Same or Different?
All Mormons know that men and women are different. That is why men hold the priesthood and women don’t, right? Yet, fortunately, we are the same enough that we ladies don’t need to confess our sins to clergypeople of our own gender. Mormon men are similar enough to women to easily see things from our not-too-unique feminine perspective. Moreover, we ladies never feel intimidated by having to present such personal issues to someone of the opposite gender. They are not really opposite, after all. They’re the same.
Since we’re all the same, we all have the opportunity to speak at the pulpit. However, since men and women are different, it is important that we ladies hear both male and female perspectives at our women’s meetings. Therefore, we always make sure to include a male speaker at our General Relief Society and Young Women meetings. However, we are alike enough that men can have only male speakers at men’s meetings without worrying about losing the unique female perspective. (It’s not that unique, remember?) Of course, we are different enough that it is important to include both genders on the program of our General Conferences, but luckily, we are the same enough that we ladies don’t have any problem relating all of the messages conveyed at conference to ourselves even though only two of the 30 or 40 speakers are female.
Almost all of us, male and female, equally share the responsibility to visit other members in their homes once a month and teach them spiritual lessons. We’re the same that way. Of course, we are different in that women need to receive such visits twice a month—once from another pair of women and once from a man accompanied by a teenage boy. Men do fine with just one visit from two other guys. Women do not visit teach men—men are just too different to be expected to listen to a message from a female messenger in the comfort of their own homes. However, men do home teach to people of both genders; they’re different from women that way.
I am glad I could clear up any gender-related confusion there may have been out there. It all makes sense now, right?