I’ve been criticized for saying that I’m content if the Lord doesn’t authorize the ordaining of women and that I’ll be content if, someday, he does authorize it. My chief concern is to be in a church governed by the will of the Lord communicated through ongoing revelation.
More recently, I’ve been criticized because, despite my openness on the issue (which, it seems to me, is simple Mormon orthodoxy), I’ve let slip the whiff of a hint that I’m not particularly happy with the intention that some seem to harbor of turning this upcoming Saturday’s priesthood session of general conference into political theater. (I also dislike it intensely when demonstrators disrupt a Catholic mass, chain themselves to the gates of a temple, chant outside a synagogue, pass out leaflets at a religious pageant, interfere with wedding photographs outside the Salt Lake Temple, protest outside Friday prayers at a mosque, and the like.)
Moreover, as I quietly suggested yesterday (by posting this), I’m not altogether happy with the (probably inevitable) tendency of the media to focus on a relatively small percentage of the discontented and, thereby, to distort the views and situation of Mormon women.
In that spirit, here’s another statement from a Latter-day Saint woman that I think should also be widely heard: