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I just read a Mormon hit piece that I wish my fellow Evangelicals, in particularly those who have a problem with Mormons, would read. While I do not have the exact same beliefs as Mormons, else I would be a Mormon, it has irritated me to no end when my fellow Evangelicals have automatically not considered someone for public office simply because they happen to be a Mormon.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly a Mitt fan and have absolutely hated the fact that no one else was able to beat him during this primary season. However that had nothing to do with his religion but because of his Rinoism.

Yet being a Bible-believing, fundamentalist Evangelical is tough enough with how people perceive us to be without adding fuel to the fire by the words of some of my fellow Evangelicals when it comes to voting for Mormons for public office. Which is the reason I wish these same brothers and sisters would read this piece.

While the object of the piece titled "Why Ann Stayed Home" was obviously meant to make her and her husband look like Neanderthals, unlike Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post and John Nolte at Breitbart, I found it to be rather flattering about Mormon beliefs on mothers.

Instead of going on and on, I'll let you read some excerpts for yourself.

Ann Romney was already fully immersed in stay-at-home motherhood — raising five sons, ages six to 16, in her Belmont home — when Mormon prophet Ezra Taft Benson took to a pulpit on February 22, 1987 and delivered a definitive sermon on gender roles in the church titled, "To the Mothers of Zion."

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Benson's talk, which was distributed church-wide and is still quoted in Mormon Sunday School classes today, crystalized decades of LDS teachings on the divinely-declared role of women, and made little effort to bow to political correctness.

"Mothers are to conceive, to nourish, to love, and to train," Benson said. "So declare the revelations."

He went on to warn against placing materialism ahead of child-rearing:

Do not use the reasoning of the world, such as, "We'll wait until we can better afford having children, until we are more secure, until John has completed his education, until he has a better paying job, until we have a larger home, until we've obtained a few of the material conveniences," and on and on.

This is the reasoning of the world and is not pleasing in the sight of God... Do not curtail the number of your children for personal or selfish reasons. Material possessions, social convenience, and so-called professional advantages are nothing compared to a righteous posterity. In the eternal perspective, children--not possessions, not position, not prestige--are our greatest jewels.

Oh the shame! Can you imagine being a mother that thinks your kids are more important than your things? Worse yet, can you imagine a Church leader placing Church doctrine ahead of political correctness?

And there's more:

"The strong prescription that women should not work seemed more jarring in a social context in which women's right to participate more fully in the economy was starting to seem well-established," said Kristine Haglund, a feminist and editor at liberal Mormon journal Dialogue.

It also served as a sort of Cliff's Notes for decades of Mormon sermons on motherhood. For example, Benson quoted a talk given 10 years earlier by then-prophet Spencer W. Kimball, which included an impassioned plea for women to forfeit careers, and a claim that "numerous divorces" had resulted from the trend of mothers leaving home to work:

I beg of you, you who could and should be bearing and rearing a family: Wives, come home from the typewriter, the laundry, the nursing, come home from the factory, the cafe. No career approaches in importance that of wife, homemaker, mother--cooking meals, washing dishes, making beds for one's precious husband and children. Come home, wives, to your husbands. Make home a heaven for them. Come home, wives, to your children, born and unborn. Wrap the motherly cloak about you and, unembarrassed, help in a major role to create the bodies for the immortal souls who anxiously await.

Can you imagine a Church leader saying there is nothing more important than your family? Can you imagine any reason why women were encouraged not to be embarrassed to be a stay-at-home mom during that time in our history? How oppressive!

Oh wait! I do seem to recall when I was one how some people would ask me what I did and would look at me with disdain when I answered.

The piece goes on and on in this manner, continuously denouncing the idea that a mother's role could possibly be considered more important or more fulfilling than any 'career' outside the home.

While I am grateful that I was able to be a stay-at-home mom during much of my son's formative years, I do not take that for granted and realize that there are a lot of mothers who only wish they could have done the same. I also understand that women are different and to some mothers the thought of not working outside the home would drive them crazy. So what? I don't denounce their decision to work and I'm surprised (okay not really surprised but disgusted) when certain un-named folks denounce mothers who decide to be a full-time mom.

Yet, even with those mothers I know who do prefer to have a career outside the home, I've rarely met any that considered their career more important than their children.

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I find this teaching well within biblical orthodoxy. And very healthy for society, too. I get into it frequently with friends over the whole waiting thing. Had we waited, my football playing, company commanding, 4.86 gpa earning, West Point bound son never would have been born.
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I didn't go back to work until my youngest was in third grade. And then, I only took sub jobs at her school. I don't look down or judge women who do work. I believe most of us make the best choices with the knowledge we have at the time. I am not real thrilled with this lib tactic of pitting working outside the home women against those who only work inside. Many of my friends were working mothers and I'd never think I was "better" or more holy than they are. It is a choice that I was grateful I was able to make.

Good blog, other brain. (So, what DO your evangelical friends say when you tell them your brains other half is a Mormon? Mine accept that my other half is fundy quite easily.)
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Well said, boss. :D
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Mr. Naron, on 17 April 2012 - 09:36 PM, said:

I find this teaching well within biblical orthodoxy. And very healthy for society, too. I get into it frequently with friends over the whole waiting thing. Had we waited, my football playing, company commanding, 4.86 gpa earning, West Point bound son never would have been born.

While I can understand waiting until you are more financially secure, depending on what that means to you, you could end up waiting too long where it's too late. I personally took that section to mean that you should not put materialism ahead of your family.

As much as I love to shop, I can see how easily that could happen.
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wag-a-muffin, on 17 April 2012 - 10:26 PM, said:

I didn't go back to work until my youngest was in third grade. And then, I only took sub jobs at her school. I don't look down or judge women who do work. I believe most of us make the best choices with the knowledge we have at the time. I am not real thrilled with this lib tactic of pitting working outside the home women against those who only work inside. Many of my friends were working mothers and I'd never think I was &quot;better&quot; or more holy than they are. It is a choice that I was grateful I was able to make.Good blog, other brain. (So, what DO your evangelical friends say when you tell them your brains other half is a Mormon? Mine accept that my other half is fundy quite easily.)


Thankfully most of my close fundie friends are more like me when it comes to Mormons. Though now that you mention it, I can hardly wait to say that the next time this conversation comes up with someone who is anti-Mormon. :sinister:
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Mr. E. Monkey, on 17 April 2012 - 10:31 PM, said:

Well said, boss. :D


Thanks running mate. :D
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As I stated elsewhere, I was a SAHM throughout most of my husband's Naval career. With two children, we got by on enlisted pay. We felt it was important for me to be home for the kids when he spent half his time halfway around the world. I knew qite a few SAHMs who lived in Navy housing. I also knew quite a few moms who chose to work. There was never much finger pointing in the groups. Oh, it seems there was always one on one side or the other who tried to stir things up, and they were ignored. Mostly everyone just took it for granted the others chose their own paths. Of course, there was no lib-driven "war on women" at that time.

I do find it ironic that the same side that is attacking SAHM Ann Romney this election cycle attacked Sarah Palin for working and not being at home with her children during the last election cycle. They can't even keep their own rhetoric straight.
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My mom was a SAHM, and I can't even begin to praise her enough for it. <BR><BR>That said, get ready for a whole lot more hit pieces like this. Every piece of LDS history is going to be dug up and hung out to view by the lamestream press-something they managed to avoid with 0bama.
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USNRETWIFE, on 18 April 2012 - 09:21 AM, said:

As I stated elsewhere, I was a SAHM throughout most of my husband's Naval career. With two children, we got by on enlisted pay. We felt it was important for me to be home for the kids when he spent half his time halfway around the world. I knew qite a few SAHMs who lived in Navy housing. I also knew quite a few moms who chose to work. There was never much finger pointing in the groups. Oh, it seems there was always one on one side or the other who tried to stir things up, and they were ignored. Mostly everyone just took it for granted the others chose their own paths. Of course, there was no lib-driven "war on women" at that time.

I do find it ironic that the same side that is attacking SAHM Ann Romney this election cycle attacked Sarah Palin for working and not being at home with her children during the last election cycle. They can't even keep their own rhetoric straight.



Ha! Good one and sooo true. Hippocrates one and all.:coolshades:
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USNRETWIFE, on 18 April 2012 - 09:21 AM, said:

As I stated elsewhere, I was a SAHM throughout most of my husband's Naval career. With two children, we got by on enlisted pay. We felt it was important for me to be home for the kids when he spent half his time halfway around the world. I knew qite a few SAHMs who lived in Navy housing. I also knew quite a few moms who chose to work. There was never much finger pointing in the groups. Oh, it seems there was always one on one side or the other who tried to stir things up, and they were ignored. Mostly everyone just took it for granted the others chose their own paths. Of course, there was no lib-driven &quot;war on women&quot; at that time.I do find it ironic that the same side that is attacking SAHM Ann Romney this election cycle attacked Sarah Palin for working and not being at home with her children during the last election cycle. They can't even keep their own rhetoric straight.


I do wish more folks would point this out. Of course most folks with a microphone are scared to death to defend or even mention Palin.
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swede1962, on 18 April 2012 - 11:44 AM, said:

My mom was a SAHM, and I can't even begin to praise her enough for it. &lt;BR&gt;&lt;BR&gt;That said, get ready for a whole lot more hit pieces like this. Every piece of LDS history is going to be dug up and hung out to view by the lamestream press-something they managed to avoid with 0bama.


You're so right. Though they will do everything they can to keep these attacks from having Obama's fingerprints on them, not that anyone would ever hold him accountable for anything anyway.
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Definitely not PC. It makes sense. When your career is over, what do you have to show for it? The thing about family is it is never over, and except in rare cases, there is always something to show for it.

I'm curious about why you are not LDS, but I won't pry. If you ever wish to share, I'd be interested.
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ASE, on 19 April 2012 - 03:45 AM, said:

Definitely not PC. It makes sense. When your career is over, what do you have to show for it? The thing about family is it is never over, and except in rare cases, there is always something to show for it.I'm curious about why you are not LDS, but I won't pry. If you ever wish to share, I'd be interested.


I don't believe the same things that LDS believe from what little I know. There has never really been a question in my mind that I would so I've not had any real reason to research any further. I don't really want to argue doctrinal differences.

I will tell you that the first and foremost reason I would never consider it is The Book of Mormon. I'm a Bible only girl.
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