I’ve never posted on these forums. Let me tell you a little about myself. I have two sons, 5 1/2, and 2 1/2 adopted from Russia. I was hoping that someone here could answer this question for me.
At what point, are you not sinning if you are not “honoring your mother and father”? My mother has some mental illness, for which she is not getting help and refuses to do so. She has alienated her family and friends, and has taken my father with her.
She is very hateful, and I don’t think that it is good for my boys to be around her. She dislikes immigrants, she dislikes special education (my younger son was just diagnosed with neurological impairments and mental retardation), and really doesn’t like kids. She hasn’t seen mine in 4 months. My older boy is starting to pay attention to waht is going on, and he’s starting to notice if Grandma is around for a month or two and then not for a few months. She gets mad at me and doesn’t bother with the boys.
What would you do? AT what point does protecting and nurturing my boys become more important than them having ties with my mother?
Any input would be appreciated. do you know the church’s interpretation of this commandment?