On a recent thread at By Common Consent, a participant made the following comment :

…the desire to propagate your own genetics is undeniable. Perhaps only those who are faced with the impossibility of doing so can understand it.


I won’t argue with what he is saying–that those who are not in the position to experience this urge cannot understand it–I think that is true. I wonder, however, if the idea that we should follow through on our “undeniable” desires is supported by our religious understanding. In the context of that discussion, he is talking about a righteous desire–to have children (although he is speaking of genetically linked children, rather than adoptive, let’s broaden it). No Mormon (that I know of) would quibble with the desire. But can we extend it to all righteous desires? What if I wanted to extend my mission beyond the specific calling, either in time or geography? Would that be condoned? What about an undeniable desire to teach a lesson that was assigned to someone else? Or what of the undeniable urge that many single Mormons do feel to have children? Would we support a movement in which many single Saints used artificial means to have children?

I think some undeniable urges may be construed as spiritual promptings. But might some be a more human urge that we may be wise not to indulge?

I don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but I am interested in what you all think.