Today I was invited by a friend to “Like” a group called “Mormon Women Stand” on Facebook.
“LDS Women who, without hesitation, sustain the Lord’s Prophet, the Family Proclamation as doctrine and our divine role as covenant women for Christ.”
It sounds harmless, right? Mormon women supporting one another in a effort to defend and build the Lord’s kingdom? Sign me up!The group’s description of itself is full of inspiring language:
“We love being LDS women and feel that our contributions to church, community, and family are both powerful and valuable.”
“As daughters of God, we understand our critical role in sanctifying marriage and participating in the majesty of bearing and raising children.”
I really appreciate the use of words like “powerful” and “majesty” in regards to women. I feel that power is something that you have to decide for yourself you are going to have- nobody can give it to you, you just have to take it.
I agree wholeheartedly with every sentiment expressed by this group. Their message is direct, powerful, and important.
But it is also divisive.
The Ordain Women campaign has received a lot of attention lately, and it seems that the vast majority of LDS women not only disagree with them, but resent them for claiming to represent them when they in fact feel very differently in regards to gender roles and the priesthood.
Mormon Women Stand is the well-behaved Mormon girl’s response to the ruckus-causing feminists. They don’t claim it, but they don’t have to. This group, although it espouses traditional LDS principles, would not have existed even a year ago.
This group is positive, faith-promoting, and well-intentioned.
But it is, still, divisive.
I fear that two camps have formed among the sisters of the church- the priesthood-wanting testimony-lacking feminists and the complacent husband-worshiping housewives. I stand with everything Mormon Women Stand believes, but I can’t stand with them. I can’t choose sides.
Ordain Women started controversy, but Mormon Women Stand started a fight. It’s a fight I’m not going to be a part of.
And that’s why, this time, I’m not standing with the Mormon Women.