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The self-declared 6’5” Chinese Woman (that’s actually a 5’9” white guy)
The interview purposefully asks the initial question regarding gender identity. These people dug themselves into a whole initially by placing themselves in a stance. Once other examples are given, despite them clearly realizing and even laughing about the realization of their ridiculous answers, they still continue saying “good for you. If you feel that way, GREAT!”
Tolerance is an interesting thing. But if what you believe affects the family unit, is that true tolerance?
Why do we need to stand up and stay gender is gender? Why does it matter?
“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” 1
We can always talk about anomalies. But it is very, very rare. THe handbook has a statement on it.
“If a child is born that way (born without a gender)….. Priesthood brethren”
Bishop Potter- “Satan has been very patient in building up this issue slowly. Back in my day, this was not an issue. And now it’s being embraced.”
Example that a student given in class- “Sorry, this land at Disneyland does not allow you to ride this ride. You are under 48 inches.”
“Oh, well I identify as being 49 inches”
“Oh, okay, come on in”
Why would we see this as illogical, but other examples we cast aside, such as gender identity.
We now believe man can legislate biology? Isn’t biology ruled by natural laws?
In this sense, we stand in a dangerous place of letting man take the place of God.
In college, if you have a teacher that does not have the ability to tell you “No, you are not correct”, then what is the point of going to college?
You can deny gravity all you want, but when you jump off a cliff, you’re still going to fall.
A big argument people make is that we should be “loving and embracing everyone”. But isn’t it interesting that the people in the video stated things like “well it doesn’t matter to me if you choose to identify as a chinese white woman”
It doesn’t matter to them? Well does that mean that they are ‘loving and embracing them’?
Gender= social context
Sex= biological identity
The brethren chose the word gender
To Prepare Church Members to Become Like
Their Heavenly Parents
Dallin H. Oaks
The purpose of mortal life and the mission of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to prepare
the sons and daughters of God for their destiny—to
become like our heavenly parents. (“Same-Gender
Attraction,” Ensign, Oct. 1995, p. 7)
“Our eternal destiny—exaltation in the celestial kingdom—is made possible only through the atonement of Jesus Christ (through which we became and can remain ‘innocent before God’ [D&C 93:38]) and is only available to a man and a woman who have entered into and been faithful to the covenants of an eternal marriage in a temple of God (see D&C 131:1–4; 132). …
“Because Satan desires that ‘all men might be miserable like unto himself’ (2 Ne. 2:27), his most strenuous efforts are directed at encouraging those choices and actions that will thwart God’s plan for his children. He seeks to undermine the principle of individual accountability, to persuade us to misuse our sacred powers of procreation, to discourage marriage and childbearing by worthy men and women, and to confuse what it means to be male or female” (“Same-Gender Attraction,” Ensign, Oct. 1995, 7–8).
Why do you need a male and a female?
Because you need to create life. And Gods create life.
It is against God’s moral laws. Having sexual relations outside of marriage, either with the opposite sex or same sex, it is breaking a moral law.
Where the Church stands:
The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
*The church does not call people ‘gays and lesbians’. It states, on purpose, same-sex attraction. The first characterizes lifestyle, which becomes their identity. The second does not define them.
The higher law of Christ and ‘lusting after a woman hath committed sin in his own heart’
A man can like women, but he is commanded not to lust. The same commandment stands for same-sex attraction as far as the commandment not to lust.
A pleasant young man in his early 20s sat across from me. He had an engaging smile, although he didn’t smile often during our talk. What drew me in was the pain in his eyes.
“I don’t know if I should remain a member of the Church,” he said. “I don’t think I’m worthy.”
“Why wouldn’t you be worthy?” I asked.
I suppose he thought I would be startled. I wasn’t. “And … ?” I inquired.
A flicker of relief crossed his face as he sensed my continued interest. “I’m not attracted to women. I’m attracted to men. I’ve tried to ignore these feelings or change them, but …”
He sighed. “Why am I this way? The feelings are very real.”
I paused, then said, “I need a little more information before advising you. You see, same-gender attraction is not a sin, but acting on those feelings is—just as it would be with heterosexual feelings. Do you violate the law of chastity?”
He shook his head. “No, I don’t.”
This time I was relieved. “Thank you for wanting to deal with this,” I said. “It takes courage to talk about it, and I honor you for keeping yourself clean.
“As for why you feel as you do, I can’t answer that question. A number of factors may be involved, and they can be as different as people are different. Some things, including the cause of your feelings, we may never know in this life. But knowing why you feel as you do isn’t as important as knowing you have not transgressed. If your life is in harmony with the commandments, then you are worthy to serve in the Church, enjoy full fellowship with the members, attend the temple, and receive all the blessings of the Savior’s Atonement.”
He sat up a little straighter. I continued, “You serve yourself poorly when you identify yourself primarily by your sexual feelings. That isn’t your only characteristic, so don’t give it disproportionate attention. You are first and foremost a son of God, and He loves you.
It will do no good to ask WHY. An apostle of God stated “As for WHY you feel as you do, I can’t answer that question”
You shut off revelation when you try to create an answer that the brethren haven’t.
We may never know in this life. We don’t always have the answer.
Knowing WHY isn’t as important as important as knowing you have not transgressed.
Church apostle Elder Quentin L. Cook stated,
“As a church, nobody should be more loving and compassionate. Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion and outreach. Let’s not have families exclude or be disrespectful of those who choose a different lifestyle as a result of their feelings about their own gender.”
If we don’t have a place for them to be, the gay community is very accepting, of anything you want to be.
To be frank, it’s really embarrassing to have a child that disobeys the commandments.
The story of the mother and father whose son was on the front page of the newspaper for a large drug bust.
A member said to them “Wow, I can’t believe you guys came to church today.”
The mother said it hurt so bad. They came because they NEEDED that in their lives. What we NEED to do is say Come on in, it’s so good to see you here.
If your son likes the color pink, fine. But those simple little things do not need to DEFINE him.
Love and Law Dallin H Oaks
I begin with four examples which illustrate some mortal confusion between love and law.
A young adult in a cohabitation relationship tells grieving parents, “If you really loved me, you would accept me and my partner just like you accept your married children.”
A youth reacts to parental commands or pressure by declaring, “If you really loved me, you wouldn’t force me.”
A child is asking your love to overwrite the laws