Christmas message: Christ and feminism
Since today is Christmas, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite scriptures about Christ.
Alma 7:11-12 says:
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. (italics added)
Notice that Christ suffered “pains and afflictions…of every kind.” This includes all the struggles that humans face, including the struggles that LDS feminists face in regards to gender inequality. Christ has a perfect knowledge of this struggle because he took upon himself this pain when he experienced the Atonement.
Since Christ has a full understanding, he also has compassion. And not only does he have compassion, but he knows how to help each individual with their own personal trials.
For me, one of my biggest trials is the gender inequality I face on a regular basis. Let’s face it: Being an LDS feminist is hard.
It’s hard when other church members don’t see gender inequality or when they say it doesn’t matter.
It’s hard when we have to constantly reinterpret certain scriptures and messages in order to apply them to us.
It’s hard when the majority of church members restrict women to certain roles or inadvertently send messages that men are more valued.
It’s so hard when most of what we hear at church are men’s experiences, as if that’s the sum of human experience.
Since Christ experienced the Atonement for all, he knows very well that men’s experiences are not the sum of all human experience. He knows that human experience includes women.
Christ is the only man on this Earth who understands perfectly what it’s like to experience the struggles and pain that LDS feminists constantly deal with.
This Christmas, remember that no matter what trial you have experienced, Christ is the only one who saw it through your eyes and felt your pain, and completely understands you. This perfect understanding is one of the things Christmas is about.