Addressing Same-Sex Attraction; The LDS View

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This post was originally made on my FaceBook a few days ago. I feel it’s important people truly understand what I, as a Mormon, believe when it comes to the issue of Same-Sex Attraction and LGBT rights. I have had too many make assumptions about what I believe because I am a Mormon, including those I thought long time friends. I want to make it very clear, other then I strive harder each day to be more loving and considerate of others and live a lifestyle that is better for my body in multiple ways, my religious view did not actually change much when I got baptized and became a member of the LDS Church. I was already studying and believing what I do quite awhile before I let the first missionary in my door. Frankly, I was rather shocked when I learned what they actually believed. How close it aligned with my own personal studies and conclusions.

I admit, I was one of those that thought I knew what a Mormon believed. I was wrong. Here I am, a Mormon who has been on the other side of being wrong about what a Mormon to please (I beg you!) to actually talk to someone who tries to LIVE according to the precepts of the LDS Church (IE: Jesus) Please do not assume you know, because you very likely have heard what others say in their hateful ignorance about Mormons. At best, I learned it was half-truths.

So, here is the post. There is a link at the end that clarify the LDS view on this subject.

I usually try and keep posts pretty positive or merely share cute and funny messages when on FB. I prefer to not deal with the negative repercussions of openly proclaiming all I believe on a regular basis. Sometimes, though…you have to make a stand.

However, I never expected a friend I had known for years to unfriend me because I said I supported gay rights.

Do not make the assumption that because I support the rights of the LGBT community to be treated with love and respect to mean I am against the traditional family.

More so, to declare that God would never be so cruel as to make another man want another man sexually, they can not be born that way, is a logic fallacy. Bear with me here before you possibly jump to conclusions!

I agree. God would not be that cruel. I also do not think God is so cruel as to force babies to be born drug addicts or have cleft lip pallet. Some of us are born with brain tumors. I do not blame God for my brain tumor.

Would it be logical for someone to tell me that the reason my tumor exists is because I chose it to exist because ‘God would not be so cruel’?

Some might say one has nothing to do with the other, but a logic fallacy is a logic fallacy and one of the easiest ways to figure out if you are dealing with one is to see if it stands up to having the subject swapped out for another. I am not talking about just being silly, of course. But, when a statement sounds completely and utterly ridiculous when you put it to the test….

You might be dealing with a logic fallacy.

(This statement in no way constitutes the entirety of all that I believe. Be careful when assuming the ‘all’ of what another believes due to one shared post when they are only attempting to show they believe in loving others and not denying basic human rights simply because they do not believe the same way or live in a way that particular person approves)

PS: It is perfectly OK if you disagree or do not believe as I do. For me, that is not an automatic reason we can not be friends. I will not tell you to ‘keep your <blank> views to yourself’ unless you are actually attacking others with it or I have proof the information is incorrect. There is a difference between sharing and expressing what you believe verses posting discriminatory messages about others.

I am Mormon. I believe in the traditional (1 Man and 1 woman) family unit. I ALSO believe that just because I believe in the family unit does not mean it is OK for me to treat those who live and believe different unfairly and with rudeness and hatred. I sure would not want them to hate me because I happen to believe in my marriage.

To get a clearer picture on the official stance of the LDS church, please see this link: Addressing same-sex attraction

Life, the Universe, and God’s Bigger then even that!

Today is chock full of blessings! I want to give all Glory and Thanksgiving to God. I’ve been working hard to be ‘temple worthy’ to strive to live as a woman after God’s own heart and to be a good example to my friends and family.

Even though I was not someone who struggled with alcohol or anything, I decided to stop drinking completely. I realized that my having that 1 or 2 drinks, even occasionally was making it hard for those around me that could not stop at 1 or 2.

The thing was…even though I drank infrequently and almost never more then 1 or 2…not drinking at all was harder then I thought it would be when out with friends in DownTown. Interestingly enough, it was someone that struggled with drinking on a regular basis that gave me the most support AND reminders of what I said I was not going to drink. She also did it in a loving manner. I also noticed that each time, she drank far less because I was not drinking.

Perhaps you are wondering what this has to do with blessings from God. Well, this is my testimony that when you follow God’s precepts and keep your body clean like a temple, He does bless you! And He blessings you so much more then you ever could realize.

I prayed that God would bless my efforts with Mary Kay and He has. I prayed He would provide a way for me to make my Star. He did not give me that. I admit I had to pray for a graceful response to this fact and remind myself that God had even better things in store for me. I knew if I kept working my business it would still yield good things.

What I did not know was God had even bigger blessings coming my way. This morning, I received and email from my aunt Karen .She is from my father’s side of the family and I had not seen any of them since I was young. Now, suddenly I have reconnected with many from my family, including my grandmother!!

Also, I can not forget Samantha​, my Step sister, who found us just last week ❤

So much is coming my way right now I feel like I can not catch my breath, but in a good way!

Because…not only has all the above happened for me and my family, I’ve been looking into new curriculum that would provide what my boys need at a price I can better afford and I came across Roman Roads Media video high school curriculum. For those that home-school and have used My father’s World, keep following for my reviews this coming fall. I am going to compare the two! Very excited about this opportunity 🙂

So, keep us in your prayers. You are in mine. And, remember, striving to live according to God’s principles are not a burden. The blessings that will come your way will be immeasurable. I testify this in the name of His son, Jesus the Christ.011