Today’s Guest post currently hails from Central Asia. Amira likes to plan impracticable road trips between Turpan and Isfahan, in addition to her real jobs of researching minority recipes and homeschooling. She writes at The Golden Road to Samarqand.
One of the most common arguments I hear regarding why women don’t need the priesthood is that the priesthood cannot be used to benefit a priesthood holder since it is only used to bless others. In my experience, this isn’t entirely true. As I’ve lived overseas in very isolated areas of the Church, I have seen too many examples where women are unable to receive ordinances, do not have access to any leaders, and are excluded from Church administration. When I write about isolated women or men, I’m talking about people who are not assigned to a ward/branch/group/twig/ whatever, or who are living very far away from their assigned unit.
A priesthood holder can take the sacrament no matter where he is on the planet. I know a vulcanologist who blesses bread and water for himself when he does research on remote volcanoes. Church leaders have talked about carrying supplies to administer the sacrament while they were in the military. [Read more...]