This stems from the teaching that our bodies our a gift and a blessing and should be treated as such. This is a quote from Joseph Fielding Smith (a previous prophet and president of the LDS church) concerning our bodies:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Thus far in this study of LDS birth culture and choices I have felt like many of the prevalent ideas just don't hold sway. (See my other posts on LDS birth culture). The ideas of Eve's curse and patriarchy just doesn't seem to fit in with what I've seen. So I've begun asking myself..."just how does the LDS culture play a role in the birth choices?". Mostly I've thought that it doesn't really. It appears that mostly the dominate culture plays a role. One thing I have seen is the desire to treat our bodies well and also the desire for birth to be a spiritual experience.