Date: November 28, 2023 09:30PM
“To the North America West Area Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—Elder Bragg, Elder Sabin, and Elder Ojediran; and to all Area Seventies, General Authorities, and church leaders otherwise invested,
In general conference, the sea of suits is striking. They are usually black and blue. Sometimes they are fitted and sometimes they are baggy. They are worn by generally well-meaning men who are trying to honor the priesthood. You may look at this sea with reverence and respect, which I do to a certain extent, but have you ever considered what it feels like for a woman to not see herself amongst the suits and leadership of the church? However, when the cameras pan the conference center, you occasionally do see a spark of color coming from the women leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their presence on the stand is meaningful to the women who are also looking to follow Christ and lead in the capacities they are given. My question to you is this: Why can we not have a visual representation of the women leaders on the stand in our weekly Sacrament meeting as well? Or better said, why was it taken away?…
.. And I would like to humbly ask you rather than diminish the role of women within the church, what can you do to elevate them within the structure of the church? And how can you communicate with women directly so they are not blindsided when changes are made?
I would love to see a conversation open up about inclusion as a product of this unfortunate change even if sitting on the stand during Sacrament meeting is still deemed not appropriate (although I would like you to reconsider that). The women of the New Testament were important converts and leaders of the early church as I believe women in our church should be—but unfortunately they are under-appreciated and under-utilized in building the kingdom of God.
With all respect and faith,
Sariah Anne Lanier Kell, Berkeley 1st Ward, Oakland California Stake”
Good for her for speaking up, about the atrocious treatment of women in the abusive CULT we inherited.
But what I don’t get is why do Mormon women continue to put up with the kind of institutional dehumanizing, diminishing, belittling abuse they are subjected to by these pompous leaders?
Why do more Mormon women than men say they oppose female priests?
“A 2011 Pew Research Center survey found that most U.S. Mormons oppose the idea of female membership in the priesthood. Asked whether women who are dedicated members of the LDS Church should be ordained to the priesthood, 87% of U.S. Mormons said no, while 11% said yes.
Mormon women are somewhat more likely than men to oppose the idea of women in the priesthood. Fully nine-in-ten Mormon women (90%) say women should not be ordained, compared with 84% of Mormon men.”
Former Mormon women, why?
Please explain the psychology of not wanting equal rights as men.