I was a Hell raiser and the class clown at church growing up. I had opinions. I remember when I turned 12 going to my first young woman’s activities. The activity was making a list of all the quality’s you wanted in your future husband. Remember the part where I said I WAS 12! So all the girls around me were writing things like, served a mission, temple worthy, hold the priesthood. I was stumped. Absolutely mind blow. My list had one thing. That he loves me and I love him. The young woman’s leader keep pressuring me to write other stuff but I couldn't. I was not going to lie. Those other things didn't matter to me. Eventually I slipped out to spy on the boys who were learning how to change a tire.
It got worse as I got older. I remember coming in late to a mutual activity where the “activity” was getting lectured about marriage. I made sure to ware my authentic Cub Scout Shirt I got at Good Will. It had merit badges and everything. Ha Ha Ha. That always pisst off my Bishop. I loudly took a seat in the back and tried to find a way to not pay attention. Then I heard something I couldn't ignore.
“Young ladies you all should want to have children. It should be your main purpose in life to have kids”
My hand shot up like a rocket.
“Yes sister,” said Brother Old-man
“Yeah, what if we don’t want to have kids? I personally want to have a career,” I said.
“Well sister let me tell you a story. My son was dating a young lady and they were thinking about getting married. But he discovered that she didn't want to have kids so he broke it off with her-“
“GOOOOD!” I interrupted. “They shouldn’t be together. That would be a teeeerrible match!”, Old man was stunned. He really didn't know how to reply. So I continued, “I mean why should a woman give up her dreams to clean up after some Poop Monster? And why can’t the husband stay at home? Am I right ladies?” Everyone is just staring now. Just staring. My biggest fan Military Bishop piped in.
“It is our job to multiply and replenish the earth. Genesis 1:28.”
Well that shut me up. I learned you can’t win against someone who quotes scriptures unless you can quote back. But I sat back in my chair beaming. I knew I had spoken truth.