Tag Archives: Prophets

The Tolerance Trap

In the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the general authorities of the Church and other officers speak to us about matters of spirituality and
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This is your (cyber) hometeaching for the month of January

Hi all. Many times when I am hometeaching, themes from the First Presidency message will stimulate thoughts for me about living the gospel within the context of same-gender issues. Most of the time, I sense that it would be inappropriate for me to guide my hometeaching visit discussions toward topics related to same-gender attraction. Freshly starting off the new year, however, I’m going to experiment with this forum for discussing the First Presidency message themes that speak to me about same-gender attraction.

This month, Elder Eyring’s message is about raising the voice of warning. He uses an anecdote from his childhood to frame the ensuing topics:

“I can still remember my mother speaking softly to me one Saturday afternoon when, as a little boy, I asked her for permission to do something I thought was perfectly reasonable and which she knew was dangerous. I still am amazed at the power she was granted, I believe from the Lord, to turn me around with so few words. As I remember them, they were: ‘Oh, I suppose you could do that. But the choice is yours.’
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