Since Pants, Prayers, Priesthood (Oh My!), more church members than ever before are talking about and considering the potential for changing women’s responsibilities and opportunities in the church. All Enlisted kicked off what at least one Exponent II blogger has called the Mormon Spring. It even seems that Elder Holland was speaking directly to feminist’s concerns when he said at conference this month, “Time to time issues arise that need to be examined, understood, and resolved. They do and they will.”
He then asked for church members to be kind regarding human frailty, including the imperfection of church leaders. He implores church members to be kind and patient with them by remembering this: “when you see imperfection, remember that the limitation is not in the divinity of the work. As one gifted writer has suggested, when the infinite fulness is poured forth, it is not the oil’s fault if there is some loss because finite vessels can’t quite contain it all. Those finite vessels include you and me, so be patient and kind and forgiving.” (Citation)
Elder Holland was also the apostle who said in reference to women’s issues in the church: “This church probably needs to do better…We need to ask ourselves how to make our actions follow our sermons. I think that is a task that is still ahead of all of us.” (Citation)
The current All Enlisted effort is show faith in both the divinity of the work of the church and to demonstrate patience, kindness and a willingness to work with church leaders as they go through the process of examining, understanding and resolving the issues that we have brought into the open. Using the open letter All Are Alike Unto God as a reference, All Enlisted is encouraging church members to continue having conversations on women’s issues by sharing the link to All Are Alike broadly through the month of April, with the goal of doubling the number of people who sign it in support.
In the month of May, supporters are invited to join All Enlisted in sharing and/or delivering the letter to as many church leaders as possible, all the way down to local bishops and Relief Society Presidents.
You personally may not agree with everything written in the All Are Alike letter but it can provide a springboard for important discussions that can prepare the way for church members to be accepting and open to whatever future policy changes may result.
Please join us in using this document to spur some discussions with your family and friends this month. The public conversations were started back in December and we can know take the opportunity to focus the attention on some of the most core issues relating to women’s participation in church activity. Stay tuned for next month when we talk about taking this discussion to church leaders.