Men and Women and Priesthood Power

Let us think straight about men’s and women’s God-assigned responsibilities, capabilities, and access to priesthood power. Read the full article. —Elder M. Russell Ballard


The Father and the Son Desire Our Exaltation

  • Gender is eternal.
  • The Father and the Son understand best how to prepare, teach, and lead us.
  • We each have the privilege of choosing to believe that They have a plan for us.
  • Our testimonies, peace, and well-being begin with the faith to believe that They know best.

The Church Is Governed through Priesthood Keys

  • These keys are the authority God has given to priesthood leaders to govern His priesthood on earth.
  • All men and women serve in the Church under the direction of those who have keys.
  • Men have the unique responsibility to administer the priesthood but they are not the priesthood.
  • Men and women have different but equally valued roles.
  • The Lord designated that men in His Church hold the priesthood.
  • Women are integral to the governance and work of the Church.

Men and Women are Equal in God’s Eyes

  • Equal does not mean the same.
  • Responsibilities and divine gifts of men and women differ in nature but not in importance or influence.
  • It takes a man and a woman to create a family and it takes men and women to carry out the work of the Lord
  • Let us think straight and do not attempt to tamper with God’s plan and purposes in our lives.

The Church Needs the Voice and Faith of Women

  • Only faithful LDS women can show the world what covenant keeping women of God look like and believe.
  • I invite sisters to seek the guidance of Heavenly Father to know how to let their voice of faith be heard.
  • We must all defend Father in Heaven and His plan and our Savior.
  • We solidify our testimonies through diligent, daily scripture study.
  • Have the courage to study the simple truths of the gospel and share them.

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