Boyd K. Packer’s attack on the gays in front of the entire LDS community doesn’t mean all Mormon leaders think homosexuality is some wretched plague god cast upon man. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who holds the title of second counselor in the governing First Presidency, used Sunday’s sermon for some damage control
On Sunday, Uchtdorf reiterated the church’s position that it doesn’t know the cause of homosexuality and that it doesn’t matter. “Many questions in life, however, including some related to same-gender attractions, must await a future answer, even in the next life,” Uchtdorf said. “Until then, the truth is, God loves all his children, and because he loves us, we can trust him and keep his commandments.”
Now faithful Mormons can all breath sighs of relief, because they’ve finally been instructed they can continue calling you sinners without having to hate you. Brava!
Some audience members welcomed Uchtdorf’s approach, which seemed more consistent with the church’s position. “It seemed fairly close to the line we’ve been getting lately — the idea that the practice is sinful, but homosexual tendencies are acceptable within the church as long as people don’t act on them,” said Jennie Pulsipher, a Mormon who watched the regional conference via satellite at her east-side Salt Lake City stake center. “He also emphasized that [gays] should be treated lovingly as children of God.”