As many of you know, the moral framework of this country is disintegrating faster than you can say, “follow the Prophet” and the people have chosen iniquity over righteousness once again. In this election three states legalized “Gay Marriage.” It is clearly a sign of the times that people of this country are so deluded in sin and taken in by the lure of the adversary that they would mistake the unfortunate personal choice of same-sex attraction for a normal state of being, one that cannot be changed by prayer and faith, nor even that should be changed. I mean someone even blogged this blasphemous image on the pretense that “if God created Man in his own image then”:
We all know that Heavenly Father looks like this:
What is worse, is that this sort of confusion and division is happening within our own Church. Boyd K. Packer said,
There are three areas where members of the Church, influenced by social and political unrest, are being caught up and led away. I chose these three because they have made major invasions into the membership of the Church. In each, the temptation is for us to turn about and face the wrong way, and it is hard to resist, for doing it seems so reasonable and right.
Yes, it seems so reasonable and right that homosexuals and women should be treated with the same dignity and rights that heterosexual men have, but our Heavenly Father is neither reasonable nor right (at least by our mere human definitions!) If anyone else told you that you had to kill your first-born son in order to prove how much you loved him, you’d think, “Heck No! What kind of sadistic psychopath are you?” But God is not like any other man, he’s God and we know that no matter what he asks, it is right. It is good. It is true. We know this because the scriptures tell us so. Brother Packer continued:
The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals. Our local leaders must deal with all three of them with ever-increasing frequency. In each case, the members who are hurting have the conviction that the Church somehow is doing something wrong to members or that the Church is not doing enough for them.
Members have the conviction that somehow, in some way, the Church and its leaders (who are infallible because they are speaking directly with God on a daily basis) are wrong in their assessment of the same-sex attraction issue (and also the female and intellectual issues, which will be another post at another time). According to the proclamation on the family, the family is eternal and necessary for Heavenly Father’s plan to continue the cycle of creation.
God created this world so that he could, through the trials of this life, test to see if we really are worthy of becoming gods of our own worlds. When we are born, we pass through the veil which causes us to forget everything about our pre-existent life with our Heavenly Father. He has set it up this way so that as we live and grow and navigate this battle ground where Satan and his minions lie in wait around every corner, he can guide us with very subtle and sometimes confusing signals. Even though we have the power of revelation, sometimes we don’t even know if a revelation is from God or Satan! God has to make it hard so that only the very best, most obedient, and righteous make it through.
Those of us who valiantly chose to be born to Mormon families, who pick up on these signals, who choose wisely to listen to and live by the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who obey his will, we will prove that we are truly worthy of the responsibility that comes with being God. Imagine if God let just anyone become a god? Imagine those poor spirit children being led through their worldly existence by a god who thought drinking coffee was okay! Or that his children did not have to believe in him in order to be saved! Imagine, the idea that everyone will be saved no matter what! What kind of crazy worlds without end would we end up with then?
Beyond all that, we know that infinite creation just doesn’t work with two men. Satan knows this. He’s mad that his plan that he proposed in the pre-existence wasn’t good enough for God to choose and he’s jealous that he will never get married and have infinite spirit children. Because he doesn’t have a body and as we all know he’s miserable and wants everyone else to be miserable too. He’s also, most likely, homosexual and this furthers his anger that infinite creation requires heterosexuality. Because of this anger and jealousy, he creates same sex desires in those who are weak in their testimonies. He knows that God’s one true church is unchangingly devoted to God’s will and that it’s inspired leadership will not be persuaded by its weak members to face the wrong way, no matter how many members leave or present rational arguments as to why the leaders should advocate for the disenfranchised.
This is how Satan lures people out of the church. I urge you to keep your testimony strong or you might get homosexual and want to leave the church.
If you are suffering from same sex attraction, talk to your bishop. He can set up the most effective way to help you strengthen your testimony and ward off the adversary. Read your scriptures, get married to a faithful LDS woman, start having children, go to the temple. These will help bring you closer to the light of Christ, which will make you happy. It will strengthen your testimony, and keep you on the path back to our Heavenly Father. The Church is more important than any fleeting feelings you have towards your fellow men (in a sexual way) or towards yourself. God has dictated how we should be, let’s not get in the way of his plans for us.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.