For reals, read it. The writer, Mel, really nails my thoughts so well. (And she quotes/links to Kylee's awesome post on the same topic that is definitely worth clicking through to as well. Preach, sister.)
THIS is what matters most to me in Mormonism, reflected in Mel's article:
"What really concerns me though, what has caused me to speak on this issue, is the appalling hatefulness aimed at Mormon feminists and at the Ordain Women movement. Hatefulness that is being spewed forth from the mouths of men and women (I especially abhor that it's coming from other women) of the church. It is wholly unchristian and needs to stop immediately...I don't believe that it is a sin to express concerns, doubts, and questions. While some are too hesitant to embrace faith in the face of uncertainty, others are too quick to feel threatened and condemn others for asking questions and expressing concerns."THAT is a religious statement I can put an amen behind...not the mocking, laughter, or eye-rolling of fellow church members, at a topic that is obviously important to some women. Where is the gospel in that, friends?
A dismissive, spiteful reaction to someone else's struggle hurts my heart so much more than a crowd of women wanting to attend Priesthood session hurts me.
How dare we call each other's testimonies into question. It's not our place. (Throwback to my blog throwdown of the summer: The Problem Mormon Women Need to Worry About More than Bikinis)
Please remember: just because someone's battle isn't your personal battle, it doesn't mean it isn't important.
Just because you're happy with your current female role and the church the way it is (and power to you, carry on), doesn't mean someone else lacks a testimony because they question or seek change, or talk or dress or believe or act differently than the norm. (Remember how I feel about the value of hard religious questions.) Let us be kind, ladies and gents. To quote Kylee:
"I do not agree with everything they have to say and my heart and head are not as concerned about some of their deepest and impassioned causes. As I am sure they are not concerned with some of the things that consume my heart. However, because they are my sisters, their pains and their concerns, matter to me. This is part of my baptismal covenant."THAT is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Right there. Like Kylee, the question of ordaining women isn't my personal battle either -- it's not an issue I think about or worry about often or ever. But kindness and community are hot topics, for me. And now I'll end with one of my favorite quotes of all time, because I really feel the gospel in these words:
"I think if you have a heart like unto God’s own heart, you are interested in little things that may not be important to a lot of other people but would be very important to the person involved." Vaughn J. Featherstone