As I have mentioned before, I love the General Conferences of the LDS Church. Last weekend, we had another beautiful, inspiring, soul-expanding meeting. HANDS DOWN my favorite quote was from D. Todd Christofferson’s address, “The Moral Force of Women”.
“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”1 In blurring feminine and masculine differences, we lose the distinct, complementary gifts of women and men that together produce a greater whole.”
Echoes the sentiments of my heart exactly. Why is it that certain “Feminist” groups want to make women identical to men? Isn’t that like eradicating womanhood? On the contrary, womanhood is something to be celebrated. As a woman, I can do amazing things, like the mind boggling ability to grow a baby inside my shape-shifting super-hero-like body. And despite the disturbing film Junior, starring my former State Governor, that is an ability that no man will ever approach. Should men be offended and protest the fact that they can’t have children? Who would they appeal to, God Himself?
My husband has a great respect for my role as a mother. He constantly encourages me and thanks me for my sacrifice to bring children into our family. I, in return, respect his unique contribution to our family life. He does things that I can’t do and I do things that he can’t do. Men and Women are just different. I am not threatened by that truth BECAUSE we don’t need to be IDENTICAL to be EQUAL.
I think that God is a great economist. Remember the principle of specialization from Econ 101? We can accomplish more and achieve a greater quality of life when we each perform a unique, specialized service and then share with each other. There is so much work to do in a family. We can do more together than we can accomplish alone.
I really enjoyed Christofferson’s reminder of what women can do so well (among other things)— be a refining influence on the world.