church looks back and publicly realizes that it hasn’t survived through the 21st century in spite of its embrace of matriarchy and the feminine divine but because of it.
McKay, Los Angeles, CA
I wish that my granddaughter will grow up in a church that makes her a equal to her future husband and her priesthood is decided by her own faith and dedication.
Denise, Riverdale, Utah
I hope that one day the Church will allow a woman whose husband dies to marry again in the temple for time and all eternity to a loving second spouse without having to cancel her sealing to her deceased husband. I hope that a man who marries an already-sealed woman will be allowed to take his wife to the temple to be sealed.
Dave, College Station, TX
I wish that women would read the scriptures and realize that God has already appointed all believers to his holy priesthood and emboldened by this assurance take up and use what God has already given.
Julie, Madison, Wisconsin
I wish for a cultural shift wherein a young woman who believes in the nurturing power of fathers, asks boys out on dates, kisses before the age of 16, and openly shares her desire to have a career is neither ostracized nor viewed as a “slut” by the young men (and some of the elders) in the ward, the way I was.
Emily, Tacoma, WA
I wish for the day when a woman’s value is no longer linked to her marital status.
Jilliane, Alberta, Canada
I wish I didn’t have to tell justifying stories to my kids about why there is gender inequality in the Church.
Emily, Skokie, IL
I long for the day that I can stand side by side with my husband and bless our children. I long for the day that I can bless my husband during his times of need.
I look forward to the day when women are seen as spiritual leaders and when their silent voices in the scriptures come forth.
Charla, Westfield, IN
I wish that one day we will see moving artwork in our chapels depicting our Heavenly Mother and Father holding hands, standing side by side.
Mike, South Jordan, Utah
I look forward to when leaders of the corporate LDS Church seek out OW leaders to confess their unrighteousness, ask forgiveness and request blessings for changing their hearts and minds.
I hope I live long enough to see a woman become a Mormon bishop. I will celebrate.
Patricia, Valley Springs, California
One day no little girls will wonder if they are less than the boys in their lives. They will know they have the right to make decisions spiritually and otherwise without consulting or getting the final approval from a man.
Jen, Daniel, Utah
I hope for the days when people are ordained based on worthiness rather than who they are in their community.
Alma, San Diego, CA
I look forward to the day when LDS women are unleashed to share their full intellectual, emotional, and spiritual gifts with their congregations and with the church as a whole, and when LDS girls and boys can see these beautiful, talented women in action, as role-models-in-full-standing.
John, North Logan, UT
I look forward to having women apostles and prophetesses again, as shown throughout the Bible; Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Isaiah’s wife, Anna, Junia, Philip’s four daughters and Mary Magdelene, who was commissioned by Christ to open the new dispensation, being the first person to preach His resurrection to the apostles and to the world.
Kathy, Ridgway, Colorado
I wish to see an inclusive church, where there is no room for gender inequality and why not? a woman of color as our prophetess, seer and revelator!”
Cesar, Mexico City, Mexico
I wish for the day when I can give my children a mother’s blessing without fear of being disciplined by church leaders.
Alice Provo, UT
I look forward to sustaining the first woman apostle.
Vickie, Salt Lake City, Utah
I hope for a day that all of my children can publicly and privately give blessings. I hope one day my girls can feel empowered at church and not dependent on men for their spirituality or worth.
Sarah, Madrid, Spain
Honoring our Past,
Envisioning our Future.
Christy Ellis- Clegg, the author of this post, is currently Ordain Women’s Executive Board Secretary.