Elder Oaks advocates for children during Saturday afternoon session

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  • athought Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    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!

  • pipercomanche West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    It's about time some one had the courage to speak the truth in society for the children. Heaven knows the "experts" won't.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    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.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    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."

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    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.

  • jeffcorry Orderville, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    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.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    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.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 6, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    Elder Oaks said the most serious form of child abuse is to deny them life!