I have been thinking a lot about the role of women, in particular the role of women in the church, and I have some deep feelings about this that I want to share. My target audience is female members of my church, but I hope that others will be able to understand my message. Much of this come from my own feelings and thoughts, and not necessarily from any doctrinal source. But I think you will find my reason sound.
To understand the role of women, we have to understand who we are. First and foremost, we must understand that we are daughters of God. I don't know how other religions view that statement, but in our religion, we believe that we are actual, literal, spirit children of God the Father. He is the actual father of our spirits as evidenced in the two following scriptures.
"The itself with , that are the of :" Romans 8:16. "
"Furthermore have had of our which , and gave them reverence: shall not much rather be in subjection unto the of spirits, and live?" Hebrews 12:9.
We learn more about ourselves in the creation story found in Genesis. " So God man in , in the of God he him; male and female he them." Genesis 1:27 God the Father has a body, and basically looks like us. But His is a glorified, immortal body. We were created in His image. But clearly, there must have also been a Heavenly Mother, after whose body image we women were created. In the LDS religion, we have the belief that we have a Heavenly Mother, but there isn't much taught about her. For those who have grown up singing Eliza R. Snow's hymn, "Oh, My Father", these words have sunk in to our minds:
"In the heav'ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason; truth eternal Tells me I've a mother there."
Perhaps one of the reasons we aren't taught more about this truth is that it isn't found in scripture. But as Sister Snow pointed out, truth, reason, and pure logic tell us that there must be a Heavenly Mother, if there is a Heavenly Father.
Have you ever wondered why we don't learn much about our Heavenly Mother? Why isn't she mentioned? I have thought a lot about this, and have come to the conclusion that part of the reason that God has not chosen to reveal her to us is that she is so special to Him, that He chooses to keep her sacred. Can you imagine how it must make God feel for people to profane His name? Imagine now that He not only might hear someone profane His name, but might also hear them profane the name of His choice companion. So God has chosen to not reveal information about her. In addition, she is not part of the Godhead, but is still a crucial player in the plan of salvation.
Recently, there have been many women in the church who have questioned their role, and questioned if they are "equals" to the men of the church. Personally, I believe that much of this thinking is influenced by the world. I believe that the role of women is being attacked.
Before we came to this Earth, we lived with God as spirits. Satan was one of our spirit brothers. God the Father proposed a plan whereby we could come to earth to gain a body. We would be tested and tried to see if we would obey God's laws. We would be given free agency, and given the choice to decide whether or not to obey. Satan proposed a different plan. He proposed that instead of giving us free agency, that we should be forced to obey God's law. He also proposed that in the end, he Satan, would get the glory. Jesus then volunteered to support God's plan, and to offer himself as redemption for the sins of man, should we choose to go contrary to God's law. His redemption would be conditional upon our repentance and obedience. He proposed that the glory would be then given to the Father. God the Father chose Jesus to fill the role as Savior. Satan was angry, and a war ensued in heaven. Of course God prevailed, and Satan and his followers were cast out of heaven, and he became the Devil.