Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
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.”
Currently struggling for clarity. Things seemed to start getting better before, but life feels inconsistent and terrifying right now.
I find myself feeling absolutely insane as a slow, strikingly uncomfortable heated sensation rises in my chest and infectiously stiffens my muscles; And the only thing I want to do is run, hide, or explode into a thousand excruciatingly vivid pieces. I used to go on walks once or twice a day, blasting music just to drown out any feeling and be as far from reality, pain and stress as possible.
It’s hum is low during the day, and completely absent as soon as I wake up from a nap or sleep. But when I’m with friends and I feel singled out, or when I think about my family/future, or simply when my self-esteem feels like I’m in a (major) threatening situation… every psychological structure/ounce of faith comes torturously crashing down on me and It feels like my soul is shrieking and tearing itself apart. These unexpected spouts of immediate internal paniced-self-attack are abrupt, and inconveniant in being emotionally available in normal social situations.
“Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope. As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.”
— President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands”
“It appears suddenly out of nothing.”
“—not an accumulation of twenty-five years like the Koran, but a single staggering performance, bursting on a shocked and scandalized world like an explosion, the full-blown history of an ancient people, following them through all the trials, triumphs, and vicissitudes of a thousand years without a break, telling how a civilization originated, rose to momentary greatness, and passed away, giving due attention to every phase of civilized history in a densely compact and rapidly moving story that interweaves dozens of plots with an inexhaustible fertility of invention and an uncanny consistency that is never caught in a slip or contradiction. We respectfully solicit the name of any student or professor in the world who could come within ten thousand miles of such a performance. As a sheer tour-de-force there is nothing like it. The theory that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon simply will not stand examination.”
Who is Joseph Smith?
If there is any fast way to understand the origin, the history, and the passionate membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as the ‘Mormon Church’)… it is through this short film starting with a 14 year old boy in 1820.