The Final Word from Those with the Authority to Give It

I believe in modern prophets and apostles. Today they released this true and profound statement (see below). If you are not a member of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have heard disparaging remarks this week about these men who hold the keys of the priesthood of God, please discover the truth for yourself or from someone who knows. Nothing has been withheld from me. One woman cannot take away the significant and powerful witness I’ve received for myself through priesthood ordinances, blessings, and counsel. This knowledge means everything to me. And it comes from Him whose priesthood it is. We can never forget Him as the source of this power.

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In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, the blessings of His priesthood are equally available to men and women. Only men are ordained to serve in priesthood offices. All service in the Church has equal merit in the eyes of God. We express profound gratitude for the millions of Latter-day Saint women and men who willingly and effectively serve God and His children. Because of their faith and service, they have discovered that the Church is a place of spiritual nourishment and growth.

We understand that from time to time Church members will have questions about Church doctrine, history, or practice. Members are always free to ask such questions and earnestly seek greater understanding. We feel special concern, however, for members who distance themselves from Church doctrine or practice and, by advocacy, encourage others to follow them.

Simply asking questions has never constituted apostasy. Apostasy is repeatedly acting in clear, open, and deliberate public opposition to the Church or its faithful leaders, or persisting, after receiving counsel, in teaching false doctrine.

The Council of
The First Presidency and
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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