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Women and the Priesthood in the Contemporary Church

TitleWomen and the Priesthood in the Contemporary Church
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsGardner, Barbara Morgan
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsChurch Organization; Patriarchal Priesthood; Priesthood Organization; Priesthood Power; Women

During the last century there has been a prophetic emphasis on the understanding of women and their priesthood power and authority that has been unprecedented since the days of Joseph Smith. Through the use of scripture and teachings of our prophets and leaders of the restoration, this paper seeks to clarify the contemporary role of women in relation to their priesthood power and authority. By integrating the patriarchal priesthood—that priesthood entered into by Eve and Adam, lost during the time of Moses, and again revealed in our day in the Kirtland Temple—with the administrative priesthood found in the public Church and spoken of more traditionally, we can better understand the privileges, powers, and authorities associated with the temple that are critical for our day.