I'm autistic, ex-bipolar, and attracted to other guys (gay/SSA/whatever). CES firesides are usually pretty tame when it comes to doctrine. Oaks is a retired lawyer who was considered as a US Supreme Court Justice, served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court, worked as president of BYU, and has done a bunch of other stuff in the field of law.
More importantly, I'm a son of God and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Don’t take girls out to the movies on a first date, don’t hang out at the expense of dating, choose a job and career and do your best. Usually he’s chosen as the apostle to teach difficult doctrines clearly – to give the unpopular talks about pornography or other issues.
)His talk was on tolerance and truth, where tolerance is something different from what the world normally equates.
Tolerance in the gospel is a virtue when it is tolerance of people, or of beliefs… Essentially, it’s a match to what the Savior taught – tolerate sinners, lift them, teach them, and give them as much time as they need to repent, but make it clear that you don’t approve of or tolerate sin.
Sometimes the firesides focus on developing personal values and instilling a desire to be better. But tonight, instead of toning his words to speak to an audience unfamiliar with his field’s nuances, he spoke in his own language…
and in a talk that could have been completely written about homosexuality and the Church, prophesied that we would need to be fluent in the law, and our rights, to survive.
and if I haven’t learned to use that power today, I won’t know how to use it tomorrow.
This one hit me hard, because, for most of my life, I was focused on myself and my own problems – I wanted to understand the issue of same-sex attraction, and the thought of helping others never even occurred to me.
When it finally did, and I began writing here, like the story of the woman in Japan, I’ve had powerful urges to just disappear and go on with my own life…
At the same time, the gospel requires standing by the truth in all times and in all places – and making the distinction clear between right and wrong, okay and sin, as an institution.)All are brothers and sisters under God, taught within their various religions to love and do good to one another.
All of us need to learn to respect the God-given dignity that is in all men – to love and respect their spirits and their divine potential.