* The following is my opinion and I am responsible for the contents thereof...
Nov. 10, 2008
"Now Is NOT the Time for the Spiritually Faint of Heart." -- Elder Ballard in the October 2008 LDS General Conference talk entitled "The Truth of God Shall Go Forth".
The gospel of Jesus Christ will go forth throughout the world in good times and bad times.
America is a special place.
The Book of Mormon states that, "This is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written"(Ether 2:12).
That is a promise from God. If we serve Him, He will protect us.
Unfortunately there are those who oppose the commandments of God, and try to persecute those who do stand for what is right. Case in point, this recent Election 2008. California voters voted on Proposition 8 which "Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" (California SOS).
I support Proposition 8 because I support God's commandment that marriage should be between 1 man and 1 woman. Why is THAT controversial?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of many churches who support marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.
There are opponents who say the issue is about rights. I say the issue is about God's commandments. I will vote to uphold God's commandments.
There are opponents who say that I should not involve God's commandments or laws in this debate. However, God says that " If ye shall say that there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness..."( 2 Nephi 2: 13).
The opponents of proposition 8 want to throw out God's law and therefore not be accused of sin.
Those who do wrong want to rationalize sin, and blur the line between right and wrong.
"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil;"( Isaiah 5: 20)
God is a perfect God who does not make mistakes. What is right is what God commands. We have ancient and modern day scriptures and prophets, modern day revelation, and the Spirit to know what God commands.
I can not and will not vote against the commandments of God. Who am I to try to vote down a commandment of God? Even if I attempted that, what's wrong is still wrong.
I was not the only one who supported proposition 8. Thousands of other people from various backgrounds, races, and churches stood for marriage. California voters voted and Proposition 8 passed. Good.
The opposition instead of accepting, instead decided to march in protest. This is a country where people can speak out in opposition. Okay. But that does not mean the opposition has to walk down to the LDS Temple in Los Angeles in Westwood and graffiti the gates leading up to the temple? Why did the opposition have to attempt to desecrate the temple of the Lord? (Link to Nov. 6 AP photo of protester's and spray paint on the LDS LA temple gates). Trying to desecrate the temple grounds of the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT serving him. Even in Biblical times Jesus emphasized the sanctity of the temple. He drove the merchants out of His Father's house the temple. ( John 2: 13-16).
How do I think the Savior would handle those who struggle with homosexuality or any other sin of immorality? I look at the New Testament example of the Savior forgiving the women who was taken in adultery. To those struggling with any sin or addiction, we must come unto the Savior, be humble, repent, and then "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
For those who say that they are trapped in sin, come unto the Savior. Only He can help you overcome sin. He suffered for your sin and He loves you. His Atonement is Endless.
And to those who harass or do physical violence to those who are struggling with homosexuality, that is not correct either. The Savior calmed the situation of tension between the woman taken in adultery and those who wanted to stone her. There was an environment where the woman could come unto the Savior and repent.
Some opponents to proposition 8 may not want to repent.
There may be those that will still oppose me when I stand for marriage between 1 man and 1 woman. To them, I respond, I am trying to support the commandments of God.
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I am not ashamed to stand up for what is right before God's eyes. Even if there is persecution. Perhaps the persecution will invite others to learn more about Mormons and their defense of marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.
The Savior Himself was persecuted for standing for what is right.
"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;" ( 2 Timothy 1:8)
So Latter-Day Saints and others who follow God's commandments, I invite you to stand. Irregardless of the persecutions we have faced, are facing, or might face....stand and serve the God of this promised land...Jesus Christ.
Elder Perry in a speech entitled God's Hand in Establishing America quoted the prophet Joseph Smith who said, "The time will come when the destiny of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.” (Journal of Discourses, 7:15.)
There is still a lot of work to be done in preparation for the Savior's Second Coming.
Now is NOT the time for the spiritually faint of heart -- Elder Ballard "The Truth of God Shall Go Forth" Oct. 2008
"Thou, therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Timothy 2:3)