I’ve been reading some interesting conversations on comparing motherhood, fatherhood, Priesthood, and the current, not-but-kinda-equal-to-Priesthood, Relief Society. There is the usual argument about Priesthood being equal to motherhood (which I disagreed with in a previous post), but one aspect of this, the roles we are given, struck a chord with me. What roles do men and women have, in the eternities, that are comparable to the roles we have here on Earth?
In creating children here on Earth, a man’s role is limited to providing half of a blueprint. The remainder of the work and materials is provided by the woman. Will this be somewhat the same in the eternities? No, I do not mean that women will be resigned to baby-making in the eternities, doing nothing but popping out babies like a queen ant. What I mean is that in organizing worlds, is it possible that while both men and women will be capable of organizing the raw materials of worlds, will the creation of life itself be only possible by women? Could it be that a man alone could only organize lifeless worlds, and thus needs a woman to create the vast variety that is life?
This is -highly- speculative. At this time, with all our knowledge of science, we are nowhere near being able to define how life begins or ends. Aside from obvious systemic errors, we don’t know why there are instances where there are babies born that do not live once they are taken off the life support of their mother, nor why bodies cease to function. Creating life is so common as to be taken for granted and so mysterious that we cannot find the why of it happening. There is so very much we have to learn, if we are to become as our Heavenly Parents. I hope, as I continue that journey after this life (hand in hand with my beautiful wife, of course), I will be able to accept the truths available then and let go of the misconceptions I develop in this life.