Wives Submit

Sexism

Excerpt from a 1965 April General Conference address by Spencer W. Kimball, ‘Home Training—the Cure for Evil’: 1

“President Richards explained the concepts of home, fatherhood, and motherhood, and stated this Church has always taught this exalted concept of putting and keeping father at the head. A pity he did not live to see this divine Church embark on this challenging, newly emphasized program of Family Home Evening, transforming houses into homes and homes into heavens.

One of the most provocative and profound statements in holy writ is that of Paul wherein he directs husbands and wives in their duty to each other and to family. First, he commands the women:

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” Eph. 5:22-24

This is no idle jest, no facetious matter. Much is said in those few words.

Paul says, “as unto the Lord.”

A woman would have no fears of being imposed upon nor of any dictatorial measures nor of any improper demands if the husband is self-sacrificing and worthy. Certainly no sane woman would hesitate to give submission to her own really righteous husband in everything. We are sometimes shocked to see the wife take over the leadership, naming the one to pray, the place to be, the things to do.”

 

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1. 1965 April General Conference address by Spencer W. Kimball, ‘Home Training—the Cure for Evil’ – http://scriptures.byu.edu/#:t576:g87