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.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The father should be the head of the home

Not surprisingly, some of the most profound declarations about the family are made just when they are most needed, right as Adam and Even fall from the presence of God and are about to start the first family in a mortal, fallen, world.

In Moses 4 we read

Moses 4:22 Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

 23 And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying—Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

 24 Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.

 25 By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the ground—for thou shalt surely die—for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return.

This is the father speaking directly.

It has sadly become common to assume that teachings about husbands and wives and family in the past are largely the result of prejudice. This is not true in the least, and that should be apparent to us without need of further evidence. Nevertheless, as evidence of the words of the brethren, I would put forth these words from the mouth of God the Father spoken to those who had no societal prejudices, no societal biases, no existing social structure and social norms other than whatever they had obtained from God himself. This is the Lord of hosts speaking directly on the matter. He gives clear direction that the husband is to be the head of the home.

Now, that is horribly unpopular to say these days. Prophets of this day and age have asked the members to put the father back at the head of the home, and that was in a day when fathers were much less of a figurehead in their own homes than they are now. But the mere fact that some scripture is unpopular is no reason to put it aside. As the world reshapes the family into its own image, it offers many ideas that sound appealing to us for one reason or the other. But all that the world's model of home and family has been doing over the last sixty years is to slowly, but inevitably, destroy the home and and destroy the family. All that the world has to offer the family are alternatives that undermine the family one way or another.

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