LDS Families Gather For General Conference: Are You Raising Your Child In A Particular Religion?

A Prop 8 protest I attended at Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Thousands of Mormon families from across the globe are converging in Salt Lake City right now for what they call General Conference.  It’s when members of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints come to Salt Lake to hear the leaders of the church speak.

Usually leaders express the importance of family and how parents can raise their children in a manner they consider righteous.

It’s no secret I’m a “recovering Mormon”.  In fact, I was recently voted “X-Mormon of the Year” by a popular local blog here in Salt Lake City.  In my job as a journalist for a local television station in Salt Lake I’ve tangled with LDS church leaders on more than one occasion. 

My experience leaving the Mormon church behind was, perhaps, the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.  I’ve lost friends over it, gatherings with certain family members are rife with awkward exchanges but I’m glad I am no longer officially a member of the church.  I asked to be removed from their record books after they had a hand in getting Proposition 8 passed in California.  It was important to me to be free and clear of the church – of any religion –  before my first child was born.

I plan to raise my children with a knowledge of all religions but a belief in none of them.  Spirituality is more important, in my eyes, than a belief in some other person’s version of truth and righteousness. I don’t believe in the baptism of children who don’t know better. If, at an older age my children choose to be baptized into a religion, so be it.

Which brings me to my question for you.  Were you raised in a particular religion?  Was it a positive experience?  Do you plan to raise your child in a particular religion?  If so, why?

Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do.  Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. -John Lennon

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