I am a Latter Day Saint.


I've been struggling since President Obama's "announcement" yesterday.  I'm not an Obama supporter to begin with, and even more so I'm not now.  I've been struggling because I have many many friends who do support gay marriage, and so it's a topic I avoid.  I haven't wanted to offend anyone.  I haven't wanted to hear what they have to say regarding my belief that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.

I've spent much of today reading and thinking and being uplifted in my faith and by others of other faiths, but who share my basic beliefs.  And finally realized, that I was putting the opinions of others before God.  A blogger I follow posted this on facebook and had numerous people unlike her page, which was really funny because she's a "biblical womanhood" blogger, so how could they expect otherwise?  And it took me a while, but I shared it too, because it's an important topic right now.  And I have not been sharing the Gospel as I should.  I'm not the type to shove my beliefs down someone else's throat, but I realize my friends no longer just automatically know what I believe.  Back in high school people used to even tell other kids off just for using cuss words around me.  If the class was going to be watching an R rated movie, someone else would inform the teacher I needed a library assignment instead, because my friends -who were not of my religion- KNEW what I believed and what my values and morals were.
That's not the case anymore.  I've become to compliant.  I haven't wanted to rock the boat because...well I don't know why.  My belief's haven't changed, but I know the reactions my friends will have, have changed.

I do not support gay marriage.  I'm not bigoted.  I'm not homophobic.  I simply believe that homosexuality is na sin like any other behavioral sin.  I sin too, just differently.  As Elder Jeffery R Holland said to someone struggling with same-gender attraction“You serve yourself poorly when you identify yourself primarily by your sexual feelings. That isn’t your only characteristic, so don’t give it disproportionate attention. You are first and foremost a son of God, and He loves you.
“What’s more, I love you. My Brethren among the General Authorities love you. I’m reminded of a comment President Boyd K. Packer made in speaking to those with same-gender attraction. ‘We do not reject you,’ he said. ‘… We cannot reject you, for you are the sons and daughters of God. We will not reject you, because we love you.’”

And this is what I believe regarding marriage and family units.

"THE FAMILY

A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD

WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

I know that there is a God.  He is the father of our spirits and creator of the world.   It's because of our agreement and desire to become more like him that we've come to do this horrible hellish test of life.  I may not enjoy it, but it's the truth and I'm trying to learn to enjoy life rather than endure it.  Jesus Christ came to earth to live as us so that he could suffer in Gethsemane and then be judged and die for us, only to be resurrected.  All so that we may be able to repent and to one day be resurrected also and live with God again.  No, life isn't fair.  No one ever said it would be.  No one ever said that choices would be easy.  But God lives.  Christ is my redeemer and the savoir of the world.  He showed us the way we need to live, with kindness and mercy and charity.  God has given us commandments.  He gives us commandments even now.  He loves us.  I have trouble believing that sometimes, but that usually is when I haven't been praying and having the faith that I should.  I struggle with sharing my testimony like this.  But I need to realize that nothing matters more than doing God's will.  Nothing else matters.

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