2 comments on “BYU, It gets better, according to (Gay) Mormon Guy

  1. I think that people at all levels of their mortal experience actually have a really hard time interpreting what their revelations from God mean, on top of remembering to actually ask about stuff in the first place. A lot of folks just make an assumption or two and just run with it.

    Since we’re talking about BYU and the leaders of the church one specific example comes to mind. It is nearly impossible to find a caffeinated beverage on the BYU campus. Many members of the LDS faith think that they are outlawed in the Word of Wisdom. However, President Monson’s favorite drink is Coke Zero. Apparently BYU missed the memo.

    Then there’s Brigham Young’s racist statement that has recently hit the news: “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” Now people will try to reinterpret and adjust the meaning of what Brigham said to not be as horrible as it sounds but really is it so hard to accept that he was just wrong?

    The First Presidency and Apostles are just people. Have they read a lot of scriptures and do they pray a lot? Yes. Does God reveal stuff to them? I believe so. Are they perfect and is every word that passes through their mouths perfect and infallible? I don’t think so. But then again I am just as mortal as they are.

    There was a time very recently when the churches stance on homosexuality was that it didn’t really exist and that people were just choosing to rebel against the church. Now you can be as Gay as you want, as long as you aren’t sexing it up. Did God change? Did the biological sources of sexuality change? Nope. The church’s understanding changed. And this pattern has happened tons of times on tons of different things that were once preached so boldly as “This will always be so”

    I have theories on why this happens. One is that just like the Word of Wisdom started out “not by commandment or constraint” but has since become required (though interpretations of it vary). Most people say that this is because the early members of the church simply couldn’t live by such a strict law, but supposedly now they can. I suspect that the alcoholic tobacco chewing members of the 1830’s are not unlike the racist members (and prophet) of the 1860’s. I believe that the homophobic members of today put the church in the same boat. Which really sucks.

    There are four scriptures I try to live by, and through which I have arrived at all of the above conclusions and felt spiritually confirmed in them. D&C 58:26, D&C 64:10, James 4:17, Leviticus 19:18. And if you don’t mind Jesus dropping F-bombs: http://bit.ly/H4GdZV.

  2. The closest thing I have to an answer for what is a genuine conundrum, as you point out, is that “now we see through a glass, darkly” and we have to do our best while admitting that we’ll have to wait to get a full and perfect vision of truth.

    Sucks, huh?

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