Group urges LDS Church to allow female witnesses in religious ceremonies

A statue of Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with the Mormon Temple in the background in Salt Lake City, Utah. (GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordain Women has launched a new campaign to change policy within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aimed at allowing women to serve as official witnesses to religious ceremonies. The new “Ready to Witness” campaign is a pivot for the group — originally organized to push for female ordination within the Mormon church — from addressing doctrine to focusing on policy, Fox 13 reports. Debra Jenson, board chair for the group, said they are calling for women to be allowed to hold their babies during blessings, serve as witnesses in ceremonies like baptisms and sealing ceremonies, and to be able to sit with younger women during worthiness interviews to “witness and protect them” when speaking to male leaders. “Women tell stories of sobbing to their bishops asking if they can participate in the blessing of their child, and wanting to be there,” Jenson said.

The Church did not initially respond to Fox 13’s request for comment. The group is asking women to share stories of their exclusion via postcards, which will be delivered to the church administration on April 1.

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