Joni,Joni wrote:I believe the unimportance/inferiority of women as presented in the temple to be factually true and in keeping with the way God created us. And to be honest, I am pretty frustrated with Him.
Then I would offer that the different treatment of the sexes is merely a layer. The heart of the Gospel is pure and worthy of admiration. All that gender stuff... all that racism... all that anti-gay ornamentation that goes on top of it is a vestige of old-time thinking. It is frustrating that it still shows up in the Church, but the Gospel itself is so much more simple. I don't know you or your situation, but if a friend were angry at God and frustrated by the teachings of religion, I'd suggest they read Mark... after that, Luke, and after that John... And then top it off with Romans.
I don't believe in God at all, so there is nothing for me to frustrated with Him about. Because of my belief that we are alone, I get to pick and choose the best parts of the Gospel; I don't spend a lot of time worrying about the things that don't resonate with me. But the core Christian theology is wonderful, warming, reconciling... if we let it be that way. The author of John wrote that in Jesus there was life and that life was the light of all people, and that light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not stop the light from shining forth.