This came to me through an email and I thought I should address it here. This is the email I received:
"I got information through the grapevine about a woman who is claiming that Denver ordained her to do something and that he put his hands on her head and set her apart for some type of work. I don't know all the details, but I was not happy when I heard that. I know that he wouldn't do that but thought that Denver should know that this woman is going around telling people this."
Friday, March 26, 2010
I thought I would put it on the blog and explain.
First, I don't have any idea what woman this is referring to; nor for that matter who wrote the information in the email. It was just forwarded to me, and I was given permission by the one who forwarded it to use it on the blog.
Second, I've not "ordained" a woman to do anything. Nor do I intend to "ordain" a woman to do anything.
Third, I have given blessings to my wife, daughters, home teaching assignments who are sisters, and other women who have asked from time to time, just as others do who hold priesthood and are asked to give a blessing. That has never involved "ordaining" a woman to some assignment or work.
Finally, the only women I have "set apart" for an assignment was done while I served in a Bishopric at BYU, or while serving on the High Council. Apart from that I haven't "set apart" any woman. I've done numerous "setting apart" assignments in Elder's Quorums, and other assignments, but those were men.