What Other Authority Can It Be?


We are at a fascinating period of Mormon history, where various questions are rising in the minds of many members of the church. One hot button topic is the idea of ordaining women to the priesthood. I will not speak very much about my own feelings on this issue, although I feel that these issues are much more complex than many want to describe it. Because of these complexities I feel that it is absolutely appropriate to be having these types of conversations.

In speaking about some of these issues Dallin H. Oaks said that “President Smith said again and again that women have been given authority. To the women he said, “You can speak with authority, because the Lord has placed authority upon you.” …We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be?”

This question in regards to the authority in which women are working in the church is fascinating to me, and I was excited to hear Elder Oaks provide us with such an interesting talk for us to ponder.  I had believed for a while now that Women who have been endowed had priesthood authority, and it was interested to hear Elder oaks Share that idea as well. My main point is that in thinking about various issues, I feel it is important for us to be humble, teachable, and not afraid of the questions, as perhaps there is much that the Lord wants to show us that we need to be ready to hear.


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