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Do Mormon Women Hold the Priesthood Through Their Husbands?

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Question: Do Mormon Women Hold the Priesthood Through Their Husbands?
Sometimes people ask questions regarding the woman's role in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once such question is if Mormon women "hold the priesthood" through their husbands.
Answer: No, women do not hold the priesthood through their husbands. The following quote by Joseph Fielding Smith explains this further:
"Women do not hold the priesthood, but if they are faithful and true they will become priestesses and queens in the kingdom of God, and that implies that they will be given authority. The women do not hold the priesthood with their husbands, but they do reap the benefits coming from that priesthood."1
The priesthood is bestowed upon men by God. Once they receive the priesthood, it is their sacred calling and duty to honor and magnify it. Women have been given a different calling. They are chosen by God to be the mothers of men. Is one greater than the other? No, both are equally as important but each has its own responsibilities and tasks.

Notes:
1. Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols., comp. Bruce R. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56, 3:178; italics in original. Quoted in article by H. Burke Peterson, "Unrighteous Dominion," Ensign, Jul 1989, 7.
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