Listen to Kristy’s Narrating Ordain Women interview here:
Hi, I’m Kristy. I’m a clinical psychologist and currently a stay-at-home mom. The gospel is my spiritual home, and always will be. My husband and I are active members of the LDS Church who love our faith. We were both raised in the Church and look forward to raising our baby girls in it, too. Parenthood is a sacred responsibility to us both, one we share together. When I met my husband I knew we both wanted a gospel-enriched life for our family.
As I type, I worry family members I love so dearly will see my profile and feel betrayed, equating female ordination with apostasy. It breaks my heart to cause them to feel pain or like they failed in raising me. In response, I can only say that my faith is and always will be strong, and that I am writing because of my testimony, and for my baby girls’ spiritual future. I want them to find Mormonism as empowering and enriching as I have, and I will do everything in my power to teach them to feel a part of the Church, to love it as I do. I feel the gospel has so much to offer them.
I hope my daughters find partners someday who treat them as equals–the way my husband loves and respects me. I want them to know they have Heavenly Parents who embody love and want to bless them fully. In my marriage, I have seen the blessings of mutual respect and admiration.
I believe Heavenly Father, through the prophet, has yet to reveal many great and important things pertaining to Kingdom of God. Perhaps women’s ordination is one of those things. Whether it happens or not, my faith will always remain anchored in Mormonism. As Elder Hafen said, my love for the Church isn’t blind: it’s bound.
Nevertheless, I would be thrilled to someday hold my babies in church when they are given a name and blessing. And my heart swells when I imagine someday giving my daughters—as pioneer women did—blessings of comfort before they give birth.
I’m a Mormon, and I believe women should be ordained.