#hearLDSwomen: I Was Discriminated Against as a Sister Missionary
When I went in for my missionary interview with my stake president, the first thing he said to me was, “Sisters are 10% of the missionary force, but they cause 90% of the problems.” Way to discourage me! I felt so humiliated. But I went anyway. End of story is that the sisters district was the highest-baptizing district in the mission.
– Laurie Lisonbee
I watched as Elders on my mission repeatedly disrespected, disregarded, and ignored sisters. When we went to a Zone Conference, they always greeted us with “Hi Sisters!” while each and every Elder was always greeted by name (I was wearing a NAME TAG for heaven’s sake. They didn’t even have to waste precious space in their brains to remember it).
– Chloe M.
After the missionary age change was made, I overheard a man at church say, “FINALLY, we’re upgrading the quality of women at church! Just imagine how much better the church will be with more women having served missions!”
My zone leader announced a zone lunch after our zone meeting. When my companion and I showed up, they blocked the door to the Pizza Hut and wouldn’t let us in. We were sisters and it wasn’t appropriate for us to join in a zone activity with all the elders. The exact words were “what are you doing here? No one invited you. This is for the real missionaries only.”
– Amy H.
Pro Tip: Don’t perpetuate stereotypes about male vs. female missionaries or discriminate based on gender.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)