I have read the Bible a few times during my life, from cover to cover. I think I was about 12 years old the first time I did it. Before then there were cartoon slides that our parents would show us on a Monday night for Family Home Evening. This was always preferable to a boring lesson; the darkened room and the light from the projector elicited movie theatre magic and the treats were pretty cool too.
Fast forward a few years and the church brought out VHS and now the ultra modern, DVDs. Yay, so now on Sundays Mormon children all over the world can subvert the rule of 'NO TV on Sundays' by asking for a Living Scipture Animated Book of Mormon Story. (In our house though there were a few other things that our parents approved of on a Sunday: Mickey Mouse and Roadrunner cartoons, David Attenborough documentaries and John Wayne Westerns [which began at midday so there was always a rush to get home for the gun-toting madness... a bloodthirsty childhood to be sure, and here I am referring to the Bible, not the Westerns]).
A friend posted a link on fb the other day to the 'Living Scriptures' website and also posted this comment about it.
"love that the first line from a woman in the entire Book of Mormon series is Lehi's wife saying "What does the Lord want NOW?" LOL!!!"
And by god she is right! Check out the titles just on the main page of this website:
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Just check out all of those rad hero's and heroines for the kiddies to emulate. Wait a minute, no heroine's you say? goddamit you are right!
And THAT is yet another reason why I am so glad that I am not raising my kids in this patriarchal mess of a religion. Even when we were still IN I used to scour the scriptures for heroine's and stories to bolster my little girls' confidence in herself. Now I don't have to bend the subject matter to my feminist ideals, the whole world and all of it's history and experience is now at my hands and ready for me to share with my daughter and my son.