LDS Church First Presidency issues statement on priesthood, questions and apostasy

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SALT LAKE CITY,  Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Saturday from the church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that discusses priesthood, questions of faith and apostasy.

The statement comes a short time after a co-founder of the organization Ordain Women, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated by an LDS Church disciplinary council for apostasy.

The statement from the LDS Church reads:

“In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, the blessings of His priesthood are equally available to men and women. Only men are ordained to serve in priesthood offices. All service in the Church has equal merit in the eyes of God. We express profound gratitude for the millions of Latter-day Saint women and men who willingly and effectively serve God and His children. Because of their faith and service, they have discovered that the Church is a place of spiritual nourishment and growth.

We understand that from time to time Church members will have questions about Church doctrine, history, or practice. Members are always free to ask such questions and earnestly seek greater understanding. We feel special concern, however, for members who distance themselves from Church doctrine or practice and, by advocacy, encourage others to follow them.

Simply asking questions has never constituted apostasy. Apostasy is repeatedly acting in clear, open, and deliberate public opposition to the Church or its faithful leaders, or persisting, after receiving counsel, in teaching false doctrine.”

The statement was given by “The Council of The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”

In response to the statement from the LDS Church, Kimberly Baptista, public relations director for Ordain Women, sent a statement.

“We sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and pray that they will continue to respond directly to the needs and desires of Church members and take their concerns and questions to God. They have released a statement that describes current church policy on priesthood, as follows: ‘Only men are ordained to serve in priesthood offices.’ There is no mention of why women cannot be ordained or that they will not be in the future.

“Further, the statement is an improvement in transparency for the Church, as it publicly discloses the official definition of apostasy from Church Handbook of Instructions Volume 1, a volume of church policy that is restricted from all but nine female church members. We affirm that we are not acting in opposition to the prophet or the Church, have not taught false doctrine, and do not meet any definition of apostasy.”

Kate Kelly spoke with FOX 13 News after reading the statement, see the video below for her comments. She previously said she intends to appeal the decision.

19 comments

  • Chubby Kid From South Park

    Nice troll, Fox13.

    And here comes Trish’s hate speech, in five….four…..three…..two…..one…..

  • TJ

    If you are going to talk about G-d ordaining men into the priesthood then no Mormon man or woman can hold the priesthood of G-d unless they are a Kohen “which are the decendants of Aaron and his sons” who were the first ordained priests of G-d. From what I understand all Mormons claim to be decendants of Joseph.

  • paulemay

    First of all, you need to learn the difference between there and their. Second of all, which of the 50+ versions of the Bible would you like them to read??

  • john zimmerman

    Ordain women: “We affirm that we are not acting in opposition to the prophet or the Church [Kelly was excommunicated for acting in opposition to the church], have not taught false doctrine [women should be ordained to the priesthood], and do not meet any definition of apostasy.” [liar, liar, dresses on fire]

  • Bill Beveridge

    When people are against the LDS church, why is important to them to take the name of The Lord in vain? If you don’t even care about the 10 commandments, why would you even care about what any religion does? Your own soul doesn’t matter to you, obviously.

  • Kat manDo

    I see a revelation is the future. When blacks threatened to sue the church for discrimination we seen the light and had a revelation. Of course the women will not stand up because you will kick them out for having a voice against the spoken word of the MEN of the church

  • Shem Seger

    They “affirm” that they are not acting in opposition to the prophet or the Church, have not taught false doctrine, and do not meet any definition of apostasy. Yet, they have been told repeatedly by the Church that they are indeed doing so, Kate Kelly was excommunicated for that specific reason. If they truly, “sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles” as they declare, then they should listen the counsel they have been given, which they refuse to do. Their actions declare that they think they are right, and the brethren they supposedly sustain are wrong. Hypocrites.

  • Chubby Kid From South Park

    If you don’t believe the basic doctrines of a religion then why would you belong to it? Or hassle people who DO believe?

    Is “minding your own business” a lost art?

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