#hearLDSwomen: Elder Ballard Spoke to the Male Leadership in My Stake While the RS Presidency Was Asked to Make and Serve Lunch
We liked to play Mormon Jeopardy and similar things with the Young Men when I was in Young Women. I was told several times that I needed to just sit quietly and let the Young Men answer because I was intimidating them. I was told that everyone knows I know the answers and it wasn’t fair to the other team. But it was emphasized that I intimidated the Young Men. (Though I’m still pretty proud of myself for being able to rattle off the Scout Oath even after all the leaders said I could pick a different challenge since I was a girl.)
– Caiti Hunting
I think that it’s telling when our organizations are called “auxiliaries,” which literally means “not needed.” Sigh.
When I was serving in the stake Relief Society presidency as a Young Single Adult, Elder Ballard came to speak in our stake conference. All of the stake leadership were invited to attend a lunch before the meeting. Except the stake Relief Society presidency. We were just asked to prepare the food and serve it. No one invited us to stay.
– Ashley Galyean
One of the most accomplished bow-hunting women in the western U.S. was in our ward, and she offered to do a bow hunting class for her daughter’s Young Women group a few years ago. She was turned down because bow hunting is not a suitable feminine pursuit. (Hence, she wouldn’t be welcome to teach the boys, either)
– Swiss Miss
When I was in Young Women (a long time ago), we would go in a classroom and have a lesson while the boys played dodgeball in the gym – EVERY WEEK.
– Pam Clark
Pro Tip: Pay attention to the inequity between the male and female auxiliaries in your ward. Welcome female authorities and recognize and include female leadership in leadership training settings.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)