Saturday, July 20, 2013

On blessing and blessings

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the reasons I have seen for being in favor of female ordination (and one that I happen to agree with) is the wanting to bless the lives of others through the laying on of hands.  Oddly enough, a pretty common counter to female ordination is "You can't bless yourself anyway!"  As if the sole reasoning for wanting to have recognized Priesthood Power would be for our own benefit--no wonder people think it is selfish when they apply their own selfish logic to other people's motivations!

As members of The Church we are constantly subject to lessons and talks that praise the Priesthood, and what a blessing it is to serve others by the power and authority of God.  In practically the same breath women are told "but you don't want it, it is so much responsibilityyyy."  Yes, the Priesthood is quite a responsibility.  I daresay many men who find it daunting might be relieved were they able to share duties with women.

In recent discussion on this subject someone brought up an excellent point that I had never really thought about before--when it is convenient for scriptures to have "men" mean "mankind" it is so, and conversely when it is convenient for "men" to mean "male humans" it is so.  It can't be both.  God is no respecter of persons.  He does not love men more than women or vice versa.  Desiring the Priesthood in order to bless others is a righteous desire no matter who says otherwise.  As daughters with a Divine Nature we must make these strides to own our inheritance that has been forgotten by so many.


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