Women in the Mormon church
How does the Mormon church view women? What roles to women have in the LDS church? These are just a few of the questions that I’ve heard relating to the role of women in the LDS faith. Let me start with a few quotes from leaders of the Mormon church, regarding our views of women:
There are some men who, in a spirit of arrogance, think they are superior to women. They do not seem to realize that they would not exist but for the mother who gave them birth. When they assert their superiority they demean her. It has been said, “Man can not degrade woman without himself falling into degradation; he can not elevate her without at the same time elevating himself” (Alexander Walker, in Elbert Hubbard’s Scrap Book , 204).
Every woman is a daughter of God. You cannot offend her without offending Him.
How thankful I am, how thankful we all must be, for the women in our lives. God bless them. May His great love distill upon them and crown them with luster and beauty, grace and faith. And may His Spirit distill upon us as men and lead us ever to hold them in respect, in gratitude, giving encouragement, strength, nurture, and love, which is the very essence of the gospel of our Redeemer and Lord.
The true spirit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives to woman the highest place of honor in human life.
One of your unique, precious, and sublime gifts is your femininity, with its natural grace, goodness, and divinity. Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes. It is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength. It is manifest differently in each girl or woman, but each of you possesses it. Femininity is part of your inner beauty.
“Woman is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.
“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.
These few quotes, which are only a drop in the sea of Mormon teachings on the sanctity and importance of womanhood, tell me all that I need to know: the Mormon church views women as not only equals to men on earth, but as the pinnacle of God’s creation, to be revered, respected and upheld through all time.
What roles do women have in the Mormon church?
People sometimes wonder what roles women have in the Mormon church. I have heard of some other faiths where women are not allowed to speak on Sunday at church. In the LDS church, women teach, preach and serve in the church. All people, men, women and children, contribute to our Sunday worship meetings. Women also serve missions, and represent the Mormon church around the world.
The Mormon church defends womanhood
Do a search on lds.org on womanhood. You will find countless articles on the importance of women in the plan of our Heavenly Father. The LDS church defends womanhood as the most important role on this earth. Much of our media today objectifies women, while other influences attempt to deny the existence of womanhood by setting women down as only “identical” to men.
In the Mormon faith, we embrace the natural grace and beauty of womanhood, and encourage women around the world to search for the aspects of themselves that will bring them the most happiness and fulfilment. The Mormon church combats and speak out openly against things that degrade women, such as pornography and abuse. In a world that treats women as objects, the LDS church stands as a witness of the value of women.