Reading a recent article caused me to reflect on a memory buried deep in my childhood that caused a few doubts or concerns about Mormonism: what am I supposed to think regarding “gender [as] an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose” (Family: A Proclamation to the World) when more than two sexes exist? At the time, I wasn’t too familiar with intersexism (atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish female from male) but was remotely aware that things aren’t always clear. I shared this doubt with someone who explained to me that the prophets and apostles of our church have said it is impossible for a male spirit to be born into a female body (and vice versa)–God would never allow/do that to someone. It explained nothing about people who feel they are born the wrong gender and it didn’t explain how intersex individuals fit into God’s plan.
Here’s the article I read. It’s a really good read and raised important questions about gender and theology within the LDS Church. Eternal Gender?