Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pants & Prayers & Perplexities

It all started with pants.

LDS women all over decided they were tired of being "different" in the eyes of the church. 
They organized this whole deal, encouraging women to wear pants to church on a specific Sunday. 
Supposedly it was going to be a way to "stick it to the man" and be express their disgruntlement with gender inequality in the church. 

Here are a couple articles about it in case you missed it...

Salt Lake Tribune
New York Times

I figured it was just a phase, but then it came to prayers. 

All of a sudden women were angry that our gender wasn't being represented in General Conference and other meetings. 
To be honest, I'd never even noticed that women weren't praying. 
Even once it was pointed out it me, I thought "Meh. Just the way it goes, I guess."

Apparently their efforts paid off today.

(even though the article says "Church spokesman Scott Trotter would not confirm or deny the female prayers.")

And it's not that I have a problem with women praying in Conference. 

The problem I have is that they think there is a problem with gender equality. 
Historically, our church is all about the men.
They have the Priesthood, they are the leaders. 

But the way I see it, that's not in any way saying that women are inferior or less important. 
Yes, it's sort of stereotypical that we have the babies, raise them, cook the dinner, clean the house, and play the mom role, but SO WHAT?
What's wrong with that?

I am so proud to be a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
There is nothing wrong with the role that we have. 
It is difficult and incredibly important to have that in the church. 
I can't wait to be married in the temple, have those babies and make that dinner. 
At the same time though, I plan on having a career. 
Guess what? You can do both. 

It's not an issue of equality, it's just differences. 
If you're in to this sort of thing and the 'issues,' that's great. 
I just don't get it.
I don't see any injustice or anything being done wrong. 
This church is led by incredible men and women who have the Lord on their side. 
That's the only opinion that really matters to me. 

Ok, rant over. Carry on :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Welcome Distraction

Sometimes when you're studying for a midterm, you pull up the Mormon Messages website to listen to in the background.
Sounds like a smart idea, right?
A distraction, but not too much of one.
Because you turn them on, randomly click on videos, and each one is something you desperately needed to hear.
Then you find yourself replaying them, over and over.
And then you're just sitting there crying.
And then 45 minutes later you realize you haven't actually gotten anywhere with the studying.

But that's all ok.
Because along with that, you realize that

your Heavenly Father loves you. always.

you are not alone.

everything will work out.

you are a child of God.

among the hard things, are good and wonderful blessings.

And I could keep going on and on and on.
But I won't, because I really do need to study.
But go HERE if you want to watch more!