I’m an animal nut and chocolate enthusiast who gets really excited about swing-sets and is more comfortable in the water than on solid ground. Having been born in Salt Lake City and raised in Provo, there is no doubt that the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a huge impact on my life. I was blessed enough to attend BYU, where I met my husband, who is perfect for me in every way, and to study in both London and Jerusalem. I’m entering BYU law school this fall, and after I graduate, we will inevitably leave Provo. But even more than geography and education, it’s the culture of the Church that has shaped who I am.
I have had more than my fair share of instances that have shaken me to my very core and reminded me that this is the Lord’s true church. I know that the ordinances we perform within the sacred walls of our temple are everlasting and are eternally significant. However, part of what comes with believing in a prophet who receives direct revelation from God is an acceptance of constant change. I believe we, as a church, only have as much light as we are prepared to receive, and right now that light doesn’t include women’s eternal role as priesthood holders.
I know, through personal witness, that the women in the Church are an untapped resource and that our Heavenly Parents are so excited for the day that women can be ordained as the priestesses we have been anointed to become. Because I believe in Heavenly Parents who love their children equally, I believe women should be ordained.