It is common for those sympathetic to the cause of OW, to site the removal of the priesthood ban as an example of the church changing its practices as a result of continuing revelation. It was while pondering this, that I decided to review Official Declaration 2 (OD2). In doing so, I felt that the actual text of OD2 is in fact damaging to their cause. OD2 is a fairly recent revelation regarding access to the priesthood, and is perhaps the most clear revelation that states that it is males who are to be ordained to the priesthood. Here are a couple of highlights (emphasis mine):
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I should probably acknowledge up front that I am nowhere near an expert on Book of Mormon geography, although that will be pretty obvious from the start. My interest in a North American setting for the Book of Mormon (and specifically a Great Lakes / Northeastern United States) has been kindled by my move to Ohio. There are a lot of native American Indian mounds in the area, apparently built by a group of Hopewell Indians, at about the same time frame as the story of the Nephites. Many local members are convinced of a Great Lakes setting for the Book of Mormon, and they have encouraged us to visit some of the mound sites around the area.
Once upon a time I used to write blog posts. And many of them were on the topic of being children of God in a literal (complete) sense. And I once wrote a paper that I presented at an SMPT conference on the implications of taking this belief literally. The recently added gospel topic at lds.org reinforces all of that.
Recent events have caused me to evaluate how I feel about certain current issues and how I would feel if these issues were to result in changes in the doctrine or practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The issues include ordaining women to the priesthood, and same-sex marriage.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
There has been a ton of discussion and debate on the topic of ordaining women to the priesthood within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With my inactivity in the bloggernacle I would normally not add anything to this debate, yet in almost all of the discussions I have observed, there has been little to no attention paid to what I would consider the money scripture on the subject – D&C Section 107, and this has confused me enough to speak up.
I saw a couple of facebook links from a sister of mine to some dude with a blog that had posted 40 questions for Christians. This obviously meant something to her, so I wanted to respond at some level. This particular list is not as impressive as it may sound. There are really about 5 questions that are asked in different ways. These questions seem to be more focused on main-stream Christianity. And in my highly biased opinion, Mormonism provides better answers.
So, I know this is long (although my answers are very brief), but it is something that can be easily skimmed through. I hope some of these simple answers are meaningful to someone. – especially the sister.