Mormon Parenting: Defining the church and ourselves

Is it just us, or do you get a little tired of our detractors and critics and the media at large defining our church, explaining our doctrine and expounding on our culture?

In this “Mormon Moment” when stimuli as varied as a presidential candidate and a Broadway musical turn people’s attention and curiosity toward The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it seems that everyone wants to have an opinion and every media source seems to want to explain Mormonism to the world.

Speaking for ourselves, we don’t mind either the attention or the curiosity; in fact we think it is perhaps part of the fulfillment of the prophecy about the LDS Church coming out of obscurity. What we do mind are all the self-styled experts who want to speak for the church and about the church even when they themselves are not practicing members. And we also mind it when writers and reporters and pundits do their stories without ever so much as talking with the church itself or even with any faithful members.

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