When we wrote the book we realized that an important voice to be heard would be our children. We wanted those that wrote to be over 18 so that they could write from a mature perspective but still give a voice to our children. Caleb, Laura and Amanda all agreed. Caleb probably had the hardest time with doing it. My boys have always had a tougher time with being public. One of Caleb’s challenges is that he did not want to be known as a “polygamist band” as he had been developing his music career quite fine on his own.
He agreed though because he felt it was important and we are glad he did. Caleb has always been a fiercely independent and headstrong kid. He is immensely talented, very driven and is someone we are very proud of as parents. An interviewer at the RNA conference we spoke at discovered his music and asked him for the interview. We thought it turned out well. You can read the interview here.
He still doesn’t like the label but he has embraced his past and knows what a rich part of his music his upbringing and faith is. The music is not only about the faith but about relationships, tolerance and the struggles of life. Many ask if our children will “follow in our footsteps,” meaning live plural marriage. Recently Caleb has been investigating and considering joining the mainstream LDS Church.
While it is always hard to allow your children to make choices on their own, especially if you disagree with them, we believe it is essential element of our faith. Free Agency, God giving us will, or the ability to choose is central to His plan. It necessitated the Atonement, and the saving grace of our Savior; for He knew as soon as He gave us choice, we would most assuredly choose wrong at least sometimes.
For us, the important thing for our children is to know why they are making the choices they are, and that how they go about those choices is done deliberately, prayerfully and honorably. Caleb, like many young men is trying to figure out his direction in life, but we know once he knows where he is going he will most certainly get there.
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