8 Resources for Answers and Peace Concerning Women and the Priesthood

Women and the Priesthood

The purpose of this post is to point those who are peacemakers to a few resources to help clarify the confusion that has been created in the recent dust storm of media about LDS women and priesthood. These are not to be used as weapons in debates, but as personal resources for you if there is a debate inside your heart.

These resources have helped me to find that peace. I hope they help you too.

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1. Elder M. Russell Ballard’s Speech at Education Week on the Essential Role of Women in the Church.

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Skip to the 5th point he makes if you don’t want to watch the whole speech (though it is very powerful and you should some time):

2. “The Women of God” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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Please click here to read the whole talk. It’s powerful. With Elder Maxwell, I am in awe of the divine role of women in God’s plan. To echo the testimony of Elder Maxwell, I share this quote that has changed my perspective about motherhood amidst my love of the heroes of history:

“[In the year 1809]. . . men were following, with bated breath, the march of Napoleon, and waiting with feverish impatience for the latest news of the wars. And all the while, in their own homes, babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everybody was thinking about battles. . . .

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“. . . in one year. . . between Trafalgar and Waterloo, there stole into the world a host of heroes! . . . in 1809. . . Gladstone was born at Liverpool; Alfred Tennyson was born at the Somersby rectory . . . Oliver Wendell Holmes made his first appearance at Massachusetts . . . and Abraham Lincoln drew his first breath at Old Kentucky. Music was enriched by the advent of Frederic Chopin at Warsaw, and of Felix Mendelssohn at Hamburg. . . Elizabeth Barrett Browning [was born] at Durham. . . . But nobody thought of babies. Everybody was thinking of battles. Yet. . .which of the battles of 1809 mattered more than the babies of 1809? . . .

“We fancy that God can only manage His world by big battalions . . . when all the while He is doing it by beautiful babies. . . . When a wrong wants righting, or a work wants doing, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants opening, God sends a baby into the world to do it. That is why, long, long ago, a babe was born at Bethlehem.”1

3. Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood”

Elder Oaks helps to clarify that “Priesthood keys direct women as well as men, and priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men.” Click here to read the full text.

4. Book: Women and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew

Women and the Priesthood

 Click here to read the book.

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5. Maurine Proctor (Meridian Magazine) “Church Disciplinary Councils VS the Court of Public Opinion”

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A great presentation to help clarify that church disciplinary councils are never publicly announced. That they are councils of love for the purpose of blessing those involved. It also shows the difference between the divinely appointed order of the Church, set up through revelation and public opinion when it comes to the establishment of doctrine.  Click here to read the article.

6. Women and the Argument for the Priesthood by Natasha Carrell. 

Found on LookToGodandLive.blogspot.com

Found on LookToGodandLive.blogspot.com

She is a returned missionary and a lay-member of the Church who has a really non-emotionally-charged, straight-forward approach. If you don’t have time to read her post, just look at the flow chart she drew and it will basically summarize it. But read it if you have time.

Click here to read the whole post.

 

7. Ashley Isaacson Woolley’s Post on Deseret News

Ashley Isaacson Woolley - Photo Credit Deseret News

Ashley Isaacson Woolley – Photo Credit Deseret News

Ashley Isaacson Woolley has a degree summa cum laude from Harvard, a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Her article is very clear in why Ordain Women is actually hurting, not helping, Mormon women’s equality. Click here to read the article.

8. The Story of the Two Silver Dollars – Gordon B. Hinckley


With all the contention that is going on with this issue, you may get bogged down with negativity. Don’t let it get to you. First, don’t participate in contention. This is not what Jesus would do.2 Rather, consider filling your time with random acts of kindness. Instead of getting frustrated, go surprise someone with kindness. Make someones day. Polish their shoes, do the laundry, wash their car, make some cookies and deliver them. Go do something good when no one is looking. It will fill your heart with peace and help you overcome the prop wash of the world’s contention. Contention only pushes the Spirit away, and to see clearly and discern between truth and error, we need the Spirit.  If none of these other resources above help to bring peace to your heart, I promise that this one will.

 9. BONUS: “The Real Meaning of the Word Help-Meet” by Heather Farrell

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I loved this article, from the website www.WomenInTheScriptures.com A great resource! Wow. Well done Heather! Here is just a little snippet:

 

I know that understanding the real meaning of the term “help meet” earlier in my life would have made a huge difference in how I understood my role and mission as a woman. I think that if I had caught the vision of who we are as women and what a marvelous stewardship the Lord has given us I wouldn’t have wasted so many years and so much energy being angry that I couldn’t have a man’s stewardship. I realize now that true power come when men and women realize that they have been blessed with different gifts, abilities and stewardship’s and truly work together as equal partners to help each other be successful. The basic truth is that men and women need each other and it is only when they are united, body, soul and mind, that God’s work moves forth. We are nothing without each other and nothing without Christ.

Read the whole article here.

 

 

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  1. Spencer W. Kimball often quoted the author F. W. Boreham in his book Mountains in the Mist: Some Australian Reveries – 1919, 166-67, 170
  2. 3 Nephi 11:29

avatar Andy Proctor (42 Posts)

Andy is the creator of T​he Returned Missionary (this blog)​, encouraging the tens of thousands of LDS missionaries who come home every year to continue to be productive, hardworking, faithful, and happy long after their full-time mission has ended. His goal with this blog is to help people know how they can live the gospel while living their dreams. He just launched his first book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He also owns and manages the LDSmissionaries.com blog. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News.


5 Comments

  1. avatar Linary Kingdon says:

    Andy,
    This looks like a fabulous article and I can’t wait to read it!!!

  2. avatar Ashley Frederickson says:

    LOVED this post! Beautiful gospel doctrine & principles being displayed here to bring peace to the truth. Can’t wait to read in detail all of these articles.

  3. avatar Susan Greer says:

    Sister Patricia Holland’s BYU talk from 1980 was one that had a great impact on me when I read it so long ago. It is still very timely in today’s world. See “A Woman’s Perspective on the Priesthood”, July Ensign Magazine, 1980.

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