Izzy gave this talk in her Sacrament meeting a few weeks ago. She shared it with us, and we wanted to share it with everyone. Izzy is a thoughtful, young 13 year old girl that has come to find that the Lord answers questions, even hard ones, and that she can access those answers all for herself.

by Izzy
This month’s theme in Young Womens is the priesthood. This topic has been very complicated for me. You see, in the past few months, I have had a lot of questions about the priesthood. For several of these questions, it seems like no one really knows the answers. And maybe we really won’t ever know the answer to it. Some of my questions HAVE gotten an answer, though, and I’m so glad. My first question was why did Heavenly Father choose men to have the priesthood and not women? Men have sort of a bad history of thinking they are better than women already! And sometimes, the boys in my class are really mean to me about how they have the priesthood and I don’t. That really hurts. I’m not saying that women should have the priesthood, because I know that Heavenly Father does what he does for a reason. But I just don’t know what that reason is. And so, I had the question. And it’s kind of a big one, I think! For months, I prayed and prayed, asking Heavenly Father why it was that way. I just wanted to know. I really hate not knowing things, and I always want answers to my many, many questions. Anyway, I just kept asking. I got mad at Heavenly Father several times, and I regret that. One day my mom and I were talking about it, and she told me that maybe I was asking the wrong questions. She said I might not get an answer to that question, but I could get answers to other questions, like “do you love me?” or “what do you want me to do about these feelings and questions?” So instead of me telling God what I wanted Him to do for me, I decided to ask what I could do to be in line with Him.

So, I continued to pray, however this time, I asked what God wants me to do. I didn’t get an answer right away, but I did eventually get an answer! He didn’t talk to me or give me a huge revelation, but it was an answer, and I KNOW that it was. He showed me all of my talents; He showed me a picture of all the amazing women around me and in my life. I realized that He never meant to hurt women. I felt how much He loved me. It was an amazing and wonderful feeling. He showed me all the women in my life that I see every day doing service and taking care of everyone without a thought. They do so much and are never even asked! Men do these things, too. So, the truth is, our church is just about service. And that is the Priesthood. The Priesthood is service. So, I don’t know why I don’t “hold” the Priesthood, and I still want to know the answer to that question, but I do know that priesthood is service. Women serve, men serve. We are all serving. And my answer was that Heavenly Father loves me and is proud of me for participating in the priesthood by serving. There is nothing that says that priesthood is better than women. All men and women are equal. That was Heavenly Father’s plan all along. I don’t know the answer to my first question, but I know that I can be ok without knowing the answer for now because I know Heavenly Father loves me. I’m sorry it took me so long to see that.

My second question is about this: I have heard of some people who think that their gender is superior to the other. I have seen it on both sides. It used to be mostly men that thought this, but I know some women that think this as well. It is wrong. My question was why people feel this way. I once again went to Heavenly Father. This time, the answer came quickly. Heavenly father put a very distinct thought into my head that I had never ever thought before. There are a lot of people that are lost and have forgotten that God loves them so much. So they try to make themselves feel better by being unkind to others, especially others they feel are easily ‘different’ than they are. But we need each other because men and women are awesome!

The Priesthood helps all of us to not be lost because we can have the gift of the Holy Ghost. And the Holy Ghost comes because of the Priesthood. The whole world needs that gift! So, we all have a job to help the whole world feel the Holy Ghost, and that is a Priesthood job, and that is something we can all be a part of. And then, hopefully people won’t feel like they need to put others down to make themselves feel better. Then maybe people will see that men and women are both amazing, they’re both full of wonderful talents, and Heavenly Father loves us both so, so much.

July 7, 2014


  1. Olea

    July 5, 2014

    Thanks, Izzy! I really liked your talk. I think it’s brave to stand in front of people and say out loud that you’re asking a question and you don’t know the answer. It shows a lot of humility, and I’m sure it inspired lots of people in your ward. I know it inspired me!

  2. Eliana

    July 5, 2014

    I am willing to adopt Izzy if she ever needs a home. Love this talk!

  3. Jo

    July 5, 2014

    Are you sure she’s only 13?! What a wonderful talk.

  4. Ana of the Nine+ Kids

    July 5, 2014

    Thank you.

  5. Melissa Y

    July 5, 2014

    The ability to find your own answers is one of the most precious things you can learn. Thanks for sharing your talk with us.

  6. Alison Moore Smith

    July 5, 2014

    There are so many good things about this talk.

    (1) She acknowledges what her questions are.
    (2) She admits she has no answer and hasn’t bee given an answer.
    (3) Her mom doesn’t dismiss her concerns.
    (4) Her mom doesn’t fabricate answers to make her feel (temporarily) better.
    (5) She continues to seek inspiration in faith.
    (6) She moves forward, even though she doesn’t have all the answers she seeks.

    Thanks to Izzy for sharing. I have the same questions!

  7. Sally

    July 5, 2014

    Great job. I hope this prompted the bishop to have a good talk with the boys that were being hurtful about their sense of superiority.

  8. Tay

    July 5, 2014

    That is a fantastic talk.

  9. annegb

    July 5, 2014

    Well done, Izzy, thank you!

  10. Blue

    July 5, 2014

    I read this to my daughter and son when your mom first shared it with me, and wanted to thank you here for your way of approaching the gospel and your questions from a place of trust in the Lord and faith in our Savior’s timing, His gospel, and especially for your example of praying persistently for an answer that matters to you. I love that you’ve learned how to do that already. I want to be better at that, and your example inspired me. Thanks so much for sharing your talk with us! ♥

  11. Barb

    July 5, 2014

    oh, I loved this!

  12. Kerri

    July 6, 2014

    What a beautiful talk. I loved the reminder that sometimes it’s important to change the questions I’m asking in order to learn what Heavenly Father wants me to know.

  13. Katie

    July 6, 2014

    What a great example of dealing with questions. I loved this!

  14. Jennifer B.

    July 6, 2014

    This talk is brimming with wisdom!
    I especially loved this thought–“So instead of me telling God what I wanted Him to do for me, I decided to ask what I could do to be in line with Him.”

    That is faith! Thank you so much for sharing your honest and faithful experience. Your testimony has strengthened my own.

  15. Marian

    July 7, 2014

    beautiful talk! thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Carolyn

    July 8, 2014

    Izzy is wise beyond her years. I really loved this talk she wrote.

  17. Juliana

    July 9, 2014


  18. Colleen

    July 11, 2014

    Wonderful thoughts! I think the heart of what we can learn from this (very wise) teenager is that when we have hard questions, we need to take them to the Lord and seek personal revelation, not look to outside sources for answers.

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