Tuesday, June 17 2014, 06:40 PM MDT
Discipline for "Ordain Women" came from high level LDS leaders
(KUTV) 2News has learned from several sources in the Virginia area, that disciplinary action against Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women was not influenced by leaders in her former LDS congregation in that state, but rather church leaders in Salt Lake City.
Sources say that on May 17 Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Whitney Clayton, were in the area for a training meeting. During that meeting, the local church leaders asked Elder Clayton what should be done about the Ordain Women group.
Clayton reportedly said that public advocacy of ordination is an act of apostasy. When asked to confirm the events of that day, the LDS Church Public Affairs office released this statement from spokesperson Jessica Moody.
"While senior leaders do provide training, these decisions are made by local leaders and are not directed or coordinated by Church headquarters."
By Cristina Flores
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