I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and love the gospel with all my heart and soul. I believe in the gospel and the many, many truths it holds, and those truths that are yet to be revealed. While I agree fully that equal is not a feeling, I hold fast to the gospel and the anchor it is for me in this tumultuous world. I also know that the Church is evolving for the better and some day women will quite literally be equal participants in every way. In a 1997 interview with Gordon B. Hinckley, he said that the rules of the Priesthood could change in the future and include women if the Lord deemed it appropriate. This gospel and the doctrine therein are not stagnant entities; “the heavens are not closed… God continues to reveal His will to mankind; as He has in the past, He does in the present, and He will in the future… just as they were in days past.” (Elder Tom Perry)
I was inactive for a significant period of time, struggling to reconcile the limited roles that women have within the church and the personal desire I have to be seen as a peer amongst the men by which I was led. It was not until I realized it is possible for me to desire all the gifts that my Heavenly Father has in store for me and be an active, devout member of the church, that I was able to once again fully participate in this exceptional organization and “seek truth, meaning, and a way to transform faith into action,” as directed by President Uchtdorf.
I am also a single mother, and love my children with all my heart and soul. I know that Heavenly Father placed these special spirits in my home so that I may raise them up in the ways of the Lord and guide them back to him to the best of my ability. And while I am searching, and praying, and pleading with my Heavenly Father to help me find my eternal companion, until that time comes, I believe that my children deserve and need the profound and essential power of the priesthood in their home. I believe women should be ordained.