General Conference is coming up in a few weeks, and I have a lot weighing on me, most of it about this Ordain Women demonstration at the Priesthood Session. I want to speak my piece about this, mostly so I can move on and focus more on my own spiritual questions as the conference gets closer.
But I do have a piece to speak.
There have been some hurtful things flying around the internet—novel, I know—and I think many of the people posting them don’t realize the deeper implications of what they are sharing. I think if they understood a little more, they might re-post a little less.
I’m not comfortable with the approach of the Ordain Women movement, but I don’t feel the need to belittle it. Much of the criticism about it fails to understand the true motivations behind what most of these women are doing. It assumes they are all demanding changes when their official statement is that they are simply demonstrating in order to encourage their leaders to “prayerfully consider women’s ordination.” They aren’t trying to sidestep the prophet. They’re trying to motivate him to ask a question that weighs on them heavily.
Again, I don’t think their approach is perfect. I think it does send some mixed signals. But I don’t think it’s motivated by pride and greed, and it’s definitely not motivated by a failure to value their distinct femininity. Personally, I don’t feel like we know enough about the priesthood or the eternities to make very many definitive statements about how God intends the priesthood and gender roles to play out. But if there’s one thing I do believe, it’s that it doesn’t hurt to ask questions.
There’s my two-cents. As usual, it’s centered on giving people the benefit of the doubt and brimming with ambiguity. Ambiguity is kind of my sweet spot.
P.S. Apparently there’s a heated debate among grammarians about whether “speak your piece” or “speak your peace” is correct. In the writing of this post, I had pick a definitive side. See? I’m not always a fence-sitter.