Earlier this week I read the following comment on the FMH facebook page – where I lurk as I don’t attempt to keep up with everything there, as I have been behind on everything here and elsewhere. It read: [reprinted with the permission of the author]
“I just passed a note to the visiting Seventy presiding over our Stake Conference today; I asked him, on behalf of myself and many sisters and brothers, to please ask President Monson and the Apostles to pray for further light and knowledge about Heavenly Mother. He had mentioned in his talk in which he extensively praised mothers that he is over temple construction and that he often travels with President Monson, so I hope he actually will say something (they will go to the KC MO temple dedication together next week). Pipe dream, perhaps. But I tried.”
I appreciate the poster’s quest to open the discussion about Heavenly Mother, and admire the audacity it takes to approach the leadership and work with the organization we have. However I did not “like” the post on Facebook because I have a slightly different vision (as well as the fact that I am on an official Facebook hiatus).
I do not believe President Monson will receive further light and knowledge about Heavenly Mother. In truth, I don’t want him to even if he asked the question – which frankly I don’t think he would. Why? Because I think a formal revelation about the divine feminine would be much better received from a woman.
My pipe dream is that the church will see the rise of a prophetess – someone equal in authority to the prophet. Someone who Joseph Smith-style had a burning question and received a vision. Sure for it to be accepted by the church, it would have to be ratified by the prophet and current quorum. But I want a woman to stand on her own in terms of receiving further light and knowledge about Heavenly Mother.
Could you imagine if a general auxiliary leader boldly declared their experience in a conference talk and then whoever was conducting from the First Presidency simply acknowledged it was inspired?
I don’t want to see a man pontificate anymore about what it means to be a woman or an eternal woman. I want a woman to do it. And for it to be accepted by the mainstream church.
Sure I think both men and women in the church would benefit from knowing their Heavenly Parents, and I’d love to hear a male leader acknowledge what the female divine means to him, but I don’t want a man to be the source of revelation for what is inherently female.
I hope for radical reformation in a number of areas perhaps because I am more and more dissatisfied with the structure and system that we have in place. And frankly it is hard for me to believe it will change as is. [Although I do like to believe there are women and men within the leadership of the church capable of becoming the conduits for change.]
So what are your pipe dreams?
Noting that the above is purely a dream and I don’t pretend to really forecast the future. If anything, I like to hope that it can be way better than I could ever imagine.