Several women I know and like recently signed on to an anti-President-Beck’s-talk statement.
A signed rebuke to a General Conference talk shows a basic lack of understanding of how the Church does (and should) function. As far as the content of their statement, most of the petition is fine (if a little self-assuredly PC and guilty of missing the mark) but largely irrelevant to President Beck’s talk. Whatever. But I was surprised that these women would sign their names to this line:
We reverence the responsibility to choose how, when, and whether we become parents.
(Bold in the original.)
I’m all over the “when.”
“How” makes me a little nervous.
But unless the signers understand something different than I do by “whether,” then I think that their statement is not in harmony with the established teachings of the Church. In the context of a temple-married LDS couple, children are not optional.
I’m going to channel m&m for a minute here:
â€œTo the first man and woman on earth, the Lord said, â€œBe fruitful, and multiplyâ€ (Moses 2:28; see also Gen. 1:28; Abr. 4:28). This commandment was first in sequence and first in importance.â€
–Elder Dallin H. Oaks, â€œThe Great Plan of Happiness,â€ Ensign, Nov. 1993, page 72f.
â€œBe fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,â€ a commandment that has never been rescinded.â€
–Elder M. Russell Ballard, â€œAnswers to Lifeâ€™s Questions,â€ Ensign, May 1995, page 22f.
â€œ(Gen. 1:28). That commandment has never been altered, modified, or canceled.â€
–President Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, April 1969, pages 10-15f.
â€œ(Gen. 1:28). This injunction has never been revoked.â€
–President Hugh B. Brown, Conference Report, October 1966, pages 101-105f.
“We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.”
–The Family: A Proclamation to the World