Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LDS Church Stance on Surgical Birth Control....something I didn't know clearly until today.
The other day a friend of mine posted something on Facebook about the LDS Church's stance on surgical/permanent birth control (ie, tubal ligation, vasectomy, etc). She linked to a post on a blog where the author went into depth on her studies on the subject, including quotes from General Authorities & from the Church Handbook.
I was a bit interested, because I am "surgically infertile". I have been mostly infertile forever. I spent a LOT of years crying, injecting meds, praying, temple attending, despairing, etc. I honestly feel that it is only as a result of our faith & persistence that we were able to have the 3 kids we do have. We certainly feel blessed by the opportunity to be parents! I wanted 6. I had 3. I have 2 (to raise right now).
Last Fall I started having severe problems. We had tried all of the options to stop the problem. Nothing worked. Something HAD to happen! My doctor asked, "Are you done having children?" Crud! I hadn't felt like I had ever really gotten started! How could I be finished? He sent me home advising me to talk to my spouse and spend a lot of time praying about it (I love that he was a spiritually guided man!).
There were a LOT of talks and a LOT of praying! In one conversation my wise hubby said just the right thing. It was perfect! It helped me understand a LOT about my life and guided me to the peace I needed to accept the Lords will, where fertility was concerned. His words were in line with my Patriarchal Blessing and with the feelings I had been having. There was a LOT of peace! I knew that this is something that was in line with the Lords will for me. I called the doctor. The surgery was scheduled, then completed, and I have never felt anything but peace about this course of action. There is a purpose in my family being set up just the way it is, and it is clear to me & Ryan. I am SO grateful for Personal Revelation.
Even as I read this post, these feelings were confirmed to me.
It is interesting and I imagine that reading the post will stir up a lot of emotions. I am curious about your feelings on the subject! If you want to share, please do!