Shocking News: Mormons Declare NOT Softening on Gay Marriage!

In an unexpected response to the United States Supreme Court ruling in the case of Proposition 8, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), responded with this shocking statement, by LDS Church Spokesman, Michael Otterson, posted on the Mormon Newsroom -- which likely has most of the homosexual community, many Christian denominations, and even some of its own faithful members reeling in confusion!

"Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three-fourths of the states." (Bold added for emphasis)

Did they just say "IRREVOCABLY"? Oh YES they did! What does this mean? Let's find out...

Irrevocable: Not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.

"Not able"? What are they saying? Let's find out...

"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D and C 130: 20-21)

Perhaps this, from Elder L. Tom Perry, an apostle, will help clarify:

"The doctrine of the family and the home was recently reiterated with great clarity and forcefulness in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” It declared the eternal nature of families and then explained the connection to temple worship. The proclamation also declared the law upon which the eternal happiness of families is predicated, namely, “The sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.” 

God reveals to His prophets that there are moral absolutes. Sin will always be sin. Disobedience to the Lord’s commandments will always deprive us of His blessings. The world changes constantly and dramatically, but God, His commandments, and promised blessings do not change. They are immutable and unchanging. Men and women receive their agency as a gift from God, but their liberty and, in turn, their eternal happiness come from obedience to His laws. As Alma counseled his errant son Corianton, “Wickedness never was happiness” (Alma 41:10). 
In this day of the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel, the Lord has again revealed to us the blessings promised us for being obedient to His commandments. In Doctrine and Covenants 130 we read: 
“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— 
“And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (v. 20–21). 
Surely there could not be any doctrine more strongly expressed in the scriptures than the Lord’s unchanging commandments and their connection to our happiness and well-being as individuals, as families, and as a society. There are moral absolutes. Disobedience to the Lord’s commandments will always deprive us of His blessings. These things do not change. 
In a world where the moral compass of society is faltering, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ never wavers, nor should its stakes and wards, its families, or its individual members. We must not pick and choose which commandments we think are important to keep but acknowledge all of God’s commandments. We must stand firm and steadfast, having perfect confidence in the Lord’s consistency and perfect trust in His promises. 
May we ever be a light on the hill, an example in keeping the commandments, which have never changed and will never change." (Bold added for emphasis)

Please note that this strong declaration, regarding the doctrine of marriage, and its preordained status in the Plan of Salvation, was given during the most recent LDS General Conference. Also notice that Elder Perry referred to the Proclamation as 'doctrine'; sadly debated by some within the Church.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, responds to the question: Is the Church softening its position regarding same sex attraction?

"There shouldn’t be a perception or an expectation that the Church’s doctrines or position have changed or are changing. It’s simply not true, and we want youth and all people to understand that. The doctrines that relate to human sexuality and gender are really central to our theology. And marriage between a man and a woman, and the families that come from those marriages – that’s all central to God’s plan and to the opportunities that He offers to us, here and hereafter. So homosexual behavior is contrary to those doctrines – has been, always will be – and can never be anything but transgression. It’s something that deprives people of those highest expectations and possibilities that God has for us."

Doctrine? Isn't that changeable if a revelation comes, sending more light and knowledge? Let's find out...

The Dad Doctrine: You've Got to Be a Dad Before You're Called Father

Every child needs a dad, even though each of us has a biological father. Although we place the highest esteem, as latter-day saints, on the use of the title 'father' - as this is how we address our Father in Heaven - in my opinion, here in mortality that designation is earned, after one has proven himself a 'dad' first.

As we honor the dads in our lives on Father's Day, I submit that it is in the doing of those things which 'dads' do, is that which compels us to honor him, as Father.

The beauty of this system is that there is no perfect dad. Young children are oh-so forgiving and tend to love their imperfect dads’ without guile. Pretty much every dad who is present and loves his children, to the best of his ability, and consistently, earns the high honor of father, on Father's Day! I say 'young children' and 'consistently' - the consistent will ensure that your teens will hang in there with you, even after those tough years. Trust me. 

Behind every good kid... Is a GREAT Dad!

To men everywhere, who have fathered children, or will: your children need you - so much so, that God has proclaimed through latter-day prophets, that you are to be a dad – and not just a biological father. (Well, maybe not quite like that.) A careful reading of The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches this ‘sacred dad doctrine’... 

Top Mormon Leaders of LDS Church on Google Plus and Facebook!

Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring, and, Dieter F. Uchtdorf the three highest officials in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, constituting the First Presidency of the Church, have taken an unprecedented and significant step to broaden their public outreach.  The LDS Church have launched individual profiles for each of the three spiritual leaders, considered by Mormons to be living prophets upon the earth today, on Google Plus --  a popular social network, similar to Facebook. (Update: And now Facebook, too!)

There has been no official word, as yet, as to why this decision was made, and specifically by whom. (This post updated throughout...)Although one tidbit of information I do know in how these profiles will be utilized, is that each profile will be linked to the person's personal content on via a system known as Google authorship markup. The way I understand how this works, is that when Google returns search results of a particular author whose content is 'connected' in this manner, a photo will appear next to the result; pretty cool!

Why is that important? I'll show you... I just did a Google search for "Mormon prophet blogs", which Pres. Monson did a few years ago when he wrote a guest post for the Washington Post's On Faith blog, and I (of course), blogged about it. Check out 'how' the search results show up in this screenshot I captured.

I'm actually the third result, however the top return does not show an image. The way that I am showing up here is an example of most likely why the Church has chosen to use Google Plus, but also the significance in a search result impact. Bottom line: Which result are you more likely to click on?

I feel confident in saying that this decision was not made without our leaders' full support. It will be interesting to find out more about how the Church intends to use social networking to "noise abroad" the messaging of the First Presidency of the Church. (Totally approved by top leaders -- all of them.)

I am also told that profiles are forthcoming for each of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Google Plus as well. (Now there! Links belowThere is no word as to whether Facebook (Yes, they will be - has now been confirmed) will be included in this campaign in the near future; although one would think so. But clearly you can see why Google Plus is heads and shoulders above Facebook when it comes to its ability to help others find our message of the restored gospel on the Internet.

You can 'circle' each member of the First Presidency on Google Plus by following each of the links below.

Updated post: 6/13/13

Kathryn Skaggs: My Mormon Conversion Journey...

I've never done this before, begun my post with my 'current' beginning and ending. Oh... or shared my conversion story as a convert of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) publicly. I bet you didn't know that about me, a WBMW; most don't. Seeing as today is The 2nd Annual International Hug a Convert Day, and also (as you will soon be able to figure out), this post has been in draft mode for quite a while now... and, seeing as this was another perfect opportunity to share it... and, not doing so would mean having to answer to Middle-aged Mormon Man… well, let's just say that was NOT going to happen!

And yes, I know I've gone rogue by not submitting this to MMM on his blog, seeing as he is the instigator of the gathering of some of the most inspiring accounts for this occasion, which he has been sharing them fast and furiously this past week, culminating today, of which you must read; confirming the importance of our individual efforts, as members, to be everyday missionaries!

My conversion story is an interesting one, as I am caught in the middle somewhat; not an adult 'convert', but a legitimate convert nonetheless... but an adult convert. I suppose you'll need to read my story to understand what I just wrote, but that's basically the reason I don't go around declaring myself a 'convert' to the Church -- and yet, that's exactly what I am; and a true modern-day pioneer in so many ways, and in particular to my own children and grandchildren.

I sincerely hope that my reason for deciding to participate in this wonderful celebration by emphasizing the best decision I've repeatedly made, and continue to make each day of my life, which is to keep the covenant that I made on the day I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints --  to take upon myself the Name of Jesus Christ --  will become apparent as I share these very personal thoughts of how the Spirit has been my constant companion, throughout my life, in gently testifying of truth, and continually, always leading me toward greater light...