Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LDS Church and Birth Control, Contraception

In this time of political risings and having had the "Mormon" church be in the spotlight - I thought it both applicable and important to share some of the teachings of church leaders concerning Birth Control/Contraception.  This is a hot topic in the media at present and I am not going to argue that point.  Rather, I will share what the LDS beliefs are so as to shed some light on the subject.

The current argument in the U.S. is more about insurance covering (or not) the price of birth control pills.  This posting is NOT about that.  I'm sure it will be fully argued (sigh) until some kind of conclusion is made.  There are those much more savvy than I as to the validity of the argument and the Constitutionality of it.  But, I do refer you to a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson "The Proper Role of Government" and it's You Tube version.  I share those beliefs and feel that each of us have a personal obligation to defend those principles.  The current decisions will be affected by how well those in power live to these standards.  I strongly believe that the Lord has spoken and that we would do well to heed that counsel.

Here, I feel to share what the Lord has said, through his servants, about the LDS/Mormon belief of birth control and contraception.  You do not have to agree with me or with them.  I'm simply doing what I feel to do and...you can decide for yourself what you want to do about it.

Sanctity of Life - Glorious Blessings of Home and Family
Not all church members conform to these teachings.  Some are doing so out of ignorance, others - rebellion.  But, many do and are sincerely striving and seeking to do what they feel is the Lord's will for them and their families.  They have found, as have I, that one of the true principles in life is that obedience to God's law brings peace and happiness and joy.  Going against teachings of the Lord - breeds contempt, unrest, antagonism and mixed emotions.  Interesting, isn't it?

I hope that this will not open a can of worms but rather a wholesome dialog or opportunity for many to ponder on things they may not have thought of or known before.
Please read through these messages before you jump all over me for being the 'messenger'.  :)  Ponder for yourself what the principles are.  Are they true?  Is there a reason they are 'unpopular?'.  What is the reason?  Why is there so much opposition?  Who is opposing these teachings?  What is the reason for that?  Which way is 'right' or 'best'?  and...how so?

I don't believe that fighting about these things is helpful.  Honest questions are wonderful.  That's how we learn.  But, arguing and contention are from the adversary.  They do not breed peace.  And...peace is from the Lord.

Here are the teachings.  I hope you'll have an open heart as you ponder on these beautiful messages.  They are time-tested and true.

Official Church Statements:
Proclamation on the Family
Multiply and Replenish the Earth
Motherhood
Fatherhood
Birth Control
Contraception

Other Resources - quoting some church leaders
Mormon Chronicle - Our Responsibility
What Mormons Believe

Strengthening Families:
More Diligent and Concerned at Home
Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty
Strengthening the Family; the Basic Unit
Strengthening the Family; Womanhood

5 comments:

JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

I am a mother of three wonderful children. The youngest has a disability that has me struggling to keep up and my head above water.

I love all of my children, and I would never give them up at any time. Ever. In spite of the disability. The thought is repugnant to me.

However, the reason I have chosen not to have more children is separate from this. I have experienced antenatal and postpartum depression that I would not wish on anyone. My husband and I prayed and fasted and decided that our third would be our last.

I'm glad the choice was already made. We experienced the most traumatic event in our lives-superceding even the regression of our chatty toddler into a dependent body binding her healthy mind. I experienced post-partum psychosis. I am begging everyone to be open minded as they choose their own paths.

These decisions are personal. We wouldn't tak about such things as I have mentioned to the general public.

Mormon Women: Who We Are said...

I would love to hear more discussion on this...how can we truly take a stand for principles of religious freedom and the proper role of government? I think there are a variety of opinions and approaches, and so I think it's good to talk about different ways people are trying to do this.

I think the concept of religious freedom is a huge deal in our world right now, but I also am not always sure how to get my head around what to do about it. I want to brush up on what our leaders have been saying about this lately...there have been stories on the newsroom and talks given in various contexts over the past couple of years.

Mormon Women: Who We Are said...

BTW, on the topic of birth control, I did a sort of comprehensive study about the topic a few years ago...going through 10 years or so of counsel regarding the principles related to this topic. Thought you might be interested in them:

http://michelle-dot-el.blogspot.com/2008/02/is-past-and-present-counsel-regarding_23.html

http://michelle-dot-el.blogspot.com/2008/02/is-past-and-present-counsel-regarding.html

Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Thank you JourneyBeyondSurvival, I think that the greatest gift we all have is personal revelation and knowing that the Lord will guide each of us in our personal circumstances and decisions. He is kind and loving and has taught us to each be that way as well.

My own journey has been a difficult one. I've sometimes been wrongfully judged for being divorced. That has been very painful for me as I know that they 'know not of what they speak".

All of us have different challenges and circumstances. We heed Prophetic words and apply things as we are led to do so.

I shared this post because I was prompted to do so. Not all women are as sincere as you in seeking the Lord's will in their behalf.

I hope that what I've posted may be informative to those who may have not heard or read some of the things that have been taught from the pulpit.

Joseph's example is one we can all benefit from "I teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves.

Thank you for writing. I hope you will feel supported in your journey.

Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Michelle,
Thank you, also, for your comments. I know that there are some good sites on defending freedoms and liberty.

This one is from an LDS perspective and seems to have some good information. http://www.ldsliberty.org/

I know that there are others' out there. Here are a few that are on this blog. http://mormonmomswhoblog.blogspot.com/p/dad-bloggers.html

If any of the rest of you know of good sites - let us know and we'll add them here!

Thanks!