Hi, I’m Emily. I am a seventh generation Mormon on both sides of my family, and I am proud of my rich, courageous heritage. I was raised in Arizona, studied at Brigham Young University, and now work in the non-profit sector. Last year, my husband and I were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. At church, I serve in the Primary, but I have also worked in family history and Relief Society and taught temple preparation courses. I love my faith, family, and community.
I am passionate about serving the under-served and advocating for all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, belief, orientation, or gender; however, when I first heard whispers about asking for women’s ordination, I was indifferent, at best. My reaction was flatly, I don’t want or need the priesthood. But in the last few years, as I have prayed, studied our history, and mulled over the idea, the Lord has gradually softened my heart.
A few nights ago, I was struck by a question Sheryl Sandberg poses in her book Lean In. She asks, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” The answer that immediately came to my mind: I would tell my friends and family that I believe women should be ordained.