Hi, I’m Alec.
I am a writer, an insatiable reader, a feminist, a lover of theater, a seeker of truth, a friend, a brother, a son, a Mormon. Mormonism is my cultural heritage; it will always be an indelible part of who I am. I grew up as the oldest child of a large Mormon family on the east coast of the United States, where Mormons were few and far between. Among school halls filled with Baptists and Evangelicals, my Mormon identity was a badge of honor, a thing I cherished and displayed outwardly with childlike pride. I ravenously devoured my collection of animated Book of Mormon story books, and soon moved on to reading the tomes of Gordon B. Hinckley, Spencer W. Kimball, and L. Tom Perry that lined my family’s bookshelf. In Sunday School classes, I often raised my hand to ask in-depth questions about the nature of the Celestial Kingdom, the origins of the godhood, and the existence of Heavenly Mother. I saw asking questions as an essential and necessary part of my Mormon identity. My questions were always encouraged and answered with love and kindness, and when I was unable to receive a sufficient answer, I was told to turn to my Heavenly Father in prayer and ask for understanding and personal revelation.
I deeply and sincerely believe that we must continually ask questions of our Church and our Church leaders so that we can always be progressing towards a fuller and more enriching understanding of the gospel. When intelligent, faithful Mormon women are relegated to auxiliary and secondary roles within our Church, we have an obligation to ask our leaders why. When all discussion of a woman’s self-worth is framed in terms of her role as a mother and wife, we must ask ourselves what message this is sending to young girls. And yes, when women are excluded from holding the priesthood, and there is no doctrine to support this exclusion, and we have a rich history of early Mormon women performing blessings and other priesthood ordinances, we must look our Church leaders squarely in the eye and ask them if our Heavenly Father would truly sanction such a hurtful gender inequality.
I believe that men and women are loved and equal in the eyes of our Heavenly parents.
I believe that women have an important voice within the Church, and expanding their leadership opportunities will help us all, men and women alike, to grow closer to Christ.
I believe that sexism defended in the name of God is still sexism, and it is still just as toxic.
I believe that women should be ordained.