As the title suggests, I will speak about a subject most Latter-day Saints ignore--the exclusion of women in the churches of the restoration. I intend to reveal God's will about this, which should cause many men to condemn and blaspheme the work that begins with the sealed portion, not because of their beliefs in the gospel restored by Joseph Smith Jr, but because of the traditions which were established after his death--more in relation to the precepts of men than properly of the teachings of Jesus Christ and His prophet Joseph Smith Jr.
The dealings Jesus had with the women of his day show that He respected women and that He certainly does not approve of the misconception that men are "superior" to women, this treatment that is so common in the Church of Christ which was formed after His death.
For example, “a woman of Samaria came to draw water,” and “Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink.’” For Jews “conversation with a woman in a public place was particularly scandalous.” Jesus, however, treated women with respect and consideration not gender prejudiced. — John 4:7-9, 25, 26.
Certainly Jesus had in mind the text of the creation of man (human beings) in Genesis 1:26 or 1:29 Inspired Version, when treating women with due respect and equality, where we read — “And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.”
On another occasion Jesus was approached by a woman who for 12 years had been suffering from an embarrassing and debilitating flow of blood. When she touched him, she was instantly healed. “Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: ‘Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.’” (Matthew 9:22) According to the Mosaic Law, a woman in her condition was not supposed to be in a crowd of people, let alone touch others. Yet, Jesus did not berate her. Rather, he compassionately comforted her and addressed her as “daughter.”
After His resurrection, Jesus first appearance was to Mary Magdalene and another of His disciples, whom the Bible refers to as “the other Mary.” Jesus could have appeared first to Peter, John, or one of the other male disciples. Instead, He dignified women by allowing them to be the first eyewitnesses of His resurrection. An angel instructed them to inform Jesus’ male disciples about this astonishing event. Jesus said to the women: “Go, report to my brothers.” (Matthew 28:1, 5-10) Jesus was certainly not affected by the prejudices common to Jews of His day, according to which women could not serve as legal witnesses in the work of God.
“In the ancient Mediterranean or Near East women were not accorded the freedom and, in general, the pattern was one of subordination to men. Male children were more highly esteemed than female, and baby girls were sometimes left to die.”
The Bible was written at a time when customs reflected this attitude. Even so, divine law as expressed in the Bible showed a high regard for women.
An appropriate view of a capable wife is presented by the ancient writer of the Proverbs. Since this beautiful description of the role and the status of a wife was included in the Word of God, we can be sure that He approves of it. Far from being oppressed or being viewed as inferior, such a woman is appreciated, respected, and trusted.
Unlike the culture that oppressed and devalued women in the ancient Mediterranean or Near East, the “capable woman, which filled the office of wives and mothers of the elected nation ” (described in Proverbs chapter 31) is a vigorous and industrious worker. She works hard at what is “the delight of her hands” and engages in trade and even real estate transactions. She sees a field and proceeds to buy it. She makes garments and sells them. She gives belts to the tradesmen. She is vigorous in her strength and activity. Moreover, her words of wisdom and her loving-kindness are greatly appreciated. As a result, she is highly esteemed by her husband, by her sons and, most importantly, by the Lord.
In Ephesians 3:8-19 8 “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ,
10 To the intent that now, unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.
13 Wherefore, I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man,
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height,
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
God created man (the Human Race), the image of which is in both genders that exist in the families of Heaven, as described in Ephesians 3:15 Inspired version.
Genesis 2: 5 Inspired Version — For I, the Lord God, created all things of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth...
Genesis 2: 9 Inspired Version — Nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made, according to my word.
In the scriptures God is not only faith, but above all it is logic (Hebrews 3: 4), it is mathematics (D & C 22:23). God is not ideology, God is factual.
Therefore, it is only possible for man to understand a family organization in heaven, as described in Ephesians 3:15, by the model that was determined by God among the human family on earth, composed of man and woman who make up their own families in the heavens.
The development of the human family brings us the understanding of the feminine position in the family structure and church of Christ, when we read in the bible that man and woman will be one flesh. At this point we begin to observe the logical content, because in 1Corinthians 11:11 which states — neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord.
Having these words does not mean that we claim to have sufficient spiritual maturity to understand God, nor that we equate our imperfect mortal body with His glorified and immortal Being; but we understand the foundations that He revealed concerning the family. And this knowledge is essential to our understanding of the purpose of mortal life and our eternal destiny as resurrected beings after mortal life between the sons and daughters of heavenly Father.
In the days of Joseph Smith Jr., much was delegated to women in Relief Society, but that after their death they were suppressed and annulled by the precepts of men (2 Nephi 11: 146 RLDS or 2 Nephi 27: 25 LDS), although most Saints of the present day understand that the role of women in the days of Joseph was broader and more comprehensive, as I will show in the second part of this article which is to come.
Mauricio Artur Berger,
Prophet, Seer, Revelator, Translator
High Priest of the Holy Order of the Son of God
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