With the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the LDS Church has come under some heavy fire from the Gay and Lesbian community. They have stages several protests in front of several LDS temples (Los Angeles and Salt Lake City). A lot of hateful words have been spoken about the LDS Church and the members that supported Prop 8. They have even threatened to have the government remove the Tax Exempt status of the church. Something they have long said that the legalization of Gay Marriage would not do. So why now are they threatening to do so?
While pondering the happenings of the last few days, and the outcry that the passage of Prop 8 has caused, I am reminded of several religious teachings I have heard during the last sessions of General Conference for the church.
In a talk titled “The Truth of God Shall Go Forth” M. Russell Ballard stated:
“We are all needed to finish the work that was begun by those pioneering Saints over 175 years ago and carried out through the subsequent decades by faithful Saints of every generation. We need to believe as they believed. We need to work as they worked. We need to serve as they served. And we need to overcome as they overcame.”
“Our testimonies must run deep, with spiritual roots firmly embedded in the rock of revelation. And we must continue to move the work forward as a covenanted, consecrated people, with faith in every footstep, “till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
We must stand strong, but we also need to remember that “no unhallow hand can stop the work.”
A talk entitled “Lift Where you Stand” also came to mind. In this talk President Uchtdorf gives these remarks.
“…none of us can or should move the Lord’s work alone. But if we all stand close together in the place the Lord has appointed and lift where we stand, nothing can keep this divine work from moving upward and forward.”
We must stand with each other, and stand for what we know is right. If the prophet of the Lord tells us to support something, it is our obligation as a member of the church to do that. We must lift were we stand and have the courage of the generations that were before us.
The basis of society (all societies) is marriage, and if we allow that institution to be changed to the same view as Gay and Lesbian agenda, then all is lost.