I've been having some rather interesting conversations with some fellow Mormons over the last few days. We've been talking about the recent direction from the First Presidency, that they have issued to California members of the Church.
Also, if you have been reading different Mormon or LDS blogs online, you might be surprised at the reactions of many other Mormons, over this recent letter from Salt Lake - strongly admonishing local members to support the upcoming amendment to protect traditional marriage through the California Constitution.
I'm really not shocked that so many good members of the Church are not comfortable taking a public stand on this issue. I am shocked that so many good LDS members are having such a knee-jerk reaction to this request -- against Church leadership. Whom, by the way we all sustain, right?
I believe when members of the LDS Church become a bit more educated on what it means to defend traditional marriage in California - then perhaps they will be more comfortable with the topic and see more clearly the inspiration of these men who have been called of God.
Too many good people, I believe, are swept away with being made to feel that a vote for traditional marriage - is a vote against gay people.
Please - nothing could be further from the truth. If you don't know why this is the case - then a bit more education about the universal institute of marriage in society is necessary.
This issue of defending traditional marriage, goes much much deeper than the superficial argument to live and let live. It's not just about being neighborly...