Posts tagged gay
Posts tagged gay
an article about a bunch of LDS people in Utah who marched in a Gay Pride parade.
I know several openly homosexual Mormons, and they tell me it’s very difficult, but the greatest thing that helps them stay faithful in the church is the fact that other members of the church see no difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals, because we are all children of God, and that’s all that matters to us.
I’m proud to find a post like this here on tumblr. Here’s an interesting quote from the MormonNewsRoom:
“The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics.” - MormonNewsRoom.org, Political Neutrality.
Even though there are some common political beliefs among many church members, politics aren’t church doctrine and I think the variables within political matters are too broad for even the gospel to indicate directly as black or white. It’s a personal decision that only the voter - a prayerful voter, can make. I wish it weren’t the case, but it shouldn’t be surprising to encounter non-republican members of the LDS church.
One last quote - from the LDS Gay Parade article:
One man walking with the group reflected on a cluster of suicides in Mapleton when he was growing up. They were mostly teenagers and some were gay.
“There have been too many LDS deaths,” said Adam Ford, 40, who now lives in Alpine. “No doctrine is more important than God’s children.”
Trailer for the upcoming documentary “Bully”, which will be released on March 30th.
I heard there was a lot of controversy over this movie being rated R because kids need to see this movie so they petitioned for it to be changed to PG-13. Anyone know what happened?
^Yes: The MPA rated it R due to “Language”. When a film has five or more expletives, it is beyond the PG-13 rating and becomes R-rated. “Bully” producers got into a huge argument with the MPA over this, after which the MPA has threatened to give the movie an NC-17 rating instead (which, if you’re unfamiliar, means that kids and teens are completely banned from seeing it—with or without adult accompaniment). The producers responded by basically saying, “Well, fine, then we’ll just call it Unrated” — and presently there’s a huge fuss going on between them, but this is all the public knows of it so far.
I know I’m going to cry so hard my whole face will swell like a cabbage. Seriously.
I also hope they do a segment on children on colour being bullied. Because that’s a big issue too. I remember being bullied by my OWN race, to the point where I wanted to kill myself all because they thought I acted “white”. Another story for another day though.
This is an underrated threat to children/teenagers all over the world, especially those that already live in homes infested with negativity. Many parents feel helpless or are ignorant of the severity bullying can have on the ego of our youth and I’m thankful this film has even been made. Since it’s not going to make its’ way to anyone under the age of 18, (those who need to see it the most) I think we should reblog the hell out of this until suicides rates among teens/children decrease.
“Looking at my own life, much of the good I have accomplished has been due to the balancing of these two forces, and ultimately learning to submit to faith. My commitment to help others came out of it, as did many of the habits I learned as a missionary and serving in the Church. So did my love of people, writing this blog, and a hundred other things in my life - all held in place because of two very real truths - through living the gospel I can find peace and hope, and my life is sometimes not peaceful or hopeful. Which means that with each passing day, I strive to find ways to better live by the principles that I believe…”
I believe that an important way we receive blessings and revelations from God are through other people. These channels provide opportunities for Heavenly Father to speak to us through the divine power of the holy ghost (if we let it) concerning the righteous desires of hearts. No matter who is the receiver or who is the channel, the spiritual confirmation remains the same.
However misconstrued to the proper, Lady Gaga’s enthusiasm, persistence and faith in sustaining the happiness of individuals subject to all forms of alienation and/or criticism (not just LGBT) is an opportunity for the holy ghost to reveal plain truths concerning our spiritual worth to our Heavenly Father:
1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Everything about our mortal lives, including our trials and differences, are divinely tailored specifically to each of us. It’s a fact that our callings in life don’t always include a perfect body, family, or even a perfect sexuality and these things can’t always be changed.
But the same goes for all: We are children of our Heavenly Father and He loves all of us perfectly. There is a plan for each and every one of us, whether we have a knowledge of the gospel or not. Our choices within these devine and contrasting frames contribute to our happiness and destinies, not the frame itself.
Lady Gaga’s lyric is absolutely true:
“God makes no mistakes.”
Mosiah 29:12 12
Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just.
“I may not be able to choose who I am attracted to. I may not be able to choose the temptations I face or the love that I feel. But I can choose who I am in those circumstances… and in every case I do, by my every action. And in every case, I am choosing my destiny. This is who I am: Mormon, faithful, happy, fulfilled, peaceful, hopeful, optimistic, and, someday, saved. To thine own self be true. I am a child of God, and I am the arbiter of my destiny. I choose who I am.”
Though her packaging is shocking, unconventional and contradictory to church standards and beliefs (just like many other music stars), the heart of Lady Gaga’s message in Born This Way is compassionate, tender-hearted and divine among pop idols in today’s society.
I want you to walk out of here tonight not loving me more,
but loving yourselves more.