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Doc FullerDecember 1, 2022
My personal research shows that Americans will cohabit without marriage at the rate of over 70%, sometime during their lifetimes. Google it yourself! While 'Homosexuality' is at a rate of no more than 2-3% max. Do you get my obvious point? Please focus on the 70% and not on the 3%. Society is not threatened or endangered in its morality by the 3%! It's a smoke screen by the adversary. Far too many waste 100% of their efforts worrying about the 3%, instead of the real threat of 70% = playing right into the plans and schemes of Satan. We don't see the real threats until it's too late.
BillDecember 1, 2022
In the year 2000, our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley wrote a wonderful book entitled “Standing for Something”. In its epilogue entitled “The Loneliness of Moral Leadership” President Hinckley stated: What we desperately need today on all fronts—in our homes and communities, in schoolrooms and boardrooms, and certainly throughout society at large—are leaders, men and women who are willing to stand for something. We need people who are honest; who are willing to stand up for decency, truth, integrity, morality, and law and order; who respond to their consciences even when it is unpopular to do so—perhaps especially when it is unpopular to do so. That is the job of the leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Its not to be politically correct. It is to speak eternal truth, to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter the cost. That is important not only so the world knows where we as a Church stand, but also so that the people of the Church know where their leaders stand. On November 15, 2022 the Church announced its support for the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act”. In that announcement the Church reiterated that “The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged,” while also stating that the Act “includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.” Senator Mike Lee of Utah , an attorney and constitutional scholar, indicated that those religious liberty protections touted by the Church “can only be described as severely anemic." His proposed amendment to shore up those religious liberty protections were never taken into consideration before the Senate passed the bill. For more information on the problems with this Act see and excellent article by Roger Severino on the Heritage Foundations website entitled “Fact-Checking 7 Claims by Defenders of Democrats' Same-Sex Marriage Bill”. I note in the final part of the Family Proclamation, “We CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” Apparently, not only does the Church no longer call upon officers of government to protect the family, they are no longer willing to do it themselves. In my opinion, the Church should have stood with its convictions and denounced the measure. It would have been a strong and welcome message to the world, our other religious allies and to Church members that we stand for the principals and doctrines outlined in the Family Proclamation. I note that this approach may, to some, seem like Abinadi bulldozing into the city. However, as shown in Mosiah 12:1, the Lord commanded Abinadi to go into the city and to prophesy, and that Abinadi went into the city in disguise, that they knew him not. No bulldozer there. But when he was captured and brought before King Noah, he then boldly taught and testified. He was Standing for Something. Sometimes you do have to stand up and let the chips fall where they may, then trust upon the Lord to see His eternal purposes fulfilled.
JenNovember 30, 2022
I've noticed in the OT, and footnote references to other scripture, that Ephraim is too proud. What I understand to be the US/promised land will be given to Manasseh next. The "remnant" of the sons of Jacob will be the ones to build the New Jerusalem after the proud (even church members) are no more. The temples will then be theirs to care take and work in. Your article makes me wonder if prior to that time those of us in the US will, at some point, have to choose to go abroad to temples if ours will be closed for a time. Like many temples in various areas closing for safety sake, we're not above them. Violence comes in many forms, like even digitally.
BoBNovember 30, 2022
Very well said.
CubbyNovember 30, 2022
Thanks for posting that article. I have thought and posted exactly the same thought, Ceaser’s coins. It is powerful. But you went beyond to examples where he made different choices. I appreciate your wisdom. These perilous times really give us opportunity to read the scriptures and reference them over and over! Thanks!
Tacey BurnhamNovember 30, 2022
A careful reading of the wording of the church statement will show that it was not a statement of support for a very flawed bill, but another call for honoring religious freedom. What the leaders were supporting were the efforts of those working to "include appropriate religious freedoms protections" in the bill. Amendments which, by the way, were voted against by the majority of the senate (including Mitt Romney) and not included in the bill. The wording "we believe this is the way forward" is in reference to working together to allow the LGBTQ+ community their ever-expanding rights without negating the protection of religious liberty guaranteed in the constitution.
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