Oct 17, 2010

President Boyd K. Packer's General Conference Address

I have never seen such public outrage over a talk delivered in an LDS General Conference than after Boyd K. Packer's October 2010 Sunday morning talk.  Surely the political developments of the last few years have caused many people to be more aware of the topic of homosexuality, which is the topic that President Packer spoke on (among others) that caused so much public outrage.

President Packer's remarks on homosexuality were not the first of their kind.  I am not sure, but I would estimate that the topic of homosexuality has been spoken of at least 34,582 times prior to President Packer's address.

Spencer W. Kimball spoke very similar words to President Packer's in his book The Miracle of Forgiveness.  One section of his book reads:
But let us emphasize that right and wrong, righteousness and sin, are not dependent upon man's interpretations, conventions, and attitudes.  Social acceptance does not change the status of an act, making wrong into right.  If all the people in the world were to accept homosexuality, as it seems to have been accepted in Sodom and Gomorrah, the practice would still be deep, dark sin.
A couple pages later President Kimball says more on the topic:
Clearly [homosexuality] is hostile to God's purpose in that it negates his first and great commandment to "multiply and replenish the earth."  If the abominable practice became universal it would depopulate the earth in a single generation.  It would nullify God's great program for his spirit children in that it would leave countless unembodied spirits in the heavenly world without the chance for the opportunities of mortality and would deny to all the participants in the practice the eternal life God makes available to us all.
Make no mistake, President Kimball does not mince words anywhere in his book, and he makes no exception for the topic of homosexuality.

But as always the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that no matter what type of corrections in life one needs to make, God and the Savior Christ are always waiting with undying patience and open arms to welcome us back into their fold.

2 comments:

  1. "The Miracle of Forgiveness" is aptly titled, and it is just that. It is a miracle that the Lord can liberate us from our weaknesses and pull us out of the mire of our sins, no matter what they are, or how deeply we're entrenched. Reach for Him and He will free you. How grateful I am for that!

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  2. We are here on earth to be tested and to be proven if we will follow God's commandments. There are many things or situations here on earth that, if we will not be on guard or careful, will lead us astray, even have us believe that the wrong things are right, that it is reasonable for us to do them, and that we will be happy if we do them. We are created in God's image, noble and great ones, and have great potentials to become like Him. Let us choose to be what we are supposed to be no matter how hard it is for us to do it today. Let us make the principles of the gospel as basis of our choices and actions. We can pray to God often and faithfully rely on Him to help us. As we do so, we become stronger and the hard things for us, even the seemingly impossible to perform, will be easier for us. We will be happier. It is better to experience hardship while obeying the commandments than to experience sufferings and sorrow as a consequence of a wrong choice.

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