Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quotes I like about Priesthood

From the Young Women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

                                           Sister Marriott: We’ve 
heard it, but it’s hard to get it into our minds, to make that shift that the priesthood is not the men of the Church. Priesthood is the power of God, and we all work with that power—not necessarily with keys or even with duties described in the scriptures, but we all have this power as we fulfill our covenant responsibilities.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Priesthood, Leadership, and Service

I have often wondered why people seem so upset that women do not "hold" the Priesthood. They seem to view the men's Priesthood responsibilities as the men having all power and dictating their will to submissive women. (I think it is rather funny to think women would go along with that!) What must be remembered is that God's power can only be used if a person is righteous, and His power can only be used to serve others.  

This is one of the last lessons that the Savior taught his disciples. Listen to the Savior's response when the mother of James and John, two of his disciples, came to him and asked if her sons could sit on the Savior's right and left in His kingdom (have positions of honor). 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How is the "Mormon" Church Organized?

How is the Church Organized?

I like how this video explains how the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same now as it was when Jesus Christ set up His church when He lived upon the earth. All Church organization is to support and help families.

A Mormon Woman's Thoughts on Priesthood and Personality

I was doing some writing on my Perspectives on Personality blog about how Thinker types (logic, task oriented, 3/4 of men) can better relate with Feeler types (value, people oriented, 3/4 of women). I was giving suggestions to Thinker types on how to relate more personally to Feeler types, when the thought came to my mind that what would help the most was if the Thinker gave service to the Feeler.  Suddenly, I realized that this is part of why men are given Priesthood assignments -- it is help them learn to serve and love. For women, we naturally see a need and meet it. We don't need as much structure to reach out to others. That is just how we are.

I can see how assigning men to watch over others helps them focus on the needs of the people they are responsible for, whether it is in his family, or in his ward (local church group).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Do Men Have a "Right" from God to Subjugate Women?

A Jewish friend commented on my last post about the place of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

"As far as the place of women in religious life, I know of no religion that doesn't have a bunch of excuses about why women are not allowed into the priesthood, etc.  Religion has an age old history of being male dominated."  She also explains how women are kept out of important positions in their Jewish Temple. 

This is my reply to her.
It truly is scary some of the things people do and then try and excuse their behavior by saying it is "religious". Men have often claimed a "right" from God to subjugate women. I believe that they will be held accountable for their unrighteous actions.

Monday, January 22, 2018

What Place Does the new Prophet Think Women Should Have?

People often wonder if the new Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, will give the women in the Church more power. By that, I assume they want to know if the women will have the same responsibilities as the men have. The flip side of that thought is that the men would have the same responsibilities as the women. The premise is that men and women are both equally capable leaders, which is true, but aren't there some things that we each naturally do better? 

I think a lot of the concern is that the Church is organized in a Patriarchal order with men being called by God to assume general administrative responsibilities. This does not mean that they have some "divine right" to tell women what to do and women are to merely meekly obey the men's orders. No, men are given by God responsibilities in keeping with their most noble desires to love, protect, serve, and bless their families and those around them. Women, think about that; men who are encouraged to really be there instead of dumping all the responsibility for the family and everything else on your shoulders.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

How is a Prophet Chosen?

People wonder how the new Prophet is chosen. Some envision men who work their way up through the ranks, campaign for votes, and eventually triumph becoming the Prophet. True, this would be man's way of achieving something he wants, but it is not God's way. Throughout time, God has chosen the man He wants to be the Prophet at a particular time. He prepares that man, tests him, then at the right moment, that man becomes the Prophet. Think of Moses', and Samuel's years of preparation and testing before they were given the responsibility of leading the Lord's people.