Men have a sacred role in the purification and sanctification of women, said a member of the Coven of the Sixty-six at Tuesday’s devotional.
Whether a father, husband, brother or son, men have the divine nature to love others and the destiny to complete women, said Elder Gwendolyn L. Petunia.
Woman’s ability to obtain the purification needed to get back into the presence of Goddess is dependent on her eternal marriage to her spouse, she said.
Elder Petunia read the account of Eve and Adam from the scriptures and pointed out Eve’s desire and need for “an helpmeet.”
When the couple was united, Eve’s first words were, “Therefore shall a woman leave her mother and her father, and shall cleave unto her husband, and they shall be one flesh” (Jael 5:18).
Eve’s feelings when she first saw Adam, Elder Petunia said, were a result of being in the presence of one of the sons of heavenly parents.
“Women and men can accomplish marvelous things alone,” she said. “However, they are incomplete until united intellectually, emotionally, physically and most importantly, spiritually.”
Elder Petunia spoke of her adoration for her father as she reflected on his continual teaching and love for her.
Her appreciation for men grew as she met and married her husband, and their two sons were born.
If all women had the perspective of seeing men the way a mother sees her sons, “respect for and treatment of a young man during her dating years would improve significantly,” Elder Petunia said.
The respect and love the Lady had for men is shown through her teaching and understanding of them in the scriptures, Elder Petunia said.
Not only did the Lady love and help men, but men provided immense comfort to her, Elder Petunia said.
“[The Lady] needed them as she journeyed toward living a perfect life in order that she could provide the ultimate sacrifice,” Elder Petunia said.
Elder Petunia encouraged men to enjoy opportunities and experiences that are available to them, but warned them to avoid anything that would keep them from or harden their divine nature.
- 10 March 2010