Activism and the LDS Church

Recent events, especially the movement of “Ordain Women”, has caused me to seriously reflect upon the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and it’s administration.

Let me state a few things before assumptions are made:

  1. I don’t have any fundamental problem with women having the priesthood, in fact it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if someday that revelation was given.
  2. I am well aware of the huge role women play in the church. I have watched all of my leadership efforts absolutely pale in comparison to my counterparts with names like Eva, and Heather, and Mariana.
  3. This post won’t deal with all things “inequality”, but we will get to that in another post.

So what is this post about? What are we talking about here? We are simply talking about activism and the LDS Church.

What do I mean when I say “activism in the church”? It’s really quite simple actually. It is the efforts of groups of members of the church to put pressure on church leadership through the tactics usually employed in the political arenas. Protests, social media campaigns, traditional media campaigns, speeches, petitions, “walk ins”, and other such activities all fit into the definition of activism.

Activism is a powerful tool, it’s been used to do much good in the world. It’s also been used to do much evil in the world, though we don’t usually call it activism in those cases. Activism definitely has it’s appropriate place in the political arenas of states, and man made organizations. But we aren’t talking about the entities of mankind – we are talking about the Church of God. We are talking about the church whose head is Christ. Christ, the Savior of the world, the creator of all things, the very God of heaven and earth.

I expect the first response to this will be: “But the church of Christ is lead by imperfect men, who are not infallible”. This is a good point. But let us talk about what that means. We know that the leaders of the church are imperfect humans, we know that they are allowed mistakes, but we also know that God will not allow them to lead us astray. So where do we draw the line? Do we get to decide when the brethren are just being imperfect, and when they are leading us astray?

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Bathrooms are a case study of courtesy

The  morning after I moved into my first college dorm I got up and walked out of my room and into the community bathroom. Still in a stupor I moved up to the urinal and stepped in something cold. I looked down blinking to clear my eyes and saw my feet sitting in a pool of yellow liquid. Welcome to college. It was the FIRST DAY and there were pools of pee under the urinals, sprayed on the seat and around every toilet and a rather unsavory odor. Don’t get me wrong, up to that point in my life I’m sure I sprayed my fair share of toilets, but I was appalled! It was even worse when I realize that the person cleaning the bathroom was a woman (gratefully, she used a garden house for the floors).

I bought flip flops that day. I also had a dilemma. Those pools of pee were HUGE and I didn’t want to track it all over the bathroom and down the hall. The toilets were better, but not by much. I decided I didn’t want to be part of the PAOT (peeing all over toilets) epidemic.

The Root of the Problem
Have you ever sat down on a toilet only to feel something cold and wet? You hope it’s clean water flung off of someone’s recently washed hands, but that’s really just wishful thinking if you have a boy in the house. That’s right. You just sat in pee, and it wasn’t even yours. If you’re constantly surprised by this, it’s your lucky day, I’m here to offer enlightenment.

How does this happen? Is it carelessness? For urinals yes, but for toilets the problem is standing while you pee. Even if you’re a sharpshooter and hit the center of the toilet bowl there are two problems: little bits of pee that fly off the stream and the splash when it hits the water in the toilet bowl. Not only that, if you get a kink in your hose it’s going to spray all over on accident (don’t lie dude, it’s happened to everyone once or twice).

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