Some version of this question, or a declarative answer – affirmative or negative – comes up in the comment thread of just about every discussion of OW. No question could be more irrelevant to the issue of Latter-day Saint women and the priesthood.
One of the first scripture verses I memorized, as long ago as when I was an eight-year-old Gaynote in Primary, earning a jewel for my bandlo, was Hebrews 5:4: “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” This concept is foundational to my understanding of the gospel. Then, and now, it had nothing to do with any distinction between male and female, and everything to do with the distinction between the Restored Gospel and every other manifestation of Christianity: God had called Joseph Smith; Joseph Smith had received his authority under the direct ordination of priesthood bearers who held that authority in ancient days; he could not have summoned that ordination through his own desires or demands or his convictions or his own reading of the Bible, but only because God decreed it and sent his messengers.
If the Lord were to decree that women were to be ordained to his priesthood to act as men so called now act, I suppose that many, perhaps most, Latter-day Saint women would receive the call gladly as we now do other divine assignments. Until and unless that were to happen, “wanting” it (or not) is irrelevant – more akin to covetousness than preparation or willingness to serve. Announcing that you’ve fasted and prayed and received Answer X, and are now praying that the Brethren will now receive the same answer, is more akin to the disorder and willy-nilly claims to have received revelation in the days of Kirtland than the order that has always marked God’s direction of his Church.
I acknowledge that there is a problem with the expression of women’s roles in the Church today. I long to be of more formal service, more complete involvement and commitment than teaching Sunday School for 40 minutes every other week, service that is true service and not the fallback of “bake cookies for neighborhood children” that seems to be the creative limit for advice given to women without families, or the trite “you should move to our small ward – we’d keep you busy!” that is as annoying as it is impractical.
But demanding priesthood ordination – and I can’t construe the imperative “ordain women” as anything but a demand – when the Lord has not offered it is not the answer.