Friday, October 11, 2019

From The Exponent: The Silent Pain of Mormon Women

If you read nothing else about Mormon women for the rest of your life, you should read and meditate on this recent post on The Exponent.

Therein you will observe the raw wound of LDS womanhood. In my opinion, this is the spiritual cost of i) Brigham Young's original shutdown of The Relief Society (so as to silence Emma), and then ii) the ultimate wresting of control of this auxiliary away from women completely by Harold B. Lee when he implemented the Correlation Program (while David O. McKay was slipping into convalescence) to rewrite the Church in anticipation of his own presidency.

Joseph Smith set up the Relief Society to be a quorum of priests "as in Enoch's day." Do you know what that means? It means that the intent of the group was to make contact with, and then walk and talk with beings from Heaven. The end goal of such a quorum would be the reception of the City of Enoch described in Moses 7:

"63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;"

Compare that scripture with what the writer describes as what LDS women currently aspire to:

"If we make it to where we are supposedly equals in the afterlife, Almighty and Omnipotent with our husbands, we are then hidden. Virtually erased. Our posterity doesn’t really know who we are, or even how many of us there are. They aren’t allowed to worship or pray to us; we may not be able to speak to them. No doctrine, no scripture. Just silence and speculation."

Even the joy of communing with God and heaven is left bereft by the current LDS “understanding” of Mormon cosmology. For LDS women, this state of anonymity that is projected onto Heavenly Mother has been made into an expectation of their future feminine godhood.

What a travesty this is. This does not sound at all like Enoch’s understanding of Heaven, but It does sound like the type of perverse understanding of gods that would result from a people essentially choosing to abandon the goal of establishing Zion. It does sound like the understanding of gods that would come from a people who look to their leaders to prophesy, see, and reveal for them.  It does sound like the understanding of godly things that would come from a people who had abandoned the Restoration.

When a hierarchy of churchmen cannot tell you anything more about our Heavenly Mother then was revealed before 1844, then they are not prophets. They see and reveal nothing because they are not in contact with God.

The final line of her post is damning:

“If only men would hear our cries.”

God hears these cries. The scriptures consistently remind us of this. They also remind us that His tolerance has a limit before he acts. But we should remember that She could act before he does.