LDS (Mormon) Women Are Not An Oppressed Majority in the Church

Mormon Beliefs Abhor Oppression or Abuse by Anyone Anywhere

Mormon women at Women's Meeting
Grandmothers, mothers and daughters gathered on Temple Square for the General Women’s Session of general conference Saturday, March 26, 2016. Photo courtesy of © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Some, including the news media, seem to believe that Mormon women are an oppressed majority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

There are more women than men in the Church. However, like all claims, this assertion needs to be evaluated within the context of LDS beliefs and how Mormons choose to live their lives.

Men and Women Are Incomplete Without Each Other

Heavenly Father created both men and women.

He designed specific roles for them both. It is true that in some societies these roles may be valued more for one sex than the other. However, in the gospel of Jesus Christ, they are both equal and they are both important.

Regardless of what country or culture LDS members reside in, they seek to perform the divine roles assigned to them by Heavenly Father.

In fact, in LDS beliefs, the ultimate salvation in the postmortal life can only be reached by husbands and wives together as a team. It is not possible for men or women to attain this level of salvation alone, regardless of gender.

Divine Roles Versus Worldly Honors

Living the gospel of Jesus Christ requires us to leave those honors behind and focus on the things of eternity. While a wife and mother's efforts in the home may go unheralded by the world, they are of the greatest worth and value in this life and in the life to come.

There will always be a conflict for Latter-day Saint (Mormon) women who seek after the honors of the world, as opposed to the things of God.

We believe that those women who lose their focus and seek exclusively after worldly honor will inevitably find dissatisfaction. The Church oftentimes becomes an easy target for their frustrations. Be assured that these women are not the majority.

Some women are not destined to be wives or mothers in this mortal life.

Many of them attain worldly honors throughout the course of their lives. The lives these worthy women lead is valued and honored in LDS beliefs and in Mormon life.

Men also do without worldly honors, or choose not to pursue them if they interfere with the divine roles and goals Heavenly Father has assigned to them in mortality.

Both LDS men and women will often makes their life choices with the gospel of Jesus Christ playing the central role. This can result in those outside the Church, who have different values, assuming that they are settling for less than they could, or should. Mormons do not view it this way.

The Divine Role of Wives and Mothers

The average Mormon woman is:

  • At home nurturing her children
  • Educating her children and herself
  • Teaching her children skills
  • Teaching her children to do good both at home and in the world
  • Helping her neighbor
  • Planting a garden.
  • Developing a new talent
  • Comforting a loved one
  • Reading a book
  • Coaching her child's team
  • Serving in a local organization
  • Sharing the best of herself with those who matter most

​Though she may experience sorrow from time to time in her life, she is generally happy and at peace with herself.

The prophets and apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ have always taught both men and women to honor each other and to respect their roles as fathers and mothers and as husbands and wives.

The role of motherhood is divine and is a part of every woman, whether or not she bears children of her own.

Abuse or Oppression in Any Form is Unrighteousness

Men and women are both taught to value their divine roles and the divine roles of the opposite gender. If there is an imbalance and males think their roles or responsibilities are more important than the other, they are mistaken. What is more, women are mistaken if they view their roles as more important than men.

Sometimes cultural and societal influences can affect how men and women view each other or how they treat each other.

In the Church, any imbalance that exists is probably due to outside or inappropriate influences. Such persons have a need to repent and conform their behavior to LDS values.

If LDS members abuse or oppress anyone in any way, they can be subject to Church discipline.

Without question, they must repent and reform. Heavenly Father will hold them accountable for their behavior in this life and the next.

Since we are all imperfect people, there will be mistakes. We should exhibit patience and long suffering when we must correct and direct others into more righteous paths.

Check Out the Facts Before Jumping to Conclusions

The news media and those outside the Church should not jump to conclusions or assertions concerning LDS men and women and what path they choose in their mortal lives.

Access the following to learn more about the divine gender roles of women and men:

Updated by Krista Cook.