This post is by Heather B. I’ve been absent from Mormon Matters due to the birth of my third child. Its given me cause to reflect once again on the wonder of bringing a new person to this world, and the things I want to teach my children, and the people that I want them to have the chance to become.
One of things I want my kids is to be part of a community that values how great they are, inherently. Not how great they are if they believe in a certain person and/or deity or go through the correct rite of passage ceremonies, or say the right prayers. They are good because they are themselves, because they are beautiful and unique and smart, and loving and full of joy and wonder.
Is the church a community that encourages it’s children’s sense of self worth, outside of their actions or ‘works’? If it isn’t, how can we help it to become one?