The Deseret News' inaccurate representation of a recent panel on LDS motherhood at last week's Sunstone Symposium unfortunately does damage to the panelists and the possibility for constructive discussion about this vital topic. By framing her summary of the panel with one woman's negative response, Carrie Moore makes it appear as though this woman accurately represents both what the panelists said and the feelings of the many other people in the audience.
None of the presenters, myself included, showed any disrespect for stay-at-home mothers. Indeed, three of the five panelists are stay-at-home mothers. While the five presenters disagreed on some issues, they confirmed two points: Women are more than their roles their worth is tied to their eternal identity and individual personhood. And, acknowledging the diversity and complexity of women's lives, we'd better help them as they make difficult choices.
We were not trying to tear down the crucial role of mothering, Sister Julie B. Beck or the LDS Church. Rather, we believe that open discussion and critiquing ideas, not people, can help us all re-examine our commitments to good principles.
Salt Lake City