Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Recently, I got called “Pastor” at work, and since I teach religious studies at the local community college, it makes perfect sense. Sadly, I had to correct my colleague and explain to him that women in my denomination cannot be ordained, but I thanked him for the...
No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

Imagine having to submit yourself to a form of Christian Patriarchy minus “the Priesthood,” and you have the beginnings of Vyckie Garrison’s story. “I am not really good at submission,” Garrison explained to the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics group at the Concord...
An Open Letter to the LDS Young Women’s General Presidency

An Open Letter to the LDS Young Women’s General Presidency

To Presidents Oscarson, McConkie, and Marriott of the General Young Women’s Presidency: Once a month, the Young Women join us at the beginning of Relief Society, as we all recite in unison the Young Women’s Theme; which begins, “We are daughters of our Heavenly...
Petitioning Heavenly Mother and the Call to Faithful Agitation

Petitioning Heavenly Mother and the Call to Faithful Agitation

As I was reviewing the 1991 Ensign article “Daughters of God” by Gordon B. Hinckley, then First Counselor in the First Presidency, I began to see a correlation between Hinckley’s prohibition against praying to our Mother in Heaven and the later call...
Heavenly Father

Heavenly Father

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, female and male, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Mother and a Heavenly Father. This understanding is rooted in scriptural and prophetic teachings about the...