After hearing about this wearing pants at church day. It has bothered me enough that I need to say my two cents on the issue. Hear Goes:
This Sunday a new feminist group has made an event called "Wear Pants to Church Day." They believe women should wear what they would like and feel compelled to wear a dress or skirt. Stephanie Lauritzen is the founder of a a new feminist group called "All Enlisted". She claims women are not treated equal in the church and changes need to happen. This event is only the beginning of events according to Lauritzen. She says in an interview, "We planned “Wear Pants to Church” Day to raise awareness and visibility: to allow Mormon feminists to say, “We’re here, we’re all in this together, and we’re ready to work to make the Church better. We’re faithful. We’re serving. We’re ready to work.” We also wanted a gentle first step—the action doesn’t even break any LDS Church rules." Later she says, "I am amazed at just how eager Mormons are to profess their faith and their hope for a better Church at the same time. There are so many really earnest, very devout people who do see room for improvement in how our religion is run"
The comment that we aren't even breaking any LDS Church rules, Does that mean the next action will? I find the comment that she sees that our church needs improvement on how the religion is run a dangerous statement. Dangerous in the sense that when we make actions to prove that we are right and the church is wrong we could be heading down a spiritual downward spiral.
As a member of the church I have a testimony that the church is run by our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus, who I believe has the best in mind for all of his children, men and yes even women. Women and Men are different and the more that women try to take over men's role the more they lose the divine part of us that makes us unique, beautiful and special. Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.” Eternal principles are the scaffolding the Church provides. These eternal principles are embedded in the doctrines of the kingdom of God and are reflected in His eternal plan of happiness. We meet as members of the Church to teach and learn from each other the principles of righteousness and to receive saving ordinances so the scaffolding is steady and stable as we build our eternal families." (as quoted in Elder L. Tom Perry's talk) Our leaders of the church are only following Christ and as a church member I am so grateful for that knowledge that they have the keys to lead and guide us.
Sister Sheri L. Dew, who served as a counselor in the general Relief Society presidency, counseled, "Sister, some will try to persuade you that because you are not ordained to the priesthood, you have been shortchanged. They are simply wrong, and they do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. The blessings of the priesthood are available to every righteous man and woman. We may all receive the Holy Ghost, obtain personal revelation, and be endowed in the temple, from which we emerge 'armed' with power. The power of the priesthood heals, protects, and inoculates all the righteous against the powers of darkness. Most significantly, the fullness of the priesthood contained in the highest ordinances of the house of the Lord can be received only by a man and woman together." (pg 128 of Daughter in My Kingdom)
I am so grateful for my knowledge that I am a child of God who is loved and important. I know that any calling in the church I have is very valuable. Just as women have the privilege and responsibility to rear and raise children and serve in the church, men have the privilege and responsibility of the priesthood. I'm grateful for that! The Priesthood is the sacred power of God given as a gift to bless and strengthen us. The Proclamation of the Family states clearly the individual roles of men and women as they pertain to our existence here on earth. When I read that, the spirit confirms my importance of my role. I am equally important! Two more quotes to end on that are awesome:
President Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) said, “Without the devotion and absolute testimony of the living God in the hearts of our mothers, this Church would die.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled the women of the Church:
“It is so tremendously important that the women of the Church stand strong and immovable for that which is correct and proper under the plan of the Lord. …
“We call upon the women of the Church to stand together for righteousness. They must begin in their own homes. They can teach it in their classes. They can voice it in their communities.” (both quoted in Pres. Uchtdorf's talk "The influence of righteous women."
I pray we will stand strong and immovable in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That this strength will encourage our children and all around us to be more like Christ. What will I be wearing to church this Sunday? I will wear my most feminine dress I own and that's for sure!