Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Friday, June 4, 2010
I believe there is an example of how we should feel and act in regard to homosexuality. In the Bible(John 8:1-11) there is a story where the ruler of the Jews brought a woman before Jesus who had been caught in adultery. They posed the question to Jesus "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" In response he said "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." This teaches us an important lesson, we as children of God are not called upon to judge others and exact punishment. When all the accusers had left, convicted by their own conscience, Christ turned to the woman and said "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" She replied "No man lord" To which Christ replied,"Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Once again we learn how we should approach those who we know who are not living in accordance with the teachings of the gospel. While we do not approve of the behavior we don't condemn the person. We also do not condone the behavior, thus the injunction to "go and sin no more." President Spencer W. Kimball said it very well (I paraphrase), "Love the sinner, hate the sin" This is a stance we take on all sin, no matter what it is.
This is how we can honestly say we don't support gay marriage, but we don't hate homosexuals. To understand this one must be able separate the person from the action. Parents everywhere do the same for their children. When a child is angry, disobedient, and breaks stuff, parents don't like the behavior, but they still love the child. I believe this is how God feels about his children.
Thus I believe it is possible be against gay marriage, and to believe that homosexuality is a sin, but still be a friend to those who are homosexual.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, September 13, 2009
First religion is a source of socialization.
At church and through church service we are educated and we educate others. Those who choose to participate in a religion actively by attending are helping others. Some selfishly think they are going to church for there own benefit and can choose not to go whenever they feel like it. They forget that the education of their children is their example, Children will not pay attention to what is said as much as what is done. Consistent church attendance is imperative and demonstrates a commitment to the improvement of society as a whole. By giving time to better this and the next generation.
Second religious participation is to help relieve suffering.
When I served as a missionary I realized how blessed I was to have been raised with the set of morals that I was. I realized and saw first hand how so much of the poverty and social injustice is a result of not living the law of chastity and the word of wisdom. There is so much suffering in the world, that comes from not living the gospel. The "restrictions" imposed by religion have saved me a great deal of suffering.
Third, There really is a God Who really does love us.
God is real and he loves us, he wants us to be happy. Hence the socialization and the relief from suffering. As I have passed through my medical education, one thing has really been emphasized. The world has an inherent order. I know the author of that order, he is my Father and he loves me.
Why should we go to church?
Well, If you don't take the sacrament, your sins are not washed away and you become less sensitive to the Holy Ghost.... it doesn't matter why you aren't attending.
Second, you are missing out on great opportunity to serve others, and contribute to society.
Third, active church attendance and requires that we swallow some of our pride, and become a little less selfish... Both good things I would say.
Religion is a social necessity, as well as a spiritual necessity, peaceful societies are based on successful socialization of youth into a peaceful and service oriented society. When society drifts away from religions, they inevitably set up other organizations that attempt to fill those very needs.
Our Father in Heaven, really wants us to be happy, if you take note, all "social ills" are results of disobedience to God's commandments.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. They called him to be a Prophet. A Prophet's job is to testify of Christ. I am grateful for Joseph Smith because he testifies of Christ. Through the teachings of Joseph Smith, I have grown closer to Jesus Christ and have better understood the gospel of Christ.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Due to the unfavorable media about the recent passage of Prop 8 in California, I feel that I need to post to my blog the reasons I feel are valid for the passage of an amendment, that at first glance seems to be restricting the rights of a population of Americans.
There are two reasons I feel that legalizing homosexual marriages is not wise and why we should be concerned.
1. Homosexual marriage threatens religious freedom.
In the states where gay marriage has already been legalized churches and gay couples have already clashed, and the gay rights have trumped the right to the free exercise of religion. Here are the News Stories:
Click to Story
Click for list of institutions sued by homosexual couples
2. Homosexual marriage threatens freedom of speech.
Imagine what it would be like if teaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman was considered the same thing as racism. How will that affect one’s ability to teach that principle. Would churches and institutions (schools) be fined for promoting heterosexual marriage? How would this affect religious clubs at public universities?
Note: Some people believe that religious freedom only affects religious institutions, that is not the case. If we look at the places and times scientific research was most restricted, it was when there was no religious freedom (think Galileo). In other words, religious freedom does not only pertain to churches, it actually protects the right to believe whatever you want. Being able to to believe what one wants is of paramount importance to science and education. Once laws are made regarding the way we can teach what we believe, the precedents leave everyone and anyone open for frivolous lawsuits.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) we believe that the right of everyone to believe whatever they want should be protected. In other words we would never discriminate against or treat a gay or lesbian person different because of their sexual orientation. In fact, religious freedom is the freedom that allows gay couples the right to be protected in the way they see the world. We respect a person's right to believe whatever they want.
One of the Basic Tenets of Mormon Theology is as follows:
"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
The legal conflict comes when a person seeks to force their beliefs on others. Tolerance is a two way street. It has been demonstrated by litigation that when it comes to homosexual marriage some of those who seek for tolerance have not shown the same tolerance for those who disagree with gay marriage. When I was a boy my father told me "Your right to swing your fist ends where you friend's nose begins". In this case allowing gay couples the right to be married is allowing them to exercise their "rights" in a way that restricts the rights of others. (See links to lawsuit already filed above.)
OFFICIAL LDS STANCE:
Official LDS website for Preserving Marriage: Click Here
LDS Church Official Stance: Click Here
LDS Church Response after Prop 8 passed: Click Here
Catholic response to demonstrations in California: Click Here
Full list of Resources about the church’s position and why they took it: Click Here