Re "Mormon women at U. event: We'll press forward for priesthood" (Tribune, April 7):
Why do Mormon women need the priesthood? Traditionally, the priesthood represents a rite of passage for men that was created to mimic rites of passage that naturally occur for women.
In Mormonism, boys receive the Aaronic priesthood at the same age that girls reach menarche (womanhood). Young men receive the Melchizedek priesthood near the same age that most young women achieve motherhood.