Junior Ganymede
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What to Expect

January 14th, 2013 by G.

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January 14th, 2013 17:06:43

January 14, 2013

This does bring to mind two things.

One, a prophecy by Joseph Smith, that the time would come, when none but the women of the latter-day saints, would bare children.

Second, a prophecy by Brigham Young that the Saints would be tempted far more by wealth than they ever were by poverty. I expect that between marriage and children, the Saints will command a lead in the economy when the rest of the nation (and “civilized” nations) falter.

January 14, 2013

What’s interesting is the reduction in family size for “economic” reasons when we are objectively wealthier than at nearly any time in the past (1980s-90s excepted). So many second incomes required for so many “guest bedrooms” for the two weekends a year that family comes to town; a wife that works full time will not often exceed the replacement rate. I do not exempt the Church from this analysis.

Adam G.
January 15, 2013

Yes, Mormon birthrates have clearly dropped, and statistics like child of record baptisms bear this out.

January 15, 2013

I feel genuine remorse at having had so few children.

I have lots of excuses, though. For one thing, look how the ones I had turned out.

And then there’s the fact their mother essentially willed herself dead at their birth.

Plus the fact I didn’t come out of the criminal attempt to murder me entirely, ah, intact.

January 15, 2013

I would not necessarily put it in those terms, MC, but I think your gist is right. The issue is loving the things of the world, more than the things God has commanded us. We are putting off marriage and children for school and careers.

God very much wants us not to be like the World. It strikes me very significantly that in Victorian times, we had plural marriage and in modern more libertine times, we have the strictest chastity and single marriages. If the saints try to straddle the fence as much as possible, it seems God goes to the opposite extreme.

I think raising families has more to do with virtue than mere abstinence. It is no idle commandment to “multiply and replenish the Earth”. Does this mean a slut with children is more righteous than a yuppie who forgoes marriage and children for career? Which commandment is more important? (not to justify sin…)

January 15, 2013

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