Date: May 13, 2013 11:57AM
This is the kind of very tight, in-house, expectations of the religious familial, social culture of Mormonism and why I have found it is best understood as a tribe.
As we know, they have designated themselves as one of the Tribes of Israel with specific responsibilities in the "last days" given to the personal in their Patriarchal Blessing.
Everything within Mormonism, from birth to death, is choreographed into acceptable behaviors of their tribe. It's all geared into a familial package that is eternal.
So, yes, I would expect the patriarch or matriarch of the family to be highly tuned into the progression of those highly emotionally bonded expectations of the course of the lives of their offspring as it pertains to the ceremonies/rituals designed to take the person from birth to death to an eternal life. And yes, it's tribal in nature in all aspects.
This religious system is not unlike thousands of others of a that has been practiced throughout the history of humanity. Many are still in existence today in different places of the world.
So, from my standpoint, I take an objective, outsider view.
It requires nothing emotional from me, just an active curiosity about all religions with a strong cultural, familial nature.
Almost all are patriarchal in nature, still today.
There are great responsibilities placed on the patriarchal and matriarchal positions in a family in Mormonism. Some are more strict and conservative and orthodox than others.
But the ultimate goal, is to do what they believe Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has commanded them to do.
And so, yes, we'll see every kind of human behavior within this system of the tribal nature of Mormonism. Some of it will be ugly, extremely authoritative, and often strange, and offensive to the outsider. I find that to be true for how I look at many religions.
And in the case of the OP: it will often be something others think is minor and of no consequence, yet, in the truest sense of the believer, it's part of the culture and requirements that are designed to please their deity and savior.
and so it goes...folks, and that's Mormon culture.... from my observation and long time believer immersed in it like a tub of cold water, initially! :-)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/13/2013 11:58AM by SusieQ#1.