Ordain Women has finally posted their 6th discussion. You may notice they did not call this one a discussion, but a conversation. Clearly, their effort to make it seem like a missionary effort has backfired, and so are trying a different wording tactic.
They begin by quoting Mother Teresa, President Uchtdorf and Gandhi, in that order. I’m not certain whether they are trying to make General Authorities equivalent to other world leaders and opinion makers, so that we accept throw away statements from others as a form of higher revelation, or whether to lower the revelatory statements of General Authorities down to the levels of the world. Either way, It is clear they are picking and choosing. Mother Teresa never held the Catholic priesthood, never demanded it, never asked for it. She just saw a great need for compassion and sought to fill it. Clearly, OW’s interpretation of statements is to fill their need, whether they actually apply or not.
They launch into a list of “interim” solutions for the Church. Some of these are things I agree with. I do not have a problem with a woman as stake Sunday School teacher, or young women performing as ushers. However, this is very different from the demand they have previously given of full ordination to women.
Some of their demands go contrary to revelation:
Choosing a General Relief Society Presidency and General Board that reflect the diversity of viewpoint and circumstance in the Church, and establishing frequent meetings between the First Presidency and the General Relief Society Presidency
First, such callings are given by revelation, not by popular vote. It is not an issue of making sure all political views are present, but that the sisters are worthy of the calling, and are called of God. If God chooses to call nothing but liberals or nothing but conservatives, that is His call to make. Can you imagine the Prophet, a stake president or bishop arguing with the Lord over a Relief Society President: “But Lord, you know it is only fair to select Sister Y, because our last one was a registered Republican!”
Given that 90% of members are against Ordain Women’s demands, what would it mean to reflect the diversity they seek? On a Relief Society board of 12 sisters, ensure one is a liberal?