LDS Church Responds to Ordain Women Demonstartors on Temple Square

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This weekend, 5 and 6 April 2014, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) from all over the world are gathering to hear inspired messages and to receive instruction from Church leaders during the 184th Annual General Conference which is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On Saturday evening, 5 April 2014, a group of advocates for the group collectively known as Ordain Woman (OW) – a group that strongly believes that women should be ordained to the Priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – marched to Temple Square in an effort to champion their cause and to demand that women be allowed to attend the Priesthood Session. It should be noted that this same group was denied admittance to the Priesthood Session in October 2013 at which time the media became involved. In response to the October 2013 incident, Church officials announced earlier in the week that news media were not allowed on Temple Square during the proceedings of the two-day conference. In a released statement they said,

We found the interaction between protestors and news media to be disruptive to the sacred atmosphere of Temple Square and do not wish to play host to similar circumstances again. [1]

As for the demonstration which occurred on Saturday evening, Church officials have responded that they were disappointed by the group’s actions. Cody Craynor, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ, issued the following response about the actions of the supporters of OW who took their advocacy efforts to Temple Square which is private property owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Despite polite and respectful requests from Church leaders not to make Temple Square a place of protest, a mixed group of men and women ignored that request and staged a demonstration outside the Tabernacle on General Conference weekend, refusing to accept ushers’ directions and refusing to leave when asked. While not all the protesters were members of the Church, such divisive actions are not the kind of behavior that is expected from Latter-day Saints and will be as disappointing to our members as it is to Church leaders. [1]

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was the first speaker at the Priesthood Session and delivered a powerful and straightforward message on the Priesthood. Although he was addressing the male members in attendance, his remarks were intended for both male and female members of the Church on the keys and authority of the Priesthood.

As a devoted and faithful member of the Priesthood, my thoughts on this matter are as follows:

We must not allow the actions and behaviors of the minority to dictate the voices of the real majority, especially when that majority opposes the actions and behaviors of said minority. There may be times when the desires of the few far outweigh the desires of the many, however, this is a clear case where the faithfulness and obedience of the many, far outweigh the unrighteous desires of the few. Even so, the majority holds no malice or discontent towards the minority, but rather it extends its love and deep concerns for the minority with sincere prayers that said minority will re-examine its agenda and return its focus upon those things which matter most, thus reuniting itself harmoniously with the majority. ~ Keith Lionel Brown

You can watch the entire Priesthood Session of the 184th Annual General Conference by watching the video below.

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