I am a female physician. I have two small kids and busy job which I love. I want to think that I am doing God’s work, helping those who are in need. I work almost every day, often 10 hours a day. Because of my schedule I am not able to be a housewife or a full time mom. What is churches official position on working women? My family is the most important thing for me but my patients are part of my family and I would never give them up. This the most worrisome topic for me personally. I have read some working women were excommunicated.. Is it true?? Thank you!

Anonymous from San Diego, California,



One Response to “I am a female physician. I have two small kids and busy job …”


El Santo Gringo
February 20, 2012
The Church’s missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics.

Hi friend. It’s good to hear from a fellow San Diegan. Finding the right balance between work and home life is challenging for many people. Mormons generally see motherhood as more important than any employment women or men could ever do. Motherhood is honored in our culture. As one of the past presidents of our church used to say, “No success can compensate for failure in the home.”

In our modern society, however, many women and men have to work long hours to support themselves and their families. No woman would ever be excommunicated for working outside the home. Studies have shown that Mormon women are just as likely to work as women of other faiths. I personally know several female Mormon doctors. The church has even featured the work of Mormon women in its recent advertisements:

I hope this answer helps. If you haven’t yet done so, I encourage you to meet with the Mormon missionaries and visit one of our chapels. Mormons love visitors.

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