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Letter: LDS women's meetings are supervised by men, who must worship alone

Published April 6, 2014 11:15 pm
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Ross Flom claims that he and other men need four hours of Mormon Church services annually without women present to learn how to become "real men" ("LDS men need time to worship without women," Forum, April 3). Sadly, this must not be part of his weekly, men-only local priesthood meetings.

Consider, for a moment, a female point of view. Even in weekly Relief Society meetings, a strong feeling of love and sisterhood is usually felt as learning takes place. This occurs in spite of bishopric members being able to attend the not-quite-women-only meetings to check up on us.

When did a member of the Relief Society presidency last attend one of Flom's priesthood meetings to ensure that nothing was amiss? Not even our semi-annual pre-General Conference meetings are free of male attendance, sermons and supervision, yet somehow we manage to benefit from them.

If worthy sisters were ordained to the priesthood, I'm certain "separate but equal" priesthood meetings could be arranged.

Since we now know that denying black men the priesthood was merely a reflection of the prejudices of the time and not of God, how do we know that denying women the priesthood isn't also due to human prejudice?

Julene E. Fisher

West Valley City




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