“We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be?” —Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” April 2014 General Conference. Emphasis added.
I’m a Sunday School teacher in my ward, and today I taught about women and the priesthood. I thought I’d share a few thoughts from that lesson, especially in light of current events.
I started my lesson by asking a few “simple” questions about the priesthood:
- Do women have responsibilities in their callings in the Church?
- Do women have authority in their callings in the Church?
- Do women have priesthood authority in their callings?
- Do women exercise priesthood authority?
- Do women hold priesthood authority?
The questions start out relatively easy, and most in the class knew the answers, and were ready and willing to respond. But I knew as I progressed through the questions that there was some confusion. Perhaps many of us are likewise stumped when it comes to these questions, or we may think we know the answers when we don’t. [Read more…]
There has been a lot of media attention in recent days over a small group of Latter-day Saint women who have organized to petition Church leaders that women should be “ordained to the priesthood.” I’d like to point out a few things about the priesthood, particularly in regard to the temple, and the process of revelation in the Church. [Read more…]
Several new videos have just been published by the Church, including this one about the temple:
Professor Daniel C. Peterson wrote a column in the Deseret News today about temples. In particular, he focuses on how temples have anciently been revealed through prophets of God, and how that pattern continues in these latter days. Examples include:
- Kirtland Temple as was revealed to Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams
- Salt Lake Temple was revealed to Brigham Young
- Smaller temples design was revealed to Gordon B. Hinckley
Peterson concludes, “Temples are a central element in the restoration of all things, and, often even in the details of their origins, they represent powerful evidence for the divine calling of Joseph Smith and his successors.”
Read the article at the Deseret News.