Tag: priesthood

Late But Welcome: “Race and Priesthood” Essay

By Armand Mauss Armand Mauss is the author of All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage and The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation.   The “Race and the Priesthood,” Gospel Topics essay has been a long time in coming. Like the others recently posted on the Church website, …

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The Continuing Effects of the Priesthood Ban

By Mica McGriggs Mica McGriggs is a PhD candidate in counseling psychology at BYU. Her academic research is primarily in the area of multicultural sensitivity in psychology.   I don’t remember the first time I learned about the priesthood ban, but I do have several vivid memories of my encounters with the issue. At my …

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Keeping the Promises

By Russell Stevenson Russell Stevenson is the author of For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830–2013 which won the 2014 Best Book award from the Mormon History Association.   The story of the relationship between Mormonism and Africans is a story of promises—promises made and promises failed. Through the …

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Thirteen Favorable Consequences of Ordaining Women

By M. Scott Fisher     Or right-click to download the audio file here: Thirteen Favorable Consequences of Ordaining Women   For a PDF version of the article, click here.   First published in Sunstone almost 25 years ago, every word of Fisher’s article is still relevant today. The audio version of this article includes …

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Generation X and Framing Gender in the Church

By M. David Huston       I am a 41-year-old Mormon male—a member of Generation X—who has slowly and painfully come to recognize the gender inequality that exists in my church. Coming to Terms “In the World” It wasn’t until I was married at 24 years old that I had my first real glimpse …

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Impossible Hymn

The course of study for Relief Society and Priesthood for 2015 is the Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.  Lesson 11 is titled “Follow the Living Prophet”.  This lesson has all ready generated some discussion as much of it is based on President Benson’s controversial talk given in 1980 at BYU “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the …

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Women and the Priesthood: Review

By Heather Olson Beal   Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes By Sheri Dew Deseret Book, 2013 224 pages   Sheri Dew recently penned a book entitled Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes. In one very important way, this book is a step in the right direction. It is a …

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Faithful Disagreement: A Model for the Saints

By William D. Russell THE COMMUNITY OF Christ has faced several divisive issues in recent history, the main ones being racial justice, women’s ordination, and LGBT ordination. Though some of these issues were handled well, we experienced significant fallout over others. The 2013 National Conference in the United States, where same-sex marriage was accepted as …

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Every Good Gift: Looking On

By Thomas Kimball As a railroad bull working for Western Pacific, my grandfather was the dread of ride-hitching hobos. Until late in life, he wasn’t active in the Church. To my knowledge, he didn’t ordain his sons or participate in Mormon priesthood rituals. His cousin, then-apostle Spencer W. Kimball, corresponded with my father along with …

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Update: Issue 171

New Wave of LDS Feminists Speak Up, Ask for the Priesthood With a number of online petitions, a Salt Lake City gathering, and the launching of websites and social networks, a new wave of LDS feminists are raising awareness about women’s issues on a scale unprecedented since the 1970’s. The Ordain Women movement was launched …

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