Confirming Our Hope: Women and Priesthood

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is an advocate, mother, professional, lover of the arts, hater (but doer) of housework and seeker of truth.

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24 Responses

  1. Brem says:

    Outstanding.

  2. emi says:

    WOW. Thanks for the article.

  3. Moss says:

    Well done!

    Might I request a list of citations? You have a number of useful quotes and points in here that I would love to have handy.

  4. Davis says:

    “Within the church he established, women are still hoping that the priesthood will be restored to us. ”

    To have something restored, it must have at one time been possessed. Due to the lack of evidence, I suggest that in this case ‘bestowed’ would be a better word than ‘restored’.

    • April says:

      Did you read beyond the first paragraph, Davis?

      • MDearest says:

        I read through this and was impressed as well. It was very thorough with much care given to avoid an unduly biased tone. (So successfully that Davis could only find a pitifully trivial correction to suggest)

        You do the gymnastic dance necessary to Mormon feminism so well and have my admiration.

  5. Caroline says:

    Brilliant, April! And I just love your powerpoint. Thank you so much for posting this.

  6. Steve says:

    Good thoughts. I’m guessing the question that arises that you would personally like the prophet to ask God about is – Is now the right time to restore keys of authority to the relief society and the women of the church that they might become a Kingdom of Priestesses as was in Enoch’s or Paul’s day?

    Or what does all this information mean to you?

    • April says:

      Yes, I would like our leaders to prayerfully consider ordaining women.

      Here is some of what my research on this topic means to me:

      1. Limiting women to auxiliary status is not ideal for women or for the church as a whole.

      2. The ban on women in the priesthood is based on tradition, not scripture. Our traditions are based on the social constructs in which they evolved.

      3. The social context surrounding the restoration of the gospel was hostile toward women, making integrated priesthood quorums out of the question at that time. Today, our church finally has some integrated (albeit unbalanced) councils and the social context surrounding church members in most areas is no longer a barrier to integration.

      • Steve says:

        I’m inclined to agree with your points as opinions. Or do you hold them to be facts?

        For example, in response to your points:
        1) But is it the best option right now due to reasons we may not have or may not be capable of considering at this moment?

        2) I don’t think that scriptures adequately or definitively prove that women held Priesthood authority at one point. Can we be 100% confident that this policy is only based on false traditions held at the time of the restoration, simply because they matched the traditions at the time? Might not the decision to withhold keys/authority from the Relief Society be based on a revelatory decision we are not aware of? (even if the likelihood is very small)

        3) Just because the social context may have been a barrier at the time of the restoration, does this of necessity mean it was the definitive reason quorums could not be integrated? Or might there also be a more eternal principle at play that we do not fully understand?

      • April says:

        I hold all my opinions as opinions, Steve. Reasonable people may disagree.

  7. Melody says:

    April, you have done an amazing thing here. Thank you for the hours of research you spent composing this. I love the timeline and many references to historical precedents for women and priesthood. And thank you for your passion. This is incredibly important.

  8. Suzette says:

    April – I hardly know what to say. I’m very struck by your presentation. You have taken the topics and ideas I have thought of and talked of for a long time – and organized them beautifully. Thank you for sharing this publicly. It is bringing a little bit of Counterpoint home to me. Suzette

  9. Bones says:

    One of the best explanatory presentations I’ve seen on this topic. Fabulous!!

  10. Kate Kelly says:

    Amazing! I just got a chance to listen to the entire thing. LOVE it.

    Best line: “which makes one wonder if God cares about the souls of lazy men than about the souls of women who cannot tolerate inequality.” !!

    Thank you April!

  11. Josi Christensen says:

    I saw your presentation at Counterpoint. How happy I was to have found it here. THANK YOU for sharing it. This was a powerhouse presentation and synopsis. Wow. Wow. Wow.

  12. Alisa says:

    This presentation was so well done. I learned a lot and will be coming back to it. Thank you for your excellent work, April!

  13. Cathe Day says:

    I am just blown away! Thank you so much for your hard work!

  14. Betty Lou Rosales says:

    I loved your article. Excellent points make. I will follow you!

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