In a very thought-provoking article in Sunstone (Mar 2013), Michael J. Stevens suggests two ways that LDS women could be more involved with the actual administration of Wards and Branches:
- have women start filling the positions of ward clerk and Sunday School president (I assume counselors also); these positions do not require that one hold the priesthood
- have 12-18-year-old young women join the young men in passing the sacrament trays up and down the aisles
Stevens also suggests a way to encourage change:
Another thing we can do at the grassroots level is to muster the courage to reclaim the Law of Common Consent by exercising our right to vote “no” when we feel moved by the Spirit and/or common sense to do so. For example, we can decide that as a matter of principle and conscience, any time a male name is put forward to fill a calling for which women are by policy excluded, we should seriously consider registering a negative vote. There is no formal Church rule or policy against exercising our franchise as members to cast an oppositional vote; we simply aren’t used to it. And after the meeting, whenwe are inevitably taken aside by church leaders and asked to explain our dissenting, we can share our reservations about the practice of staffing non-priesthood callings only with males.