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The Counterpart of the Priesthood.

Postby ~Zesdy~ » Fri 08 May, 2009 01:57 pm

Having watched "Yentl" last night and the current discussion in the AI thread I was reminded of something that irks me at church.

This is what is usually said:

"The opposite of motherhood is the priesthood."

Excuse me, the opposite of motherhood is the priesthood? Actually the counterpart of motherhood is fatherhood. And the counterpart of the priesthood would be priestesshood. Why is the above quoted statement said? And do they really think it is OK (with women)? And, if so, where in the scriptures is it written?

Now please allow me to be clear. I'm not asking to have the priesthood. Honestly I don't want the responsibility. But I can't help but be bothered by the logic... and on some level it is insulting to women... and to men.

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Postby robcan2 » Fri 08 May, 2009 02:02 pm

I've never heard that statement before. If people are saying it, I would assume that they probably really mean that motherhood is equivalent to the priesthood, or something like that. It always amuses me how some people find that it is so important to make those kinds of statements so that the women won't feel bad or left out about not having the priesthood. Often they end up saying something silly that either doesn't make sense, or just makes it seem worse than it is.

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Postby robcan2 » Fri 08 May, 2009 02:05 pm

Also, I would probably say that the opposite of priesthood is priestcraft.

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Postby ~Zesdy~ » Fri 08 May, 2009 02:07 pm

That's why I like counterpart. :)

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Postby Momma Snider » Fri 08 May, 2009 05:22 pm

I've never heard that either, Zesdy. Opposite? Really? Has the ward strayed that far since we left last June?

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Postby ~Zesdy~ » Fri 08 May, 2009 05:42 pm

I've heard it a few times. I never had the nerve to question them though. They were probably circumstances of not using correct wording. At least I hope so.

So, no, the church hasn't strayed. This has been something I have heard occassionally throughout my lifetime. There was one time it came out of the mouth of a missionary, from when I was young. There was another time, just recently, it was said by a home teacher, who was a former Bishopric member.

I do miss seeing you in church, though.

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Postby Momma Snider » Fri 08 May, 2009 06:16 pm

I miss the ward, too. I guess we're going to both wards this week, so maybe I'll see you.

It sounds like whoever used the word "opposite" just messed up their words.

Even if they meant to say "counterpart," though, I see your point that it's not quite accurate. I think the real comparison is that they're equal in importance.

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Postby WiseNLucky » Sat 09 May, 2009 06:51 am

Momma Snider wrote:I think the real comparison is that they're equal in importance.


I don't think they are equal at all - I think motherhood (fatherhood too) is far more important. What's the saying about "no other success . . . "

I like the priestesses title, though.
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Postby InOregon » Sat 09 May, 2009 04:35 pm

Not on the subject, but sort of:

I'm the Gospel Doctrine Teacher in my ward and a while ago, the lesson was on the Restoration of the Priesthood. I have a few people in my class that like to ask questions like "Why don't women have the priesthood?" so I called my sister to talk it over and rather than discuss it like intelligent adults, this is the list we came up with:

10. The pulpit would have to be enlarged to hold the tablecloth, statue and picture on an easel.

9. There would be more contention in marriages over who got to bless the baby or perform baptisms. "But you did it LAST time!"

8. Plastic canvas covers on all hymnbooks.

7. All men would work in Primary.

6. Mandatory handouts with all lessons.

5. Janice Kapp Perry would rewrite the hymnbook.

4. Three words: Good News Minute

3. Meetings would last three times as long.

2. Throw pillows on all the pews.

1. New fourth hour of church, devoted entirely to CRAFTS!
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Postby Momma Snider » Sat 09 May, 2009 06:35 pm

Those are classic!

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Postby WiseNLucky » Sun 10 May, 2009 06:24 am

Those are great!
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Re: The Counterpart of the Priesthood.

Postby ImAdhis » Tue 12 May, 2009 09:38 am

~Zesdy~ wrote:"The opposite of motherhood is the priesthood."

For some reason, that line brings Oswald Bates to mind.
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