This article would be enhanced with references to Pres. Nelson's extraordinary talk to the women in Oct General Conference. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/36nelson?lang=eng
As a mother of nine children, I have always interpretted Jesus saying to his disciples who didn't want him to be bothered with children, "Let the children come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God," to be a gentle remider to us to invite children to come into our homes throughout our reproductive years. But I hadn't thought of labor/delivery as another symbol of the atonement. I am so grateful for this idea,new to me!
Wonderful Article! I especially loved when you compared the Atonement to giving birth. The greatest sacrifice that women make is giving birth, and it can helps us understand HIM better. The pain we endure in order to bring something greater into being.
Wendy, I could just hear your voice as I read this! It was sweet and comforting. I love what you had to say about women being authorized to perform and officiate in the highest of priesthood ordinances: temple ordinances. That is the best. That is what is the most important thing in this world.
I love how the author tied giving birth to the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have understood this before, but she expressed it beautifully. It is an honor to be a woman and represent Christ in this way.
Wonderful insights into a question that many women in the Church struggle with. Paul wrote that only when men and women are together are they "in the Lord". It seems to imply that the priesthood is completely effectual when both sexes are focused on and working toward the same thing. Men and women have been deliberately pitted against each other by the adversary since the beginning precisely to stop the power that comes from a true understanding of just how strong we are together.
Wow! Just Wow! Wendy I have always grown up with the calm assurance that I did not need the priesthood because I have motherhood. Now I understand I was mostly correct. I now understand that I not only have priesthood power but that Motherhood and the priesthood are inseparably connected already! I love your poignant connection of childbirth and Christ’s Atonement! Although it brings great agony, I’ve always felt giving birth was THE MOST spiritual experience of my life.
Thank you for an excellent article. One of my favorite priesthood leaders was Sister Smith. She was the primary president and I was the primary chorister. This woman of God took time out of her schedule to meet me at the park, pray with me, watch a video put out by the church on being the chorister (that I had no idea existed) and give me direction and guidance for my calling. She had the priesthood authority and the power, and I followed her lead due to her closeness to the Spirit.
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