Someone named Katherine posted the following on the What Think Ye? thread:
“The subjects of women and the Priesthood and women and the church are ones I honestly struggle with. My questions are does God love women less than men, does he esteem us less, and are we worth less in the eternities? While my heart says that couldn’t be, I have every earthly and heavenly evidence to the contrary. I beg for your collective wisdom–how can I know that his female children have the same value to him as his male children?”
This statement just about broke my heart. This is why I keep posting on gender issues, even though some of you are sick of it and others note, correctly, that the comments often become contentious.
Let me share with you how I know that God loves His daughters as much as His sons:
(1) I, too, used to struggle with the issue of women and the priesthood. I don’t anymore. My resolution came through the Temple. In a general sense, not appropriate to discuss outside of the Temple, I found ideas in the endowment that helped me see things a different way. (If anyone attempts to discuss this here, I will delete their comments.) More specifically, I prayed very directly in the celestial room and received my answer. I would encourage you to do the same.
(2) Study the mortal ministry of Jesus. Mark (just don’t use pink ;)) all of his interactions with women. You will find that, in all cases, he treated women as worthy of the utmost respect . But he never put them on pedestals, either. He just took them seriously.
(3) A statement that I like:
“Our sisters do not wish to be indulged or to be treated condescendingly; they desire to be respected and revered as our sisters and our equals. I mention all these things, my brethren, not because the doctrines or the teachings of the Church regarding women are in any doubt, but because in some situations our behavior is of doubtful quality.” –President Kimball
Don’t let behavior of doubtful quality on the part of other Church members become confused with doctrine. People (not just men) say and teach and think some really foolish things about women. But that doesn’t make it doctrine.
Thank you, Katherine, for asking this question. I hope you can find the answer as I did.