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Mormon women shut out of all-male priesthood meeting

Feminist group plans to keep trying, though poll shows most LDS women don’t want ordination.



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Among those leading the group to Temple Square was Nadine Hansen, who wrote a 1982 article in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought about women and the LDS priesthood.

"I’ve been wanting to have this conversation for a long time," said Hansen, a lifelong Mormon.

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Ordain Women has asked LDS leaders to pray for God’s approval to open the priesthood. But Debra Jensen, one of the organizers, said it’s doubtful those advocating for women’s ordination will stop if the answer is "no."

She likened the moment to 1978, when then-church President Spencer W. Kimball reported a revelation opening the Mormon priesthood to black males.

"Pre-1978, the answer was no, no, no," Jensen said. "And then the answer was yes."

Peggy Fletcher Stack contributed to this story.

kmoulton@sltrib.com




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