Not Before Jesus Comes, If Ever: Mormon Views on When Women Will Receive the Priesthood
Ryan T. Cragun, University of Tampa
Rick Phillips, University of North Florida
Michael Nielson, Georgia Southern University
Abstract. While there has been agitation in recent years among some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) for women to be ordained to the priesthood, research has established that the leaders of the religion and most members continue to oppose the idea. Drawing on data from an online purposive sample (n=49,568), we examine how likely members of the LDS Church are to think that women will be ordained to the priesthood and contrast that likelihood with a similar estimation of when Jesus will return and the leadership of the LDS Church will call on some members to move to Jackson County, Missouri in preparation for the Second Coming. Our results suggest that the Mormons in our sample believe that it is more likely that they will move to Missouri to greet Jesus than that women will receive the priesthood.
Cragun, Ryan T., Rick Phillips, and Michael Nielsen. 2023. “Not Before Jesus Comes, If Ever: Mormon Views on When Women Will Receive the Priesthood,” Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association 2, no. 1: 35–55. https://doi.org/10.54587/JMSSA.0202