Over the last 8 days, two small events about women in the Mormon Church have come to my attention. The first was related by a friend (woman).
A counselor in the bishopric was looking for someone to give the opening and closing prayer at Sacrament Meeting. My friend indicated that she would prefer the opening prayer, but was told that the opening prayer had to be given by a priesthood holder. He used the Bishop’s Handbook to justify his decision. I suspect the counselor is wrong, but I don’t have access to a Bishop’s Handbook.
The second event, which I witnessed, occurred yesterday at a Fast and Testimony Meeting in Africa. At a baby blessing, the mother came forward with the baby. She held the baby while the circle of priesthood holders surrounded her. The baby was then given a blessing. I suspect this was an aberation, but . . .