I am a Mormon and I support the ordination of women. I have done so since I joined the Church at age 25 – over 40 years ago. I have been active all of that time except for about 5 years when I struggled with issues surrounding women in the church. I have returned to full activity and have served as a Relief Society Teacher, Home-making Leader, Primary Teacher and now Primary President for the last 5 years.
My husband and I have four sons and ten grandchildren. I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst, and I just finished a book, called Family Entanglement: Unravelling the Knots and Finding Joy in the Parent-Child Journey, about our experiences as parents.
Why I think Mormon women should have the priesthood:
My identity as a Mormon is solid. It is who I am. Still, I feel disaffected and sad that I cannot participate fully in the Church because I am a woman. Though I have a testimony of the Gospel, I question daily whether I am really important to God and to Christ. If women were ordained, I believe that the Church would be strengthened immensely. I believe that women will play a huge part in the Second Coming. The last battle will include women, not as supporters and by-standers, but as warriors, shoulder to shoulder with their fellow men. God will still be God and Christ will be our Savior.