My family is my greatest joy and I am so happy to be sealed to them forever. I love the gospel and my Savior and work every day to live up to the calling to be a disciple of Christ. I am a writer and a craft designer, and I believe women should be ordained.
I had a difficult childhood, and more than anything I longed to have a family like the ones we sang about in primary. I had a whole lot of very hard years but what got me through was my testimony of the gospel and my personal connection to my Savior, Jesus Christ. There were times in my childhood where I was completely alone and there was no one to love me, but I always felt His love. Through the power of the Atonement and the love of God I learned how to be a loving person, got the care I needed, I’m now sealed to a wonderful husband and together we have the sweetest little boy.
Why I’m a Mormon:
This is my home, my heart, and my soul. This is where I learned to hear God and where I hear Him still. I have felt the Spirit whisper to me, calling me to tend to God’s children that hurt like I did and over the years I have devoted my life to reaching out to those who have suffered abuse, discrimination, and pain. I have spent my entire adult life working in the Young Women program and I have loved getting to teach these girls how to find God, and showing them the power and grace in the Atonement. I am a Mormon because I believe.
Why I Think Mormon Women Should have the Priesthood:
Jesus Christ took His gospel to the Jews before He took it to the Gentiles. The priesthood was exercised by the tribe of Levi before it was given to all men. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. When the Canaanite woman begged Christ to heal her daughter and he refused because He intended to help the Israelites, she pressed on, her faith so great that eventually He could not refuse her. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Matthew 15:28 Joseph Smith spoke about the Relief Society as a kingdom of priestesses. There is so much evidence that this is how God wants it.
But even beyond that, if our goal is to be a Zion people, we have to be of one heart and one mind. And that can never happen as long as women are kept apart from most decision making bodies. Studies show that more women in government changes the agenda, and as a church made up of human beings doing our very best to overcome our natural inclinations and perspectives, there is no reason to think that the same wouldn’t be true for us. More women involved in financial decisions, bureaucratic decisions, and of course issues of pastoral care such as repentance or discipline, will change the agenda and bring us closer to Zion.