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Letter: Ordain Women and the cost of free agency

Published June 19, 2014 4:58 pm

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I fully agree with the opinions and insights of Ashley Isaacson Woolley ("Changing the church: How Ordain Women gets it wrong," June 15) regarding the manner in which the organization Ordain Women is trying to be heard and have changes made in the church according to their views.

I believe that free agency is a God-given gift of utmost importance to everyone. I also believe that the manner in which we use that agency can be very costly depending on the resultant consequences.

It is my belief that the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with apostles and prophets is the same organization that was established by Jesus Christ himself when he lived upon the earth. Revelation beneficial for the church members as a whole will come through the appropriate channels Christ has put in place. Personal revelation, including answers to questions about doctrine, church government, etc., is available to all members who will study, seek, and ask with a sincere heart.

If all Kate Kelly and the group Ordain Women want is to have the prophet ask if they may receive the priesthood, then they need to accept the answer, which seems to have been given in several talks over the last couple of conferences.

Having once lived a lifestyle away from the LDS Church, I understand how easy it is to begin to rationalize away doctrines and practices that do not keep up with the world's current view of things. However, truth is truth everlasting, and it is well worth the effort to find it and embrace it for the peace of mind and blessings it brings.

Diane Graham

Salt Lake City