I know very little about the Mormon faith and after reading this, I think I know why. Wouldn't it be hard to learn about a religion when its leaders seem to be denying reality. I mean, making a statement, "There are no homosexual members of the church…" Can you believe that out of 14+ million members there are no LGBT members? Let's see what David has to say about his revelation.
A Mormon leader has claimed he does not discriminate against gay and lesbian people – as the church has no homosexual members. David A Bednar, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), made the comments during a visit to Chile. He was asked: “How can homosexual members of the church live and remain in steadfast in the gospel?” – independent.co.uk
He replied: “First I want to change the question – there are no homosexual members of the church. We are not defined by sexual attraction," he continued. "We are not defined by sexual behaviour. We are sons and daughters of god and all of us have different challenges in the flesh."
He added that people may experience these feelings, but that it was up to them how them how they responded to them. He said: "Some people have physical limitations, they may be born with a body that is not fully functional." Mr Bednar likened this to having “an inclination to be attracted to someone of the same sex”.
"Simply being attracted to someone of the same gender is not a sin," he added. He said there were "many members of the church who may have some manifestation of that attraction" and that those people can serve in the church and receive a blessing of the temple. But he said that when they acted "on the inclination or the attraction, that’s when it becomes a sin”.
Mr Bednar said the church did not "accept or tolerate" marriage between anyone other than a man and woman. “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the family is central to the father’s plan for the eternal happiness and destiny of his children," he said. "That plan is halted in anything but a marriage between a man and a woman.” He added: “So please do not let the voices of the world confuse you or lead you in another direction”.
Mr Bednar’s comments come after the Mormon Church changed its policy in November to denounce same-sex marriage. The new rule means children from same-sex marriages would be barred from the church and would not be baptized until they were 18 and moved out of their parents’ home. – independent.co.uk
If you are a little confused, come sit next to me so we can be dumbfounded together.
Are we the pretty ones with no morals? Are we piled in with the people that have birth defects?
If you can make Bednar's statement make sense and applicable to the real world we all live in, please do so below.
if you would like to see the conference (Questions and answers with Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve, 23 February 2016) in full and better quality, here it is. The question above appears at minute 41.