“Ordain Women” has certainly cut back on its suggestions for improving the institution of Mormonism. Their latest suggestions are to allow women to:
1. Be official witnesses at baptisms, a role currently reserved for males.
2. Sit with young Mormon women during their private worthiness interviews with local male leaders.
3. Serve as witnesses at marriages and “sealings” in Mormon temples, again a duty current assigned to males.
4. Hold their babies while male priesthood holders perform naming blessings.
None of these seem particularly innovative and they change little in the LDS Church. And they don’t move women any closer to any type of real leadership in the Church. The second suggestion is very important, but the other 3 are trivial.
Women apparently already can hold their babies. I’ve witnessed this occurring and the Church building didn’t collapse.
How about some real change?
1. Girls (and women) preparing and passing the Sacrament, something currently reserved for boys and men.
2. More responsible callings for women in Wards. Ones where they are responsible for all Ward members, not just women and children.
3. Half the talks (give or take a few) in General Conference be given by women.
4. More quotes from women in Church magazines, etc.
The days of slow change are over. The LDS Church needs a strong “Ordain Women.”