I am a licensed professional counselor working at the University of North Carolina. I love reading, doing yoga, and spending time with friends and family. I am also one of five sisters raised in the church. While my father is still devoutly Mormon, my mother, myself, and all of my sisters have left the church largely as a result of the gender discrimination we witnessed and felt nearly every day of our lives as Mormon women.
I still have great respect and admiration for the church and its members, but I can no longer in good conscience call myself a member. I believe in absolute equality for members regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other demographic. When the church recognizes the fundamental right of humans to be held on equal footing in the eyes of the church, I would consider returning with joy and pleasure. At the very least, I believe that women should be ordained.