Re: The Mormon view of Women
- From: "Ronald 'More-More' Moshki" <sector_four@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 20:39:00 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 25, 11:05 pm, Middle Class Warrior
Mormon men expect women to have many children. The primary career of a
Mormon woman is to bear and raise children. I wonder if many women who
will be voting in the next election understand Mormon family values
which seem to be typical of the nineteenth century.
Note: Women participate in the work of God by giving birth to many children.
Joseph Smith also wrote, "Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a
God to his dominions" (TPJS, p. 374). This does not mean that any person
ever would or could supplant God as the Supreme Being in the universe;
but it does mean that through God's plan and with his help, all men and
women have the capacity to participate in God's eternal work. People
participate in this work by righteous living, by giving birth to
children in mortality and helping them live righteous lives, and by
bringing others to Christ. Moreover, Latter-day Saints believe that
those who become gods will have the opportunity to participate even more
fully in God's work of bringing eternal life to other beings. God is
referred to as "Father in Heaven" because he is the father of all human
spirits (Heb. 12:9; cf. Acts 17:29), imbuing them with divine
potentials. Those who become like him will likewise contribute to this
eternal process by adding further spirit offspring to the eternal
family. (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols., edited by Daniel H.
Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 554.)
Note: It is the duty of Mormons to give millions of spirits a body
In this Revelation important instructions are given to parents
concerning their children. Children are a precious gift of God, and
should be taken care of as such. And yet, in the world there are those
who advocate--perhaps for so-called eugenic reasons--the limitation of
child-birth, while others are guilty of practices that should be classed
as infanticide. The Latter-day Saints have been taught that "some of the
most noble spirits are waiting with the Father to this day, to come
forth through the right channel and the right kind of men and women,"
and that "there are thousands, and millions, of spirits waiting to
obtain bodies upon this Earth" (Heber C. Kimball, Jour. of Dis., Vol.
V., p. 92). The Latter-day Saints know, therefore, that it depends
largely upon parents whether the spirits to whom they give bodies of
their own flesh and blood will be able to profit to the fullest extent
by their experience on Earth. To the immortal spirits waiting for an
opportunity to pass through mortality, a body bred on the principles
that obtain in the production of race horses, or meat for the table, is
of infinitely less importance than a tabernacle morally pure, in which
the Spirit of God can dwell. (Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl,
Doctrine and Covenants Commentary [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co.,
1978], 415 - 416.)
Note: A woman's greatest career is childbirth per Mormon doctrine.
The waiting spirits are blessed by being born "under the covenant."
Likewise, every child adds joy to the normal family. The argument that a
young couple cannot afford to have children is usually founded in error.
It is the common experience that except in cases of deep poverty, a
little going without here and there will provide for the little
newcomers; and in a well-regulated household, children as they grow
older may contribute something to the upkeep of the family. Besides,
provisions are now being made by which the medical and hospital costs of
maternity may be greatly reduced. It may be added also that the struggle
made by the young married couple for the maintenance of themselves and
their brood is really necessary for keen joy. It is a mistake to try to
escape it. Despite all said to the contrary, there is danger to the
woman in the use of mechanical or chemical contraceptives. The subject
is fairly recent, but already there are evidences that birth control
tends to endanger human health and the spontaneous joy of united
companionship. Meanwhile, it must be said that in the majority of cases
women who have lived natural lives and have had large families are the
healthiest and happiest. (Woman's Greatest Career, Improvement Era,
1940, Vol. Xliii. October, 1940. No. 10.)
We have paid a steep price because Joey Smith wanted all the
girlies for himself.
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