Women and the Priesthood

In 1914, James E. Talmage wrote about women’s relationship to the priesthood in The Woman’s Journal:

Woman prayingIn the restored Church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Priesthood is conferred, as an individual bestowal, upon men only, and this in accordance with Divine requirement. It is not given to woman to exercise the authority of the Priesthood independently; nevertheless, in the sacred endowments associated with the ordinances pertaining to the House of the Lord, woman shares with man the blessings of the Priesthood. When the frailities and imperfections of mortality are left behind, in the glorified state of the blessed hereafter, husband and wife will administer in their respective stations, seeing and understanding alike, and co-operating to the full in the government of their family kingdom. Then shall woman be recompensed in rich measure for all the injustice that womanhood has endured in mortality. Then shall woman reign by Divine right, a queen in the resplendent realm of her glorified state, even as exalted man shall stand, priest and king unto the Most High God. Mortal eye cannot see nor mind comprehend the beauty, glory, and majesty of a righteous woman made perfect in the celestial kingdom of God.1


  1. Young Woman’s Journal. Salt Lake City: Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 25 October 1914. 600-604.

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  1. graceforgrace’s avatar

    So is Talmage saying that it is injustice that women can’t fully co-operate with their husbands now and that in another life they’ll be blessed to do so? If that is what he is saying, why can’t they just make it work now where husband and wife can truly co-operate such as giving blessings to their children?

    (we’re having a pretty lively discussion on this topic over at graceforgrace.com, so if you have any input there, it would be welcome)

  2. Greg McMurdie’s avatar

    I left a response on your blog last week but don’t see it posted.

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