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Hi I'm LaDawn Hall

My titles are: Woman, Mother, Teacher, Wife, Sister, Friend, Daughter, Aunt, Citizen, Cancer Survivor, and Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of three active children ages 7, 13 and 16. I also teach Spanish, English and Journalism at a local charter high school, and I am active in my community as a school board member and volunteer. My husband is also in education, at the college level, and he and I are not now of the same faith, though we were when we married. I am a recent and grateful survivor of Breast Cancer.

Why I am a Mormon

I have Mormon pioneer blood on eight ancestral lines, yet I have chosen to pass along their legacy only after careful thought and deliberation. Since my husband is not a member of the church, I often have the opportunity to see it from an outsider's point of view, and that makes me appreciate my membership all the more. I am a Mormon first because it is in my blood, and second because I choose to be. Underlying everything though, is my love for and gratitude toward my savior Jesus Christ. Though I know I have access to him regardless of church affiliation, I feel closer to him as I participate in what I believe to be his church restored to this Earth. In short, I am a Mormon because being Mormon makes me happy. Fortunately, the same behaviors and devotions that bring me happiness here and now, will also bless me hereafter.

How I live my faith

Right now in my congregation I am in charge of monthly activities for our ladies auxiliary. In the past I have been a teacher and adviser to young women ages 12-18, a member of the presidency over children ages 18 months to 11 years, and a music leader. One reason I love my church is that it offers so much support to me as my husband and I try to raise children who make good decisions and seek answers to life's questions for themselves. I also appreciate the sense of BELONGING I have not only in my home congregation, but wherever I am in the world. I have lived in three different countries other than the US, and my church membership gave me an instant network of caring friends in each place. I also love being a Mormon WOMAN. As such, I have many opportunities for personal growth, influence and leadership which make my contributions to my greater community even more valuable.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

LaDawn Hall
Like good thinkers do, we need to define the terms we use when discussing this or any topic. What is meant by 'priesthood'? The priesthood is God's power. It's the power by which Heaven and Earth were created. It's the power invoked when authority is needed to carry out ordinances essential to our salvation. It's the power through which any of us receive the inspiration and abilities needed to serve each other. Unfortunately, there has been a tendency inside the church to use terms for priesthood and terms for males interchangeably, leading to the mistaken idea that only men 'hold' or exercise the priesthood. 'Hold', in our context, is used as shorthand for those ordained to hold priesthood keys. Think of keys as the joints of a pipeline. Without them, priesthood could only be passed down linearly, practiced by people of certain lineages. Key holders add infrastructure to allow God's power to branch and spread. Holding priesthood keys, on the one hand, and exercising authority of the priesthood, on the other, are NOT one and the same. Man OR woman, one need not be ordained to hold priesthood keys in order to exercise priesthood power. Mormon women exercise priesthood power on a regular basis. They operate with its authority after they are set apart for service in teaching, leadership, temple, and missionary duties, just like men do. In short, a Mormon woman--with or without a priesthood key holding husband--has absolute access to the power and authority of priesthood. Show more Show less