They’re mad as heck, and they’re not going to take it anymore!

Last weekend in General Conference, Elder Packer gave a talk that apparently was meant to speak to the Church’s position on an issue having something to do with Same Sex Marraige.  That seems to be what a lot of people got from the talk, but we can’t be sure because President Packer never actually used the words “gay”, “homosexual” or “same sex marriage”.

Here’s a SLT article that reports on the controversy:

Mormons Divided on LDS Apostle’s Speech On Gays

Honestly, I’m starting to feel sorry for the Church on the whole “Same Sex Attraction” issue.  It’s becoming obvious that the Church leaders just don’t know what the heck to do.  They have no solution to the problem, and they know it.

For decades (and centuries), they were able to tell gay LDS to either become heterosexual, or just totally control their homosexual desires.  And that worked as long as gay LDS accepted that counsel and kept quiet.

But it seems those days may be coming to an end.  Acting (or becoming) heterosexual hasn’t proven to be a good option, and it seems maybe gay LDS don’t want to live without the joy and companionship that can come from living a life (including sharing sex) with someone they love.

And the analogies that LDS draw between gay LDS and single heterosexual LDS don’t seem to be providing the comfort they once did (if they ever did), especially once they realize that single heterosexual LDS have the benefit of hoping they could meet the right person at any time, and the knowledge that their desires for intimacy are God-given and God-approved, if only they could meet the right person.

The sad truth about Elder Packer’s talk is that for years, gay LDS seem to have been asking if this is really the best God’s Prophet’s and Apostles can do when it comes to dealing with the situation, if this is really everything God has to offer when it comes to their place in the Plan of Salvation. And Elder Packer has definitively answered “Yes.  Yes it is.”

Frankly, I wouldn’t wish being a gay LDS on my worst enemy.


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2 Responses to They’re mad as heck, and they’re not going to take it anymore!

  1. Chris

    I don’t think the Church will ever change their position (or not for several hundred years). Obviously they are convinced that the atonement can fix anybody with nearly any condition. The problem is with the person that is afflicted with teh gay apparently. Not enough faith. Not enough obedience. Not enough whatever. To concede anything about “SSA” is to admit the atonement doesn’t really work. They have to maintain their position. Or at least until they admit that the atonement isn’t real – which won’t happen for several hundred years when people start to realize that the second coming just isn’t going to happen (and thus Jesus isn’t real or alive anymore, etc, etc).

  2. Yahoo Bot

    May I respectfully assert that you know so little about homosexuals in the Church. I could point to them in your own ward. Each stake has many of them, as bishops and stake presidents know. Many of them maintain celibacy or are married and raise children and do not deviate or have repented of their dalliances. That doesn’t mean to say they have lost temptation; they haven’t. Just as many former drug users I know still almost lose it when then come into proximity to drugs in a medicine cabinet, so it is with gays. But there are so many of them active in the Church, including bishops. Those who can’t hew to the line are no different, under LDS doctrine, than fornicators or adulterers of which there are many as well. As well, what I describe above is little different than church-going Evangelicals, as James Dobsen has written in his books. Mormonism has no monopoly on the struggle of gays and the victory over the flesh by many. Victory over the passions of the flesh is part of being a Christian; giving into hedonism is not.

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