Guest Post: The Priesthood Authority in My Home
I picture myself someday sitting in a Sunday School lesson wherein priesthood authority is discussed. It would have to be Sunday School, because that’s the only LDS church meeting wherein adult men and women can discuss gospel principles on equal footing. If priesthood authority is discussed, the topic of men being priesthood holders will come up. And I can hardly wait until I can raise my hand in that class and share testimony of gratitude that women can be the presiding priesthood authority in their homes.
The June 2017 visiting teaching message discusses “Priesthood Power through Keeping Covenants.” In this lesson, the women of the church are instructed that women (and men) are endowed with power—priesthood power—when going through the temple. Personal worthiness increases this power, regardless of the situation in our homes. Isn’t this a lovely message chosen to be shared with every woman in the church across the entire world?
Some of us lack husbands that fit the mold of the ever-faithful, very active, returned-missionary, church-attending, calling-fulfilling, priesthood-holding, temple-attending, tithing-paying, tie-wearing men we were always taught to marry. (I for one, am glad to know that my 6 years in the young women’s program and 12 years in the singles’ ward were wrong with the warnings of woe and misery promised from marrying outside the temple.)
Many on this forum are faithful, active, returned sister missionaries, who are church-attending, calling-fulfilling, temple-attending (for those who feel right about it), tithing-paying, pants-wearing women. So if the women of the church, are keeping our covenants, then according to the visiting teaching message, our priesthood power is ever-increasing. If we are keeping our covenants, and the husbands we love (or lack) are not, then technically, our priesthood outweighs theirs. Right? Now, it’s certainly not a competition, but the VT message does remind us that we should all desire the priesthood in our homes, and that we (women) should be a primary force for inviting that power into our lives.
If the LDS church continues to express teachings of gender equality, then my testimony of worthy women as presiding priesthood authorities would be welcomed with a hearty “Amen” by all present in the imagined Sunday School discussion. Far more likely, however, is that I’d sit quietly by, dreaming up comments like this that I’m not actually brave enough to make.
Rebecca loves naps, Diet Coke, and crafting. She served in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mission from 2006-2007, and holds a Master of Professional Communication degree from Southern Utah University. Rebecca and her dreamy husband have been happily married for two years.