Hi I’m Michelle. I am a wife. I am a teacher. I am a theologian.I run a website called Agitating Faithfully… And I support the ordination of women.
Hi, y’all ! I am from North Carolina. I am a convert to the Mormon church from the Baptist faith. I studied in (non-LDS) seminary and hold two masters degrees in the theological field. And I am married to an incredible Jewish man! Although I do not myself have pioneer ancestry, my mother’s maiden name is Bitner. I know I am related somehow, because the resemblance on that side of the family is striking.
Why I am a Mormon:
I know this Church is true. I have a strong testimony of the Restoration instituted by Joseph Smith. I was baptized two and a half years ago because I knew something within the Gospel message resonated with me on a deeper level. As an ex-Baptist, who never felt “saved,” I knew this Gospel testified of Christ. Not the judgmental, fear-mongering Jesus I grew up with, who could come back anytime in the “Rapture,” but a very real Jesus I could identify with. As somebody who grew up Baptist – memorizing chapter and verse – the Book of Mormon is my “Urim and Thummin” to unlocking the deeper mysteries of the Bible. Even as a trained theologian, I cannot deny the inspiration behind it!
How I live my faith:
I am an active member of the church. I am Relief Society Chorister who has developed a genuine love for the LDS hymns. I am, in a sense, a “faithful agitator” at church; an ardent feminist who is clear and open about my opinions.
Why I think Mormon women should have the priesthood:
Simply stated, women must be ordained before the eventual Restitution of all things. “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her” (Matthew 26:13).