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Who Is the Patriarch at Home. the Father or Grandfather?


Igor Loza

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He may be your landlord, but he isn't in charge of you and your family ecclesiastically or personally (not even his child, your wife).   You are patriarch in your household, even as he is patriarch in his (in partnership with your MIL).   And the fact that he doesn't know this, and you are having trouble with his unrighteous dominion attempts suggests that both of you could use another look at that section in the Doctrine and Covenants that talks about misusing priesthood authority (and that you both ought to stay away from each other as much as possible, including getting your own place or tiny house in the backyard).

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11 hours ago, JamesBYoung said:

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And do not ever, never discount the power and might and awesomeness of the Matriarch.

Some captains of industry, who are powerful and very authoritarian, wisely leave the home management to the wife.  "Yes dear" is the wisest thing they can say.

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7 hours ago, rpn said:

He may be your landlord, but he isn't in charge of you and your family ecclesiastically or personally (not even his child, your wife).   You are patriarch in your household, even as he is patriarch in his (in partnership with your MIL).   And the fact that he doesn't know this, and you are having trouble with his unrighteous dominion attempts suggests that both of you could use another look at that section in the Doctrine and Covenants that talks about misusing priesthood authority (and that you both ought to stay away from each other as much as possible, including getting your own place or tiny house in the backyard).

That all depends very much on the culture, and on the actual leadership capabilities of some of those old men.  In ancient Rome, the pater familias had the power of life and death over his extended family (including his children and grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren).  Obedience was paramount.  You seem to be speaking of the recent nuclear family, even though most of history has been dominated by the extended family.  And that is still true in places like the Philippines, where everyone lives in a family compound, including aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc., in a multigenerational clan.  In his day, Abraham was the patriarch (with 318 retainers at his beck and call).  Lehi was patriarch of his clan.

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On 4/13/2020 at 3:33 AM, Robert F. Smith said:

In ancient Rome, the pater familias [...]

You just had to go and bring up the pater familias.

Great. 

Now I'm going to have to resist the urge to add O Brother, Where Art Thou? to my movie queue this weekend. ;) 

 

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