Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in , | 0 comments

Hi, my name is Tom. I’m a husband, father, attorney, rabid Utah State Aggie basketball fan, 6th generation Mormon, returned missionary and tacos al pastor connoisseur. And I support my sisters in Ordain Women.

I have deep admiration and respect for the sisters of Ordain Women, who have respectfully asked questions. These types of questions are the same that drove a 14 year old boy to a grove of trees some two centuries ago. On October 5, 2012 I was glued to my laptop as I watched, through social media, these sisters courageously and reverently seek to attend the Priesthood Session, and more importantly, to ask the types of questions that induce revelation. It was clear to me that these sisters love the Church, the Gospel and the Priesthood. Their motive is obviously to serve their fellow human beings through the power of the Priesthood. As each sister asked for admittance to the session, and was turned away, I could not help but be moved. I am proud to stand with them.

Though we may be ordained to the Priesthood, the Priesthood only becomes operative in us when our behavior is consistent with the virtues of “persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness and meekness, and love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge…” (D&C 121:41-42). There is nothing about this list of virtues that is gender specific. In fact, I, like virtually everyone, know many sisters in the Church whose lives are exemplary as to these and other pertinent priesthood virtues. I look forward to the day when the talents and service of these sisters are fully utilized to bless our families, wards, stakes, neighborhoods and the entire worldwide Church.

I believe women should be ordained.