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Monday, April 8, 2013

Report from General Conference

I ran across this Salt Lake Tribune write-up of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this past weekend. As previously mentioned, all speakers invite listeners to come to Christ and become better people, though they focus on different aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And also as I mentioned, they warn listeners to avoid sin taught as good by some our cultures in the world.

Now, of all the many "talks" or sermons given, the Salt Lake Tribune focuses mainly on two out of more than twenty, which touch upon the issue of gay marriage.
"Tolerance is a virtue, but, like all virtues, when exaggerated it transforms itself into a vice," said the 88-year-old Packer, speaking from his chair rather than from the pulpit. "We need to be careful of the ‘tolerance trap’ so that we are not swallowed up in it."
His sermon also came amid a softening tone from LDS leaders toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In December, the church unveiled a new website — mormonsandgays.org — that calls for compassion and understanding toward LGBT people.
Same-sex attraction is not a sin," the website emphasizes, "but acting on it is." At the same time, Mormon teachings decree that sex should be between only a husband and a wife — something apostle David A. Bednar further highlighted during his speech Saturday afternoon.
"The commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth remains in force today," Bednar said. "Thus, marriage between a man and a woman is the authorized channel through which premortal spirits enter mortality. Complete sexual abstinence before marriage and total fidelity within marriage protect the sanctity of this sacred channel."
He promised that obedience to the law of chastity would lead to greater happiness in life and make possible progress in eternity.
You can find more of that write-up here venturing on to the topics of separate but equally important roles of men and women (and two more Conference talks referenced), but I recommend reading the sermons themselves to get the context and to know the other topics of which the Salt Lake Tribune (liberal-leaning as it is) makes no mention such as faith and obedience and love and hope, etc.

I only add that the doctrine of the family is eternal truth and will not change. Church policies change over time, Church leaders change over time, cultures change over time, and humans in the LDS Church mess up as much as the next human; but the doctrine - the gospel of Jesus Christ - does not change.

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