"Not all those who wander are lost."
— J.R.R. Tolkien
In all seriousness, leaders aren’t infallible. After this unfortunate talk, Elder Utchdorf said, “to be perfectly frank, there have been times when members or leaders in the church have simply made mistakes. There may have been things said or done that were not in harmony with our values, principles or doctrine.” I believe that Sister Dalton’s comments were among the mistakes that have been made by leaders.
Women are daughters of God. In God’s eyes, they are equal with his sons (see 2 Nephi 26:33). The problem is that the world (which includes members and leaders) doesn’t understand that and doesn’t treat them as such. Feminism in the LDS community seeks to address the consequences of this lack of understanding. That doesn’t mean that we get it right all of the time, but my word, what a cause to get behind!
If you don’t want to lobby for rights, that is fine with me. But please understand that I am not sinning when I do. This is the path that I was lead to after much struggle and prayer. If you are on a different one, I might disagree with you but I wish you all the best. Let’s make a deal - I won’t judge if you don’t!
[T]he Church has nothing to fear from the strength of women. On the contrary, it desperately needs women—and men, too—who are not trapped in dysfunctional roles that involve playing out scripts that don’t really work. Partnership is a mutually supportive relationship that recognizes and honors both the differences and similarities between men and women, that draws deeply on the strengths of both, that focuses on working toward mutually decided goals, and that celebrates the contributions of both in the home, in the community, and in the church and kingdom of God. Help both men and women to work for partnership and to move away from the limitations of rigid roles.
-Chieko Okazaki, Boundaries, p. 16"
Chieko N. Okazaki, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, 1990-1997. (via mormonmonastery)
"You are dear to your Heavenly Parents."
Thank you for saying “parents.” Once. Even if you went on to only use “He” and talk about God as only “Him” and “He.”
More and more I feel like I miss having two Parents.
"The choice is yours. The creator of the sands, seas, and endless stars, is reaching out to you this very day."
"Being a daughter of eternal parents is not a distinction you earned or can ever lose. You will always and forever remain a daughter of God. … But your divine origin alone does not guarantee you a divine inheritance. God sent you here to prepare for a future greater than anything you can imagine. The promised blessings of God to the faithful are glorious and inspiring. Among them are thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths, and it takes more than a spiritual birth certificate or a child of God membership card to qualify for these incomprehensible blessings."
What does a “child of God membership card” qualify us for, I wonder?
"Can you tell we love you?"
I don’t know, can I? In less than an hour’s worth of talks by our women leaders? This is our “equivalent” to a Priesthood session? Can we possibly be serious?
"We don’t walk the roads of Palestine healing the sick."
Well, no. I don’t think we’d be allowed in…