My name is Holly. I lead a pretty crazy life. My husband and I have been married for 9 years, all of which have been spent in school. He is now in his medical residency training in one of the hardest programs one could choose. I have 4 incredibly smart, active and mischievous children who keep me running every day and night. Two of my little noisemakers have given us the unique opportunity to learn what it is to live with and love those with special needs. I feel that this experience more than anything thus far has taught me to keep an open mind and heart with others thoughts and feelings. It is impossible to truly know what is in another’s heart without being willing to listen and try to understand. I know that it can feel very isolating to lead a life many cannot identify with.
When I first heard of Ordain Women I was confused and a little surprised. I have always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was perfectly happy about it. Still, instead of pushing against an idea I didn’t understand, I continued to ponder the thought of women holding the priesthood and more specifically, having the chance to serve alongside my husband in that capacity. I allowed myself to ask, “Could it be possible?” As a result I have spent the better part of a year studying, pondering, praying and seeking to understand my sisters in the gospel who have felt so strongly about this issue. As I have done so, I have come to agree wholeheartedly with their concerns but more than anything, my spirit has been awakened to the possibility of a gospel with full inclusion where men and women work together in the priesthood. I see families able to bless one another, young sister missionaries baptizing and blessing the people they have taught and come to love, and greater hastening of our Father in Heaven’s work. I believe women should be ordained.
I know that I am loved by my Heavenly Parents. I know that they esteem their daughters and sons equally. I also know that they want me to become like them. I am content to wait for the necessary revelation for such a change but I want to also show my anticipation and faith through knocking and asking at Their door. I do believe that the Lord reveals greater knowledge when His people are ready, and I feel that the only way that can happen is to move past the barriers of fear where asking and discussing can take its place. I believe that the gospel was established and restored on the idea that you can ask anything in faith and humility and then receive an answer. For myself, receiving the priesthood is not a deal breaker for my testimony. I do not plan on going anywhere regardless of the answer that I know will someday come. I do however hope for and look forward to the “many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom…” that the Lord has yet to reveal.
I am a wife and companion, a mother and daily marathon kid juggler, a seeker of truth and light and I believe women should be ordained.