I’m sure you’re all familiar with the controversial “Wear Pants to Church” movement. If not, read this article first. To summarize, there was a grassroots movement that started on facebook to encourage women to wear pants to church. The reaction from members was shameful. Participating women were berated online, ridiculed at church, and some even received death threats. Until now, the church has remained relatively quiet on the matter, only saying that all members should wear their “Sunday best.”
On January 15, 2013 Elaine S. Dalton, the LDS Young Women’s General President, said the following (see the video below):
“Young women, you will be the ones who will provide the example of virtuous womanhood and motherhood. You will continue to be virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy, and of good report. You will also be the ones to provide an example of family life in a time when families are under attack, being redefined, and disintegrating. You will understand your roles and your responsibilities and thus will see no need to lobby for rights.”
Though she didn’t define whether or not pants constituted “Sunday best,” she did make one thing clear – women who understand their role shouldn’t lobby for rights. That includes not just the pants controversy, but also the movement to let women pray in General Conference. The sisters of the church need to hearken unto the priesthood brethren.