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I am a believing, faithful latter-day saint who takes seriously the teachings and doctrines of the church. When I first heard about OW, my initial reaction was one of [joy][disappointment]. I have been a member my entire life and have never thought women were treated as [equals][second-class citizens] within the church. There are [few][many] chances for women to act as leaders and provide meaningful input that is truly listened to. The recent addition of photographs of some of our female leaders in the conference center serves to underscore the [limited][important] leadership opportunities available to women in the church.
OW’s tactics have included drawing public attention to their cause. This is because OW [could not get a hearing through][chose to ignore] conventional channels. As a result OW’s Kate Kelly and her supporters have twice [gone to][marched on] Temple Square during General Conference and [sought][demanded] admission to the priesthood session. The church’s response to OW’s first [request][protest] was to [block them with a dumpster][politely turn them away]. The second time, the [sisters and brothers][activists] again waited in line [until they were turned away][became unruly].
I want women to have the priesthood if that is what God wants. The scriptures teach that [God is no respecter of persons][God has always restricted who can bear the priesthood]. In 1978 the church rejoiced when the priesthood was made available to every worthy male [thanks in part to many faithful members who asked the prophet to petition the Lord][when God gave a revelation to the prophet].
The church continues to be led by prophets and apostles who receive revelation for the body of the church. OW [recognizes][undermines] the special role the general leadership of the church plays. Throughout church history members have [sought to know][submitted to] the will of the Lord as He reveals it through his prophets. Kate Kelly and her supporters’ actions are [a continuation of][not in keeping with] that tradition. [Thanks to][Because of] persistent questions such as those now raised by Kate Kelly we [have][lost] the [Word of Wisdom][116 pages].
I love the church and sincerely hate to see divisions within it. The decision to convene the court was made by [Salt Lake City][local leadership]. I am [heartbroken][saddened] to see Kate Kelly called before a [disciplinary council][court of love]. Unfortunately Kate Kelly’s [petition to prayerfully consider][strident insistence on] women’s ordination [continues to][can no longer] be ignored. The threatened discipline is because Kate Kelly [faithfully asked uncomfortable questions][sought to lead others into apostasy]. The disciplinary court is being done in order to [silence her][help her to repent]. The [fallout][result] of the council will be [more people leaving or quietly disengaging the church][a stronger, more committed people].