There are undoubtedly scores of documents the Mormon church doesn’t want you to see, but they have one fewer to guard now that MormonLeaks has gotten a hold of it.
What’s in it, you ask?
One part homophobia and one part misogyny, shaken up with some run-of-the-mill sexual repression.
Yep — sounds like the Mormon Church we know!
The leak contains the minutes of a Utah Layton Priesthood Leadership Conference from February 2014, attended by members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other governing bodies.
The gang discussed issues like religious freedom, agnosticism, and sexuality — the “big three,” according to absolutely nobody.
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At one point in the meeting, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve was asked “How do you help a young man or young woman who comes in and says ’I think I’m gay’?”
“Give them association with manly things,” he reportedly said. “Strong men that represent the ideal of relationships, a man who is vigorous and knows the power he holds.”
You hear that? If you suspect a child is gay, just give him a poster of Tom Selleck to put on his ceiling — that should do the trick. If that doesn’t work, sign him up for wrestling — those singlets are bound to take his mind off other guys.
Another topic was how to deal with same-sex couples showing “inappropriate affection” during church services. While they don’t detail what is deemed “inappropriate,” we assume even holding hands is a no-no.
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Elder Perry had some thoughts on this, too:
“I would invite them to come into my office right after and let them know they were out of line. I would let them know that repentance is possible… [But] adultery is still adultery. Fornication is still fornication. We should continually warn those living in sin that they are jeopardizing their eternal salvation.”
“This evil will divide our nation in half,” Perry said of the LGBT equality movement. “You know they will never stop. They move one inch at a time until they have forced upon all. Unfortunately the Supreme Court is listening to the voice of the people through the administration that is currently in place.”
Uh-oh. He’s on to us.
And these guys are tax-exempt… why exactly?
Here are the full minutes, if you care to dive that deep.
That picture is the best recruiting poster for Mormonism I’ve seen.
Even better than the one with the couple in their “sacred undergarents”?
The church is becoming increasingly irrelevant here in Utah. it is only a matter of time before they change their positions on the LGTBTQIA community.
LGTBTQIA? Really, you have a lot of TBTQIAs in Utah? (Who knew?) The Mormons are probably just confused with all the letters. They’re easily confused, you know. 🙂
I promise that I’m not being a dick with this question: What is the extra T?
When you see two T’s with the LGBT alphabet soup one T usually means transgender and the second T being Transsexual. Normally TS is included with TG but some feel there should be a separation between the two.
Be prepared for the random Mormon troll to come in here spouting out whatever lie of the day they’ve been told to post on lgbt blogs.
The Mormon Church should have had their tax exemption pulled for playing politics in California. The church managed to, through their members, raise a ton of money to have same-sex marriage overturned in CA. That is illegal under the terms of their 501c3 status. But because they can claim that the church had no direct involvement they got away with subverting our democracy. Don’t put anything past The Mormon Church.
All churches should pay taxes, just like every other for profit organization.
Gays are “jeopardizing their eternal salvation?” Oh, my — you mean they won’t be given their own planet to live on forever with their families?
Just have the gays refuse to pay their tithing and when the church loses too much money, they will likely cave in like they did when they use to only allow white people to be members.
When I first moved to Utah in ’99 I was outed by a “friend” before I was hired. Luckily, neither the company nor the manager hiring me cared. A gay co-worker told me “we play a game here called is he gay or Mormon.” He said gaydar didn’t work here because so many good little Mormon boys pinged like crazy. Turns out there are a lot of married gay Mormons and plenty of their wives know they are gay. There are a lot of guys here on apps and websites looking for other married Mormons or RMs (returned missionaries). I talked to a guy whose family made him go on a mission even though he didn’t want to. It’s not uncommon, they tell the kids they can decide to leave the church after they get back from wasting 2 years of their life. Anyway, the guy said his companion was a fat guy where he had been an athlete. They are ALWAYS in pairs, they aren’t supposed to be apart except for going to the restroom or showering-so no sex or wanking-only thinking about serving the church. He went running late every other night after everyone was in bed, leaving his companion back in their room. Except, he just ran as far as the local cruisy park to hook up with guys. The gay bars are packed here during the semiannual LDS conferences. You can spot them because they leave their dress shirts and ties in the car and wear their dress slacks and Tees.
Oh, those Mormons!
Everytime I see the word Mormon I think of Morons! :>)
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! Back in the 1950s in Idaho, the Mormon church would have an overnighter at a camp in the mountains. The boys would sleep in sleeping bags and ….. ahem…. things would happen, I was there! The truth is that neither the church nor conversion therapy knows who we are so their examples are meaningless as only each of us knows who we are. If they really want to teach their youngsters real facts they should teach:
– God gave us a brain and expects us to use it
– Know thyself
– To thine self be true
All in all it means to think, know who you are, and be that person.
I did and when I was 20 I made the decision to live my life as who I am, a gay man, find a partner, and live a good life. My lifetime partner of 55 years and I have been married 13 years. We are both retired and living the American Dream!
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