Guest Post: What’s in a Name? Better Names for LDS Women’s Roles
by Frank Pellett
(Frank Pellett is an LDS father of 5 and software developer living in Utah. He enjoys reading, family, and light discussions about many topics, especially those that involve sharing experiences and gleanings about making your way through life.)
I’m one of those who look forward to the day (the sooner the better) when we get to learn about the Priestesshood promised in the Temple. I believe it will be a complimentary role, available to only women, that will be of equal power, authority, and usage as servant leadership as that of the Priesthood. There are a lot of varying opinions on what the roles will be, from much like they are now to being exactly the same as the Priesthood.
But I wonder –what will we name these roles?
I’m not a big fan of the male-normative names we’ve come up with in English – Priest/Priestess, Prophet/Prophetess, etc. I’m even now amazed that my spell checker thinks Priesthood is a valid word, but Priestesshood must be misspelled somehow.
So, what do you think would be good names for women’s roles as a true complement to those given to the men? Here’s the list I can come up with for what we’re using now:
Deacon – Beehive
Teacher – MIA Maid
Priest – Laurel
Elder – Elderess?
High Priest – High Priestess
Seventy – (does this need a gender specific title?)
Prophet – Prophetess
Are there others I’m missing? For the historians, what male assignations did we lose to connecting Aaronic Priesthood to age (MIA men?)?