Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Warning: Religious Post

Well, maybe post is the wrong word. Perhaps RANT is the word I am looking for. Lately there have been all sorts of 'feminist' movements within the church. I put the feminist in condescending quotes because that is how I see the whole movement. The first item of business was to wear pants to church... okay? Who cares? Never, anywhere, in any handbook I have seen did I read that it wasn't okay to wear  pants to church. If a person feels like they can worship in their everyday clothes, congrats. The only clothing 'suggestion' is that men and boys who are blessing and passing the sacrament wear white shirts and ties as a token of respect for the ordinance they are performing. But this isn't a rule, or a commandment. Merely a suggestion that I think is 100 % appropriate. Long story short, if you are a lady, or woman, or girl, I don't care WHAT you are wearing to church.

Now the big crux of the matter is who is praying in General Conference, and I begin to care. A lot. Who prays in General Conference is not up for a vote, or a discussion, it is decided by a group of men who I believe are apostles and the prophet of God. Now, I don't believe these men are infallible, any more than I believe that I am infallible, or any other member of the church is infallible. And it is my belief that all of us are called of God to do something in this world or in His Church. Currently I have been called to teach children (read: little monsters) every Sunday, and I am always asking to be released from THAT bitter cup, but enough of my sacrilege back to the subject at hand. Apparently, everyone is up in arms that women haven't prayed in General Conference. First off, untrue. If you've ever been to the Relief Society portion of General Conference, which IS General Conference for those of you keeping score at home, women are praying up a storm. But according to those who have WAY too much time on their hands, apparently women haven't prayed in the Sunday or Saturday sessions. I am unsure why this so offends people. If women NOT saying a prayer in the Sunday or Saturday sessions of General Conference is your big hang up with Mormonism, you lead a VERY charmed Mormon life.

Now, I don't care if women pray in General Conference or if they DON'T pray in General Conference. It will not change my life, or my faith, either way. But I've been reading news articles all day about how 'progressive' it would be for the leaders of the church to call on women to pray, almost as though they've been RESTRICTING them from praying. Hahahaha. Please, people, please. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and those men who I believe guide and direct the Church, have never been backward in their treatment of the female sex. Women could always vote in the Utah territory and was the second state to give women the universal right to vote (just because Wyoming moved up their voting dates!). Women have always been encouraged to learn, to produce, to create, to guide, and to lead. The Church has taught women from its beginning that we are more than objects to please men, more than empty headed and frivolous creatures that need protection, and more than just fashion or food bloggers (THANK GOD!). Women are co-creators, and co-directors, and eligible for Godhood. Women stand on equal footing with Men and have divinity that comes FROM WITHIN, not from the external pants they wear to church or the prayers they say over the pulpit.

Mainly, what I want to say is, Grow Up. People who are so busy worrying who the leaders are the church are calling on to pray in meetings, perhaps you should take a step back, see if you have done your Home/Visiting Teaching lately, and work on making the world around you better by building up those whose lives you touch. The End.

8 comments:

Karen E. said...

I'm really sorry you feel this way. I feel strongly about Mormon feminism, and consider myself a Mormon feminist. I have been involved in the pants movement and the let women pray movement. And I do my visiting teaching too.

I literally cried when I heard that women were going to pray in General Conference. This matters to me. It matters that women have never prayed in conference, and it matters that women's voices were heard by church leaders. If it doesn't matter to you, that's fine. But it matters to me.

Holly said...

You need a like button, Michele. I would click it.

Mike and Adrianne said...

Amen!

politicchic6 said...

@ Carter. You know I love it when you and I agree to disagree! Lets do lunch and we can try to convert one another. I am serious. It has been WAY too long since we chatted.

Debbie said...

Thank you.

Dan and LaVon said...

Amen and Thank You.

stewedslacker said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
stewedslacker said...

I think that folks who make a big deal of things that are non-issues should really examine closely why they are doing so. If I understand the 'logic' behind the actions,it is to send a message. What message? To whom? I feel like the very fact that people have fixated on these things leads me to believe you think that there is some shadowy corner somewhere where the leaders of the church are scheming to keep women down. This is straight up ridiculous. I think that if you feel so strongly about these issues, you should take a self-assessment and see if these things are really what are awry in your life. And I couldn't help but think of this song during this post. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-UAImTSfww