#hearLDSwomen: My Bishop Disregarded My Answer from God
He apologized and explained that he was laughing because of the timing: the stake president had just told them that 23 was too young for single women not going on missions to receive their endowment.
It still stung.
The story actually gets worse. At that point I was just asking in a general sense. A year and a half later, at age 24.5, I prayed and got a clear answer that it was time. I’d wanted to receive my endowment since I was 18 and had regularly prayed about it for six and a half years. This was the first time I’d received that answer.
I knew about the First Presidency letter stating that single women not going on missions shouldn’t receive their endowment until at least their “mid-twenties,” but I figured 24 was safely in that range and went in to meet with my bishop. He told me point-blank that the stake president had a rule that no women younger than 25 could receive their endowment unless they were getting married or going on a mission. It almost crushed my testimony: I had prayed for six and a half years to receive this personal revelation, but the bishop and stake president couldn’t be troubled to pray for six seconds.
Meanwhile, a new bishop/stake president had been called in my previous ward/stake, and I later learned that they were approving women as young as 22 and 23 to receive their endowment when they graduated college. Really opened my eyes to leadership roulette.
Pro tip: Put people before policy. Treat other people’s revelatory experiences with respect.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)