There You Have It

I ran across this HERE and I just can't say it better than she did.  Its hard as a member of the Church to take everyone's pre-conceived notions and misconceptions about us all but this statement says it all with much more eloquence and grace than I ever could.   

"I am glad the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is once again eloquently defending their opinions on Same Sex marriage. I rarely blog about my personal beliefs regarding religion or politics but this article is informative and I encourage members and non-members alike to become educated on the subject. Please proceed without judgment, and with an open mind."

Church Responds to HRC Petition

Oct 12 2010 — Salt Lake City

News Release

'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement through a spokesman following the delivery of a petition by the Human Rights Campaign.

My name is Michael Otterson. I am here representing the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to address the matter of the petition presented today by the Human Rights Campaign. While we disagree with the Human Rights Campaign on many fundamentals, we also share some common ground. This past week we have all witnessed tragic deaths across the country as a result of bullying or intimidation of gay young men. We join our voice with others in unreserved condemnation of acts of cruelty or attempts to belittle or mock any group or individual that is different – whether those differences arise from race, religion, mental challenges, social status, sexual orientation or for any other reason. Such actions simply have no place in our society.

This Church has felt the bitter sting of persecution and marginalization early in our history, when we were too few in numbers to adequately protect ourselves and when society’s leaders often seemed disinclined to help. Our parents, young adults, teens and children should therefore, of all people, be especially sensitive to the vulnerable in society and be willing to speak out against bullying or intimidation whenever it occurs, including unkindness toward those who are attracted to others of the same sex. This is particularly so in our own Latter-day Saint congregations. Each Latter-day Saint family and individual should carefully consider whether their attitudes and actions toward others properly reflect Jesus Christ’s second great commandment - to love one another.

As a church, our doctrinal position is clear: any sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong, and we define marriage as between a man and a woman. However, that should never, ever be used as justification for unkindness. Jesus Christ, whom we follow, was clear in His condemnation of sexual immorality, but never cruel. His interest was always to lift the individual, never to tear down.

Further, while the Church is strongly on the record as opposing same-sex marriage, it has openly supported other rights for gays and lesbians such as protections in housing or employment.
The Church’s doctrine is based on love. We believe that our purpose in life is to learn, grow and develop, and that God’s unreserved love enables each of us to reach our potential. None of us is limited by our feelings or inclinations. Ultimately, we are free to act for ourselves.

The Church recognizes that those of its members who are attracted to others of the same sex experience deep emotional, social and physical feelings. The Church distinguishes between feelings or inclinations on the one hand and behavior on the other. It’s not a sin to have feelings, only in yielding to temptation.

There is no question that this is difficult, but Church leaders and members are available to help lift, support and encourage fellow members who wish to follow Church doctrine. Their struggle is our struggle. Those in the Church who are attracted to someone of the same sex but stay faithful to the Church’s teachings can be happy during this life and perform meaningful service in the Church. They can enjoy full fellowship with other Church members, including attending and serving in temples, and ultimately receive all the blessings afforded to those who live the commandments of God.

Obviously, some will disagree with us. We hope that any disagreement will be based on a full understanding of our position and not on distortion or selective interpretation. The Church will continue to speak out to ensure its position is accurately understood.

God’s universal fatherhood and love charges each of us with an innate and reverent acknowledgement of our shared human dignity. We are to love one another. We are to treat each other with respect as brothers and sisters and fellow children of God, no matter how much we may differ from one another.

We hope and firmly believe that within this community, and in others, kindness, persuasion and goodwill can prevail.'


Lady Rynn said...

That says it all quite perfectly. Thank,thank you for sharing this. I think non-members need to see this side of the Church and reading this statement only confirms that feeling.

Jenifer said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I too am afraid sometimes to share my feelings on topics like this. I am not sure why because I am VERY PROUD to be a member of the church. Thanks for standing up for what you believe.

Anonymous said...

I am not Mormon, but I am a Christian, and that is the Jesus whom I know and love. Thank you for reposting this.

Samantha said...

You're amazing for posting this! The Jesus I know is a loving Jesus. Thank you for reminding others of that.

Ash and Matt | A SoCal Story said...

I saw this statement today and thought it was very well said. It totally captures the way I feel about the situation as well. Thanks for sharing it with everyone!

BryceandWhit said...

Love it! Thank you Mrs. S for letting people know what we stand for. And our main goal as a church is to LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

♥Miss Brittney♥ said...

One of my very best friends in high school was a member of the lds church and they are commonly misunderstood. Thanks for sharing this with us, its nice to see the approach the LDS church is taking when it comes to this very touchy issue and I don't think he could have said it better! :)

Sailor's Wife said...

That is a wonderful article. Thank you for posting this.

addicted2shius said...

Such a perfect perfect post! I'm so glad you put it cuz those tragedies have really been lingering on my mind

11BWifey said...

This is incredibly awesome. I am so glad you posted it. I am not a Mormon, but I agree with everything this said. It was beautifully written and I pray that it shows how The Church has a loving attitude, not one of condemnation and hate. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great article! Thanks for posting. I'm sure people gain a better perspective of this now!

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