This I Believe. And Don't Believe. And my pondering to know the difference.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Guess I need to come up with something...
CALL FOR ESSAYS ON THE TOPIC OF MORMON MOTHERHOOD. Holly Welker will be guest editing an issue of the magazine devoted to Mormon motherhood. She writes:
I'd like to include essays on topics that, if not entirely ignored in Mormondom, don't get as much attention as more conventional aspects of motherhood, including but not limited to
helping children recover from abuse
how being an abuse survivor affects your approach to motherhood
co-parenting with a non-Mormon spouse
mothering a special needs child
teaching children about gender
and of course mother in heaven.
If I've left out a really important aspect, please tell me.
Essays on those topics should be somewhere in the range of 1,000 to 3,000 words. Deadline will be November 15. Drop me a line right away if you're interested, though, so I can get an idea of how many more offerings I need to solicit.
I'm also very interested in prose poems/lyric essays of 250-750 words on the topic of the image of a mother (madonna) and child. One thing I found interesting when I learned Chinese on my mission is that the word for "good"--the image that denotes wholeness and value--is a picture of a mother and child. It's not a character that denotes a "family"--father, mother, child (though the character for family is actually a pig under your roof--I guess so you can feed everyone). Western art is full of images of a holy mother with a holy son, but what about ordinary women and their daughters? How would you paint a verbal self-portrait of yourself as a mother that participates in the artistic tradition of mother and child? What makes it "good"?
I was touched by the Spirit of Elijah (a.k.a. bit by the genealogy bug) at the age of 16 when my heart was turned towards the heart of my fathers, and the hearts of my fathers were turned to the hearts of the children (Malachi 3:6). At that time (2001), I didn’t just receive a testimony of family history and research, I also found the doctrines of the gospel and explanations of life, truth and meaning I had been searching for. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 21, 2001.
Since then I have been seeking out questions to deeper doctrinal questions while remembering the essential tenets of the gospel: The gospel of Jesus Christ is true; it is available for all those who will receive it. Jesus Christ is the creator of the worlds, and Savior and Redeemer of mankind. He is my Savior and Redeemer, Example and Path to Happiness. He has restored his church on the earth today with prophets, seers and revelators. Jesus Christ rose again and lives today and made it possible for all people to live again after death.
My name is Jenne, my eternal companion is Peter and our progeny so far includes Willem (a.k.a. Chunka, Willito- The Baby Burrito, Potato Head, Whim and Blob) and Belle (mainly Beauty for now). I stay at home with my little ones, while at the same time, working with the nonprofit organizations Solace for Mothers, The Birth Survey. I blog here, at Descent into Motherhood, LDS WAVE and Mother Wheel. With all of that, I find life to be fulfilling, exciting and uplifting.
In 2008, I completed a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education where I researched processes that contribute to family happiness and family policy as a public health issue. We live in Seattle where Peter is completing a Ph.D in animal behavior (estimated date of completion is 2012).