I'm a primary co-teacher with my wife, and this year's primary theme is all about families. The Sharing Time curriculum this year centers heavily on the Family Proclamation, which is fine. I understand.
However, the way it is being presented in lessons really bothers me.
As I'm sure is the case in many wards, each opening and closing exercises features a child standing up and giving a scripture. In our ward, the scripture is the same for a whole month. This month, it is not a scripture, but an excerpt of the Proclamation.
I first noticed this last week and it really bothered me since, oh I dunno, the Proclamation IS NOT SCRIPTURE.
But I let it roll off my back. I've been trying very hard to focus on the positive and try and let the negative stuff not bother me so much.
This week, however, the sharing time lesson really pounded the point home. The teacher spent 10 whole minutes talking about how the Proclamation is modern scripture, comparing it to the 10 commandments and saying that it was direct revelation from God to his prophets. I honestly had to get up and walk out.
I was already considering talking to my bishop about it last week. Today just strengthened my resolve, and so this afternoon after church I shot off a quick but respectful email outlining my concerns about how the primary was teaching about the Proclamation, and that it makes me uncomfortable having my kids being taught things that aren't accurate.
He shot me back what I took to be a very snotty response:
This is the same bishop who asked to meet with me a few months ago when I abruptly resigned as seminary teacher and scoffed/laughed at me when I suggested that my faith crisis made me feel uncomfortable coming to church because of the new way I looked at things.Seriously? How many times did the family proclamation get quoted in Conference? No, I will leave the teaching to the Primary Presidency.
I'm trying not to take this personally, but it really seems like he is all talk when it comes to caring about my concerns, and I feel powerless in that I have to send my kids to church feeling uncomfortable with the doctrine they are being taught, but there is nothing I can do about it.
Anyway, thanks for letting me vent.