In the article about the controversy surrounding Sister Beck's talk on motherhood (Aug. 8), the women of the Sunstone Symposium said the leaders of the LDS Church "narrow the role of women in the church by minimizing the contribution of those who don't have children and stay at home to raise them, whether by choice or through circumstances they can't control."

The LDS leaders have not minimized single women or women without children. In fact, they encourage women not to define themselves by their marital or parental status but by their divine status.

However, if I make a lifestyle choice, it is unhealthy for me to expect anyone else — including a church — to change their standards in order to validate my choice.

Christine Woodbury

stay-at-home mother

Eagle Mountain