—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, second paragraph.)Before I get too far into this post, I want to remind you that I am approaching these posts with an intent to simply explain my views. I understand this topic is sensitive in nature, and I think that everyone deserves to be treated kindly.
Adam, Eve, and everyone born on the earth, are created in the image of God. We are literally spirit children of heavenly parents. I'm not sure how widespread that belief is; I imagine it might be a new concept to some. It is, however, what I believe, and that understanding influences my outlook on deity, myself, and everyone with whom I come in contact. I am a daughter of God, and a sister to all.
Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.In other words, even before we were born on earth, we had a gender, and we will continue to have a gender forever.
I must admit that I find it rather remarkable that in a day and age when many are concerned, for example, about the impact that GMOs have on our bodies, that society as a whole is so quick to dismiss the importance of an entire X or Y chromosome.
We read books with titles like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and we laugh at comedians explaining the differences between men and women. Even though we seem to inherently understand that men and women are not the same, political correctness tells us that, despite our DNA, gender is not determined by the presence or absence of a Y. I beg to differ.
Of course, it is true that we are each individuals, with different talents, interests, and abilities. Within each gender, there is a wide range of personalities. As a child, I was much more likely to be found at recess on the playground playing basketball than on the school steps playing house. I preferred dogs to dolls. However, none of that made me less of a girl. Gender is an essential characteristic.
Mothers and fathers are defined by gender; to say that gender is unimportant is to take away the necessity of both parents. In later posts, I will discuss other paragraphs from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The future posts will build upon the topics of the first and second posts, that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that gender is an essential characteristic.
Thanks for The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and the clarity of doctrine found therein.