What does it mean to “agitate faithfully”? Or perhaps a better question would be, what does it mean to be a “faithful agitator”? Is it possible to remain a faithful Mormon; yet challenge tradition at the same time, especially when it comes to the issue of women and gender equality? I would tend to think so. — Welcome to the Old Testament prophetic tradition!

Before we go any further, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am Michelle Mormon, (not Molly!), and I am a recent convert to the Church of two years… More on that later. I am the new face behind Agitating Faithfully. I would like to take a moment to thank Dane Laverty for all he has done in setting up this website and getting it going on the right track. Dane, I hope I can live up to the faithful, prophetic legacy you have left behind!  I would also like to thank you, our loyal readers, for believing in our cause and being ever-so-patient as we continue to work through this transition.

Now, let’s get back to our thoughts for the day…


What are the biblical qualifications for a prophet, or in many of our cases, a prophetess? – and within this context, we are not talking about the Prophet of the Church. A prophet(ess) must first, hear from God. Consider Isaiah and his powerful vision in chapter six (cp. II Nephi 16 -Note: his wife also prophesied alongside him!). Or consider the prophet Samuel when he heard the voice of God in the Temple after being groomed for that role from the time his mother Hannah dedicated him into the care of Eli, the High Priest — ironically this was just as the power of the Levitical Priesthood was diminishing in the land of Israel following the glory days of the Judges. Although many of us may not necessarily hear from God audibly, we know in our hearts that God has so much more in store for women than is currently realized in the Church today.

Second, a prophet(ess)  must have a vision for the future and a reason for agitating, all the while remaining faithful to the Gospel. Proverbs 29: 18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but (s)he that keepeth the law; happy is (s)he.” Next, a prophet(ess) has a divine mission to challenge all that is not right, or all that does not represent justice within the current power-structures that be, and this includes religious. I could cite tons of examples from the Old Testament prophetic tradition, but perhaps the best example of this is found right in the New Testament; our Elder Brother himself, Jesus Christ (alongside Mary Magdalene, I believe), who took the teachings of the Torah (Law) and Prophets to a whole new level, and we all know his message did not set right with the Pharisees, the religious leaders at that time.


Finally, prophets are not exactly the most popular people in town, because quite simply, they tell it like it is. (Joseph Smith is the prime example! - and later Emma, if you check the history!) They are, in essence, “faithful agitators,” and they never back down; always standing firm in what they believe— using peaceful means, of course. And there is incredible strength in numbers. So, when it comes to the issue of women and the Priesthood, just think how much of an impact we – our voices, together can make! Let’s renew our commitment today to be “faithful agitators” when it comes to the issues that matter most!

Michelle Mormon (not Molly!) – with a reserved seat in the Bishop’s office! 

Let me leave you with this final thought spoken by the Savior himself: “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 42


 


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Robert
01/07/2014 6:45pm

Congratulations on a wonderful new website!

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