A whole group of Mormon women titled Ordain Women tried to gain entry into a church meeting held at Salt Lake City, Utah. They have been campaigning for a while now regarding the ordination of female priests into the Mormon priesthood.
But the church elders have denied them this right. The group consists of 200 individuals who are against male chauvinism in matters of religion. They insist that they are not protestors or out to destroy the image of the church. Rather they are simply exercising the right to be a part of the Mormon religious establishment.
These women donned purple dresses and walked through inclement weather to reach the church headquarters where they were politely denied entry by church officials. One of the females started crying and was given a warm and friendly hug by a church representative.
"This time it was more painful," Tueller, who joined Ordain Women in the previous action last fall, said. "I love this church and I think my personal gifts and my personal talents could be much better utilized if I had the priesthood."
This has happened before when church leaders clashed in matters of ordination with these females. The atmosphere of distrust and animosity created by this breach of tradition was something that the Mormon Church took very seriously.
With 15 million followers on a global level, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints wants to increase its ranks among the laity. But when it comes to including half the human race in its priestly quarters, it has shown a deep reluctance.
"We're not activists. We're not protesters," said Kate Kelly, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights attorney and lifetime Mormon who last year co-founded the group with about 20 other women. "We're people on the inside. We are investing in an institution ... not critiquing it to tear it down."
It was a frustrating experience being turned away from the church premises. The males who are priests in the Mormon religion can carry out baptisms, confirmations and bless people as well as lead groups in prayer.
The Ordain Women group wants equality and an end to patriarchy. They don’t believe in the treatment of females as second class citizens in this progressive time and age. Females are as capable as males and both men and women are like two wheels of a car.