That goes right in conjunction with the Proclamation. Anyway, time is short but I wanted to share some of the quotes:
From ages four to eleven, each child is learning how to be male or female and about what being male or female means about their relationships with others. Toys, games, books, and friends revolve largely around gender. Considerable controversy has been aroused of late around such terms as sexism, feminism, and machoism, as if there is something wrong with being too male, too female, or too virtuous. President Spender W. Kimball said, "I sincerely hope that our Latter-day Saint girls and women, and men and boys, will drink deeply of the water of life and conform their lives to the beautiful and comprehensive roles the Lord assigned to them." For Latter-day Saints, the matter of virtuous role behavior ought not to be confusing...I thought those quotes were good in light of several blog discussions I've participated in lately. Liberty was getting rid of some shirts the other day and I asked her why she didn't like them since I knew she liked the colors. She responded, "They make me feel masculine." Okay, sounds like they need to go then!
....Within the gospel framework are some realities that there are some exclusive things men are to do and some that women are to do. A most appropriate time for this development is the interlude between early childhood and adolescence...
President Kimball clarified the eternal significance of gender identity when he said: " Some people are ignorant or vicious and apparently attempting to destroy the concept of masculinity and femininity. More and more girls dress, groom, and act like men. More and more men dress, groom, and act like women. The high purposes of life are damaged and destroyed by the growing unisex theory. God made man in his own image, male and female made he them. With relatively few accidents of nature, we are born male or female. The Lord knew best. Certainly, men and women who would change their sex status will answer to their Maker."
As I have been reviewing the traditions in my life I have become aware that there is some gender confusion in society. My husband and I shield much from our children but there is still much of it that seeps in. We have redefined roles in our family, reviewed clothing, and looked at behavior. I have a friend who says, "Why would a women want to be like me? I am a crass man. Why do they want to shoulder my roles when God has given them something much more ennobling and beautiful to do?" Why indeed. As I reflect I realize I need to be