I’m a Mormon. I’m a professor, and a writer, and a father, and I believe that women should be eligible for ordination in the LDS church.
I grew up in an LDS home and learned values from my parents: Service. Compassion. Equality. Some of my favorite childhood memories center on church and family activities. I served a mission in Guatemala and then went to law school and practiced law before becoming a law professor. My parents named me Kaimipono, which means “seeking righteousness.” I try to live my life in line with that goal.
Why I think women should be ordained:
It just makes sense. Why would women be excluded from participating in Priesthood ordinances? Really, the thought makes reason stare. The scriptures tell us that “all are alike unto God.”
Mormon women have a fantastic history as trailblazers for equality. Utah was one of the first territories to grant women the vote, and early Relief Society leaders advocated an expansive vision of women’s roles in society. And Joseph Smith himself said that “I will organize the women under the priesthood after a pattern of the priesthood” and that the Relief Society would be “a kingdom of priests.”
Joseph Smith was killed before he could finish his work, and we’ve lived under a lesser law since. But in 2013, there’s no compelling reason to continue this approach. Let’s move forward, in a way that will allow women around the world to bless their families and communities more fully.