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Props for Proposition 8

Friday, October 17, 2008

I have really kept my opinion to myself on Proposition 8 for a while, but I finally saw a news story that got me going. Members of the church protesting the churches involvement in fighting Prop 8. Seriously, do they not understand the doctrine of the church? First, I must say, that people who are gay or lesbian whether they are happy living that lifestyle or struggling within themselves to reconcile themselves to their church's doctrine are not those that I get frustrated with in this case. I will not judge them. It is very wrong to judge someone simply on their sexual orientation. People can be good decent human beings regardless of who's company they enjoy.

I am frustrated by those that try to tell a church, their current or former church, that it must change. The whole point of a church is that it is a grounding force in lives. A church that changes its stand point because of popular opinion is not a stable organization that can provide constant guidance to its members. Secondly, it is very clear what church doctrine teaches on the subject.

1. Mosiah 29:27 And if time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land. Marriage is ordained of God as one of the highest ordinance a man and woman can enter into. The scriptures are clear that marriage between man an woman is ordained of God and is a religious issue. As soon as the voice of the people debase this holy order by turning it into nothing more than a civil process and not an ordinance of God, they stand to reap the judgments of God. You cannot take something that is sacred and treat it like it is not.

2. Homosexuality is a condition of this mortal life only. God created our spirits, male and female, in his own image. Our gender is an essential charactaristic of our eternal existence. The challenges that face us are part of the testing process we know as our mortal probation. We all have challenges that seem to keep us from God, but that is our test, to choose God in spite of our weaknesses. And as he said, we are given weaknesses so that God may make us strong.

For members of the church to speak out against such fundamental doctrines is an unwise use of their agency. So I must add my voice to the crowd that stands up for what this church teaches as it is the only true way to eternal joy.


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