Previous installments in this series have examined questions from the perspective of a priesthood leader. This post puts a wrinkle in the theme by asking a question about what a woman should do.
Assume that you are a married woman. Assume further that quarterly stake priesthood meeting is coming up next week, and your husband has been asked to speak. And now your teenage son just got off the phone with the stake executive secretary who invited him to play a musical solo as part of the same meeting. It’s a good thing President Benson gave that talk condemning pride, otherwise you would have a terminal case of pridefulness. You love your husband and son, and look forward to attending the meeting with them.
When you tell them your intentions over dinner, there is an awkward silence. They’re not sure you are allowed to be there, and it would be embarrassing if the stake president has to call you to repentance from the pulpit. The next day, you bring the question up with your visiting teachers, and you again get a negative reaction. You begin to wonder what is so special about priesthood meeting that your very presence there would spoil it. What kind of secrets are discussed behind closed doors in those male only, non-smoke-filled rooms? Are mysteries of the kindom revealed, such as how deacons know where to pass the sacrament, or how High Priests learn how snore so loudly in church?
Under the circumstances outlined above,