A careful reading of Titus 2 reveals
that the older women are to teach the younger women to be keepers at
home. This is another critical aspect in the scriptures which
is often over looked. If we lament the number of of young
women who are not being keepers at home it is often because they
have no older women teaching them to do so.
One of the most important ways we teach young people the
scriptures is not by "do as I say" but by being an example of "do as
I do". It is hard for a young woman to desire a home keeper's
life when all the older women she knows have careers. It is
important for the older women to be keepers at home not only to be
in obedience to the scriptures but to be an example to the younger
A young bride who desires to be a keeper at home will soon find
that life to be a lonely one especially when her husband leaves for
work and she is either left alone or is alone with a young child.
It is during this period that she needs the nurturing and teaching
of an older woman to guide her in the caring of her new family and
the responsibilities of running a new home. How are the older
women going to be an example and guide if they are all at work?
This is a special function of the older women in the church
designed to be a spiritual blessing to both the young and old.
Why should each new generation of women relearn every hard lesson of
child rearing and loving a husband when God has provided for the
them the wisdom of the older women? When a young woman is
first married ordinarily there is a period of months before the
advent of child rearing when she may be assisted, by the love and
experience of an older woman in the church, through the transition
from being single to being a newly wed and a mother.
Elder James Taylor