Reverencing Womanhood – Some Doctrinal Points

I published this post many years ago but thought I would repost in honor of Mothers’ Day. Happy Mothers’ Day everyone!

(To Jill, Mom, Mom (Carma) and the women/girls “who can tell me what to do.”)

One of the most touching stories in scripture is the exchange between the resurrected Lord and Mary Magdalene. Jesus’ tomb was empty and Mary, confused and alone, is standing outside the “sepulchre weeping.”[1] Someone nearby, she supposed was the gardener, asks “Woman, why weepest thou?”[2]

It is important to note the word “’woman’ was a term of high respect in the days of Jesus.”[3] In fact, I had a New Testament Professor in college say that “woman” was a title reserved for queens and used with the utmost reverence.

As Jesus calls her by name, she recognizes the voice and tenderly answers “Rabboni.” The term meaning master was also used with reverence and respect. The romantic in me sees Mary approaching Jesus to embrace him when he says, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”[4] Read more of this post

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Repentance = Seeking God’s Mercy

first aidIt didn’t take long before I heard the groans of my students as I displayed, in bold, big letters, the word, “repent”. They were then asked to list other words that came to mind. Sin, embarrassment, bishop, confess, pain, mistake, unworthy, discouragement, hell, hopelessness were among the words most listed. There were a few who listed Atonement, Christ, joy, and change, but the overwhelmingly, most-picked words were negative and their comments certainly reflected that my students believed repenting was no fun. Read more of this post

“Am I really worthy to enter His house?”

Photo: Rachel Bishop

Like many who have the priesthood, I’ve had the responsibility to interview members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to determine worthiness to enter what we refer to as “the House of the Lord” or Temples.

It is a brief interview with a series of questions inquiring about strength of beliefs and faith, honesty, support of leaders, adherence to laws and commandments among other questions.  It represents the bare minimum of faithfulness one needs to enter the temple and participate in sacred ceremonies. (To find out more about temples, how they are different from standard chapels, who can enter, and other info, click here.) Read more of this post

Reverencing Womanhood – Some Doctrinal Points

“Jesus Appears to Mary” by Gregg Olsen

(To Jill, Mom, Mom (Carma) and the women/girls “who can tell me what to do.”)

One of the most touching stories in scripture is the exchange between the resurrected Lord and Mary Magdalene. Jesus’ tomb was empty and Mary, confused and alone, is standing outside the “sepulchre weeping.”[1] Someone nearby, she supposed was the gardener, asks “Woman, why weepest thou?”[2]

Read more of this post

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