I am a NCAA fan, Star Wars fanboy, social media enthusiast, off-and-on writer, and politico. I have worked in media and politics.
I was a former missionary (including leadership), branch mission leader, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Ward Missionary, Priesthood Instructor, Family Home Evening “Dad.” I am currently active.
We know that “the glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36), and that we are to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). Thus, I believe that God wants us to use simple reasoning to sort out matters. Here is my reasoning: When Blacks were permitted in 1978, by revelation to hold the priesthood, apostles used 2 Nephi 26:33 to explain why. The verse includes the following statement: “he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen, and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.” The church institutionally used this scripture to explain why, too. Well, “female” is found there as well. Why aren’t we applying the verse to that gender as we did to Blacks?
In 1978, revelation was sought regarding Blacks and the priesthood because the church in Brazil did not have enough white males to exercise the priesthood. The kingdom of God would have been cut short in Brazil without other races exercising the priesthood. There may be many reasons why revelation may be sought by our prophets, seers, and revelators regarding women and the priesthood. But in parallel fashion, will revelation on women and the priesthood not be sought by the Brethren if the kingdom of God will not move forward in some fashion without women holding that power?
I know the gospel and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be true because it holds the doctrines and ordinances of salvation and exaltation. Among those doctrines are revelation and priesthood. Both help us come closer to redeeming Zion. In those veins of revelation and priesthood, we have been given a model in the application of 2 Nephi 26:33 about how to come closer to redeeming Zion. Ordain Women’s past tactics have been questionable, but it is raising questions critical to God’s objective.
I believe women should be ordained.