Explore LDS Doctrine and Church History in detail with valuable insight and perspective from respected LDS scholars.
Like many members of the Church, I have children who were blindsided by things that contradicted prior perceptions about gospel topics. Having come across new information outside of nurturing channels such as family study and Church-sponsored instruction, they felt betrayed. As their mother, I was ill-equipped to answer their questions. Spurred by the desire to become better informed, I studied the issues and learned some guiding principles.
Inoculation. As a parent, I had the power to take away the surprise element to learning some of the more difficult-to-understand aspects of LDS doctrine and Church history. Having first heard and studied these issues at home, my children would be less likely to be caught off guard and feel betrayed when coming across these issues in a less nurturing environment.
Trust. Teaching these topics to my children would strengthen our relationship. As their questions were addressed and discussed, trust would develop. They would see our home as a safe place for intellectual and spiritual exploration.
Life Skills. Admitting to not knowing things while holding on to things that one does know is a valuable life skill. The very act of showing faith acknowledges that there are uncertainties. In our daily lives, we are able to function amidst an abundance of unknowns. Embracing this same functionality in our spiritual lives is healthy.
Knowledge. I couldn’t do this on my own. Many of these issues are complex; the more I study, the more I realize how complex these issues can be. A cursory search on the Internet or even hours of listening to podcasts will not reap the understanding and insight equal to that of scholars who have studied these issues for decades.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."