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Sunday, September 22, 2013


Becky K

I am the first one to admit it: when topics like this one come around, I want to hide in the back corner, chewing my hair (remember that comment from Callie on Grey's Anatomy from back in the day? I do love it so.) Part of the reason I shy away from it is that I see, like you have said so clearly, both sides of the argument. I don't think it is categorically good or bad. I just see that it is a difference in opinion and lack of understanding to see the other's deeply held conviction. The cruelty and rapid-fire judgement on both sides gets me as well. Geesh, I can't take the tension. (Example: we were sitting in Iggy's on Saturday as the rivalry game started. People got loud and excited for their team and you could feel that half of the room were with the cheer-ers and the other half of the room were ready to pour their coke/beer on them. Gah, I was looking for the exit 5 minutes in.)

I like the point that you made here. That it is a complicated issue. That there are good reasons and bad reasons either way you look at it. That women are cruel to each other so often. You made me think about this in a different light, not just the should we/should we not light.

I'm always amazed at your blog. Great, great post.


This was a fascinating post- made all the more poignant for me since two of my grown sons and a son-in-law have rejected the priesthood that they held. I don't spend much time wondering if I think women should hold the priesthood but I feel that a mother's blessing from me would be every bit as powerful as a Priesthood blessing.
Thanks for your thought-provoking posts.

Melanie B

I'm with Becky. I want to bury my head in the sand when these sorts of issues are being argued. I don't want to take either side. And I strongly agree with you - why do we have to judge each other for having opinions? It especially bothers me that there are many in the church who feel that it's unrighteous to question anything at all. If you don't blindly follow, you're doing something wrong.

I'm sure many can attest to how difficult it is to sit through a lesson about the blessings of the priesthood when you feel like you don't have access to those blessings. It's a difficult subject for me.

I'm putting myself smack because I honestly don't know where I stand. But I have a hard time not judging the women who are judging others. So I'm just as bad as anyone, huh?


Beautifully said, Amy.


Though I'm on the "women don't need it" side of the coin (voiced way too simplistically there), I really like what you have written, particularly your ending thoughts on not judging, etc. I agree with Britt . . . beautifully said!


I really enjoyed reading this as it made me think a lot and brought up some good points that I hadn't actually thought about. I think finding the magic spot between being a feminist and believing in our God given gender roles is something I've been working on over the last few years.

I especially liked your point about how the men need the priesthood to push them to be better. When I read that I instantly thought about my own husband and I can totally see how that happens with him.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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