Woman

 

Heavenly Mother as Nucleus of The Universe. 1

Notes on Miss Representation: Media Portrayal of Women. 2

Latter-day Saints as True Feminists. 7

Male and Female as Family and Friends. 8

Women and the Priesthood. 9

Women Participating in Priesthood etc., 10

Notes on Love and the Goddess by Joseph Campbell – See Literature Articles in Education Book. 18

Notes on Daughters in My Kingdom – A Relief Society Manual 18

Unfinished Notes on Women and The Priesthood by Sheri Dew.. 19

Morality in Exchange for Equality: Ironic Feminism.. 28

Female Privilege Exists. 29

 

 

 

I recently became acquainted with a grand analogy, that as the men lay on hands to give priesthood blessings, so do the woman lay on hands to give blessings, as they hold children, husbands, and friends, their gentleness and affection cannot be called anything but a blessing. The woman has been given great power from the Almighty to bless all the people of earth, and she does so constantly. She is guided from on high constantly to make frequent and meaningful ministrations to her fellows. She is often quicker to discern than man when it comes to things of the soul and the work of God.

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Mother as Nucleus of The Universe

 

-Mother is life, father witnesses and testifies that mothers’ message is life, she is the personification of life.
-Dad points to mom and says, “see? Mom is the ideal. I’ll teach you how to go create more copies of this perfection.” Dad pushes the children beyond the bounds of home for the sole purpose of creating more homes.
-Mom isn’t home because she is less capable than dad, she is in the home because dad basically worships her, and is obsessed with her as the ideal, and tenaciously spends his might to not only protect her, but to get the kids to become like her.
-Enmity was placed between the serpent (the Devil) and woman. Surely one interpretation of this is that women are less likely to be wicked than men! Brigham Young taught a similar doctrine, that seeing a man in a pub was sad, but seeing a woman there was extra sad because such deviance is contrary to the nature of woman.
-We see and know Heavenly Father via Christ, and the appearances of the Father and Son to the prophets whose witness and testimony we surely have. What is the grand mystery of the universe? Its Heavenly Mother. The test in life is to see how closely our lives will mirror Heavenly Mother without seeing her face or hearing her words during life. Life is an EXAM. Closed book. The subject? Perfection, aka Heavenly Mother. Heavenly Father is also perfect.
-Is your inner compass calibrated to coincide with “life”? Eve in Hebrew can be translated to English as “life”. Heavenly Father is a tutor, the traveling missionary. Mother is also a tutor, but has a special added role of nucleus of the universe. Heaven is home, earth is the field of battle. The battle is to see if we will do what we were trained to do in heaven.
-We had a very real existence in heaven before our very real existence on earth. After earth, we will have another very real existence, except this time, we may or may not return to the ‘home’ section of heaven. Only the faithful return home.
-Do we adapt the principles of “life”, or do we reject life, and wander off into pointless existence? It’s not that there are 10 different types of heaven based on 10 different religions/philosophies we could live by. There is 1 heaven, 1 truth, 1 embodiment of life in its fulness. There is more than mere heaven and hell, but the degrees of heaven are spaces on the continuum between heaven and hell. You can place yourself anywhere on the continuum that you wish, this is the kindness of God (God= Heavenly Father + Heavenly Mother), but let there be no mistake, there is only 1 highest heaven. This logic demands the following: If there is a true church (church=organizational embodiment of heaven on earth), there would only be 1 truly true church, because there is only 1 true heaven. False churches may show good and true principles, and represent a location on the continuum of heaven and hell, but only the 1 true church would be the embodiment of the one true heaven. It’s as simple as saying “there is only 1 me. Other people may resemble me, but they are somewhere between the continuum of me, and my opposite.” Therefore God (Christ) said “this is life eternal, to know God”.
-What he (God) was saying is “there’s only 1 set of true principles which will lead you to maximum prosperity. I embody those perfectly. Others can bring you part of the way, but only I am capable of the whole package. I created the earth. I have all power and knowledge. You are my creation. Even the devil is my creation, he chose evil. Do you think my creations have more wisdom than myself, the creator? I invite you to reject the foolish ways of man, and become a God like me in every sense of the word. You are my children, and if you chose to follow me, you can become like me. I will be somewhat distant from you in this life because I’m trying to help you grow. You’re not a spiritual baby anymore but have become spiritually mature, and you can’t grow under my constant care anymore. I do more for you than you know, and watch you closer than you know, but you need some time where you can’t always see and hear me, so you can grow up like me. You won’t see or hear from Heavenly Mother right now, one glimpse of her majesty and one decibel of her immaculate voice would spoil the whole exam, and you would no longer be in a test. We want you to become like us, but this isn’t the type of test in which you memorize quick answers and spew them onto a paper. This is a test where you must be thoroughly tried to measure weather you truly remember the answers. We taught you the answers at home (heaven), now let’s see you perform! I (Heavenly Father) am also perfect like Heavenly Mother, but I’m designed to blend in with you a little more to give you hints while not giving away the answers too publicly. Heavenly Mother is at home, and she radiates the pure principles. I can cloak myself to help you in the test not giving it all away, she remains the standard of truth, the unmovable personification of the true order of the universe, the center of all things. The nucleus of all creation. I am a messenger who helps remind people of her majesty, in other words, I help you remember truth.”

 

 

Notes on Miss Representation: Media Portrayal of Women

 

 

This movie has some good things which I share here but some of the agenda of this film I do NOT agree with.

-American Teens spend 31 hours a week watching TV; 17 hrs. music; 3 hrs. movies; 4 hrs. magazine; 10 hrs. online; hence 10 hours 45 min on media consumption a day.

-from very early on girls get the message the what they look like is what’ important; and boys the message that such is what’s important about women.

-in media there is no importance of women intelligence, just women appearance

-teen girls feel more powerless than ever because of how they are portrayed in media

-53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies

-78% of women age 17 are unhappy with their bodies

-65% of women and girls have an eating disorder

-17% of teens engage in cutting or other self-harm behavior

-rates of depression among girls and women have doubled between 2000 and 2010

-children don’t have the same abilities of adults, they are much more vulnerable than adults.

-Doritos chips advertise with women wearing less clothes the more of their chips you eat.

-US Advertisers spent 235.6 billion in 2009. 80% of the countries in the world have GDP’s less than that.

-US Women spend 12,000 to 15,000$ a year on beauty products and salon services

-the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under age 19 more than tripled from 1997 to 2007

-the average facelift costs 11,429$. That’s enough to pay for 5 years at a community college, or 2 years at a state University, or 1 year at the University of California

-girls learn to see themselves as objects, self-objectification has become a national problem. Brings lower ambition, and lower cognitive function, lower GPA’s, lower political efficacy (the idea that your voice matters in politics, less likely to vote etc.)

-focus on the body distracts people from making a positive difference in the world

-women are 51% of the USA population, but are only 17% of congress. 2010 midterm election is the first time since 1979 that women have to made gains in congress. At this rate women may not achieve parity for 500 years.

-only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men

-67 countries have had female prime ministers, not USA.

-the US is 90th in the world in terms of women leadership

-women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn

-women with domestic abuse can be denied medical coverage, considering that a preexisting condition

-they claim boards without women on them will inevitably make wrong decitions (*I disagree, look at the Quorum of the 12 Apostles).

-at 7 years old 30% of all children want to be President of the USA

-68% of viewers would accept a female president

-an actress was told to lie about her age and take that she had went to Stanford college off of her resume since it would be intimidating.

-only 16% of protagonists in films are female

-mainstream movies are about men. Then a smaller genre is is chick-flicks, wherein their only aspiration is finding romance.

-in the 1920’s to 1950’s there were more complex women in films. Today women characters are idiots.

-We have stopped treating females as human beings, and instead they are just body props.

-we are showing boys that being a man means being in control

-in G rated movies the women are just as likely to be wearing sexually revealing clothing as in R rated movies

-“Ratings Creep” shows that movie ratings categories contain MORE violences, sex, and profanity than a decade ago

-there is toxic hyper-sexualization in Hollywood

-more than 20% of teens have sex before the age of 14

-the idea being shown is that the primary theme of women, their primary tool to power, is sex.

-in male dominant society we see women only as child bearers, and loose interest in women after they are out of the child bearing age

-women in their teens 20’s and 30’s are 39% of the population but they are always the main woman character in movies, they are 71% of women on TV. Women 40 and older are 47% of the population yet are 26% of women on TV.

-it’s like we are saying that when women reach 40 they need to go away

-women are shown as gold diggers, not to be trusted, bratty, that women are natural enemies fighting over being most loved or having a certain person they win.

-the scrutiny of what women look like and their personal lives is much more in media than that of men. As if making them compete against each other.

-women newscasters today look like cocktail waitresses rather than professional information sources

-people paint women as over emotional so they aren’t able to do things that are hard or demanding

-women own 6% of TV and 5% of radio

-there are 22 ESPN sports channels 1 women lifestyle TV channel

-90% of media writers directors etc. are men

-women will watch stories about men; men won’t watch stories about women; it shows one half of population isn’t interested in the other half.

-they say the problem is men direct most of the movies (*I say the problem is the immoral content of our movies, not just the gender of the director though such may contribute. The film shows women directors who made immoral movies who want power to direct more movies. I say men nor women should be supported in immoral propaganda.)

-“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” (Pat Robertson) (*In many ways I agree with this quote).

-“Women’s lib is a total assault on the role of the American woman as a wife and mother and on the family as the basic unit of society.” (Phyllis Schlafly) (*I like Schlafly and in many ways agree with this quote).

-more news is devoted to celebrities and gossip because it’s cheaper

-since the 1990’s there has been steady increase in sexual images

-there used to be an agreement with TV that no one was allowed to broadcast things inappropriate for children before 9pm, that is gone.

-“We have no obligation to make history art or a statement. To make money is our only objective” (Michael Eisner Former CEO, The Walt Disney Co. (Internal memo)

-in 1972 Surgeon General’s report cites link between screen violence and aggressive behavior.

-In 1976 American Medical Association calls TV violence an “environmental hazard”.

– In 1982 National Institute of Mental Health says there is a clear link between TV violence and aggression.

– In 1985 American Psychological Association shows link between TV violence and real violence.

– In 1992 American Psychological Association calls for federal policy to protect society when research on violence is ignored.

-2004 The Centers for Disease Control finds that media violence enhances violent behavior. 2007 The FCC unanimously recommends Congress regulate TV violence.

-2007 Congress holds special hearing on the prevalence of women’s sexualization in music videos.

-2009 studies prove exposure to sexually explicit video games and music videos is linked to men’s appearance of rape myths and sexual harassment.

-Despite all of this there have been no policy changes.

-there are so many channels now so people show images sexually implicit to get the viewers’ attention amidst so many stations they could watch

-1/4 girls experience teen dating violence

-1/4 women are abused by a partner in their lifetime

-1/6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape

-15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12

-1/18 men in the USA is behind bars or being monitored

-help young boys to not be emotionally illiterate. It’s ok to cry.

-all we teach boys is to be better than girls, leaving them with no instruction of what they should be.

-from early on men are taught to be emotionally constipated

-70% of women in the workforce are mothers yet we have no national paid family leave, childcare or flex time policy

-people get more positive ratings on their TV shows if they are yelling into the camera VS just talking no matter their passion.

-if women spent a tenth of the time they spend thinking about their weight in thinking about humanitarian service and solving world problems, all of our world problems would get solved.

-for more info see misrepresentation.org

 

 

 

Latter-day Saints as True Feminists

A BYU graduate with a minor in women’s studies went to a liberal women’s studies school. The person interviewing them said “You graduated from BYU, I’m not sure that you are feminist enough for my program.” The BYU graduate responded, “Oh I’m so glad you ask, because I was worried that your program would not be feminist enough for me!”

I too value the progress of women and that they can have many of the opportunities that men do, that things are more fair than they used to be when it comes to gender. I also fight to honor the crown of motherhood, which many feminists aren’t feminist enough about! The truest feminist holds motherhood in sacred protected reverence. Another aspect of feminist of highest dignity is marriage to a strong man. I honor the heritage of women, that they are the principle contributors to the creation of good adults.

 

 

Male and Female as Family and Friends

My response on a relationship science class debate at BYU: Can man and woman be “mere” friends? Another male response: Yes! If they refrain from becoming too well acquainted.

Today in class it was said that men and women can’t be friends, and are always romantically inclined to each other. One student even publicly shamed another in class for not sharing his opinion in this. No, he was not speaking in behalf of the males present as he had claimed! I am a male with quite a different opinion than this loud mouth froward fellow.

This is a very secular opinion. The truth is that when we see the opposite gender as our brother or sister and love them as Christ loves us, with pure love, that of the celestial law, then the counterpart can be a friend.
Yes, we marry someone of the opposite gender, such is the plan of God, but all of God’s children can be friends. One need not be an isolationist after their marriage. I like the saying of having eyes wide open before marriage and half shut after marriage, but this need not suggest that mankind may not befriend womankind in general. Yes husband and wife should be totally open with each other about all relationships they have, and should be fiercely committed to each other as top priority, and never should there be flirting by a married person with anyone other than his spouse. But too many people believe that once you are married, you are to ignore half of the human race in the name of virtue. What a twisted idea!
Yes we are aware and careful and avoid 1 on 1 time with them once married, and yes prolonged proximity to another of the opposite gender can cause attraction, but when we have a purpose, these things are subdued by the spirit of God, and the man of Christ is friends with all the children of God, not just those of his own gender. We can be of a friendly countenance to everyone without getting into improper circumstances.
What a shallow life we would have if we refused to befriend half of the human race once we have married someone! Indeed, in the last days, the hearts of men will fail them. Christ was called a champion of women! Don’t we take upon us the name of Christ? So lets emulate him.
If the man has weakness that disables him to some extent in these regards, he recognizes that and takes needed measures, but he does not plan to remain weak in these things. He plans to become perfect in Christ, and empowered by Christ, and become as Christ, and he doesn’t wait around about it. He makes every needed sacrifice to align his life with Christ, and consecrates his all to building up the kingdom of God, and if in the line of duty to Christ his lot is to befriend women as well as men, then God bless him and help him. Indeed, without the Holy Ghost and charity these things are not possible. You would think that at a religious university we would recognize the Christian aspect of this conversation, namely that men can handle having female friends if they have the spirit of Jesus Christ.
All are invited to come unto Christ, and we risk obstructing the work of God if we put limitations on ourselves about our participation of that work. Is not being someone’s friend often a first step toward showing them the ways of Christ? Then let us all be friends.
If the reader does not understand this, let it be commonly known that the purposes for friendship go beyond this present letter, the letter was confined to a narrow argument, and was not meant to cover all aspects of the joys of friendship. Truly friendship is a virtue in and of itself which blesses participants !

 

 

Women and the Priesthood

-“Sisters, I testify that when you stand in front of your heavenly parents in those royal courts on high and look into Her eyes and behold Her countenance, any question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see standing directly in front of you, your divine nature and destiny.” (The Divine Nature and Destiny of Women GLENN L. PACE First Quorum of the Seventy; March 6, 2010 • Devotional https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/glenn-l-pace_divine-nature-destiny-women/ )

 

-Women are endowed with special traits and attributes that come trailing down through eternity from a divine mother. Young women have special God-given feelings about charity, love, and obedience. Coarseness and vulgarity are contrary to their natures. They have a modifying, softening influence on young men. Young women were not foreordained to do what priesthood holders do. Theirs is a sacred, God-given role, and the traits they received from heavenly mother are equally as important as those given to the young men. (Vaughn J. Featherstone, October 1987)

-women use the Priesthood in the temple, and when doing any duty in the church. -Elder Oaks, recent LDS General Conference.

-Man cannot be all he can be without woman, and vice versa. Both are needed to create a child, and similarly both are needed to raise a family in Israel. -Elder Ballard recent BYU Education Week discourse (2013?).

-The wisdom of God is greater than the wisdom of man, so stay in the church despite your questions. Gods thoughts are higher than our thoughts, his ways higher than our ways. (Isaiah)

-“Finally, remember: When we return to our real home, it will be with the “mutual approbation” of those who reign in the “royal courts on high.”… Could such a regal homecoming be possible without the anticipatory arrangements of a Heavenly Mother?” (Neal A. Maxwell, April 1978)

-“[W]hen we sing that doctrinal hymn and anthem of affection, “O My Father,” we get a sense of the ultimate in maternal modesty, of the restrained, queenly elegance of our Heavenly Mother, and knowing how profoundly our mortal mothers have shaped us here, do we suppose her influence on us as individuals to be less if we live so as to return there? (Spencer W. Kimball, April 1978)

 

 

 

Women Participating in Priesthood etc.,

Includes Excepts from Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” and Relief Society Manual “Daughters in my Kingdom” -compiled by Nate Richardson

-“A recent United States study asserts that women of all faiths “believe more fervently in God” and attend morereligious services than men do. “By virtually every measure they are more religious.”“

-“Women are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves them. Wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where wives and husbands work side by side to meet the needs of the family.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng; see See Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 1.3.1; see also Moses 5:1, 4, 12, 27.)

-“If one had to characterize their [LDS Women] most significant attribute, it would be their unwavering faith in the restored gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“the account of Elizabeth Jackson, whose husband Aaron died after the last crossing of the Platte River with the Martin handcart company. She wrote:

“I will not attempt to describe my feelings at finding myself thus left a widow with three children, under such excruciating circumstances. … I believe … that my sufferings for the Gospel’s sake will be sanctified unto me for my good. …

“I [appealed] to the Lord, … He who had promised to be a husband to the widow, and a father to the fatherless. I appealed to him and he came to my aid.”4

Elizabeth said she was writing the history on behalf of those who passed through like scenes with the hope that posterity would be willing to suffer and sacrifice all things for the kingdom of God. I believe the women of the Church today meet that challenge and are every bit as strong and faithful.

” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng; See “Leaves from the Life of Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford,” Utah State Historical Society, Manuscript A 719; in “Remembering the Rescue,” Ensign, Aug. 1997, 47.)

-“Whether in the Church or in the home, it is a beautiful thing to see the priesthood and the Relief Society work in perfect harmony. Such a relationship is like a well-tuned orchestra, and the resulting symphony inspires all of us.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“Following the dance, a purse was found with no outside identification. I share with you part of what Sister Monica Sedgwick, the Young Women president in the Laguna Niguel stake, recorded: “We didn’t want to pry; this was someone’s personal stuff! So we gingerly opened it and grabbed the first thing that was on top—hopefully, it would identify her. It did, but in another way—it was a For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. Wow! This told us something about her. Then we reached in for the next item, a little notebook. Surely this would give us answers, but not the kind we were expecting. The first page was a list of favorite scriptures. There were five more pages of carefully written scriptures and personal notes.”

The sisters immediately wanted to meet this stalwart young woman. They returned to that purse to identify its owner. They pulled out some breath mints, soap, lotion, and a brush. I loved their comments: “Oh, good things come out of her mouth; she has clean and soft hands; and she takes care of herself.”

They eagerly awaited the next treasure. Out came a clever little homemade coin purse made from a cardboard juice carton, and there was some money in a zippered pocket. They exclaimed, “Ahh, she’s creative and prepared!” They felt like little children on Christmas morning. What they pulled out next surprised them even more: a recipe for Black Forest chocolate cake and a note to make the cake for a friend’s birthday. They almost screamed, “She’s a HOMEMAKER! Thoughtful and service minded.” Then, yes, finally some identification. The youth leaders said they felt greatly blessed “to observe the quiet example of a young lady living the gospel.”6

This account illustrates the commitment of our young women to Church standards.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng; compare Ininn article titled “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?” (Wall Street Journal, Mar. 19–20, 2011, C3), a thoughtful Jewish mother advocates for dress standards and modesty and acknowledges the example of Mormon women.)

-“Sisters have key roles in the Church, in family life, and as individuals that are essential in Heavenly Father’s plan. Many of these responsibilities do not provide economic compensation but do provide satisfaction and are eternally significant.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“the most important organization on earth is the family, where “fathers and mothers are… equal partners.”8 Neither one is financially compensated, but the blessings are beyond description.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“from our earliest history both men and women pray, perform the music, give the sermons, and sing in the choir, even in sacrament meeting, our most sacred meeting. The recent highly acclaimed book American Grace reported on women in many faiths. It noted that Latter-day Saint women are unique in being overwhelmingly satisfied with their role in Church leadership.(See Putnam and Campbell, American Grace, 244–45.) Furthermore, Latter-day Saints as a whole, men and women, have the strongest attachment to their faith of any of the religions studied. ( . See Putnam and Campbell, American Grace, 504.)

Our women are not incredible because they have managed to avoid the difficulties of life—quite the opposite. They are incredible because of the way they face the trials of life. Despite the challenges and tests life has to offer—from marriage or lack of marriage, children’s choices, poor health, lack of opportunities, and many other problems—they remain remarkably strong and immovable and true to the faith. Our sisters throughout the Church consistently “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”(Doctrine and Covenants 81:5; see also Mosiah 4:26.)

One Relief Society president who acknowledged this extraordinary service said, “Even when the sisters serve, they are thinking, ‘If only I could have done more!’” Though they are not perfect and all face individual struggles, their faith in a loving Father in Heaven and the assurance of the atoning sacrifice of the Savior permeates their lives.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“Members need to recognize that the bishop has been instructed to delegate. Members need to sustain and support him as he follows this counsel. This will allow the bishop to spend more time with the youth, young single adults, and his own family. He will delegate other important responsibilities to priesthood leaders, presidents of auxiliaries, and individual men and women. In the Church the role of women in the home is highly respected. (See Emily Matchar, “Why I Can’t Stop Reading Mormon Housewife Blogs,” salon.com/life/feature/2011/01/15/feminist_obsessed_with_mormon_blogs. This self-described feminist and atheist acknowledges this respect and says she is addicted to reading Mormon housewife blogs.)” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“His stake Relief Society president, Sister Leinata Va’enuku, asked if it would be appropriate for her to say something. As she spoke, the Spirit confirmed to the president that what she was suggesting was true.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“We recognize that there are enormous forces arrayed against women and families. Recent studies find there is deterioration in devotion to marriage, with a decrease in the number of adults being married. (See D’Vera Cohn and Richard Fry, “Women, Men, and the New Economics of Marriage,” Pew Research Center, Social and Demographic Trends, pewsocialtrends.org. The number of children being born has also decreased significantly in many countries. This has been called the demographic winter.) For some, marriage and family are becoming “a menu choice rather than the central organizing principle of our society.”(“A Troubling Marriage Trend,” Deseret News, Nov.) Women are confronted with many options and need to prayerfully consider the choices they make and how those choices affect the family…I read in an Auckland newspaper of women, not of our faith, struggling with these issues. One mother said she realized that in her case, her choice about whether to work or stay home was about a new carpet and a second car that she didn’t really need. Another woman, however, felt “the biggest enemy of a happy family life was not paid work—it was television.” She said that families are TV rich and family-time poor. (See Simon Collins, “Put Family before Moneymaking Is Message from Festival,” New Zealand Herald, Feb. 1, 2010, A2.)” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“two principles that we should always keep in mind. First, no woman should ever feel the need to apologize or feel that her contribution is less significant because she is devoting her primary efforts to raising and nurturing children. Nothing could be more significant in our Father in Heaven’s plan. Second, we should all be careful not to be judgmental or assume that sisters are less valiant if the decision is made to work outside the home. We rarely understand or fully appreciate people’s circumstances. Husbands and wives should prayerfully counsel together, understanding they are accountable to God for their decisions.

You devoted sisters who are single parents for whatever reason, our hearts reach out to you with appreciation. Prophets have made it clear “that many hands stand ready to help you. The Lord is not unmindful of you. Neither is His Church.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Women of the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 69; see also Spencer W. Kimball, “Our Sisters in the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 48–49.) I would hope that Latter-day Saints would be at the forefront in creating an environment in the workplace that is more receptive and accommodating to both women and men in their responsibilities as parents.” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“ text of the hymn “As Sisters in Zion.” She correctly asserts that the “errand of angels is given towomen.”22 This has been described as “nothing less than to do the direct and immediate bidding of our Father in Heaven, and ‘this is a gift that … sisters … claim.’” (Karen Lynn Davidson, Our Latter-Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages, rev. ed. (2009), 338–39.)” (Elder Cook, Apr. Conf. Report “LDS Women are Incredible!” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/lds-women-are-incredible?lang=eng)

-“All Heavenly Father’s sons and daughters are equally blessed as they draw upon the power of the priesthood.” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“In a general conference address, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “While we sometimes refer to priesthood holders as ‘the priesthood,’ we must never forget that the priesthood is not owned by or embodied in those who hold it. It is held in a sacred trust to be used for the benefit of men, women, and children alike.”2 Elder Oaks then quoted Elder John A. Widtsoe, who also served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve: “Men have no greater claim than women upon the blessings that issue from the Priesthood and accompany its possession.”3“

-“When we receive the blessings of the priesthood, we are drawing on the power and grace of God…It is significant to me that the women were organized under the authority of the priesthood. We sustain the priesthood and are sustained by its power. The sisters of the Church … treasure our opportunity to be full partakers of the spiritual blessings of the priesthood. Each of us can be directed and blessed in our eternal progression by receiving these blessings. The ordinances, covenants, sealings, and the gift of the Holy Ghost are essential for exaltation. There are a host of individual priesthood blessings as well. Priesthood blessings give us direction; they lift our sights; they encourage and inspire us; they prompt our commitment. We can all be partakers of these spiritual blessings.

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Sisters, some will try to persuade you that because you are not ordained to the priesthood, you have been shortchanged. They are simply wrong, and they do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. The blessings of the priesthood are available to every righteous man and woman. We may all receive the Holy Ghost, obtain personal revelation, and be endowed in the temple, from which we emerge ‘armed’ with power. The power of the priesthood heals, protects, and inoculates all of the righteous against the powers of darkness. Most significantly, the fulness of the priesthood contained in the highest ordinances of the house of the Lord can be received only by a man and woman together. (Sheri Dew)” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-““When you attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the House of the Lord, certain blessings will come to you. … You will receive the key of the knowledge of God. (SeeD&C 84:19.) You will learn how you can be like Him. Even the power of godliness will be manifest to you. (See D&C 84:20.)”

Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Aug. 1985, 10” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ she told of the blessings she received through the priesthood ordinances of baptism and confirmation:

“If there are any principles which have given me strength, and by which I have learned to live more truly a life of usefulness, it seems to me I could wish to impart this joy and strength to others; to tell them what the Gospel has been and is to me, ever since I embraced it and learned to live by its laws. A fresh revelation of the Spirit day by day, an unveiling of mysteries which before were dark, deep, unexplained and incomprehensible; a most implicit faith in a divine power, in infinite truth emanating from God the Father.

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Joseph Smith emphasized that “these signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils etc. should follow all that believe.”8

Because Latter-day Saint women have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, they can seek and be blessed by spiritual gifts such as “the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.”9 Throughout the history of the Church, Latter-day Saint women have received gifts of the Spirit and used them to bless their families and others.

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-““I [was] there, all that long, dreadful night, with my dead and my wounded, and none but God as our physician and help.

“Oh my Heavenly Father, I cried, what shall I do? Thou seest my poor wounded boy and knowest my inexperience. Oh Heavenly Father direct me what to do!

“And then I was directed as by a voice speaking to me.”

Amanda was directed to make a lye, or washing solution, from the ashes of their fire to clean the wound. Then she was directed to make a poultice out of cloth and slippery elm to fill the wound. The next day she found some balsam and poured it into the wound to soothe Alma’s pain.

“‘Alma, my child,’ I said, ‘you believe that the Lord made your hip?’

“‘Yes, mother.’

“‘Well, the Lord can make something there in the place of your hip, don’t you believe he can, Alma?’

“‘Do you think that the Lord can, mother?’ inquired the child, in his simplicity.

“‘Yes, my son,’ I replied, ‘he has shown it all to me in a vision.’

“Then I laid him comfortably on his face, and said: ‘Now you lay like that, and don’t move, and the Lord will make you another hip.’

“So Alma laid on his face for five weeks, until he was entirely recovered—a flexible gristle having grown in place of the missing joint and socket, … a marvel to physicians.

“On the day that he walked again I was out of the house fetching a bucket of water, when I heard screams from the children. Running back, in affright, I entered, and there was Alma on the floor, dancing around, and the children screaming in astonishment and joy.”10

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-““The only place on earth where we can receive the fulness of the blessings of the priesthood is in the holy temple. That is the only place where, through holy ordinances, we can receive that which will qualify us for exaltation in the celestial kingdom.”

Harold B. Lee

Stand Ye in Holy Places(1974), 117

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Joseph Smith promised Mercy Fielding Thompson, that the endowment would bring them “out of darkness into marvelous light.”12” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“As the temple neared completion, 36 women were called to serve as temple ordinance workers. Elizabeth Ann Whitney, one of those first ordinance workers, recalled: “I gave myself, my time and attention to that mission. I worked in the Temple every day without cessation until it was closed.”17” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“In the Church today, faithful women and men all over the world continue to serve in the temple and find strength in the blessings that can be received only through temple ordinances. As President Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth President of the Church, stated, “It is within the privilege of the sisters of this Church to receive exaltation in the kingdom of God and receive authority and power as queens and priestesses.”19” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-““Priesthood authority has been restored,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “so that families can be sealed eternally.”20 Elder Richard G. Scott, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, taught: “The family and the home are the foundation of the righteous life. The priesthood is the power and the priesthood line is the means provided by the Lord to support the family.”21 Relief Society assists in this work by helping women and their families live the gospel in such a way that they can receive promised blessings of the priesthood.” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “The ultimate and highest expression of womanhood and manhood is in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. Only this relationship culminates in exaltation. As the Apostle Paul taught, ‘Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.’”22 Ancient scripture confirms this in the accounts of covenant marriages between Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Rachel. The sealing ordinance binds husband and wife to each other, to their children, and to their Father in Heaven. “Thus,” continued Elder Oaks, “the common objective … in our priesthood quorums and … in our Relief Societies is to bring men and women together in the sacred marriage and family relationships that lead toward eternal life, ‘the greatest of all the gifts of God.’”23” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“When a husband and wife are blessed with the opportunity to be parents, they share a solemn responsibility to help their children understand and receive priesthood ordinances and covenants.24 Our first parents, Adam and Eve, set an example of an interdependent and unified relationship when they taught their children. Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught:

“It was not Adam alone, who was involved in these things. …

“Eve was an active participant. She heard all that Adam said. She spoke of ‘our transgression,’ of ‘the joy of our redemption,’ of the ‘seed’ they should have together, and of the ‘eternal life’ which could not come to either of them alone, but which is always reserved for a man and a woman together.

“She and Adam both prayed; they both blessed the name of the Lord; they both taught their children; they both received revelation; and the Lord commanded both of them to worship and serve him in the name of Jesus Christ forever.”25

” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.”26” (Daughters In My Kingdom: Ch 8: Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom/manual/blessings-of-the-priesthood-for-all-an-inseparable-connection-with-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

 

 

 

 

Notes on Love and the Goddess by Joseph Campbell – See Literature Articles in Education Book

 

 

 

 

Notes on Daughters in My Kingdom – A Relief Society Manual

 

 

 

view full text at https://www.lds.org/relief-society/daughters-in-my-kingdom?lang=eng

-Jesus Christ is the greatest champion of womanhood -Elder Talmage
-Don’t let children in your home play with toy firearms or act out dying and to have pleasure in such acting.
-Don’t worry if you are only a humble leader (humble here meaning poor, etc.). 85% of LDS women are humble, and they need humble leaders.
-It’s as important for women to attend Relief Society meetings as it is for men to attend Priesthood meetings.
-The Relief Society is at the head of all the women of the earth and leads them.
-Brigham Young encouraged the R.S. sisters to make their own clothing, and not to follow after the trends of the world.
-Make a program for a current need, then abolish the program once that need is met.
-In one time the R.S. sisters had silk worm farms in order to get silk with which to make clothing.
-R.S. focus is not to give away money, but to give away service.
-Store food
-Women not to go to workforce where they can help it but to stay with the children at home (*for a quote on this refer to the text, or for what current leaders say refer to mormon.org or ldsnewsroom.org; naturally women get to choose what they do, but nevertheless this was encouraged. We do live in a different world today but there are lessons to be learned from this teaching)
-Women can care to the needs of the poor 10 times faster than a bishop
-When Brigham Young called the Saints to go and rescue the pioneers from the winter plains or they would not make it to heaven, the women at that very meeting took off the extra layers of clothing they were wearing and piled them up to have brought to those pioneers.
-When the men are off at war and the women need to work, try to make it by working only part time, or working from your home.
-Live strictly without debt
-There is a book kept in heaven detailing all of your works.
-Brigham Young encouraged the women to get a traditional education and to learn medical education.
-The skill most important in this life is to learn to receive and obey personal revelation
-A prophet said spending time with your children is the greatest gift you can give of all the gifts a parent can give a child.
-President Kimball former LDS Church President went into a home where the couple could not bear children who had adopted 18 children. He said he saw heaven in that home. This was part of his response to when a child asked him if he had ever seen heaven.

 

 

 

 

Unfinished Notes on Women and The Priesthood by Sheri Dew

 

 

 

 

Sister Dew was Second Councilor in the Relief Society General Presidency from 1997-2002;

Published 2013 by Deseret Book;

-I am for progression of woman’s rights, “but I am not a feminist”.

-In trying to make women equal to men, we can forget how women have special divine gifts.

-There is nothing constraining about being a girl.

-Polygamy ended 120 years ago in the Church.

It was a minority of the Church which practiced it, mainly the leaders thereof.

-For the men it’s a little more lined out with missions, formal education, providing for a family, etc. Ambiguity in a woman’s life path shows Heavenly Father’s trust in their ability to choose.

-Ask questions of faith: ask what will the Lord teach me about this rather than saying something like ‘well I don’t get this so the Church must not be true.’

-Questions are good, they lead to answers.

-Administrative and policy changes occur in the church, but those things are not the same as church doctrine.

-There are many ways women involvement in the Church could improve, but if it doesn’t I’m my lifetime, my testimony won’t quake- I’ve had too many witnesses that it’s true.

-This book is not to set forth doctrine.

-Covenants bind us to God and God to us.

-Following Christ is never easy.

-I hang on the teachings of Prophets and Seers and Revelators.

-“I know God expects women to receive revelation.”

-“I know Woman have a divine errand.”

-“I know converted women can change the world.”

-“I know women can access the highest blessings just like men.”

Ch.1:

-There are 6.5 million LDS women like or better than me.

-100’s of thousands of women in auxiliary leadership positions in the Church. Countless opportunities for them to teach and pray etc. Roughly one half of the teaching in the Church is done by women. This is not new or based off of current politics, since 1842 this has been the case.

-I’ve found no organization on earth (in my worldwide travels and research) that has its women do as much as this one.

Does that sound like an organization that underscores its women to you?!

-Man can’t be exalted without woman. Critics of the Church who say only men can ascend into positions of power in this life or the hereafter haven’t even cared to look at the doctrine of the Church.

-For Mormons, Priesthood Ordination doesn’t account for the amount of influence a person can have.

-Over 150 years the Mormons have had women at their pulpits teaching.

-No religious organization has similar beginning as the Mormons that I’ve heard of; this church began with a young boy seeing God the Father and The Son, and many visitations of angels.

-President Hinckley said “what do we do for our woman? We get out of their way and watch in wonder what they do.”

-Emma Smith (wife of Joseph Smith founder of the Church) was expected to teach the Church, preach, and to study and learn much. God said it’s his voice to all women not just her. Does that sound like women don’t have influence or importance in this church?

-Some bloggers bash on the Church without even lifting a finger to read what the actual doctrines of the Church are.

-Joseph Smith said that to the dead, the men will minister to the men, and the women will minister to the women.

-Joseph Smith said that the Church was not fully organized until the women’s organization was organized therein.

-Joseph Smith spent much time teaching women, and will someday be recognized as one of the great champions of women.

–The noble and great ones who helped God create the earth included women (Elder Bruce R. McConkie said).

-Men and women walk side by side not the woman in front or behind. (said Elder John Woodsoe)

-God didn’t intend men and women to be alike.

-President Hinckley said “Having looked over all of this, He declared it to be good. He then created man in His own likeness and image. Then as His final creation, the crowning of His glorious work, He created woman. I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone before, the final work before He rested from His labors.

I do not regard her as being in second place to Adam. She was placed at his side as an helpmeet. They were together in the Garden, they were expelled together, and they labored together in the world into which they were driven.” (see https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1991/10/daughters-of-god?lang=eng)

–Speaking of the women of the Church, President Hinckley said, ““I see this as the one bright shining hope in a world that is marching toward self-destruction” (“Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 10 January 2004 [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2004], 20)”

-“Truth and justice demand us to speak as women of the Church. The woman of the Church are no less than any woman.”

-In 1868 Brigham Young encouraged women go to college, get a classical education, and study medicine.

-“Relief Society encourages industry as well as intellectual culture”.

-The Relief Society sold 200 thousand bushels of wheat which they had made and stored to Herbert Hoover for the government to help at wartime.

-Brigham Young had a view that women have immense influence on directing woman affairs.

-Do all you can, at the end of the day it’s in the hands of God as to whether you live or die. Do all you can to keep your covenants.

-Joseph Smith said that the same organization of Relief Society existed in the ancient Church, it was merely under a different name.

Ch2: About who you are etc.

-Plato said that our object in life is to become as much like God as possible, that such was an honor not a diminishment.

-Arrhenius said we start out as men in the beginning, so we can try to become gods in the end.

-C.S. Lewis said that the bible, churches, all of these things of Christian religion are for the purpose of making us little Christ’s, and they are not accomplishing that, they are useless.

-C. S. Lewis said “it is a serious thing to live in a society of possible God’s and Goddesses, to consider that the dullest person you talk to may one day be a creature you are strongly tempted to worship. It is with awe that we should deal with them. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”

-In the pre-earth life, men were given Priesthood assignments, women were given other assignments, and such are as important as the assignments the Prophets and Apostles receive. (President Spencer W. Kimball)

-Each person, men and women included, has a divine destiny.

-Heavenly Father loves his daughters, whom we are.

-“Our spirits long for us to see ourselves the way they [really] are, because it effects everything we do; how we see others, how we progress, how we handle success and defeat, how we feel about the Lord and his Christ and his message, [and] weather or not we are more interested in this life, for forever.”

-When Saul understood that he had been chosen pre-mortally, he changed not only his name but his life.

-It’s easier to motive someone to do something hard than something easy, although that may seem counter-intuitive. This is because our spirits crave progression. They crave the feeling of moving forward, growing, and learning, even if our steps forward are small. This is why the lack of progress brings sorrow, and steady progress brings optimism. It would not be very motivating if God said ‘be ye mediocre’. We are aspiring to perfection; none of us wants to stay just as we are. Embedded in our spirits is the need to become more and more like Jesus Christ God’s [perfect] Son.

-The vision of accomplishing something we have never accomplished before can be the motivation we need to accomplish it.

-Human potential is most magical, but we often get most complacent about it.

-Defeat begins most with blurred vision of what we can accomplish more so than Ogre’s in our path.

-“If you always sound apologetic or [obsessive about] an inferiority complex, get over it. At times we think others are going to do better than us, but they won’t. They are just like you. Be believing.” (Elder Holland)

-“We don’t just hope for a glorious future, we believe it’s actually possible to dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.”

-As children of God we are special, even if we are a “nobody” in the world.

-Jehovah said, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6 (see also Isaiah 41:23, John 10:34)

-“Heavenly Father knows us each by name and by attributes. Our hearts, weaknesses, strengths, spiritual gifts he has given us, and our potential, what we were foreordained to do on earth, our insecurity, [etc.]”

-Heavenly Father loves us completely and entirely.

-Paul said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14). This is speaking of becoming a God.

-The Savior didn’t always know about the glory or power he possessed before he came to this earth but eventually it was made known to him. He had to go through a time of not knowing just as we must concerning ourselves.

-Coming here [to earth] we forgot all that we might be free indeed to choose good or evil.

-Elder Oaks said that we had progressed far as we could without a body in pre-mortality before the time came for us to be born here in mortality.

-When we die we go through another veil which separates this life from the next.

-It’s just as well that we don’t remember the pre-mortal life, the language there, our acquaintances there, the first lessons we learned there, or the identities of our heavenly tutors, …but we were there in heaven before the foundations of the earth were laid. We were among the heavenly hosts which sang. We know that through pre-mortality we had the agency to make our own choices, and that those choices affect us in this life. Some [in pre-mortality] were more fit than others because of keeping the commandments. They may have had an equal start, for we know all men were innocent in the beginning, but because the right of free agency was given them [pre-mortal spirits], eventually the spirits of men were not equal.

-In pre-mortality we stood firmly by God and by Jesus. Now we need to choose the stand with Jesus again in this life.

-” Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, 60
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come 65
From God, who is our home
” (Wordsworth)

-Each of us are serving a mission in this stage of mortality to prove if we want the kingdom of God more than anything else.

The Lord is testing our desires.

We must once again choose to follow Christ in this life. Christ said my sheep hear my voice and follow me. This is because “they remember and recognize his voice and the voice of his servants”

-Tad R. Callister said this life is a probationary state. (see book for more).

-George Q. Cannon repeatedly taught that God reserved his most choice spirits to come forth in the last days [now]. That we are selected and ordained for a mission before the world was, just as our Savior had his mission ordained for him. These selected for the last days would have the courage and the power to face all the evils of the Evil One. They are to build the kingdom of God fearless of all consequences. God would not have taken a chance on the outcome of the last days be sending anyone but the strongest men and women he could encounter.

-Those helping to raise the children this late in this dispensation must certainly be the noble and great ones.

-We may not feel great but neither did Enoch. When the Lord called him in to service he said I am slow of speech and as a child why have I found favor in thy eyes? The Lord promised to walk by him and give him words. Then Enoch’s words were so powerful that his people were taken up into heaven. But this only happened after Enoch learned who he was, and that he had a mission to perform.

-This world does not celebrate women of God, but we must cheer each other on rather than compete with each other.

-Stand up for our differences even if that means standing alone.

-Satan hates the woman because he knows he is almost out of time and he knows the tremendous influence for good women can have on the Church and the world. It’s no secret to him that covenant keeping women of the Lord are one of the most potent weapons the Lord has.

-“Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12:12).

-“Therefore, the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Joseph Smith Translation (JST), Rev. 12:17). The woman is interpreted as the Church, but I also read it literally, and consider how women are some of the principal targets of Satan. He tries to get them abused oppressed seduced or encourages them to seduce men, and encourages them that their only value is the sensuality of their bodies. He encourages them to swirl around their gender, and all this to keep them from comprehending their majesty and the plain fact that the Plan of Salvation utterly depends on women via her primary role and bearing and rearing children.

-Even Mary and Eve two of the greatest women in the world are distorted by others, some worshiping Mary, and some hating Eve. We do not worship either person, but we revere them for their unparalleled roles in making The Plan of Salvation a reality; Eve for setting in motion the process by which spirits can progress from pre-mortality to mortality and Mary for being worthy and willing to bear and rear the Savior.

-One woman at the top of Wall-street [where the men were] said attaining what she did was at too high of a cost, that she didn’t get to rear children, and she encouraged others not to follow in her footsteps.

-Now to get people to attend movies they portray women as sensual.

-With increased vision comes increased motivation.

–We are not here by an indefinable big bang that’s undefinable that works by magic.

-““Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations,” in Speeches of the Year, 1974, Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1975, p. 313.)

-Roman philosopher Cicero declared he was far more interested in the long hereafter than the brief present.

-“The more clearly we see eternity, the more obvious it becomes that the Lord’s work in which we are engaged is one vast and grand work with striking similarities on each side of the veil” (President Spencer W. Kimball, “The Things of Eternity—Stand We in Jeopardy?” Ensign, Jan. 1977, 3)

-All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.

-“I believe the Lord meant just what he said: that we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. That will not come all at once, but line upon line, and precept upon precept, example upon example, and even then not as long as we live in this mortal life, for we will have to go even beyond the grave before we reach that perfection and shall be like God.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56, 2:18–19.)

-“The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were “gods” and He is going to make good His words. . . . The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.” (C. S. Lewis, “Counting the Cost,” Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1960), 174–75. Quoted by Elder Tad R. Callister in “Our Identity and Our Destiny” BYU Speech Aug. 14, 2012. (http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=2060)

-“Because the spirit is eternal it is more important than any earthly acquisition or honor.”

-“This (our time on earth) is our chance to prove that we do not seek first the things of this world but to build up the kingdom of God and establish his righteousness.” (Sheri Dew)

-“We need to understand that there are such thing as right and wrong and good and evil. And these distinctions are established by God not by man. Truth is not relative. Right and wrong cannot be gauged by a sliding scale nor can they be dictated by popularity poles scientific studies or the approval of the masses.” (Sheri Dew)
-“This is the time to come to know for ourselves who we are and who we have always been. That we understand why we are here and that we comprehend what we may ultimately become.” (Sheri Dew)

-“My dear sisters, we believe in you. We believe in and are counting on your goodness and your strength, your propensity for virtue and valor, your kindness and courage, your strength and resilience. We believe in your mission as women of God. We realize that you are the emotional (and sometimes spiritual) glue that holds families and often ward families together. We believe that the Church simply will not accomplish what it must without your faith and faithfulness, your innate tendency to put the well-being of others ahead of your own, and your spiritual strength and tenacity. And we believe that God’s plan is for you to become queens and to receive the highest blessings any woman can receive in time or eternity.”(BY ELDER M. RUSSELL BALLARD

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “Women of Righteousness” April 2002. (https://www.lds.org/ensign/2002/04/women-of-righteousness?lang=eng)

-“That is the first step to progression in God’s kingdom, is understanding who we are and who we can be.” (Sheri Dew)

Ch.3 about Revelation to Women

–One bishop speaking to a young woman, a Beehive president, asked if the Lord has revelation for this ward who is he most likely to give it to? You. Then it is our job (as Bishop etc.) to listen to you.

-The Lord revealed to President Eyring’s wife about staying at a certain job before President Eyring got that inspiration. He said that is good enough for me, but then his wife wisely encouraged him to find the answer for himself.

-One Stake President told Sheri Dew that the Lord would tell her what to teach the Stake. Whatever he (the Lord) tells you to teach the Stake is what I want you to teach the Stake. This showed that the Stake President and the Lord had faith in her.

 

 

Morality in Exchange for Equality: Ironic Feminism

 

Topics: modesty, feminism, cohabitation, rights, morality, premarital sex, the existence of right and wrong, rape, gun rights, out of marriage childbirth rates in 1950 vs now

It seems strange to me that often women speaking for women’s rights are the ones who parade in the semi-nude in public, with extravagant amounts of cleavage, the most form revealing clothes, and without pants or dresses covering their legs. I would think that those in favor of women would be the most modest, calling for a de-sexualization of their kind. Isn’t that the issue, that historically we have used women for sex and ignored their overall divine person, so capable in so many ways? Why then are the feminists often the ones who dress the most sexually?! Has feminism moved from “respect me” to “let me do whatever the blazes I want just because I’m not a male?”

Truly feminism has roots in “hey the men are scandalous, we’ve got to stop them!” and has become, “if the men are going to be scandalous, let us be scandalous too!” The fight for morality has been traded in for a fight for equality.

No longer do they bat an eye when it comes to non-marital cohabitation, pre-marital sex, out of wedlock birth, and other core issues which used to define feminism.

What was “right” used to be a series of values. Now what is “right” merely consists of “letting people do whatever they want.” It used to be if you did certain acts it was “bad.” Now the only “bad” act is “not letting people do what they want.”

The mark of the neo-righteous soul is vowing that “everyone shall do whatever they want, and anyone who gets in the way of that is a wicked tyrant!” Sounds like Satan’s premortal plan of “saving” everyone regardless of their choices. No one’s going to make any progress in that scenario. The real virtuous thing to do is help people make progress.

*One word of caution: I’m not saying that modern feminists call for rape being ok; they do denounce rape, but at the same time they disable youths, pushing them closer to rape situations by what they’re training the youths to do: ie have sex whenever with whoever regardless of marriage, etc. If that isn’t a breeding ground for rape I don’t know what is.

A friend of mine was in a sex therapist training required seminar. The topic came up that a professor used drugs to alter a pedophile which helped the pedophile gain normal sexuality, no longer pedophilia. Some hormones were manipulated, the person was introduced to adult relations, then the hormone was released again, allowing the man to feel love for the adults he came to befriend rather than the children. The attending therapists were outraged and said “why would you try to change his natural sexuality?!” of course they’re ignoring that pedophilia isn’t only obviously evil, but it’s illegal. This is yet another evidence of the terrifying culture of “whatever people want is right.”

In 1950 only 4% of all children were born outside of marriage; by 2007, in comparison, 39.7% of all children were born outside of marriage (U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, 2005, 2009b). Is this what we’ve been fighting for?

Of a similar nature is this topic raised from a recent school shooting, raising the gun purchase age to 21. If we raise the age for guns to 21, what about the college girls aged 17-20? Bazaar that even in the midst of the “Me Too” movement, we are calling for more vulnerability of women by not allowing them to carry weapons. Nature insists that men are usually stronger physically than women, so it makes sense for women to carry firearms. Even in Provo Utah “happy valley”, police will escort college girls home after dark. There’s not enough police to escort them all… Plus the gun ban would motivate predators to be more bold in their advances.

 

 

 

Female Privilege Exists

 

Topics: Gender roles, modesty, accountability, pornography, addiction, sexuality, secret combinations/conspiracy,

I argued with a professor that there is such a thing as female privilege (she about flew to pieces when I suggested this!), the idea that women show their bodies however they want without respect for the modest feelings of others in society, and a number of other telling factors. She said I am hyper-concerned of the modesty issue, but I say she is desensitized, as well as many others!

I ask what Jesus would do, and how we dress in temples. I insist that the way we dress has to do with our problems, and taking women’s body lightly is a fundamental and core issue, a root to a tree of many issues. She said women raped are usually merely in tee shirts and jeans. But have you seen the tees and jeans today? They are very sexual and tightly form fitting. I wrote more on this by hand which I’ll turn into a document soon for this is madness. And women want to be men. And this is crazy. I don’t have time to flush this out now but by God I have evidence for my case, and I will stand up for what’s right. This professor has a PhD in some sort of social science and she is set in her ways, thinking herself at utmost authority. I will write some points here as this topic is too crucial to leave alone:
1. to deny female privilege is to deny women’s accountability in their role in social issues.
2. immodest women want to wear form fitting clothes and be seen as themselves without being looked at sexually. This is what the feminists tell me. However you can’t separate bodies with sex. Humans as sexual by nature. If you want to emphasize intellect and character instead of sex, why does the way you dress draw attention to the curvature of your breasts, etc.? It doesn’t make sense. Why don’t they cover the body to hide its curves and emphasize the face instead? If your definition of wanting to express your individuality is based on showing the curves of your body, then it is you, not men, who are looking at yourself in a sexual lens. You may say ‘we want to show our bodies without them being associated with sex.’ Well you may as well show a hungry man food without him associating it with ending his hunger. You may as well show a baby a toy without intending for it to play with it. You may as well show a cake to a peasant while expecting him to not lunge for it. Humans are not animals, and can think higher than mere sexual reproduction, but that is helped by dressing ourselves, covering our nakedness. To display our nakedness or come virtually close to it via tight apparel etc., we are over-emphasizing sex.
3. you think me overly concerned with modesty. Perhaps you and everyone else is desensitized. this is evidenced in the way that we are most open of showing body, more so that most of history. Look at a history of fashion book. You bring up the point that at one time it was fashionable for a high-class woman to be painted nude. This is an isolated event. Today we have a culture obsessed with sex and every day they walk in immodesty. Yesterday’s dress of sluts is today’s dress of moderation. Today’s dress of sluts is yesterday’s dress of private encounters between husband and wife only. What we tolerate (and call for) today is simply bizarre.
4.you say as long as rape culture exists that women dressing immodestly isn’t a thing of power. I say that despite rape culture, women can be independent in the way they choose to dress, and will be held accountable for the messages they send via the way they dress. Is it not written by the prophets that women become pornography by the way they dress? You say ‘well they are not dressing to that extreme to be called pornography’ I say, aren’t they? They look like chameleons, like they are nude but painted green, etc., based on the color of their outfit. The tit is covered with a bra to hide this feature, but everything else shows right through the clothing. Who do they think they are fooling? Many men don’t care that they dress this way and quite like that they dress this way. But this leads them to arrogance abusiveness selfishness hedonism greed lust and only bad.
5. women manipulate men into certain acts or exchanges by flaunting their bodies. This is an old trick, see Book of Mormon, God identifies this exchange of female body for services as one of the pillars for the secret combinations of the devil (see book of Ether). You say “immodesty isn’t the same as nudity” well that is true. There are 7 circles in hell. But we would do best to get out of hell, rather than saying we are comfortable in only an outer ring thereof. Any level of hell and devils will sap us of happiness and liberty. Don’t make the petty argument that 1 devil is fine so long as it’s not 3 devils.
6. asking men to not see women as sexual when they reveal their body is against nature. It jams his psychology and weakens him. His work is frustrated, he cannot focus.
7. The body of women has immensely overpowering effect on men. People of Islam understand this. I am not alone in recognizing the extreme danger of public display of what was never meant to be public. The concept of temples shows this: you need a recommend to enter. It’s not open to public viewing. Is it not written that our bodies are temples? Surly then we should not allow just anyone to peer into them and discover the mysteries.
8. notice how women speaking at General Conference dress. they are the examples.
9. denial is a step in the privilege cycle. Are you in denial of female privilege?
10. women hold sex over men’s heads. They say, “if you don’t do as I say we will have less sex.” men want sex more (most social scientists will agree on that), so women use this to their advantage. In the ideal marriage this does not occur, but we are talking about issues in society, and this is one of them.
11. the modesty of “for the strength of youth” section is important. No tight or revealing clothes (prophetic warning against yoga pants? Yes.) It helps avoid bad stuff like over-sexualization which always turns out bad; it’s an animalistic form of the fall of nations. When humanity turns into sensuality/animality, everything falls apart. See also warning of “family proclamation”, that rejecting family ideas will lead to destruction of nations. Certainly modesty is a family ideal. Anyone who says otherwise is looking beyond the mark, and has a seared conscious. Immodest dress attracts idol persons who want something for nothing. They want the body you’ve almost revealed to them, and it won’t take much work for them to finish the job you’ve already started before meeting them: that of undressing yourself and giving over your body. Of course we cringe to think on this subject, but we must remedy the plague.
12. woman puts herself into the world of men, out of home, refuses her nature as mother and seeks status in world of men. Men can’t have children, it’s obvious that their work would be to provide so that women can fulfill their role. Do you get it? The point of men is to fulfill woman. Woman is the motivator of men. If women go in their heart (rather than by necessity) to the workplace, they leave men demotivated. I don’t say it’s bad for women to work, I say that this mass exodus out of the home is bad. If them working comes at the cost of them being mothers, then it gets bad.