I am an LDS woman...

12.16.2012

I am proud to be an LDS woman.

I feel that the church empowers women.

I feel that the church holds the contributions of women to the home, the church and the world as sacred and hugely significant.

I feel that the church's leadership exemplifies men and women, working together, as equals, to accomplish a common goal of sharing and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I believe that the Relief Society organization is a powerful force that sweeps the earth with purpose, service and Christlike love.

I believe that LDS women everywhere have felt the loving arms of their Relief Society sisters extended around them in a scene of non-judgmental fellowship, friendship and love.

I believe that attending worship services is a time to commune with God, learn the teachings of Jesus Christ and to uplift and inspire each other. I do not believe it is a time to make a statement with our wardrobe.

I believe God wants us to attend church, no matter what we are wearing.

I believe that if women are worried or concerned about their role in the church that they should spend their time building a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and God, serving others and showing Christlike love and acceptance to all around them. I believe if those women take their concerns to the Lord in prayer that He will magnify their understanding of their worthiness.

I believe that that change comes from the inside out and not by wearing certain attire to church services.

I believe the core of the gospel is Jesus Christ and nothing else.

I believe we, as women, can choose to use the Internet to organize service opportunities, share testimonies and extend love to others. I believe using the Internet to gather LDS women in a silent, but public protest/statement is a waste of time, technology and testimony.

I believe that women who feel undervalued or unequal in the church should work hard to make changes for good by uplifting and inspiring women in any way they can. First, within themselves and their families, second within their Ward/Branch and third within the world.

I am an LDS woman...and that's my two cents.

23 Way Righteous Comments:

Peg said...

Right on! Great post

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Well said :)

Deanna said...

Spot on!!! THANK YOU for sharing so eloquently and simply what I've been thinking all week. :)

Marie said...

I've been having these same feelings and thoughts all week! I love your statement about it being a waste of time and testimony, because that is exactly what it was!

NaDell Ransom said...

I agree! I didn't even hear about it until I got home from church anyway. I like dressing up each week and feeling good about how I present myself makes it easier to feel of His Holy Spirit and promptings in my life. That's not to say that I don't feel those during the week when I'm in jeans or even in pajamas, but in the Lord's House, we should dress our best.

Emily Foley said...

Amen!

Bastian Family said...

Amen Sister! You could not have said it any better. My husband and I were discussing this issue and decided these sisters needed to work on their testimony. Church is an opportunity to worship Christ, a place to be reverent. If I were to go to church in a pant suit I know I wouldn't act the same as if I am in a dress.
Thank you for sharing your feelings!

Connie said...

I think for those women who have questions and concerns, the tone of this post is probably a little insensitive.

I'm glad this isn't your issue or your question, but realize that you have many "sisters" for whom this is...in fact, this question/concern is one of the top reasons that people leave our church!! Maybe you don't care because you are secure in how you feel, but I'm pretty sure we have been commanded to feed His sheep and bring them back to the fold ...even if they think differently.

How many times have we been told that it is often through us that others' prayers are answered...maybe your strength of testimony on this matter is meant to buoy up someone else who doesn't have that same conviction.

So for those of you who think this was "ridiculous", or who want to ignore it, or who fail to care about a very real concern in our church, or who fail to make an effort to understand it, or who imply that a woman who feels this way needs to improve her relationship with Jesus Christ - I would encourage you to open your heart and reach out your hand - maybe you are meant to do just that. If you saw someone wearing pants today, or you read a blog post about it, maybe instead of dismissing it as "a waste of time, technology and testimony" you could instead reach out your hand in support of your sister and help feed His sheep.

Emilie said...

Connie, didn't I mention how every woman should reach out and empower each other? Serve each other? Accept each other? Yes. I did. You chose to focus on one sentence. Re-read my entire statement and choose to see the the core if what our faith is about. Church is a place if worship, NOT a place for a political statement, no matter his strongly you feel. As I mentioned in my post, if you feel that way DO something REAL about it. Wearing pants does nothing to change the church, but uplifting and reaching out to our RS sisters does.

Maude Leclerc Beckman said...

Well said! Church is a place of worship, not a political arena...

Hildamae said...

Well said. Thank you for expressing exactly how I have felt all week.
And Connie, yes we as church members are to reach out and love those who may feel uncomfortable and serve those around us at all times so that they may feel the love of our Heavenly Father, but our gospel principles DO NOT CHANGE, nor should they change to allow more people to be comfortable with it. The point is for us to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and then change OUR behaviors to feel comfortable in His church. It is The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - His Church - not the peoples church.

Tiffany said...

Of course someone has the need to say something negative about what you said, Emilie... Ugh. If someone feels like wearing pants is their Sunday Best, then by all means, they should wear their pants. But it's a matter of respect and where your heart is and proving a statement isn't very Christ-like.

Heather R. Moore said...

Well said! My thoughts exactly!

Janet said...

I appreciate your post. I agree..Church is NOT a place for a Political Protest. We come to worship and feel Heavenly Father's Spirit. If someone has an issue, they need to discuss it with the proper leadership. Thank you again for expressing what many women are feeling.

Heather said...

Thank you!! So nice to know we are unified.

jeanine said...

Thank you! Beautifully put!

Anonymous said...

awesome

Me said...

Love it love it love it!!

Jaymerz said...

Thank you!! This was beautifully stated, I will be sharing it with friends!!

Mrs_Snelly said...

Thank you for sharing!! I haven't personally struggled with feelings of inadequacy or inequality in the church, but I have found that reading the book "Daughters in My Kingdom" (also available on the Relief Society page of www.lds.org) has helped me tremendously. The Lord has nothing but love and respect for His daughters, and wearing my Sunday best dress is one way I can outwardly return that love and respect.
That being said, I would hope that none of us would turn a sister away if she did wear pants, because what someone wears should not affect our ability to love them or to worship for ourselves. I think what bothers me the most is the divisiveness this issue is creating. We are all sisters in a worldwide Church, and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. Please let's continue (or start) treating each other as such.

charisse said...

I viewed the entire purpose of this event was your very last point. The pants (and color purple) were a physical showing of support to one another who struggle with this specific aspect of the church. And by church, I do not mean the gospel, but cultural practices they feel are contrary to doctrine. It was meant to inspire and uplift. Many of these women have strong testimonies in the savior, they know they are equal in God's eyes, and yet they feel belittled at church. And that, is a valid feeling, because this church is made up of imperfect people and sometimes imperfect people say and do things contrary to the truths of the gospel.

Micki said...

Well said. Thank you!

kstrack said...

Thank You! I read the original statements on their FB event before they took it down. And I am sorry they were not looking for support, they were looking for the Church to change it's practices, given them the Priesthood & let them hold callings that only men can hold. I do feel bad for sisters that feel that way, that feel like they are 2nd class, I went through my own period of feeling that way, but I am so glad I pushed through it and found the truth. I don't want to be equal to a man in that sense, the only way I want to be equal is to be of equal importance but I would NEVER give up the gifts I have been given because I am a women to get the gifts that my husband has. But it takes lots of searching, desire, prayer, and faith to come to a true understanding of your importance & value as a women, once you have received that no person can take that away from you.

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