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October 16, 2021

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Shauna StephensonJanuary 19, 2021

We need to be very careful about what we say, making sure our words are correct and truthful. While it has been widely reported that the House has forbidden the use of gender specific terms, such as Mother, Father, Sister, brother, instead using gender neutral terms such as Parent or Sibling, that is not true, even though it comes from a partial nugget of truth. At the beginning of each session of the House, a document of rules is drawn up. It is true that this document uses only gender neutral terms. It applies to THIS DOCUMENT ONLY. It would have no bearing on the continued ability of House members to use gender-specific language in drafting legislation and resolutions, making speeches, or conducting a debate. While it is regrettable that the leadership of the House found this necessary to do, and it may forecast more restrictive rules in the future, let us not be guilty of spreading hysteria and and divisiveness unnecessarily. Let us choose words carefully that convey the truth. The General Handbook of Instructions (38.8.45) titled “ Seeking Information from Reliable Sources” cautions us: “In today’s world, information is easy to access and share. This can be a great blessing for those seeking to be educated and informed. However, many sources of information are unreliable and do not edify. Some sources seek to promote anger, contention, fear, or baseless conspiracy theories (see 3 Nephi 11:30; Mosiah 2:32). Therefore, it is important that Church members be wise as they seek truth. Members of the Church should seek out and share only credible, reliable, and factual sources of information. They should avoid sources that are speculative or founded on rumor. The guidance of the Holy Ghost, along with careful study, can help members discern between truth and error (see Doctrine and Covenants 11:12; 45:57). In matters of doctrine and Church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets, and the General Handbook.”

Maryann TaylorJanuary 19, 2021

Without any doubt, the transgender ideology is a blatant attack by Satan on the family, and also a deceptive ploy to confuse people regarding their identity. I love President Nelson's address "Let God Prevail" from our most recent general conference. He said "Satan is no longer even trying to hide his attacks on God's plan. Emboldened evil abounds." He then counselled us to "let God prevail in our lives." In the midst of so much deception in our world today, our only hope is to consistently seek the Spirit, and to make sure that the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives PREVAILS over every other influence. The scriptures promise that as we take the Holy Spirit for our guide, we will not be deceived.

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