I am a husband, a father, and a professional educator. I graduated from Oregon State University with a Master’s of Science, and now teach Agriculture Science & Technology. I was raised in the church and have served in many callings including Sunday School Instructor for nine years and Elder’s Quorum President. I served a mission in New York City from 1989-1991, and was married in the Logan Temple.
Although I loved the Church and its members, its current antiquated traditions and policies on several issues such as women’s ordination led me to distance myself from the active membership.
I’m willing to risk my membership and standing in the church to make this organization a better, healthier place for my daughter. My voice will be heard. I refuse to remain silent. Women will only be able to have equality and meaningful participation in the Church if they have the priesthood. My daughter likes to say feminism is the radical notion that women are people too. The abuses of power have gone unchecked far too long to be able to make organizational changes here-and-there to make conditions for women better. At this point, only ordination will give woman the standing to bring about the changes the church needs.
I support and will advocate for women to have the priesthood.