Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The faithless, feminist book "Women at Church" and baby blessings.

We were just having a laugh about something in the feminist book Women at Church. Apparently the author puts forth as an example a woman who helped her husband write out the baby blessing for their child before giving the blessing.

Which is hilariously wrong.

That couple found a way to include the wife. They did it by throwing out Heavenly Father. I guess if that is the trade they are after, they succeeded. Giving blessings is quite close to saying prayers and listening for answers to those prayers. The main difference is that the question is commonly fairly open ended and you are supposed to say the answers you hear out loud.

What is being done by these feminists not particularly different than writing out what the answers to your prayers will be, and then kneeling down and reading them off after asking your questions. Maybe if you are a man, thene your wife could write down the answers so she could feel included in your personal prayers.

If you are really going to do that, I think you may as well give your child the super-duperest blessing imaginable. It will be up to the wife bring it about, since she is taking Heavenly Father's place in granting the blessing. Two possibilities come to mind:

"This baby will be the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

or maybe

"One day, this talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from it's hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true because it rhymes.

On second thought, in a family like that, use the second one for the baby blessing. My experience is that in such marriages the wife has already insisted on the first one for herself.

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