I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized as a member at the age of eight. I grew up living in various states across the U.S., as well as in England and Japan, and I participated in the wards or branches in each of those areas. I have served as a visiting teacher, a nursery teacher, a Primary teacher, a Relief Society teacher, and a compassionate-service leader. I have also held callings in the Relief Society and Primary presidencies.
Through much thought and prayer, I have been unable to find for myself a reason as to why women would be excluded from holding the priesthood. While I have heard many opinions and perspectives, nothing has rung true in my heart and mind. Instead, I see many reasons why women, men, and the Church could be strengthened by female ordination. I have personally felt that my Heavenly Parents intend all spiritual blessings and opportunities to be open to everyone seeking for things of the divine. I have sought the guidance of my Heavenly Parents on these matters and feel I have been given clear answers to my prayers. I pray that the leaders of our Church can also take these questions in prayer for further light and knowledge.
My support for female ordination comes from my firm belief that in addition to women having increased opportunities to serve their families and wards and to grow spiritually, the Church will benefit tremendously from having the unique perspective of women in official capacities. In short, I believe women should be ordained.