Priesthood and the Power of Women
one man's perspective by Don R. Hender
[Note: I am merely a member of the LDS Church-I do not speak for the Church.]
A Most Correct Doctrinal Perspective Listen to Apostle Dallin H. Oak's Priesthood Session Address of
the April 2014 LDS Conference
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Read That Talk with Analysis
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Smith's Teaching about Priesthood, Temple, and Women
"There is a parallel power inately held only by women, which is not
the same as the power of the male priesthood. It works in conjunction with and
in harmony with the powers of the Melchizedek Priesthood. There are those who
prefer and speak of and concern themselves only with the 'Priesthood after the
Order of the Son of God'. That is well, and those of who choose to speak of the
inate power of womanhood in such terms as it being the divine power of being a
mother is one perspective of the 'power' of women. From another perspective, that
mind set can tend to be a myopic view of there being but one exclusive 'power' or
'priesthood'. However there are those who consider that 'priesthood' can more
generally refer to 'a power'. And therefore it may be readily seen that, while
there is that unique form of priesthood power and authority which pertains only to
the male, there is also that inate power and authority which pertains only to the
female as well. And those two parallel and complimentary powers of a man and of a
woman may also be considered from the more open and generally considered definition
of just what priesthood is, and that there is a woman's 'priesthood' or 'power' that
is unique only to women as well as that 'power' or 'priesthood' that pertains only
"In short, men are men, male in gender; women are women and female
in gender; that is an abiding truth of which God is the Author. And though each is
of equal importance and worth in the eyes of God, there is an eternal line of
difference between men and women which both God and nature does not intend to be
over lapped in relation to the children of God, who are made by God to be in the
image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). While it is true that men have a part in,
do support and aid in the birthing process, there is an absolute line beyond which the
male is not to cross over into the realm and position of the female in and after and
by the order of God. And that is in the actual bearing and birthing of the child.
That has been as pronounced and set by the voice and mouth of God himself (Genesis 3:16).
Most men of wisdom and learning understand that and do not even think to attempt to
move beyond that line of difference. Those who do are but fools and stand in opposition
to God. There is
also just such a line of distinction between men and women in relationship to the
'Holy Order of the Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God.' And that is while
women do and are suppose to help and aid in the priesthood processes, especially as
called upon by our priesthood leaders, the line God has set is that, it is the calling
and responsibility of the male to stand and hold the formal priesthood offices of
authority in 'His', that is 'God's' church. To step beyond that line is in effect
not merely a challenge to priesthood authority in the church and here upon earth, but
it goes beyond that position of appearing 'surface challege' to actually being a direct
challenge to and against God, who is our male Father in Heaven, and to His own absolute
authority in His own Kingdom of Heaven, and against that Priesthood and Power by which
He does stand in that supreme position as being God." ~
Often a topic of discussion is
guided and directed in its course by the difinitions and meanings assigned to
the basic, critical and pertenant key words, terms, concepts and phrases of
that topic of conversation. Today, most commonly defined in the discussion
concerning 'priesthood' is that difinition of 'priesthood' and meaning thereof
as being 'The Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God' (D&C 107:3).
And that 'Order of the 'Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God' is by its
own difinition effectively limited to the 'Sons of God'. And it is the Power of
God given to men to act for and in behalf of God: 'To Act in HIS Name'.
Now that is one exclusive difinition and meaning of the powers of God
bestowed upon man. 'Man' here being the collective term for men and women.
And when speaking of the Powers of God, that is all the Powers of Heaven,
there is more than just the 'Power of God after the Order of the Son of God'
to be spoken of. If one would broaden the difinition of 'Priesthood Power' to
be inclusive of all the Powers of Heaven, then the very course of the
discussion concerning 'priesthood powers and authority' would be changed.
Now consider this that even Satan, that is Lucifer, is said to have his own
order of 'priesthood' or such powers after the 'Order of the Devil' by which
various events of power and authority may be performed within the scope of
that realm of darkness and Lucifer. And while Lucifer's power or 'priesthood'
is one that stands in opposition to that 'power and authority after the order
of the Son of God', it still sets out the perspective of there being more than
one priesthood and/or power.
Now that opens the possibility that there could be other such 'power or
powers' to be held in the operation of Heaven's powers or 'priesthoods'
if you will, that could exist which are not opposed to that 'order of the Son
of God', but which are in fact operating in concert with that 'priesthood
power of the Son of God'. And I can think of, and further I can define just
such a complimentry power of heaven that does work in concert with 'The Son's
Priesthood Power'. And that Godly power is the 'procreative powers' which
mainly and primarily rest in women, though they are aided by men.
Before the foundation of the world in the preexistent councils of heaven
women, as directly associated with gender, were given a great foreordinational
blessing and calling confined to but the female of the species. And that was
the procreative powers to form and birth children. It is and was a 'Power
after the Order of Our Mother in Heaven'- the Maternal Power or the Maternal
Priesthood if you will. And all women were so ordained and empowered with
that potential power and authority over the course of their earthy probation.
Now that 'earthly probation' has an extended duration which begins with the
fall of Eve and Adam to the very ending of the 1,000 year millennium in which
women may so exercise their 'Powers after the Order of Our Mother in Heaven.'
And just as the male's priesthood powers after the order of the Son of God
could be used or mis-used, abused or magnified in righteous performance; so
also those 'procreative powers' given but to women before the foundation of
the earth' could and can be used or mis-used, abused or magnified in
And these Powers of God held in and by a woman, that if a woman were fully
given to understand them, that understanding could and would lead to a woman's
immediate condemnation and damnation according to the laws of God. That is in
this respect, the commom everyday woman's ignorance of the very laws of God
which govern these 'Procreative Powers of Heaven' would result in such as
the denial of the Holy Ghost for which offense there is no forgiveness if
women were not comparatively ignorant of the full far reaching significants
of that inate power which a woman does potentially possess which by God's
highest laws of Celestial Marriage, that New and Everlasting Covenant thereof,
are effective between a husband and wife so sealed. And thus it is in
the wisdom of God that women have not been given to fully understand or
comprehend their own 'Priesthood Fore-ordiantions'. For once given that
advanced understanding of their high positions held according to the Powers
of Heaven and Plan of God, they, women, would be totally liable for such as
the mis-use and abuses they succumb to, such as abortions, child abuse,
including all such which tend to lead to the deaths and murders of the
children of God both spiritually and physically, which their procreative
powers do put them exclusively in direct control of and responsibility for.
That is to say that if a woman fully understood that her preisthood ordiantion
and endowment was to give life to all the children of men by the testimony of
the Holy Ghost, that degree of understanding when challenged and opposed by
such as contreception, abortion, child abuse etc. would bear with it acts
in defiance of the witness of the Holy Ghost given unto them with great and
eternal penalties. For the very 'lives' of the children of God are placed in
their hands, that is they are within their procreative powers and the mis-use
and sins against those powers are so being in rebellion against God and Heaven.
And when such a degree of understanding is so given in its fulness unto them,
then they would stand eternally convicted by their crimes against the power of
heaven which they inately and inherently hold.
Consider for a moment the annunciation to Mary by Noah, the angel Gabriel.
Mary was given full notice that by the power of the Holy Ghost would she
conceive and have a son who would be the Son of God. Just what is the
potentials of each and every so born child of God? If a woman fully
comprehended their 'positioned responsiblities' unto these spirit children of
God, do you think they would do as many do unto them today. And if they did
have that full understanding and so abused that child of God, what would be
the endless punishment for so doing? I do not think I can over state this
position of obligation and responsibility which a woman has to a child she
bears. I cannot think of any man, excepting Jesus Christ, who may have had
such a significant responsibility as this singular responsiblity is, to a
child of God.
So on the one hand the Church could hold a 'Joint Priesthood' meeting and
reveal to the women of the church that they already hold within themselves
their own callings and ordinations to the 'Powers of Heaven', that is the
priesthood powers of Our Mother in Heaven of procreation. And that is that
'Priesthood of Women after the Order of Our Mother in Heaven'. And in this the
'Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God' cannot further give unto them
that which is already theirs. And the fulfillment of their 'woman's
priesthood' is so sealed upon them by their becoming righteous Mothers in
Zion, endowed by temple endowment and sealed by Celestial Marriage to that
male counterpart and companion, who aids them in their 'woman's priesthood
fulfillment'. And in that, neither is the man without the woman, nor the
woman without the man, her husband; in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:11) And
only in that bond of family is the highest degree of God's glory even
To this end and widened definition of 'priesthood' being the performance of
the 'Powers of Heaven' on earth: Men are given the power to act in the name
of God [that is the Son of God] to Minister unto the needs and direction of
the church, God's kingdom and the family. And women are given the power of
procreation, to act in the name of Mother in Heaven, to bear and birth and
raise the whole of the human race, that is the whole of all the sons and
daughters of God, that is of God our Father. And in the participation of the
powers of God or Goddess, our Mother, here in this ages of time of
mortallity to the end of bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of
man, that is the sons and daughters of God; does act in that power of ordianation
and authority given her by God from before the foundation of the earth.
And thus it is, in their own realm of [priesthood] calling and responsibility
mothers, that is women, can, may and do hold the priesthood of heaven on earth
and do minister unto the children of God. They are their teachers, leaders,
guides, and even prophetesses and priestesses unto the pronounced blessings
of heaven upon these children of God. And theirs is the more direct and so
tightly tied to the ministration of those children's every need, not limited
to the church environment but directly associated with the 24-7 home
environment in and from which the children of God arise.
The Egyptian concept was even such, as was likely contributed to by Abraham, that
is the mother stood behind as the guiding support and was the directing influence
which made of her child what that child did become. What child has not been so
founded upon their mother's upbringing? I consider my own mother, and not to
belittle my father, but it was mother who at every turn was there to preach and
direct the child's mind and manner in all the ways of the earth before them, before
me. Without such a good and devoted mother's attentive care where would one be? I
do not feel that a mother's influence in the lives of her children can be overly
exaggerated. The potential for good and proper guidance and teaching of the
child by their mother just cannot be overstated. And that is the calling and
responsibility of women set upon them before their coming to earth.
To this end I bear my witness that women already have and hold a 'priesthood'
or 'power' calling and position equal to, if not indeed beyond that of their male
counterparts in the mutual effort of the divine purpose of God. Equal? I would
have to say from a very male perspective that women are 'more equal' than the
male in that by their nature they already inherent a 'priesthood' position and
calling as being the mothers of all living, of all the children of God, who
ever will dwell upon the face of the earth.
And now here is the real question. Will women rise up to fulfill their own
'priesthood' responsibility of being Mothers in Zion after the Order of Our
Mother in Heaven? Or will they turn from and deny their 'priesthood callings'
as ordained upon them before the foundation of the world? The 'Femenist'
movements of today cause women to rebel against their calling bestowed upon
them by heaven and God. As they deny their gender and seek unto that of the
male priesthood calling, they are in rebellion against heaven and the orderly
order of earth's society.
The day will come, likely in that great millennial day, that seven women will
come to beg, in that ratio of 7 to 1, of just one such worthy male to let them
be married to them to fulfill their 'woman's priesthood obligation'
which they have not yet fulfilled, that they might so fulfill that priesthood
duty of theirs of being Mothers in Zion after the Order of our Mother in
And I proclaim that one day, if not in our day, the day will come when a
'Joint Priesthood Meeting' of men and women will be held. And in that meeting
it will be fully revealed unto the women that which had always been their
womanly 'priesthood' assignment and calling, to sit as Priestesses, Goddesses
and Queen Mothers of the children of God. That is to be their mothers to
form them, birth them, raise them and teach, guide and direct them as only
a Mother in Zion can; prophesying unto them and ministering unto them their
every need in order for them to gain their immortallity and eternal life in
heaven. There is no greater calling and responsibility than to be such a
Mother in Zion. The role of the male pales beside it.
This is my witness and testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Nothing can compensate for failure in the home!
Mothers and Fathers Where Are You?
Note: Read my disclaimer on the home page. I am not the Church. To that end
what I may say is of myself and if it be also of God, then it be of God and I
give full recognition to Him for it. Glean with that salt which distinguishes
the truth of a matter. And whether the Church and/or the Lord will ever come
out and state the Powers of Women are as a 'Priesthood of Women' or not, I do
believe that the powers of the Priesthood of Melchizedek are of an equivalent
though different than those Powers of Motherhood, the Maternal Powers. One
thing is certain being 'equal' in the eyes of the Lord, or any parent for
that matter, does not mean 'the same'. As any parent understands to treat each
of their children exactly the same as each other IS NOT treating them fairly
or equally, for each child is different and each needs unique treatment per
their differences. And though the feminist movement or line of thought would
never 'buy into' the notion of separate priesthoods and separate powers being
bestowed upon men and women because of their inherent diferences of gender,
that is exactly the way a parent has to uniquely appoach the varied treatments
of their various children in order to truely be fair and just to each of
them. Now there will always be jealousies between siblings. The one will see
what is being done for the other and as the grass will seem greener on the
other side, envy will raise the desires of the one to have that which the
other is given. In the case of the male never being able to be a mother, that
envy is swallowed up in the reality of the impossibility of it. But for the
female viewing the powers given to the male, their envy is not as easily
dismissed. And they may want their 'cake' of the uniqueness of the calling
of women and further also want that 'cake' of the calling of the male as
well. Yet if the woman would become fully engaged in their inate position and
maternal calling as a mother, they would never have the time or want or
desire to pertain unto that which has by God been assigned to the calling of
Additional Note: Detailed oriented but quick and dirty historians and critics of
the church, who do not have a complete understanding, will point to an 'event
process' that was but in its very beginning stages, NOT fully yet
revealed NOR actually yet put completely into place, as we have
yet not been five a fuller nor more detailed revelation relative to the full
conception of the living of Plural Marriage as that form of Everlasting Covenant
and Celestial Marriage as begun to have been given in that relative revelation
found there concerning it. And they, based on only a partial knowledge and
understanding, will point out and judge that within the last couple of years of
the life of Joseph Smith, he spoke of the women coming to a fulness of their
priesthood in connection with the pending endowments and sealings of the temple
nearing completion in Nauvoo. As the bringing forth of all such blessing of
heaven, they are dependent upon a people's readiness to recieve them, and it soon
became evident that the body of the church WAS NOT completely ready
and qualified to recieve such an out pouring of that fullness of the women's
priesthood at that time, as the under lying evils of part of the church membership
were in the very process of turning in upon itself to the extent that their
Prophet Joseph Smith would be betrayed by many of them. You see, while it was in
the design that eventually Joseph would die a martyr's death to thus seal his
testimony of the truth of this work, it need not have happened in 1844 the way it
did with many of the membership of the church turning against the prophet and
under cutting his position and authority. In fact Joseph was free and likely on
his way to traveling with the saints to the west on the other west side of the
river before he determined to come back because of the murmuring of certain of
the saints against him, that he was 'running away'. And when those events unfolded
in the manner they did, the 'worthiness of the church' took a big step backward.
No longer was the church in a position to have the 'fulness of the 'priesthood'
of women' to be revealed and fully bestowed upon the body of the church. In fact
many of those who would undermine and betray the prophet were in fact actually
such non-supporting women of the church, perhaps even within the household of the
prophet it self. And thus that revealation's coming forth and installation of the
'female priesthood fullness' has never yet been enstalled or at least fully
explained, understood or revealed just as that section in the Doctrine and
Covenants does leave a great many questions still unanswered concerning it. One
day it will be, it is a natural extention of the temple endowment and the
Everlating Covenant of Celestial Marriage. And what Brother Joseph had began will
be taken to completion. It WILL NOT be exactally according to how
the 'wide green eyed monsters' of womens-lib and feminist fulfillment would chose
to have it be, but according to that which the powers in heaven have already laid
its foundation to be. And that is NOT upon the principle that women
will rob men of their 'Patriarchal' priesthood and fill those positions, but it
will be that women will step up and fullfill and take upon themselves their own
fulness of the 'Matriarchal priesthood of womanhood' with their potentials
relative to the eternal home and family. And they will be fully empowered
companions in arms with the Patriarchal Priesthood of the male, NOT acting
as an opposing force to relieve them of, or replace them in, their male priesthood
positions after the order of the Son of God. The 'fullness of the priesthood'
entails that priciple partically set out in Paul's writings (I Corinthians 11)
that neither is the man without the woman or th woman without the man in the Lord.
And it did entail the priesthood endowment including the sealing and law of
Celestial Marriage, that is the New and Everlasting Covenant of it, which to date
has not been fully explained or fully revealed for many of the church members are
not even within the realms of 'temple ordinances and endowments' which bestow it
upon the husband and wife jointly together.
For those women who think in such terms of 'getting out from under the thumb of
the male', their whole perspective on the matter is skewed. For in the Church of
Jesus Christ, no woman stands in such a position as that. And it is only in and
under a condition of joint commitment and joint effort that the male and female
are joined together in order to fulfill their everlating potentials in the
Celestial Kingdom of God. And in that they are arm in arm, side by side, equal
partners, for neither is the male [the man] without the female [the woman] nor the
female [the woman] without the male [the man] in the LORD.