In the Boyd K. Packer’s interview with Helen K. Whitney for the PBS documentary, The Mormons, Boyd K. Packer’s quote about intellectuals, feminists, and gays was mentioned. He clarified his view and I enjoyed reading the transcript. I was also interested to read the original statement from 1993:
There are three areas where members of the Church, influenced by social and political unrest, are being caught up and led away. I chose these three because they have made major invasions into the membership of the Church. In each, the temptation is for us to turn about and face the wrong way, and it is hard to resist, for doing it seems so reasonable and right.
The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals. Our local leaders must deal with all three of them with ever-increasing frequency. In each case, the members who are hurting have the conviction that the Church somehow is doing something wrong to members or that the Church is not doing enough for them.
I especially found the last sentence interesting: “… the Church is not doing enough for them.” This is somewhat stinging because I’ve thought at times that the Church isn’t doing enough for gays/me. On top of that, I suppose I fancy myself a feminist and intellectual at some level too!
It’s easy, I suppose to be critical of church leaders and wallow in self-pity. But then, I think sometimes that gays are a more pitiable group than most—drama queens that they/we are.
On further reflection though, I’m glad Pres. Packer said what he did. There’s nothing there, really, that bothers me. But, I suppose, that’s not too surprising when there’s nothing he’s EVER said that bothers me much. Kimball either—I can explain away and empathize with pretty much everything they’ve said that cause some to boil over. And, in some ways, what Packer says is so apt that it seems almost prophetic.
“…seems so reasonable and right.”
“…the members who are hurting…”
“…the Church somehow is doing something wrong…”
And this was the great trap he saw and warned about. And lo and behold, there are case examples of this being true all over the place, not just among gays, but from other members for and in behalf of gays too. I love Pres. Packer, and I’m glad that I haven’t stopped listening to him or the other brethren.