The last few weeks have been a bit crazy for me, to say the least.  In the midst of it, I have found a source of peace–the words of our leaders.  Their words, although I heard them once before in October, have come at exactly the right time to provide the perfect comfort and peace that I have needed.  I hope they can do the same for you.

From Elder Uchtdorf:

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Suppose you were able to travel back in time and have a conversation with people who lived a thousand or even a hundred years ago. Imagine trying to describe to them some of the modern technologies that you and I take for granted today. For example, what might these people think of us if we told them stories of jumbo jets, microwave ovens, handheld devices that contain vast digital libraries, and videos of our grandchildren that we instantly share with millions of people around the world?

Some might believe us. Most would ridicule, oppose, or perhaps even seek to silence or harm us. Some might attempt to apply logic, reason, and facts as they know them to show that we are misguided, foolish, or even dangerous. They might condemn us for attempting to mislead others.

But of course, these people would be completely mistaken. They might be well-meaning and sincere. They might feel absolutely positive of their opinion. But they simply would not be able to see clearly because they had not yet received the more complete light of truth. (Emphasis added.)

From Elder Oaks:

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Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand. We must not surrender our positions or our values. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest. …

On the subject of public discourse, we should all follow the gospel teachings to love our neighbor and avoid contention. Followers of Christ should be examples of civility. We should love all people, be good listeners, and show concern for their sincere beliefs. Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable. Our stands and communications on controversial topics should not be contentious. We should be wise in explaining and pursuing our positions and in exercising our influence. In doing so, we ask that others not be offended by our sincere religious beliefs and the free exercise of our religion. We encourage all of us to practice the Savior’s Golden Rule: “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12).

When our positions do not prevail, we should accept unfavorable results graciously and practice civility with our adversaries. In any event, we should be persons of goodwill toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind, including persecution based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.

And a beautiful song, reminding me what Voice I am to follow…

Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

I hope I can be a witness to the Voice of Truth.

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    Charlotte Maughan

    That was beautiful Megan. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. The world tries to dissuade us from listening to the voice of truth. It may not be the popular or easy thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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    JA

    I think it’s a mistake to think that any of us are entirely on the “truth” or “error” side when it comes to sexuality at the moment. I’m sure you’re doing your best to follow the light you have received, and lots of other people are doing the same with completely different outcomes. Would it be that surprising to find out down the road that we were ALL way off, and that God’s conception of sexuality is way beyond what any of us are thinking at the moment? I don’t think so.