Women continue to hold a traditional, and some say less significant, role in the Mormon church. Some feminist Mormons believe there is only one path to equality - the right to be ordained as priests. Other women believe that there are ample opportunities to serve the church within the established doctrine.
Gender issues are a topic I've been passionate about for a long time. Thanks for a variety of voices even in this small panel; it reflects how even w/in the Church, there's a range of opinions among LDS women. Wendy Davis resonated most w/me, although I liked a couple of things Neylan said, such as that equality is built into our doctrine. I would have liked to hear her talk more about that.
What do I hope people can understand?
1. Our central doctrine is that Jesus died for *all* of us, and His restored church (with accompanying priesthood keys & authority) open the door for *all* to receive ordinances & doctrines of salvation if they so choose - "Black and white, bond and free, male and female" from the Book of Mormon).
2. Church roles are temporary. The Church is scaffolding in God's plan to bring individuals, families to Christ.
3. Church org charts can't capture the many ways God's work is done, esp because the family is paramount in God's work.
4. God's work isn't abt individual contributions, but is more Gestalt, if you will. Think body of Christ (1 Cor. 12). Gender roles can be part of this whole when council and cooperation rather than competition are the focus. Michelle –Aug 29, 2012 01:15:52 AM
I am former member of the church and held the level of Elder and even served a mission. I had many issues with the church, one of which was the inequality of how women are treated. While still active my wife and myself could not get her temple seal to her former husband broken and therefore she and I could not seek that for ourselves, however, he had not problem taking his new wife to the temple for that same sealing. This has roots in the polymamist system establish early in the church. From there on I was done with the organization.Gaylon –Aug 28, 2012 09:55:42 AM
Not sure why you were unable get the "sealing" broken because anyone who divorces who has been sealed in the Temple can reverse that sealing and then be sealed to their new spouse. This is the very 1st I've heard of one being refused the ablity reverse a sealing of a spouse of a divorced couple. However, having said that, both parties to the sealing have to agree to be unsealed. ???
Sammy –Sep 4, 2012 11:00:35 AM