Recently at a major university, a class on Christianity in the modern world spent an entire class discussing Sister Beck's talk Mothers Who Know. Instead of discussing the merits of the talk, it was dissected piece by piece, examining its flaws, stereotyping the "stupid" women who would follow such outdated ideas and discussing how dangerous these teachings are for the women's movement.
I'd love to sit in a similar class that examined piece by piece the flaws, stereotypes and dangerous ideas of the women's movement, the damage that's been done by taking an idea like equal pay for equal work and spinning it into an entire movement that undermines families and belittles men...
but that's another post.
I distinctly remember the day that talk was given and the desire I felt after listening and feeling the spirit, that I could and should do better and that as a mother, I was a critical part of God's plan. I was inspired.
I remember being shocked in the days and weeks following the talk, that people were finding fault with it. As I looked at blogs and articles about people protesting the talk, I re-read it, baffled that anyone could take issue with the beautiful message.
Now, three years later, students at a major university are paying for the privelege of figuring out what's wrong with the message and how it sets back women.
Women who know bear children - President Benson said, "In the eternal perspective, children—not possessions, not position, not prestige—are our greatest jewels."
Women who know honor their sacred ordinances and covenants - Hard for me to imagine this being a bad thing.
Women who know are nurturers - "To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow."
Women who know are leaders - "In equal partnership with their husbands, they lead a great and eternal organization."
Women who know are teachers - "A well-taught friend told me that he did not learn anything at church that he had not already learned at home."
Women who know do less - "These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all."
Women who know stand strong and immovable - "Latter-day Saint women should be the very best in the world at upholding, nurturing, and protecting families."
I strive to be one of those "stupid" women. I hope my daughters grow up to be two of those "stupid" women and I pray my sons come home from their missions and find one of these "stupid" women to marry.