This is from page 100 of Sheri Dew’s book, Women and Priesthood: What One Woman Believes.
What about “Motherhood…is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind“? What about “The true spirit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives to woman the highest place of honor in human life.”
The lip service is wearying. You can tell women how important they are until your mouth falls off; if your highest priority is still priesthood keys, authority, and power, and you still deny women ordination to that priesthood, then women are not a priority.
We have half a church. If you walked into an LDS chapel for sacrament meeting and there were no women present, how much of the service could continue on as normal? A member of the bishopric could still conduct, with the bishop presiding. The sacrament would be blessed and passed. Male members would give talks and offer prayers. The most essential weekly ordinance in our faith could proceed without a hitch in the absence of women.
If you walked into an LDS chapel for sacrament meeting and there were no men present, how much of the service could continue on as normal? Almost none of it- and most importantly, not the ordinance we gather to participate in. It would be a devotional meeting at best.
PS: I recently heard someone castigate Ordain Women for describing priesthood as a power. He repeated that he never hears people talk about priesthood as a power, implying that supporters of Ordain Women misunderstand priesthood and are essentially power hungry. Yet here, a former counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency and prominent LDS woman clearly describes priesthood as a power, as did former Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck. This pattern seems to be widespread, at least in my own life, of men shunning the idea that priesthood is power while women uphold it.