Friday, December 21, 2007

A Plague of Agendas

I'm a little concerned by some things I've read lately. Namely, that my daughter's future Young Women leaders might be pushing a feminist agenda. I'd be just as concerned were it a Republican agenda, or any agenda. The fact is, I don't like agendas. When you focus on one issue to the point of it interfering in supposedly unrelated areas of your life, and you are insisting that everyone else copy your behavior, that is the basis for cult-like behavior. I appreciate the irony that some people feel this can apply to the LDS Church and, to an extent, I agree with them. If you are unable to be friends with anyone but Mormons, for example, there is a problem. If you are unable to teach history without spouting your anti-religion babble, there is a problem. If you are unable to teach Young Women's without diverting from the gospel to push your feminist ideals, there is a problem.

Is nowhere safe?

What will I do if I find my daughter isn't being taught the gospel in Church?


  1. Do what you've always done--at home discuss what was said in class.

  2. That's a good point. I guess I hadn't thought of that since my daughter doesn't yet speak English fluently . . . . It's easy to forget that I'll be able to communicate with her some day.

  3. It's a bishop's job, too, to make sure teaching in his ward is consistent with Church doctrine.

    But I think in the end, keeping lines of communication open and talking lots is a really good option, since our children will run into ideas we don't like, even if it's not at church.

    I also think that if we teach at home, our children can come to recognize the Spirit and recognize false or straying opinions and doctrine.


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