Christmas message: Christ and feminism

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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.

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6 Responses

  1. Segullah says:

    “Being an LDS feminist is hard.” In comparison to what or whom? I am not so sure the Savior suffered for those who struggle due to voluntarily conforming one’s worldview to a human-created ideology.

    • Dani Addante says:

      For me, I feel like it’s harder to feel comfortable at Church (and that the church doesn’t meet my needs sometimes), because many of the messages I get and the things members say show that people don’t believe in gender equality or put more value on men. That’s just my opinion. Maybe others will have different examples of why it’s hard to be feminist.

  2. Martin Pelegrina says:

    Naaaaa, te pasas jajaaa , creo que no hay otra iglesia donde se le de mayor importancia como en la iglesia de jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias , solo que ahora pretenden emppderarse mas de todo ambito donde esten , no digo que todas pretendan eso , el lema de ellas es abajo el hombre , del machismo al feminismo y asi va girando sin control creando controversia en todo . esta todo orquestado por el perseguidor de toda rectitud . saquen cuentan y bean el numero.

  3. Lily says:

    This is very much a first world problem.

  4. The Charusha says:

    Thank you for writing this. I agree that Christ knows the challenges of being an LDS feminist. I like to think of him as the perfect male ally and Heavenly Mother as the leader of LDS feminists.

  5. SisterStacey says:

    I hadn’t thought of this! Thank you for this insightful point. As an LDS feminist, it’s nice to know Jesus does know what it’s like and He does love, listen to, and believe women. Women of color, poor, rich, etc.

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