It is not uncommon these days to run into discussions, in my small minority religion, about inequality of responsibility and callings for women. And a very pertinent subset of that discussion revolves around the question of whether or not that perceived inequality, or "lower in the hierarchy" status is an eternal expectation. Is the inequality that is part of the order now one that is an eternal principle or one that is temporary?
I have commented earlier about the past inequalities in priesthood responsibility among God's children and how God has inspired his leaders to change that at various times over the centuries, and so I have long held that the current allocation of callings and responsibilities is not an indication of eternal status. And there are certainly parts of temple ordinances that also indicate that we should be prepared for change in that regard.
Steve, over at CommonConsent, shared a couple of quotes that were new to me on the subject that, if you are aware of the above mentioned discussions and, particularly if you are a temple attending member of the church, shed further light on the discussion. So I'm saving them here. At least until my house is back together and my boxes of notebooks unpacked.
1. Joseph F. Smith - "Some of you will understand when I tell you that some of these good women who have passed beyond have actually been anointed queens and priestesses unto God and unto their husbands, to continue their work and to be the mothers of spirits in the world to come. The world does not understand this--they cannot receive it--they do not know what it means, and it is sometimes hard for those who ought to be thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the gospel--even for some of us, to comprehend, but it is true." (Gospel Doctrine, p. 461)
I should remind the reader to never assume that the earthly hierarchy that our telestial world ascribes to the relationship between kings and queens or priests and priestesses is the same as that in the celestial world where all are "joint-heirs with Christ". It is almost always wrong to assume that earthly manifestations of an institution or organization or life are clear reproductions of the way heavenly ones are.
2. Melvin J. Ballard (Quorum of the Twelve) - "Whatever disappointments may come, still be true to Him and I promise you, in the name of the Lord, that if not in time, in eternity, you shall have like honors and glory and privilege. If you are faithful over a few things here, you shall be ruler over many things there, and become kings and priests unto God. And you sisters who have dwelt in reflected glory will shine in your own light, queens and priestesses unto the Lord forever and ever." (Conference Report, October, 1934, p. 121)
These two quotes are certainly not the be all and end all of the discussion. But I think they are good additions to the position that what is now is not what will be.
Later...Brady added this comment and quote:
http://maxwellinstitiute.byu.edu/publications/transcripts/?id=58 Hugh W. Nibley, "The purpose of such ordinances is to bridge the space between the world in which we now live, the telestial world, and that to which we aspire, the celestial world. Therefore, the events of the temple were thought to take place in the terrestrial sphere." You are saying, what has this got to do with priesthood? In the temple women participate and even officiate in sacred priesthood ordinances IE Name issue and initiatory. One of the, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful and sacred blessings in this world. Then maybe in spheres above this one...