Okay, here’s a question for you. If you’re LDS, in every lesson that includes “gender roles” it is mentioned that it is the husband’s role to preside in the home. So what does that mean? Until JP started pestering me about it, I never really thought about what it actually means to preside. So that’s what JP and I discuss in this episode. “The Family: A proclamation to the world states, “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.” That doesn’t give me a clear idea of what presiding should include. I think JP & I are each a ways out from forming our personal conclusions on the subject, but I think it’s good to at least discuss. After all, how can we follow a commandment if we don’t understand it?
After we recorded this one, I went home and talked to my wife about it. The conversation went something like this:
“So, wife, what does it mean for a husband to preside?”
“I don’t really know. I guess I’ve never really thought about it.”
“But if you had to guess.”
“I guess it means I choose to support you as head of the family… but I still get to be the neck.”