Evidently not so proud that Boyd K. Packer claimed god would never punish mankind by making some people gay, LDS has toned down the second-in-command’s anti-gay rhetoric in the official version of his Sunday speech. ‘Cause who needs a historical record of Packer saying the lord would never let anybody be a fag?
At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ annual General Conference on Sunday, Packer — the Mormon Church elder opposed to interracial marriage — told his 20,000-strong audience, “There are those today who’d not only tolerate but advocate voting to change laws that would legalize immorality,” and that, “Some suppose that they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.”
We teach a standard of moral conduct that will protect us from Satan’s many substitutes or counterfeits for marriage. We must understand that any persuasion to enter into any relationship that is not in harmony with the principles of the gospel must be wrong. From the Book of Mormon we learn that “wickedness never was happiness.”13
Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Remember, God is our Heavenly Father.
Paul promised that “God . . . will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”14 You can, if you will, break the habits and conquer an addiction and come away from that which is not worthy of any member of the Church. As Alma cautioned, we must “watch and pray continually.”15
(Notice that “inborn tendencies” is now “inborn temptations.”)
As it turns out, removing elements of hate speech is just standard practice, LDS spokesman Scott Trotter says in a thinly veiled statement released Friday night: “The Monday following every General Conference, each speaker has the opportunity to make any edits necessary to clarify differences between what was written and what was delivered or to clarify the speaker’s intent. President Packer has simply clarified his intent. As we have said repeatedly, the Church’s position on marriage and family is clear and consistent. It is based on respect and love for all of God’s children.”
Or maybe that’s just how LDS responds when some 100,000 signatures are collected calling on Packer to recant his statements and thousands form a human circle around its headquarters.
Luckily there will always and forever be a permanent record of what Packer — who is in line to succeed Thomas Spencer Monson as president — said that fateful Sunday. Videotape doesn’t lie.
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