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July 27, 2017

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BryanMarch 25, 2017

Am I the only one who finds this piece troubling instead of heartwarming? Why in the world would a young man want to show up with his boyfriend in the ward he was raised in and gave his mission homecoming talk in . . . UNLESS he was trying to be a provocateur? I wouldn't eat a steak at a vegetarian picnic, would you? I'd either go to the picnic and leave the meat at home or eat the meat at home and not go to the picnic. But somebody who intentionally brings steak to a vegetarian outing is just trying to start something . . . or else is on a crusade to fundamentally change the group, like Mel & his buddies in “The Parable of the Chess Club” (search it on this very website), and neither one of those two things is anything to celebrate, especially not on the home page of the church's *official* website! I wonder if the church is focused on building bridges at the expense of riding fences. A recent BYU devotional ("The Return of the King" by Larry Y. Wilson) is very much on point here: "The quality of faith in Lewis’ and Tolkien’s works is not like the vague, undemanding spirituality that appears to be the preferred belief system of the millennial generation [& apparently some of their parents]. It seems that no one wants to be labeled judgmental today, so our world has posited gods for itself that never judge and are never stern. They only affirm us and never deny us of anything we want." "But that is not what our friends Lewis and Tolkien believed. Especially in the figure of Aslan, Lewis described a loving but stern God who came to save us *from* our sins and not *in* our sins."

Susan MartinMarch 23, 2017

Michael Edwards -- I am with you. As a public affairs specialist, I can see the church is putting a lot of resources into messaging on this issue -- this video took a lot of resources to produce and promote -- in my line of work -- those kind of resources are used very strategically. There is something afoot beyond simply the message: Love one another. There is an effort to reshape the conversation for some larger purpose -- what that is, I don't know.

vickieMarch 21, 2017

we have a family member who has just one child...and my children knew the boy was different when he was small. they use to tease him. well, he grew up and he had a girl friend for awhile. then she left him and he was so upset about that. then later after much time he told his parents he was gay and had a gay boyfriend. his parents were very religious Christians and they were devasted. they didn't know what to do. the mother decided she would love him no matter what. the father took it the hardest. their son and his partner were together for many years and then one day they got married. and they are still together this has been many years. over time the parents allowed the partner to come to their home, but always have separate bedrooms and that is okay with their son and his partner. love is shown in this home respecting both sides. I have seen the strain this lovely family has gone through. only one child and he is gay and will have no children therefore no grandchildren. life happens and the LOrd knows all things so its best to lean on HIs understanding then our own.

anonymousMarch 20, 2017

This is a loving story which I appreciate. The part I do not understand is the comments regarding choice. Saying there is no choice. There is always a choice. Our son choose to live a life in accordance with the teachings of our Savior. I praise him for his life of celibacy and his desire for Eternal Life. Hugs

anonymousMarch 20, 2017

This is a loving story which I appreciate. The part I do not understand is the comments regarding choice. Saying there is no choice. There is always a choice. Our son choose to live a life in accordance with the teachings of our Savior. I praise him for his life of celibacy and his desire for Eternal Life. I also am sadden because he will not have a family in this life. He would make a wonderful family man. I know he will receive this blessing later. Hugs

LeahMarch 18, 2017

Could it be that we are learning to love rather than shun? Some things are between a person and God and not necessarily for us to judge or even comment on.

Sherry DeTinne-CasselMarch 17, 2017

I have a transgender female to male child. All I know is my Heavenly Father loves her. The rest is none of my business. All I am meant to do is follow his example.

Anna BrimhallMarch 17, 2017

Oh i love this I'm so grateful that they accepted and still love their son this is so wonderful we all Neff to know that the savior loved each and everyone of us no matter what, you are wonderful examples of how we should react God bless you all

michael edwardsMarch 17, 2017

there is something going on that I can't quite put my finger on when it comes to the church and the gay and lesbian issue.

anonymousMarch 17, 2017

Thank you. We have almost the exact situation, and have reacted in the same ways. Reassuring to know someone else understands.

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