Which is larger?
The set of all whole numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4 …?
Or the set of all whole even numbers: 2, 4, 6, 8… ?
They’re the same. Each set is infinite. One is not twice as infinite as the other.
That may be counter-intuitive, but it’s true. Only an immature and limited human perspective protests, seeing the gaps in one sequence and insisting that the other sequence is fuller, larger, more complete, more perfect, more privileged.
I am a Mormon woman. I have gifts given to me by my Maker. I seek to magnify those gifts and to serve in the temporal Kingdom of God and to take a place some day in the eternal Kingdom of God.
I do not hold the Priesthood – I do not administer the ordinances of the Gospel, nor will I ever serve as a bishop or a priest or an apostle.
I am not a mother, literally nor in any meaningful metaphorical sense – I love children, and care for the aged, and try to serve those in between, but they are not my children and I am not their mother and no attempt to wrench the meaning of the word mother will ever change that.
Which set of gifts – mine, or a priest’s, or a mother’s – is largest?
They’re the same. Each set is infinite. One is not more infinite than another.
That may be counter-intuitive, misunderstood by the gentile world, and even protested by some Mormon women and men, but it’s true. Only an immature and limited human perspective sees gaps in the set of my gifts and insists that another is fuller, larger, more complete, more perfect, more privileged.
[I know this is a weird post, and I’ll try to have something more interesting up a little later this morning. This is simply a response to someone else’s trivialization of Mormon women’s gifts and service that I didn’t care to post as a comment on another blog.]