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Many people are concerned with a very basic question right now: Why do some women feel unequal in the church?A few years ago I wrote a post for LDS WAVE about why I feel unequal.The rituals taken from Masonry cannot have come from Solomon's time (as many Mormons believe) as Masonry did not originate until no earlier than the 1600s AD.Although claimed to be sacred and not secret, the rites within the temple have cult-like trappings (until 1990 initiates were required to make a blood-oath) and actually used the phrase "guarded by solemn covenants and obligations of secrecy" within the ceremony.
The washing, anointing and endowment ceremonies are necessary ordinances for exaltation.
However, the current editors of MT decided this information was too important to not discuss openly in light of the fact that Mitt Romney was running for president and many people wondered about the significance that the temple oaths may have on the man having such a powerful position in the world.
Also, the section was restored in order to be fair to the critics who claim that the problems with the temple ceremony and Masonic rituals are some of the strongest evidences against Mormonism—even if the Church is reluctant to discuss the topic.
Why do you think most people (male and female) are unaware of these privileges?
What do you think are some strategies to make these privileges recognized and acknowledged so that they can be mitigated, lessened and ended? Let’s get the conversation focused on those problems that are often difficult to see rather than the symbolic representation of just one of these privileges (wearing pants to church #46).