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@AshDwyer Haha :) Yeah be careful with the UPS guy.
3 years ago on I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.
I am a young lady from Utah and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Residing here, inevitably, has resulted in my living a very sheltered life where most of the people I know share my faith.
But it bothers me, you know, when my friends make gay jokes. I am not homosexual, but I do feel that people of different sexual orientations deserve the same love and respect anyone else does because we are all just humans! I mean, I don't promote homosexual behavior because it is technically defined as a sin in the scriptures, but there is nothing wrong with being friends with gay people and reaching out and loving one another.
In our Thirteenth Article of Faith it states that "We believe...in doing good to all men..."
In a talk I heard (I can't remember the speaker, sorry!), the guy said that if you put emphasis on different words in that phrase, you can learn a powerful lesson.
"We believe in doing good to all men." (Well, yeah.)
"We believe in DOING good to all men." (Show acts of kindness!)
"We believe in doing GOOD to all men." (Don't harm other people!)
"We believe in doing good to ALL men." (:O Look! ALL men! Yes, even gays, you guys!)
"We believe in doing good to all MEN." (This one means all humans, not just dudes)
So...I know lots of people don't like Mormons...but...I still think that even if you're of a different religion you can learn something from this. I mean, I've been ridiculed a lot online and I realize people don't like us because we are a peculiar people! And I am mad at people sometimes but I am trying to be kind to everyone!
Yeah, our church leaders have made it very clear that homosexual activity is not good.
But they have expressed openly, on hundreds of occasions, that we need to love one another. I'm pretty sure they do mean EVERYONE.
So thank you for posting this article. I really loved it and I think I agree. I'm not going to condemn you to hell because that is obviously not my place, and also because I don't think you will go there! You have said something that has needed to be said for a long long long time.
ALSO! I'm sorry about the situation in which your friend finds himself. Please be there for him and let him know he is awesome. 'Cause dude, we are all different, but we are all children of God and he loves us and wants us to return to him! Moses 1:39 "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." God is not eager to send people to hell! He wants ALL of us to come back to heaven and live with him. He loves us, me, and you!
Oh man so many scriptures are coming to my head! Moses 7:18 "And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them." (These are from the Pearl of Great Price so lots of you may not recognize them, I think...sorry)