We saw a lot of feminist changes in the year 2014 in the LDS church, big and small. We saw women of color praying for the first time in a General LDS Meeting, CES policy changes of women with children at home being able to teach as a full-time paid employee, and many more. As a moderate Mormon Feminist, I advocate for small changes that help expand the understanding of the role of women in God’s plan. Earlier this month on twitter I put together a list of wishes of my own, big and small. Here are submissions to #MormonFeministWishlist2015:
- Women may serve as witnesses in and out of the temple
- Women can serve in Sunday School Presidencies
- More stories of women from the scriptures shared during our meetings without putting them on a pedestal (e.g. claims that they are more humble, submissive, spiritual, etc. than men)
- More depictions of biblical characters as not just white Europeans
- I never hear another LDS man or woman say “I don’t respect women who don’t respect themselves by covering up” and instead we respect all humans regardless of what they wear because they are children of God
- LDS youth will learn principles of positive body image in modesty lessons (hopefully from Beauty Redefined, which I hear is starting to have stake-wide firesides in Utah Valley)
- We begin celebrating all the ways fathers nurture children; #ItWasDad campaign, anyone?
- More 8-11 year old girls get to participate in pinewood derbies than ever before
- A new policy that allows women to hold their babies for their blessing
- No more Mormon LGBTQ suicides. No more homeless Mormon LGBTQ youth
- Change the name of priesthood session during conference to “Men’s Session”
- Mothers of children younger than 18 can be temple workers, just like fathers of those same children can
- My daughter’s activity day leaders will skip modesty shaming and have career exploration day
- Be grateful for baby steps and bear my Christ-based testimony more often
- A woman of color praying in a general session of LDS conference
- Wearing pants to church isn’t seen as a protest or statement, but just a valid choice for Sunday best
- When possible, replace “Heavenly Father” with “Heavenly Parents”
- The LDS church curriculum department produces a “Teachings of Eliza R. Snow” for 2016
- When teaching the law of chastity, we cover consent – what it is and isn’t, and help a lot of people avoid a visit to the bishop’s office this year
- Never give up hope; be grateful and long suffering
I’m trying to remember to be grateful for every baby step change, and remember that the core of what I want is to improve Zion with a heart full of love. Which I’ll add as the most hopeful item on my wishlist for 2015:
- That members of all stripes and persuasions can become more understanding and empathetic towards each other, and find a way to become more like Zion.
Change has got to start somewhere, right? Do you have any Mormon Feminist Wishes for 2015?