I’m a thinker, a daughter, a sister, a student, a believer in being “anxiously engaged in a good cause.” And…I support the ordination of women.
I was born in France, then lived in New Hampshire, California, and Virginia, spending my last three years of high school at a boarding school down the road from Washington D.C. I love reading about Mormon history, watching documentaries, and baking.
Why I am a Mormon:
I believe in the words taught by Jesus Christ – that we should love everyone, that we should serve without thought of reward, and that we should forgive one another. I believe in the words of the Book of Mormon: “black and white, bond and free, male and female; …all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). I believe in the community that we take part in as members of the LDS church, in which we constantly seek to bear one another’s burdens and improve ourselves through service and the Atonement.
Why I think Mormon women should have the priesthood:
In my Mormon Women’s History class at BYU, we read the original Relief Society minutes from its organizational meeting, courtesy of the Joseph Smith Papers. In the transcript of Joseph Smith’s remarks from March 30th, 1842, I read that Joseph said: “…that the Society should move according to the ancient Priesthood…-Said he was going to make of this Society a kingdom of priests as in Enoch’s day- as in Pauls day…”
When I read that original historical record of the words of the Prophet of the Restoration, combined with the modern revelation by Church leaders stating that “The origins of the priesthood availability are not entirely clear. Some explanations with respect to this matter were made in the absence of direct revelation and references to these explanations are sometimes cited in publications. These previous statements do not represent Church doctrine,” it makes sense to me that women should be ordained.