Some families shouldn’t be forever. This is child abuse, plain and simple. (Fair warning: it’s kind of tough to watch and was shot by her 10 year old daughter.)
On her blog (which is now open to invited readers only) she wrote about her family, “We were sealed in the Bountiful, Utah Temple on June 6, 2009. Our forever family was established 14 years ago. We have SIX very active children. I know we have been blessed to have these sweet spirits in our home.” The family already had 5 children, one of them special needs. The little boy in this video was adopted from Russia and is the 6th child.
Jessica was also the Stake Primary President in her area. (Primary in the Mormon Church is the auxiliary children’s organization.) A calling in a Stake is a leadership roll as it oversees a few wards (i.e. congregations) and is a big responsibility. This woman was responsible for the well being of a lot of children.
I’m not suggesting that the behavior of this one woman should be used to draw conclusions that ALL Mormons are bad or child abusers. But in the context of the new Mormon PR campaign “…and I’m a Mormon” then we have something interesting to think about.
If the Mormon Church is asking us to judge them based on the “good” examples they have put forth in the new ad campaign, then we can also judge the Church based on the bad examples, especially bad examples in leadership positions. By their fruits ye shall know them.
She is in a position of leadership and authority over children. In light of this video the Church must address this behavior. More importantly, this boy is adopted and I’m going to make an educated guess that she and her husband worked with LDS Social Services to adopt this boy. LDS Social Services should address this behavior and should be monitoring this family much more closely.
Regardless of her religious affiliation, what she did to this boy was wrong. Well produced TV commercials won’t convince many of the true character of the Mormon Church; how the leadership responds to this video will.