February 2012 Visiting Teaching Message: Guardians of the Hearth

February 2012 Visiting Teaching Message: Guardians of the Hearth

This is a painfully typical “Women should be mothers/mothering” message. A fair attempt has been made to include childless women by quoting Barbara Thompson’s personal interpretation of the family proclamation… but even though she briefly addresses that “even if I were the only living member of my family, I am still a member of God’s family”, there is no elaboration or sense of security about our place as children of Heavenly Parents. Rather, it is focused on mortal family relationships. As a result, the message is void of reprieve for those of us with estranged or volatile, “earthly” family relationships, and for those of us who are childless, we are encouraged to stick our noses into other people’s lives to “strengthen other families”…. a thing that, in my experience with most church members, is extremely unwelcome.

So… where does that leave those of us who are motherless, childless or just plain tired of being lectured about motherhood and wifedom?

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