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Are blessings of the priesthood truly equally available to men and women?

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released a statement today that appears to be in response to the church discipline of Kate Kelly and John Dehlin. In it, they state the following:

In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, the blessings of His priesthood are equally available to men and women.

In the October 1977 general conference, Elder Bruce R. McConkie gave a talk that was later titled “The Ten Blessings of the Priesthood”. Here are the 10 blessings he discussed:

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4 questions to think about if women ever get the priesthood

What would happen if LDS women get the priesthood?

Women don’t currently have the priesthood in the LDS church (well, some argue that some women have it but can exercise it in the temple endowment). Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past month, you’re probably fully aware of this fact. It was all over the news, blogs, and social media.

I don’t want to hash out any of the related events that have occurred—there are are plenty of others who have done that. What I am interested in doing is exploring what the LDS church would look like if LDS women did receive the priesthood. (I have no idea if they ever will. Presumably, we’ll just have to wait to find out.) Continue reading

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When prayer confirmations conflict

A couple of years ago, I nearly receiverd two callings. Our bishopric prayed about a new calling for me and felt inspired that God wanted me in that calling. Our stake presidency prayed about a different calling for me and felt inspired that God wanted me in that calling.

How can both have received a confirmation regarding each calling?

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What does the excommunication of John and Kate mean for the Bloggernacle?

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but the New York Times reports that John Dehlin and Kate Kelly face excommunication with church leaders.

I’m not going to discuss the morality or the logistics of these actions. I’m sure there will many others who will. What I am interested in is how this will affect the Bloggernacle.

Our Thoughts has been around for 11 years. It’s one of the oldest LDS-themed blogs, and about six months after it’s founding is when others started to pop up everywhere.

The Bloggernacle has served as a great vehicle for discussion difficult issues or questions without anyone fearing judgement or retribution. People felt comfortable expressing their doubts, and many found it cathartic and encouraging.

With Dehlin and Kelly facing excommunication, will it change the Bloggernacle. Will people stop asking difficult questions or sharing troubling doubts? Will people end up leaving the church because there’s nowhere to work through their challenges?

What do you think?

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Proving the church through archaeology

During our lesson today, our elders quorum instructor shared an experience her had before his mission when he was in a university archaeology class.

On the first day of class, his professor asked all the Mormons to identify themselves, then he proceeded to use archaeological evidence to disprove the church.

I believe this is a flawed approach.

The subtitle of the Book of Mormon isn’t Another Testament of the Pyramids in the Americas. It’s Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The point of the Book of Mormon isn’t about the establishment of an ancient American civilization; it’s that Jesus’s gospel is universal.

Mormons have brought it upon themselves, I believe, by trying to project archaeological findings onto the Book of Mormon. That’s a dangerous practice because if that evidence is refuted by additional research, where does it leave the church?

In my opinion, we should be less concerned about trying to prove the church is true and more concerned about proving that the gospel can change lives and make people better.