Date: September 17, 2019 03:51PM
"For example, he said, consider the definition of marriage.
While many countries, including the United States, have legalized same-sex marriage, God has not changed His definition that marriage is between a man and a woman.
God has also not changed the law of chastity, he said.
And while the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles cannot change the laws of God, “we can adjust policy when the Lord directs us to do so. … Because the Restoration is ongoing, policy changes will likely and surely continue.”
President Nelson illustrated this point by addressing policy adjustments regarding those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and their children.
“Consider the policy announced in November 2015 related to the advisability of baptism for the children of LGBT parents,” he said. “Our concern then, and one we discussed at length and prayed about fervently over a long period of time, was to find a way to reduce friction between gay or lesbian parents and their children.”
Because parents are the primary exemplars for their children, leaders did not want to put young children in the position of having to choose between beliefs and behavior they learned at home and what they were taught at Church.
“We wanted to facilitate harmony in the home and avoid pitting children and parents against each other,” he said.
Thus in 2015, the policy was made to assist children and their parents in this circumstance, namely that children being raised by LGBT parents would not automatically be eligible for baptism at age 8. Exceptions to this policy would require First Presidency approval.
“The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have continued to seek the Lord’s guidance and to plead with Him in behalf of His children who were affected by the 2015 policy,” he said. “We knew that this policy created concern and confusion for some and heartache for others. That grieved us.
“Whenever the sons and daughters of God weep — for whatever reason — we weep. So, our supplications to the Lord continued.”
Church leaders also took note of LGBT parents who sought permission from the First Presidency for their children to be baptized, he said. In nearly every case where the LGBT parents agreed to teach their children about — and be supportive of — the covenant of baptism, the requested exception was granted, explained President Nelson.
“As a result of our continued supplication, we recently felt directed to adjust the policy such that the baptism of children of LGBT parents may be authorized by bishops without First Presidency approval, if the custodial parents request the baptism and understand that a child will be taught about sacred covenants to be made at baptism.
“We also determined that LGBT parents may request that a baby be named and blessed by one who worthily holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. …
“Finally, we also clarified that homosexual immorality would be treated in the eyes of the Church in the same manner as heterosexual immorality.”
Though it may not have looked this way to some, said President Nelson, the 2015 and 2019 policy adjustments on this matter were both motivated by love. “Because we feel the depth of God’s love for His children, we care deeply about every child of God, regardless of age, personal circumstances, gender, sexual orientation, or other unique challenges.”https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2019-09-17/president-nelson-byu-devotional-lds-marriott-center-160694?fbclid=IwAR2HAlAd9ilLM9Lc1ZE5ZQIWyAggzxQdwV1JOMFnxcTXtYwpY87_J3kinGk
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