There is so much misinformation about excommunication in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I read today that Kate Kelly, the organizer of Ordain Women, has been excommunicated for apostasy. It is important to note that we will only hear her side of what happened. Such excommunication proceedings are confidential, and since she didn’t attend her own excommunication, she cannot even comment on what was said in the proceedings.
It’s a sad chapter in this story. To me, the sadness is she doesn’t understand the church or the priesthood, and she chose to continue in her fallacies rather than learn and grow.
Someone who truly believes in what the church teaches realizes that the priesthood is not controlled by man. It is controlled by revelation. I have no doubt whatsoever, that the brethren have prayed about the matter, and the teachings we’ve received in Conference reflect the will of God.
Someone who truly believes would take their petition to God, in prayer, and not lead a campaign in the media and through picket lines. God doesn’t work that way. A good example would be God’s dealings with Sodom and Gomorrah. Look how many times Abraham petitioned the Lord to save those cities. Or, look at what happened when Joseph Smith kept going to the Lord about the 116 pages.
The logical part of my mind says Kate Kelly would, if she truly believed in what the church teaches, repent. To quote from their own web site:
Debra Jenson of Ordain Women said, “We are deeply saddened by this news. As Mormons we recognize the gravity of this action. We follow the directive of Mosiah 18:9 and will mourn with our sister as she mourns. We regret that there is no way to predict how local leaders will react to conversations about gender inequality in the Church—-many have been supportive in these discussions, others have not. Ordain Women will continue.”
(Color added for emphasis.)
One would think a penitent attitude would be to teardown the web site and disband the movement.
It’s not that Kelly believes that women should hold the priesthood. Albeit a misunderstanding of the priesthood and womanhood in the church, it is how she has gone about her movement.
The irony of the whole thing is quite simply this…. If someone believes the church should change in this regard, that very church would cease to be the same church as we know it. They are talking about a doctrinal, not administrative, change. The leadership of the church does not have the ability to change doctrine.
Anyone in doubt should go read the talks of the last General Conference of the church. (It can be found at lds.org.)
I don’t know what type of person Kate Kelly is in real life. She may be an absolutely delightful person. There are indications from some of the things that have been posted on Ordain Women’s web site that she’s not an active member of the church. (By that, I mean she doesn’t attend regularly.) Again, I don’t know, but her comment to her bishop where she says her bishop doesn’t know her leads me to believe she didn’t attend much. But, my conclusion may be wrong.
That said, I do not sympathize with her movement. Those involved appear to have a gross misunderstanding of how the church operates and the roll of the priesthood. I will admit that there are some individuals in the church who are on the other end of the stick who don’t understand how women should be treated (in or out of the church), but that is totally separate (and opposite) of church teachings and doctrine.
I managed to get my 4 images off to the Master Artist part of IPC. I’ve decided, starting now, the entire year will be spent in preparation for next year’s IPC.
It is also good to know that others are very dissatisfied with how the Northeast competition was judged. And, from some of my critiques, it sounds like some of the judges are imposing their own agenda on images. I’m hoping IPC will prove me right on this. If it does, I’m registering a complaint with PPA.
When it comes to technology, some people… trying to say this nicely… are so ignorant. Based on their assumptions, DiVinci was a bad artist because he didn’t use a Mac, and Ansel Adams was a bad photographer because he wasn’t using a Nikon D800 or a Canon 5D Mk III. (Of course, neither of those existed when they were alive, but I want to make the point obvious.)
It doesn’t matter!
Someone asked me, “Don’t you want to use the best tools at your disposal?”
Well, if I could afford them. But, those tools only offer more options, and those options are not necessarily (a) going to be used and (b) going to affect the quality of the final product.
Aye, yi, yi.
So, the next time some one asks me if I’m Mac or PC, Canon or Nikon, the answer will be to show them an image and say, “Neither. I’m an artist.”