"...Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" --Alma 37:6

Friday, November 18, 2016

Anything You Can Do....

"Equality is all too often used to mean "identity"; that is, that two equal things must be identical to each other. Such usage represents a fallen and harmful understanding of equality."
~Valerie M. Hudson, Richard B. Miller~

In today's society, it feels as though every interaction between men and women is like this song. It's seems to always be us fighting to prove who's better and that men and women can do all of the same things. 

I started this post with a quote that explains that the traditional definition of equality is inaccurate. Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve said, 

"The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father's children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole."

So with that in mind, consider this: One gender does not have greater eternal possibility than the other. "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." 

No gender is above another and gender is an essential characteristic of who we are, our divine and eternal identity. Nobody was born the wrong gender, or born with the wrong identity. You are you, which is who you were before this life and after this life, you will still be you.

A great deal of feminists and others hoping to use biblical references to prove male domination in history, use Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis as proof of male domination enforced in organized religion. If that is what they think, they couldn't be more wrong. Elder Earl C. Tingey of the Seventy stated, 

"You must not misunderstand what the Lord meant when Adam was told he was to have a helpmeet. A helpmeet is a companion suited to or equal to us. We walk side by side with a helpmeet, not one before or behind the other. A helpmeet results in an absolute equal partnership between a husband and a wife. Eve was to be equal to Adam as a husband and wife are to be equal to each other."

What is meant by "helpmeet" in the biblical story of Adam and Eve is that a man and wife worked together to raise and protect their family. They bring their unique and individual characteristics and abilities together to complement each other. The definition of the term 'complement' is, "a thing that completes or brings to perfection". 

Elder L. Tom Perry stated, "There is not a president or a vice president in a family. We have co-presidents working together eternally for the good of their family. In other words, they are on equal footing. They plan and organize the affairs of the family jointly and unanimously as they move forward."

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