I've heard bits and pieces, and I'm apalled. True, children are our
responsibility and if we have them, to raise them right is our calling. For the
church to say they have to have two parents is totally wrong,. My
daughter's been a single mom for 12 years. Her kids are doing great. Her
problem? Very little support from the church. She has a son in scouts and has
fought the scoutmaster from the time he went in. He doesn't have a dad,
therefore, he can't possibly do anything, and my daughter can't help
him -- she's a girl -- coming from scoutmaster, her dad, etc. She's
done everything to encourage him, even going to scout meetings so the other kids
with dads aren't making fun of him aside the scoutmaster. She's had to
find other avenues to help him, and we almost had to reattach the jaws of a few
when he was awarded 8 merit badges in the last court of honor -- 5 which count
toward his eagle. Don't tell me he needs a dad. Granddaughter is also left
out. The church is a caring, supportive, entity? Not always!
It's about time some one had the courage to speak the truth in society for
the children. Heaven knows the "experts" won't.
i thought some of his talk was directed at the Utah legislature and its stand
against properly funding the education of our children here in Utah.
Elder Oaks made remarks regarding gay marriage to the effect that it is an
experiment, the consequences of which will only be known later. I think he may
well be right. The Soviet Union experimented with differnet family forms, only
to find that stability required traditional two gender parent families. So to
my liberal friends I might well say "not so fast on gay marriage."
Business owners were is health insurance for them? Many of them also struggle
while there employees do ok. We need to do what we can to help people be self
reliant not rely on government.
Elder Oak's talk was excellent and inspired. It was also truth. It may also
be difficult for many people to accept in the world. But it is still truth. I
loved it and hope I will do my part to protect children from all the things he
mentioned. Especially as I am a teacher of wonderful children.
Just as serious as denying children life is denying them medical care. Most
church members are against universal health care calling it socialism and
tyranny. It is true parents are responsible for their childrens well being.
Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world. Many parents are
struggling due to tough economic times. Many are unemployed or part of the
working poor. If we really want to bless childrens lives we could start with
their parents. Employment with benefits would take a lot of stress out of their
lives. How about providing sick leave so a parent could take a day off to care
for a sick child. Children should not have to live in poverty. Most food
stamps recipients are children or the elderly, not lazy people living off
gov't dole like so many want us to believe. I am not taking politcal sides
here. I thought Elder Oaks talk was inspired. I hope people take time to
contemplate what he said. We can be part of the problem or part of the
solution. I prefer the latter.
Elder Oaks said the most serious form of child abuse is to deny them life!