Date: November 05, 2019 12:00PM
My four year old daughter and I spent this last weekend with my VERY TBM parents. We were on neutral turf in a city where none of us live, but, of course, my parents attended church on Sunday.
My mom asked my daughter if she wanted to go, and my daughter's response was, "What's church?"
My mom explained that its a place where we go to worship Heavenly Father and Jesus, and my daughter, still very confused, asked, "What's Jesus?"
Being BIC, at four I'm sure I could have rattled off all sorts of canned answers that would have made my mother glow with pride. I think at that age I knew some of the easier Articles of Faith, had given several talks in Primary, and could sing most of the Junior Primary songs unprompted.
I'm so thankful for the better life I'm giving my daughter. Instead of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam we sing the Eagles and George Strait and Eye of the Tiger. On Sundays we go to parks and museums and have FUN. We read good books (not boring fiction like the BOM and the Bible). My kid is kind and loving and smart -- all without any belief in a god.
I don't know how many generations my family has been in the Church, but some go back to the very beginning with Joseph Smith. I'm happy that I'm the "pioneer" who is breaking this cycle of brainwashing.