Two conversations have happened recently. We were talking about families that have a lot of kids, and she mentioned Catholic's and Mormons. I told her the joke: Anyone who has a lot of kids is either Catholic, Mormon or not careful. She said that both of our religions have lots of kids for power. I'd never heard that one before! I said no, it's about the eternal nature of the family- of being with them for forever. She said, No, it's about power, but I believe in the eternal nature of the soul. As if that made families for forever. I didn't explain more, just left it.
Then Jason and I find out that some people we know who are very young are going to be parents. When I found out, I said "great, an unwed pregnancy!" I told them that Jason counseled them to get married. She then said I don't think that has to happen, do you? I was in shock! All the Catholic's I know, have been married before they have children and I don't think the Catholic church looks happily on that. They are pro-family and were anti birth control. They have told their parishioners to have a type of family home evening- a program that started with our church decades ago! I'm just in shock that even they have become comfortable with the ways of the world, with thinking that marriage does not make family life, that it is optional. It's even more funny because this mother who lived with her husband 3 years prior to marriage, got married when she found out she was pregnant!
Of course there are many reason's for this decline of righteous thinking, of ignoring God's laws and being OK with what society has been promoting. Today, after teaching about keeping the sabbath day holy to my primary kids I read them this scripture:
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
I know the media has a huge part in this also, but when we go to church we keep ourselves unspotted from the lies and sins of the world, because we are being taught truths and taking on us the shield of faith and the sword of His Spirit, which is the word of God!
As I continue to be in non-members home I continually as amazed as religious people, even those that go to church every Sunday, pray in poems, not from the heart, and shop on Sunday or engage in other practices that clearly taught against in the Bible.
I'm saddened by both Catholics and Mormon who are having fewer children, most of the having 2. I'm especially shocked by Mormons who do that who know The Plan of Salvation. My saying is this: "The Lord said multiply and replenish, not multiply and replace" People think they are sacrificing for having a 3 child, but that is still not replenishing both of you, just one and one replacement! Another woman I know says he mom says "5 or a note from your doctor!" Of course I understand health issues both the mother and the child, including mental health, infertility, etc, and I know this is coming from a woman who has no children, but that is the point. I want kids, but have not had the opportunity yet, to have children and I want them and there are people who can have them who don't. In my book, that isn't right.
A large Mormon family who I don't know that I've always wanted.