Friday, March 29, 2013

If the Womb is a Veil (part 4)

If the womb is a veil, then the shape of it's opening is of great symbolic significance.

The world asserts that the vulva is ugly. Some don't even like the word. Profane names have been developed to refer to it. This hatred and demonizing of female genitals is thousands of years old, originating in a pre-Christian era that considered women to be inferior to men, even down to their reproductive organs.

With Paul, and the advent of Christianity, came a different form of abhorrence. Pagans, who dominated the Mediterranean at the time, were viewed by the Judeo-Gentile pioneers of Christianity as far too promiscuous. So abstinence from sex grew among early Christians as part of their unique allure, perhaps as a bit of a punk rock subculture that defied the sexual norms of the period.

Christ's marital life was not recorded in the texts that became the Gospels during this time period. So instead, Christ was revered as a great acetic who never indulged in sexual intercourse. His perfection was linked to a form of chastity that did not allow him marital relations. A sub-cult within the various groups of Christians evolved that would assert this single and celibate version of Christ, and perhaps therein lay the reason why the evidence of his marriage was suppressed. The eventual victory of Christianity among the masses paved the way for thousands of men and women who would take vows of celibacy in hopes of following his supposed path.

Hence, Christian society detested the flesh. Instead of being revered as a temple, the body was dismissed as part of the crude profanity that was the world and its temptations. Sex was deemed a necessary evil, and marriage a lesser form of righteousness than the path of a monk or nun. The vagina was a pathway of sin.

But there was another cult within Christianity that arose simultaneous to that of the celibate Christ: The cult of the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ. It is primarily due to this cult that the shape of the vulva persisted in Christian art. If Christ was holy, then from where did he spring? The virgin was therefore also viewed as a vessel of sacredness, and her womb holy. This is why she and Christ are often depicted in medeval art framed within the Mandorla, which is Italian for "almond".

Almonds are considered symbols of divine approval and favor because of what happens to the rod of Aaron in Numbers 17:1-8, wherein all the sons of the tribes of Israel bring rods to the temple and Aaron's sprouts blossoms and almonds the next morning. But the symbolism goes beyond that.

Geometrically speaking, the shape is created by the overlapping of two circles that are the same size. The diameter of each passes through the center of the other. The resulting shape they create together infers oneness, and atonement between the two circles: God and humanity, heaven and earth, female and male, Etc.

The lone circle by itself represents the monad, or single unit. Two circles thus overlapped represents the dyad, or entity that consists of two parts (these are technical terms used in philosophy and sacred geometry). So a dyad essentially infers a marriage, and the space of the overlap represents the shared world (or middle ground) between the two. So a vulva infers such a union even if a woman isn't married. The middle ground between heaven and earth is the temple, or as the Lord put it in D&C 88, the Terrestrial. And Mormons know that the temples often house a veil.

Early Christians latched on to this shape. It was termed the Vesica Pisces by scholars who studied religious art, and now most Christians refer to it as the "Jesus fish". The symbolism continues to be important since the old days because of the analogies and miracles regarding fish that Christ implemented during his ministry. But the most significant aspect of this fish symbolism regards the story of Jonah. When Jesus is asked by the scribes and Pharisees for a sign to prove who and what he is in Matthew 12, he states the following:

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

It is important to understand here that both the whale and the tomb are symbolic of the temple. Jonah was swallowed by a whale, and when he came out he was a man reborn. He converted the entire city of Ninevah. Christ, likewise, was reborn from the tomb when he defeated death and was resurrected. His victory ensures that all of us will be resurected also. The fact that both of these men were reborn should not be lost on women who carry the gate of a temple. If the doom of being "swallowed" awaited the wicked Pharisees (Rome invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the temple forty years after Christ was crucified), then a similar fate likely awaits those who enter the womb unlawfully, abusing the powers of creation that God has loaned to us. Examine Exodus 13:

2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.

Veils create belonging. If the womb is a veil, then this scripture makes perfect sense, because it was the womb that created belonging between these firstborn and the Lord. Baptism and Endowments work the same way. We become Christ's through the former and we are symbolically clothed with power and brought through a veil in the latter. The ordinances intend to seal something that was merely apparent before.

If the womb is understood with all of these symbols in mind, then sex outside of the marriage covenant misuses a veil that is reserved for God's sealing power. This makes sense in the logistics of LDS temple work because a woman who is married in the New and Everlasting Covenant becomes a sealer for those who exit her womb. These kids don't have to be brought back to the temple to be sealed to their parents. The woman executes the sealing no matter where the birth occurs. The womb makes her the temple of that act, thus birth is likely an ordinance whether we identify it as such or not.

It makes sense, then, that the mandorla shape is of vast consequence. As you can see from the image above, all of the other geometric shapes are "born" from the dyad. If you are able to locate a book titled A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael Schneider, it will show you how to draw each one. With a compass and a straight edge, you can utilize the mandorla to create the triangle, the square, the pentagon, Etc. An equilateral triangle, for instance, is created by making straight lines from the top point through the center of each circle and down to the edge of the diameter. A third straight line is then drawn between the points at the bottom of the circles. All of the shapes can be similarly formed using points created by the dyad.

What this ultimately suggests is that the womb represents the power to create the entire universe. Such power should not be handled carelessly. But it's not just Mary's womb that we are talking about. The cults of the Virgin and the celibate Christ miss the mark in this respect. If the womb is a veil, then all women are in possession of this potential.

Jonah didn't want to prophesy to the Ninevites, and he certainly didn't want to be swallowed by a whale. But it happened anyway. If exiting or entering a womb creates belonging, then fornication and adultery likely invert the meaning of that belonging. Meaning that entering without permission still binds the trespasser to God, but to his wrath rather than to his mercy.

It goes without saying that rape likely seals the offender to a fate worse than we can comprehend. To profane a veil in the first place is a direct, personal offense to God. To do it by force merely amplifies the law of the harvest. 

We must remember that it is not just a reproductive organ. It is simultaneously a symbol of Eternal consequence.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

If the Womb is a Veil (part 3)

The Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino
If the womb is a veil, then it likely coresponds to the veil of Christ.

There is a veil that covers Christ. We read about it in D&C 88:

68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.

And also section 124:

And that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth, if they reject my servants and my testimony which I have revealed unto them.

So this veil that covers Christ doesn't just cover him generally. These two scriptures associate it with his face specifically. In Ether 3, when the brother of Jared sees the Lord, he does not behold his face first, but his finger. The faith of this man was mighty enough that he could not be withheld from seeing through the veil, but he did not see the face of Christ until he willingly revealed it. This fact should be contemplated when someone veils and unveils their face for a religious rite.

This veil, that Christ removed for the brother of Jared because of his great faith, is tied to his body. Examine Hebrews 10:

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;21 And having an high priest over the house of God;22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Think about this the next time you take the sacrament. The bread is an emblem of his flesh, which is His veil. To eat isn't merely to remember. It is an ordinance that also points the individual towards making themselves one with Christ's veil through the marriage that he speaks about.

Paul is using the temple building here as a metaphor for Christ's Atonement. To "enter into the holiest" is a reference to the Holy of Holies in the ancient temple. The old temple, much like the new temple, was not an end in and of itself. It was a place of physical ordinances that pointed to very real and very possible spiritual ordinances like the one mentioned above concerning the brother of Jared. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Lehi, Nephi, John the Beloved, Joseph Smith, and others are recorded in scripture to have experienced such ordinances. It all relates specifically to this veil of Christ, a veil that he is apparently one with.

If you consider the fact that the areas both before and behind the physical veils of the ancient temple were places where the blood of animals was sprinkled on the implements (the altar, the Mercy Seat on the Ark, Etc.) and the people themselves (see Exodus 24:8), then you will understand why blood is associated with the womb. If it is a veil, then the symmetry is apparent because blood is the price that must be paid for veil work.

The above scripture from Hebrews also associates water with this veil of the Lord, and both of the ordinances of baptism and the washing and anointing utilize water to symbolically cleanse the body. For baptism, the water is the veil that we are brought through. Christ was very specific about this rebirth, and clarified for Nicodemus the importance of this ordinance in John 3:

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

So you get that, right? Mothers birth, and Christ rebirths. Blood and water are involved in both processes. There isn't a single ordinance (authorized by Christ) that does not rebirth a child of God. All of these rebirths follow our initial birth.

Other than the veil of the temple, one of the few places associated with both blood and water is described in John 19:34, where a soldier pierces Jesus' side while he is on the cross. Both fluids came out of this same man who claimed that the body is a temple. This clear reference to motherhood mirrors the type found in Genesis 2 where out of Adam's side came the Mother of All Living. All of the wounds of Christ should inform our understanding of the womb, but especially the one on his side.

The clarifying scripture for all of these types is found in Moses 6:

59 That by reason of transgression cometh the fall, which fall bringeth death, and inasmuch as ye were born into the world by water, and blood, and the spirit, which I have made, and so became of dust a living soul, even so ye must be born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit, and be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye might be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immortal glory;

Motherhood isn't like the Atonement. Motherhood came first. The Atonement is a response to motherhood. Inasmuch -> even so. The Atonement reflects motherhood, which preceded the Fall and the Passion. What Christ is essentially communicating with the Atonement is that all of the mothers, both before and after him, did not risk their lives for nothing. We are not born merely to suffer and die. It is a promise to all, but especially to mothers, that there is one more veil that we will pass through. And because of that veil, all of the births at the first veil will not have been performed in vain. All children of mothers will be resurrected, all spirits and bodies will be reunited.

The proof of all of this is on the veils. The veil of the Priesthood has marks. Those marks correspond to those found on the garments worn by temple-endowed Mormons. I'm not going to discuss specifics on their meaning explained there. But their placement over the breasts and navel is no secret, and this implementation is of immense importance when discussing and understanding motherhood. Why? Because the marks correspond to orifices utilized by mothers to put health in navels (Proverbs 3:8) and marrow in bones (D&C 89:18).

Likewise, the blood that exits the womb informs our understanding of why Jesus had to pay the price he did. The worth of souls is great, and mothers know. With their very bodies they know the worth of individual souls, and this knowledge gives us the closest glimpse of what Christ paid. Birth stories are stories of soul miracles, of souls passing other souls through veils. In the end, when it comes to Christ and his veil, it will be very similar.
Ponder on 2 Nephi 9:

41 O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.

If the womb is a veil between worlds, then it should be regarded with the same respect as the veil of Christ which is also a veil between worlds. Just like Christ, women do not employ servants at their gate. They are the keepers. If you somehow do not see the connection between these gates, then consider for a moment the fact that Christ's resurrection reunites bodies and spirits which were initially united by the womb... by mothers. We come out of our mothers attached to a nourishing and waste-removing placenta of their make. We find nourishment at their breasts. This relationship between infants and mothers is temple work, it is veil work.

Think about that the next time you see a mother breastfeeding in the chapel. We should not complain about motherhood and its veil work. We should accommodate it and be respectful of it.

Does a woman have to tear when she gives birth? No. And neither did the veil of the ancient temple need to be torn. Those who were to receive Christ did not recognize him. They did not believe that he was the grand veil worker that dictated their ordinances to Moses. They crucified him, and thus the birth of Christianity was a travail of struggle instead of the beautiful reception that it could have been.

Certainly it was expected and understood that the priestcrafts and abominations that had infected the Jewish hierarchy at the time would be at odds with Jesus' mission and ministry. But this doesn't change the fact that it didn't have to go down the way that it did. The possibility that the Pharisees and scribes could have turned from their wickedness and embraced Christ and the Gospel remained, even if the probability of it was small.

Likewise, women who approach birth with faith in their temple body, and confidence in the ability of their wombs to birth, have proven to do so without tearing. They do so all the time, and often when they are calm and relaxed in the sacred and peaceful privacy of their homes, the third place known as a temple to LDS people. I'm not saying that this is the way it must be done. I am simply saying that this is the way it can be done.

The mortal ministry of Christ began with baptism (a womb-veil) and ended with the tearing of the temple veil. Before he set out, he paid respect to his mother by performing his first miracle for her. Before he died, he made sure she was taken care of. His most important decision occurred in a garden, and this was a nod to Eve, the Mother of All Living whose most important decision was also thus adorned. The result of both garden decisions was blood loss. In truth, Christ highlighted motherhood during his ministry at every important turn.

This essay isn't intended to place women on a pedestal. This is simply meant to awaken them to their own divinity and power by pointing to the parallels that Christ identified between their stewardship and his. His life asserted the sacredness of what occurs at the womb, and identified it as a place of miracles.

"And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb which bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. And he said, Yea and blessed are all they who hear the word of God, and keep it." -Luke 11:27-28 (JST)

Christ allows this comparison. It reverberates with our temple rites and our garments. Compare this to the KJV of the scripture, and you will realize that the world is at war with motherhood. You will also realize that Joseph Smith was His servant.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

If the Womb is a Veil (part 2)

If the womb is a veil, then the focus on a woman's surface is a distraction from the real power.

There is a war going on in the world over the souls of women and girls. It is an old war, and by and large it has become an info war. The information being broadcast is that a woman's visual allure is primary in establishing her worth. The standard for what is considered beautiful and desirable is set by high fashion, deployed by mass media, and the war is waged locally at shopping malls. The range of acceptable body types is narrow.

The war costs money, and it spills blood. It sacrifices the mental well being of children and teens who are not fully developed. It demands that anorexia and bulimia be imposed upon healthy temple bodies. It drags women into plastic surgery offices so that those temples can be altered to resemble the bodies seen in the popular cult. It causes mothers to unconsciously pass on an inheritance of vanity and idol worship to their daughters.

When a girl is born, what future do you expect for her? Do you envision her rising above this slaughterhouse nightmare of what Babylon asserts is the meaning of womanhood? If you go to the effort to observe the lives of women and girls, you will see that all are caught up in this power struggle to one extent or another. None pass through it unscathed. But for those who survive with a healthy sense of self intact, what makes the difference?

One powerful tool to pierce this veil of deception is a testimony in the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who's words cut through all of the lies and plastic of the popular ideal. This theory about the womb is simply another outgrowth of His words and ministry.

His statement that the body is a temple changes our understanding of this info war. If the womb is a veil, then a woman's primary power is not on her surface. It is within her Holy of Holies, which allows her the potential for mothering an entire race.

If you think that motherhood is boring or powerless, then you do not recognize temple creation and veil stewardship for what they are. You are being deceived, and a lie that works annihilates just as effectively as a nuclear warhead.

The shape of a mannequin, that you see in a retail store, is a lie. It is displayed as an example, but most of the women that encounter it do not have a body that resembles it. When you walk up to one while you shop, you should recognize the real difference. A mannequin has no womb, and no spine. It stands on the structure of its mold, and is often held up by a steel rod. It's power is completely embodied in its surface.

The above picture is not of a mother and daughter; rather it is an effigy of that relationship intended to place it within the context of the store's brand. The figures have been posed, but the effect is that actual women and girls pay money to follow suit. Their apparent success has multiplied their numbers, as millions of mannequins now affirm the beauty ideal represented by a very minute cult of models and actresses that rule pop culture.

Thinking about the mannequin should bring the realization that most of the bodies that are deployed in this info war are not real. This extends to bodies photoshopped in magazines and seen on TV/computer/cinema screens.

It is easy for most women and girls to keep their cool around mannequins and false images while they are in the store. The difficulty comes in the morning while looking in the bathroom mirror.

If the body is a temple, then it is a house of covenant. What this means is that those things consumed and inserted into the body create covenants. Whatever you eat or use on your surface, you become one flesh with. Your body is the instrument of your spirit, and the two together make up your whole soul (D&C 88:15). So your body choices perpetuate brands and perceptions to others who observe you.

I cannot go into all the ways that one can change the body through surgery, masking, and other means, but if they lead to a girl or a woman submitting to the plastic ideal discussed above, then I would preach caution. Cult worship changes a temple from one that is the middle ground between Heaven and earth to one that is the middle ground between a woman and the ideal that they are selling.

To affirm the plastic ideal with your very body makes you one in purpose with the disinformation being fed to other women and girls. If others follow your lead, then the mannequin (and all other fake bodies) are affirmed and  accommodated in the info war. The result of profane covenants is harm to the self and to the community. If the ability of our communities to recognize the true power and worth of a woman is subverted, then the originator of the deception wins.

Christ offers an inheritance of glory. This tradition of women leading their daughters and friends into mimicry of plastic people is an inheritance of destruction.

A war produces warriors. Christ has asserted that if you live by a weapon then you will perish by it.

A woman is not meant to be an action figure, worshiped for a season, dressed in multiple outfits for various fantasies, and then ultimately discarded into a thrift store bin when it is outgrown. A woman is meant to be an ancestress and an eternal queen. If the womb is a veil, then it is the threshold where this higher destiny is to be realized.

A queen of power, a heavenly mother, does not pass on an inheritance of plastic. She passes on an inheritance of creation and deliverance. If Christ's words lead to a clearer understanding of such a Goddess, then they should be taken seriously.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If the Womb is a Veil (part 1)

If the womb is a veil, then it is an instrument of God's power. The power that we are discussing with regards to this veil is twofold: the power of creation, and the power of deliverance.

The power to create belongs to women. I used to believe that this power was shared between the sexes, but basic biology does not bear that out. Men produce spermatozoa, and women produce ovum. Both contain genetic code, and once they are united the work of creation actually begins utilizing the resultant blueprint. The uterus executes the entirety of the temple construction.

Women do not own creation, they are stewards of this power. Understanding this truth means that we regard them as stewards and reserve execution of that power to the bounds of marriage. Such a path portends that we will not only retain this power in the next world, but that we will become sovereigns over it.

That is how the Lord deals with his children; we are given a measure of power, and if we are faithful to God with that power, then we are made into Lords ourselves. If we abuse that power in this life, then it will be taken back from us by the Sovereigns who loaned it to us in the first place.

That we can experience great pleasure from the sexual act is a blessing, but the meaning of that pleasure is inseparably tied to the creative power of God. If we regard that power with respect and Christlike selflessness, then the meaning of that pleasure is Eternal. If we are selfish, prideful, and/or abusive concerning that power, then the meaning of that pleasure is subverted and tied to a sexual relationship that must eventually terminate. For this reason, that pleasure should only be shared between people that are eternally bound and who intend to remain so.

But even within a marriage that relationship can be profaned. So it is imperative that we alter our approach so as to give that power the sacred space that it requires.

When we are honest about our own history of expressing that power and experiencing the pleasure that attends it, we know when we are giving ourselves to a sexual identity and destiny that is either gloriously infinite or dreadfully fleeting. No matter how we react on the surface, our hearts know the difference between grace and death. As children of God, we know godly glory when we feel it. We also know the blade that cuts us to the core when we give ourselves away cheaply. A tremendous amount of planning, effort, and respect should be paid to keeping our temple bodies sacred and unspotted. The mantra "Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord" should be associated with our bodies just as it is associated with our temple buildings.

If the womb is a veil, then this veil endows women with the power to construct temple bodies for the children of God. In this way, the womb is a gateway of deliverance. We speak of baby delivery as if it were being handled by FedEx. But the truth is that every mother delivers the spirit children of God from the bondage of remaining mere spirits by endowing them with a tabernacle of flesh and bone.

Examine D&C section 93:

33. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;

34. And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.

The initial unification of spirit and body is not permanent, but Christ's gift of resurrection will be. But even Christ cannot perform the initial birth. Hence, mothers and Christ are partners in this deliverance of spirits who wanted this joy of obtaining a whole soul. 

If we are unhappy with our healthy bodies, then we are being deceived. Examine Abraham 3:26:

"And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever."

Possession of a temple body means something significant. It means that you kept your first estate, and the result is that you were added upon. Part of that gift was your body, and the enemy will do all in his power to convince you that your body is anything less than a temple.

Finding ourselves in agreement with that enemy gives power to his lie. If the womb is a veil, then agreeing with that lie is an insult to the place where you literally entered the world, and also to its steward.

Your mother may not be perfect, but at the very least she did a couple things right. One being that she constructed your temple body, and the other being that she chose to put her life on the line so that you could experience life in that body. No matter what she may have done after those two things, good or bad, she exercised those powers of creation and deliverance upon you. And now you have a temple of God in your possession.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If The Body is a Temple (Argument 1)

Jesus declares in John Chapter 2 that his body is a temple. Do we come away from that scripture assuming that he meant his body only? No. The common understanding is that Jesus was revealing something of great importance about everyone with that statement.

Mosiah 2, Alma chapters 7 and 34, Helaman 4, and D&C 97 all contain scriptures which refer to sinners as possessing unholy temples. That the term "temple" is still utilized in these instances is significant. The body is a temple, period. And as possessors of temples we each have the ability to defile or ennoble them.

So what is a temple? Many scholars assert that it is "the union of Heaven and earth", a place that is a middle ground between the two. But in light of LDS scriptures and rites, it is clearly more than that. Truman Madsen, in his book The Temple says that it "is the key to our mastery of the earth." He also says that the temple "is the catalyst whereby the self is revealed to the self."

I like those quotes. They speak of the depth that is contained in temple ceremonies. But I think the best way to describe what the temple is, observing LDS temples in particular, is to identify their function. The function of all temples is veil work, meaning that all temples pass individuals through veils.

This is true in the endowment, the washing & anointing, and in the font. We pass through veils in each, and this in turn should inform our understanding of our temple bodies: if the function of the temple is veil work, then it follows that the womb is likely also the veil of a holy temple. If this is true, then it is probably the most important realization that comes from calling the body a temple at all.

Some, including most LDS people, take Christ's notion of the body being a temple and simply assume that it implies simple sacred space. But the LDS understanding of what temples are is not the same as most religions. Modern LDS temples, like the ancient Jewish temples, are places of veil work where initiates pass symbolically from earth to the dwelling place of God. For LDS people to ignore this aspect of temples when applying Christ's statement to the body is naive at best, but it is more likely appalling to the Messiah who implemented these symbols.

Who passes through the womb? Only those authorized to do so. Who is authorized? A woman's husband and children, but only with her permission. This should inform our understanding of sex and birth: both are sacred events and should be treated like ordinances. This is why both are traditionally practiced in the home, which is also understood to be a temple in LDS scripture and parlance. This is why the scriptures reserve the power to create for to those that are in the marriage covenant.

If a temple is the middle ground between heaven and earth, then the veil is the very threshold. So when you see a woman, you should recognize that she is a steward over that threshold. A sentinel. She carries a portal that passes individuals from one world into another. Just like the veil in the temple building. Hence, the term veil worker is appropriate for all girls and women. They are born with their power, and guard that gate their entire lives.

Any understanding of women that does not pay reverence to this revelation by Jesus is, therefore, likely inadequate and insufficient. In 2012 Elder Jeffrey Holland spoke at Harvard about the church, and he stated the following in a Q&A that followed his talk:

"Certainly doctrinally, theologically... I don't mean this to be boastful or overly patronizing in any way of any other religion... but I would put the position of a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints up against the dignity, and worth, and merit, and wonder of a woman anywhere on this planet. And we just need to do better to be able to convey that, and to make sure everybody understands that, including the women within our church... which I don't think we've done well enough yet."

It is my position that the ability to convey the respect that Elder Holland is searching for lies within the grasp of any who take Christ at his word.

If the body is a temple, then the womb is likely a veil. These essays will take this theory and apply it to different aspects of womanhood and how it relates to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.