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Real Mormon Women React to General RS President Camille Johnson: RFM: 344

Mormon Women speak up about recent comments by Relief Society General President Camille Johnson towards the effect that she was following the LDS Prophet in sacrificing to have worked outside the home while almost all Latter-day saint women were taught sternly to be at home moms and incurred shame and guilt for doing otherwise. And on the other hand to be burdened and feel hopeless thinking its their only option if they stayed home to raise kids.


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  1. Great episode RFM! Thank you for listening to women.

    When one of the women shared the story about her friend pulling her kid out of preschool because of the way she interpreted Benson’s talk, her friend was actually on the mark. Check out this quote from an earlier Benson talk:

    “It is a fundamental truth that the responsibilities of motherhood cannot be successfully delegated. No, not to day-care centers, not to schools, not to nurseries, not to babysitters. We become enamored with men’s theories such as the idea of preschool training outside the home for young children. Not only does this put added pressure on the budget, but it places young children in an environment away from mother’s influence.” — Ezra Taft Benson, October 1981, “The Honored Place of Woman.”

    Bold words for Benson, a man who never cared for his own children at home solo for a single day in his life and who would probably have literally starved to death if his wife stopped making his lunches for him.

    It dawned on me at one point as a young mom (early 2000s) that all this “counsel” (bullying) on bearing children and motherhood was coming from men who were so old that they weren’t even allowed in the delivery room for their own children’s births. The women in the episode talking about the health problems they faced by following the no birth control rule illustrates how clueless the top leaders of the church were (and still are) on this.

    “The world teaches birth control. Tragically, many of our sisters subscribe to its pills and practices when they could easily provide earthly tabernacles for more of our Father’s children” — Ezra Taft Benson, 1974

    Easily. Easily, says a man who has no concept of the aftermath or injuries that repeated too-close-together pregnancies can cause. And he didn’t have any concept of that, because he did not care about the well being of women.

    The top leaders of the church have always been happy to “honor” women and mothers – as long as they don’t have to personally see, hear, care, or participate in any of the actual work or danger or mess of what it takes to birth and rear a child!

    I’m angry that I ever took men like Kimball and Benson seriously when I was younger. They didn’t know what they were talking about. Thank goodness I realized that while I could still get a job so my children could have (gasp) sweaters and (clutches pearls) FUN before they grew up and it was too late!

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