I’m a Mormon, So…

I’m a Mormon, so I support families and family life.

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Families are central to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We’re taught their importance from a very young age; the expectation is that everyone will try to marry (and be sealed in the temple) and raise his or her own children in a righteous environment. In the end, we have the chance to be together forever.

The Lord has designated the family to be the basic unit of the Church and of society. As used in the scriptures, a family consists of a husband and wife, children, and sometimes other relatives living in the same house or under one family head. A family can also be a single person living alone, a single parent with children, or a husband and wife without children.
…God organizes us into families so that we can experience happiness and learn patience and selflessness. These traits help us become more like God and prepare us to live happily as families throughout eternity.

LDS Gospel Topics, “Family”

This emphasis also sets up a pattern of patriarchy: the father is responsible for presiding over his family and providing for and protecting them. The mother is primarily a nurturer.

Marriage is between a man and a woman.

Children are only to be born to a married couple -as in, the couple needs to be married before making babies.

Permanent birth control measures are discouraged.

Connecting with one’s family is also tantamount, and will be discussed when I write about family history and temple work.

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The way Kevin and I have been able to live this life is by his being the main breadwinner while I stay home and write blog posts. We have six boys so far, and are raising them with the expectation that they will marry and care for their own families one day.

©2022 Chel Owens

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We Mormons are officially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are to drop any name but that. Since many still run with the nickname of ‘Mormon,’ however, I will keep pace.

My other note is that I will keep to official doctrinal practices. I will add my own application of them, especially in response to comments.

My final note is that I LOVE discussing anything I write. Don’t be rude, obviously, but any and all queries or responses are welcome.

My final note beyond the final note is that I do not seek to convert anyone. I ought to, but am motivated by forming connections, answering curiosity, and straightening pictures. So, you’re safe.

9 thoughts on “I’m a Mormon, So…

  1. M. May 11, 2022 / 3:55 am

    Although I like the post, I completely disagree with it. I take it adoption is out of the question being that children must be conceived through a married couple (what if a married couple wants children but is unable to conceive ?) Man as provider and woman as nurturer just sounds so archaic to me, to me women are individuals in their right and have the choice to provide, but I guess in a sense it’s not completely archaic because you do mention that a family could be both a childless married couple and a single person. I obviously also have issues with LDS being against same sex marriage. Granted my brother and his partner have only had a civil ceremony within the eyes of God prior to the legalization of SSM, they have been in a monogamous partnership for 23 years eighteen of which they have raised an adopted son heading off to college to study criminal justice.

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    • Chel Owens May 11, 2022 / 7:25 am

      Of course adoption is fine. Couples are simply encouraged to try for the ideal model of making their own.

      The gay marriage issue has come up a lot lately in this whole social push to accept differing lifestyles; yes, acting on that desire is against the teachings of the LDS church (and many others). It’s in the Bible. Does that mean those in the LBGTQ+ category are routinely stoned? Of course not. Every person is a son or daughter of God.

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  2. Annette Rochelle Aben May 11, 2022 / 10:32 am

    Family is such an important part of life. For those of us who did not have the balance of bread-winner to nurturer, it was most confusing. My father tried to do both. My mother was not able. Still, life goes on.

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    • Chel Owens May 11, 2022 / 10:46 am

      I find balance difficult as well. I wanted to win bread -mostly because I didn’t want to clean the bread pans. 😀

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  3. bereavedandbeingasingleparent May 13, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    When you say discouraged, does that mean there are specific permitted exceptions or it’s kinda only in the last resort kinda thing.

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    • Chel Owens May 13, 2022 / 10:23 pm

      Well, like you really shouldn’t unless you and your spouse feel it’s necessary -or if health is at risk.

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