Some people may have seen a recent brew-ha-ha over LDS women wearing pants to church this past Sunday. I read a little bit about it on the Facebook and frankly -- I just didn't get it.
I guess I really think that if you feel unequal, it's up to YOU to make yourself feel equal.
I've had a few non-LDS friends ask me how I feel about my role as a woman in our church. I confess that we pretty well run the church. We are present in every facet. I realize we can't give blessings or be the prophet, but there is plenty on my plate without those two items. Men and women are naturally different, and the priesthood is for men. End of story. Women have plenty that are just for us -- bras, pantie liners, douching, umm... need I go on?
I also saw someone post that it hurts when they don't see women giving prayers in General Conference. I'm all for anyone who will give a short prayer. Do we have anyone that fits that bill? Can I somehow protest long prayers? That's something I could get behind.
Frankly, I'm so busy on Sundays with 4 year olds (my calling is to teach the 4 year olds in primary) and my own brigade of 3 that I didn't even think to see if anyone was wearing pants. Truth be told, I don't care. We have plenty of women who wear pants. Whether it's for their comfort or a personal stand I don't care. I'm glad they're there. I hope they got more out of church then I did.
I also think that most of this happened in Utah where I don't live. Maybe I just don't get it after being in the "mission field." Maybe that's because I realize the enormity of the church a little more. I know what it's like to be a YW leader where 2/3 of your young women don't even know they belong to the church -- little loan being active. If they showed up in pants, and a black hoodie I'd still give them a hug and tell them I am so happy to see them.
Just like Jesus would.
The beauty of Jesus is that he can make you feel great about whatever you're not feeling so great about. He can make the difference that wearing pants to Sacrament meeting can't. I have a strong yerning to wear sweat pants every week to primary, so if there's something I am missing in this thing, please clue me in.
And I'll say it again. If you feel unequal. It's time for you to step it up. Come to the ward party early and help set up. Call someone you didn't see at church. You don't need a calling to be amazing. And THAT my friends, IS doctrine.
**After a couple re-reads I am thinking this blog may sound a little insensitive to whatever lead people to start this protest. I, honestly, don't get it. I've tried. I hope that if this was important to you, you got whatever you were looking for. Men are that they might have joy. Women too.