Growing up a member in Southern Alberta, I was active in every church activity. I received the blessings of the priesthood, and I was taught to learn and seek out truth and kindness. I was also taught to be brave and to stand up for what is right even if I am the only one.
I learned that the family is a very special unit — we all work with our strengths and weaknesses as individuals to bring about safety and harmony in our world. I believe that outside culture and not church doctrine has created a patriarchal environment, but it does not have to be that way. Christ said He will not give us more than we can bear. I think women are ready and able to bear the mantle of the priesthood. And I think men are ready and able to decide as individuals and as part of a family unit with open communication and not predesignated roles what each individual is best suited for. I believe women’s ordination would enrich families, communities, and allow for strength of women to be recognized on equal standing, not auxiliary.