Dear Mormon Man, tell me what you would do.
Amy McPhie Allebest

I personally think that this story is absolutely appalling. None of this ever happened in any of my wards growing up and I lived in 3 vastly different communities with three different wards. In my young women’s class all 7 years. (I have a fall birthday and was called to be laurel president at the beginning of my senior year) we discussed several doctrines in depth letting the spirit guide our lessons in all but one which was the lesson on chastity every year and a standards night where we learned that it doesn’t matter what anyone but you or God thinks. So you shouldn’t dress to impress. You should dress to represent.

All of the women in my ward are well respected and everyone treats the other members in our ward and even non member neighbors with love and respect.

Some of the stories about the early history of the church are absolutely not true. And the talk about the temple is so incredibly disrespectful.

I may be young but I’m not blind to what goes on around me. I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have a loving respectful ward like mine but you can’t judge everyone a cross the board.

Outdoor hiking activities has never been restricted for the young women of the church. I’ve done several outdoor mutual activities outside of girls camp.

There are so many things that are wrong with this written piece I don’t even think I can cover it all. I’m sure that you may be confused but if you ask and really study I’m sure you will find the answers without denouncing your fellowship with the church. I know I have. In my experience women are the quiet leaders of the church and of the world because behind every great man there is a GREAT WOMAN. If you don’t believe me just look at the life of Marjorie Pay Hinckley. Or the way Dieter F Uchdorf manages to get something about his sweet wife Harriet into every single one of his talks. Or even the undeniable look of love, respect and reverence Elder Bednar has when he looks at his wife in the face to face event they had with the youth recently.

Any man who tries to use the priesthood to have dominion is not properly using it and therefore can not rightfully have access to it’s power regardless of whether or not he holds the keys. As it has always been said, this is a perfect church but it does not have perfect people.

I hope this helps you to understand where you might be wrong on some points, and certainly to understand that not all stakes and wards are like that. We can definitely receive answers to our questions by going to the direct source which is our loving and all knowing Heavenly Father who is always willing to answer our questions. The key is to accept the answer given which may not always be the one we want.

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