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A Most Interesting Video

On March 29, 2012, a most revealing 10 minute video was released by an unofficial group at Brigham Young University called USGA (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction). Some Latter-day Saints have found it to be alarming, taking it as a sign that the church is going to change their stance on gay unions, or use it as evidence that we need to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.

I invite you to watch the video without prejudice. Fill your heart with love for the people in the video and most importantly ask yourself line by line, what is right and what is wrong?


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Homosexuality Compared to Heterosexual Immorality

I want to understand this concept of sin and how it relates to homosexuality. I have found in watching the film put out by USGA that there is a similar sin that helps us to understand what is happening in the lives of the people struggling with same-sex attraction. That sin is immorality. Homosexuality when acted upon falls under this umbrella so I will be more specific and and speak of heterosexual immorality in order to compare the two.

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Defining Yourself

The video begins with students who attend Brigham Young University saying “I am a Mormon and I am gay” or “I am a Mormon and I am a lesbian.” I have often found it strange that people with homosexual tendencies would define their entire self by a temptation that they find particularly difficult. What if I had made a terrible mistake with my boyfriend and from then on declared to the people around me that “I am a Mormon and I am a fornicator.” It would be silly to take that mistake and let it cover who I am. To do so suggests permanence which undermines the very core of our beliefs: the atonement of Jesus Christ. To believe that one cannot change is to discard belief in the atonement.

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Fighting Temptation

It is possible that some who struggle with homosexual tendencies will fight it until the day they die.

Challenges that span a lifetime are not uncommon for members of the church. For example, there are those who suffer from chronic illness that will plague them their entire lives. For many, no amount of prayer or personal righteousness will relieve them of their challenge. Often it is God’s will that we suffer in this life, in order for us to become the person that God intends us to be.

I have a job that allows me the opportunity to sit in on an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week.  I realized early on that some of the members have been sober for 25 years or more. I asked one week why these people still attend meetings after so much time has passed. The response I received surprised me. I was told that it is because it is still hard. Some still fight the urge every day to resist taking a drink again. Yet, over and over you can hear them say how it’s been so worth it to continue fighting and how much better their life is as a result of overcoming.

The “It Gets Better” video offers a most unsettling quote: “Increased personal righteousness is reported by LGBT Mormons as the most common yet least effective method of attempting to change their sexual orientation.”

The implication is that being righteous is supposed to eliminate our challenges. This has never been the case. We know that hardship will always fall on the righteous as well as the unrighteous. The Savior himself suffered more than any person on earth has suffered and he was sinless.

The unsettling part is the quote implies that personal righteousness is not the solution. This is not true. That is the kind of thinking that will destroy our power over the adversary. We MUST cling to the commandments. We MUST cling to our covenants. We MUST cling to our Savior Jesus Christ. We cannot afford to do otherwise.

2 Nephi 31:19-21 offers each of us understanding concerning our responsibility to press on in righteousness. Look for the spirit that can be felt as you read these words:

19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

 21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.

I offer my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on the earth that is led by our Savior Jesus Christ. He has mercifully given us prophets and apostles on the earth today to guide us though the confusion in the world. We must vigilantly heed their words with exactness, or we will be led astray.

All that I have written here has been done so with love for God and with the love I carry in my heart for my fellow men.

-Sara Davis-

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