Mormon women seeking priesthood to be shut out of Temple Square

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Doug Peterson refuses to let Kate Kelly (right) into the standby line in the Tabernacle, as Kelly and the group Ordain Women, try to gain admittance to the Priesthood session of the 183rd Semi-annual General Conference on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Photo by Rick Egan, courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune

Doug Peterson refuses to let Kate Kelly (right) into the standby line in the Tabernacle, as Kelly and the group Ordain Women, try to gain admittance to the Priesthood session of the 183rd Semi-annual General Conference on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Photo by Rick Egan, courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune

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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon Church rebuffed Ordain Women’s second push for entrance to the priesthood session and urged the grass-roots group to “demonstrate” instead outside Temple Square.

  • Susan Humphreys

    Why do the women stay in a church where they aren’t wanted? This question applies to the American Nuns who are also having their appeals rejected by the Catholic Church. Why stay where your growth and spirituality is stifled? IF God is what people claim he is, then surely He/She wouldn’t care if a person left one church and went to another or left organized religion altogether to seek a different path towards growth and spirituality. NOW If God isn’t what is claimed then I can see such a God rejecting women that don’t submit to male authority in all matters. BUT then such a God isn’t a God worthy of the name and certainly not worth worshiping. Such a God goes by another name actually, the Devil!

  • jvs113

    If the Women come as visitors to Temple Square then they can enjoy the grounds to their hearts content. If, however they come to demonstrate as protestors, then they have to follow the rules for protestors and do so in the area set up to limit disruption and divisiveness inherent in protests and demonstrations. They are preaching equality but want to be treated differently than other protesters.

    The meeting is focused on dealing with issues and challenges of men and boys and is meant for the same. I had the opportunity to go with my Father many years ago, but have not yet had the opportunity again. Is it really so important to them to be included in a meeting that is not focused on them that they will take seats that could go to those who the meeting is meant to be presented to?

    The meeting is streamed over the web and they could watch it if they wanted to. In fact, the letter invites them to watch it there. Their purpose, then, is to make a scene and be disruptive. I think it is very appropriate to ask them to protest in the zones set out for it. Read the letter (it has been posted online), it is a very reasonable letter.

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  • Kate Kelly and her followers are not listening. The Prophet has made it clear that the ordination of women to the Priesthood is not part of the Lord’s revealed plan. It has been said over and over again. I suggest Kelly and her followers start their own church and ordain each other, since they consistently demonstrate they do not believe the Prophet or the Apostles.

  • I agree the letter is very reasonable to people with ears to hear and eyes to see.

  • Hilary

    This general conference, you should be standing with the other protestors. You cannot BE the Church and completely disregard the way the Lord leads HIS Church. You are either with or against. I know that many LDS people have their own opinions about many things, but acting out in this way has nothing to do with faith – you are deceived. I encourage you to listen to the brethren, they are inspired to lead us in God’s ways – not mans.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is run by Jesus Christ, through a living prophet. Today, that prophet is Thomas S. Monson. This is the plan our Heavenly Father established since the beginning. God calls prophets to teach his children.

    It has been said that in the last days, the very elect will be deceived. If you read Doctrine & Covenants 33:4 it states, “And my vineyard has become corrupted every whit; and there is none which doeth good save it be a few; and they err in many instances because of priestcrafts, all having corrupt minds.”

  • Bob

    How many of the 12 Jesus called to the Apostleship were women? Is it possible that He knew something that Kate Kelly doesn’t understand?

  • BOB

    Women in the LDS Church are valued, needed, respected, and encouraged to seek and develope their testimonies. There will always be those however that seek to council God, and believe that they are smarter than His prophets. It has always been so, and in the end those who are unwilling to listen and obey His chosen leaders always reap disapointment.