- Reinforcing the Mormon-Culture stereotype of being extremely judgmental, and demonstrating through words and behaviors the expectation that the children should behave the same way toward those who fall short of perfection.
- Building tall and thick walls between the parents and the likelihood of their children speaking freely of their own struggles. The message is loud and clear that it is better to live a double life.
We all have our demons, but it is hope-filled news and an occasion to celebrate when the opportunity to put things in order is chosen.
If we bring this energy to learning of an excommunication, a missionary coming home or anyone on the path to honest genuine living; then perhaps our children will feel more inclined to share their battles with us and offer compassion to those waging their own.