Lately, I am not so interested in the superficial things. I don't care so much about posting darling photos of my children, or happy-go-lucky quips of the day. Not to say there is anything wrong with that. It's just not where my thoughts are at as of late.
Unless you've been living under a rock, I am sure you are aware of the recent controversy over the passage of California's Proposition 8 - which protects the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. It is shocking and disheartening the events that have taken place since the people of California voted and passed this Proposition. Members of the church are being targeted. Our places of worship are being vandalized. Our holy temples are being assaulted by protestors. This stream of pictures tells the story. When I first saw them, I cried.
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 10:03 AM
...We come down and stay in the temple
apartments. The temple complexes are all enclosed with in a
temple wall and a gate and so we are protected. This
morning several of them tried to come into the temple and so
we now have several men manning the recommend desk, One of
them even tried to get in through the Baptistry door. They
were told to go to the front door. One young man, an
ex-Mormon who has turned gay, wore his missionary tag. A
woman wore a pair of temple garments on the outside of her
clothes---anything to ridicule the Mormons.
Our was set apart by Elder Uchtdorf
who told him, that within the next 5 months, the LA Temple
would be shown to the world as a beacon of light. Within
the first week that he served, those prophetic words came to
pass. Most of the temple photos, on TV, are taken at night
and show a beacon of light a top a hill. A Jewish Rabbi
came by the temple this morning and asked how their faith
could support the Mormons because of the great works that
they have done.
The protesters did not show up until 5:00PM as they could
not afford to lose any more work money. By that time, it is
dark. The police came and stood inside the gate and
promised us protection. They kept the gates open and the
members kept coming in spite of the protesting outside.
We left the temple about 5:30 PM and we only saw about 60
protesters down below. There was more ground media and
helicopter media covering the story that there were
protesters. Cars honked as they drove by...in favor of the
protesters or against them, I'm not certain. There may
have been more protesters arrive after that hour, but once
settled in our apartment, we didn 't bother to go back.
And of course, all of the interviews, via TV, were all one
sided. Our governor, Arnold Schwartznegar thinks that the
vote was unfair and that we should over turn it in favor of
the gay. They are marching against the New Port Beach
Temple . They will be surprised to realize that we
don't attend the temple .
Love ya, Irene and Wally
I could tell you all the political reasons I support it. I could tell you all the moral reasons I support it. I might even tell you the personal reasons I support it. But none of that would matter. There could be an argument against any of those views. What matters more than any of those reasons is that I support it because I support, uphold, sustain, and follow the prophet as a seer, revelator, and prophet of God.
Even if I had every reason in the world NOT to support Proposition 8, (which the fact that I have a gay brother whom I love would easily fall into that category) the bottom line is, the leadership of the church has made it very clear where they stand on this issue. So as a faithful, though not perfect, Latter-day Saint I follow.
Elder Maxwell, who surely saw vision of our time, for in 1987 he spelled it out clearly:
I have time to discuss one other question: "Why does the Church become involved in issues that come before the legislature and the electorate?"
I hasten to add that we deal only with those legislative matters which are of a strictly moral nature or which directly affect the welfare of the Church. We have opposed gambling and liquor and will continue to do so. We regard it as not only our right but our duty to oppose those forces which we feel undermine the moral fiber of society. Much of our effort, a very great deal of it, is in association with others whose interests are similar. We have worked with Jewish groups, Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, and those of no particular religious affiliation, in coalitions formed to advocate positions on vital moral issues. Such is currently the case in California , where Latter-day Saints are working as part of a coalition to safeguard traditional marriage from forces in our society which are attempting to redefine that sacred institution. God-sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman has been the basis of civilization for thousands of years. There is no justification to redefine what marriage is. Such is not our right, and those who try will find themselves answerable to God.
Some portray legalization of so-called same-sex marriage as a civil right. This is not a matter of ; it is a matter of morality. Others question our constitutional right as a church to raise our voice on an issue that is of critical importance to the future of the family. We believe that defending this sacred institution by working to preserve traditional marriage lies clearly within our religious and constitutional prerogatives. Indeed, we are compelled by our doctrine to speak out.
Nevertheless, and I emphasize this, I wish to say that our opposition to attempts to legalize same-sex marriage should never be interpreted as justification for hatred, intolerance, or abuse of those who profess homosexual tendencies, either individually or as a group. As I said from this pulpit one year ago, our hearts reach out to those who refer to themselves as gays and lesbians. We love and honor them as sons and daughters of God. They are welcome in the Church. It is expected, however, that they follow the same God-given rules of conduct that apply to everyone else, whether single or married.
I commend those of our membership who have voluntarily joined with other like-minded people to defend the sanctity of traditional marriage. As part of a coalition that embraces those of other faiths, you are giving substantially of your means. The money being raised in California has been donated to the coalition by individual members of the Church. You are contributing your time and talents in a cause that in some quarters may not be politically correct but which nevertheless lies at the heart of the Lord's eternal plan for His children, just as those of many other churches are doing. This is a united effort. -President Gordon B. Hinckley
Since the people of places of worship have been targeted by opponents of Proposition 8 with demonstrations and, in some cases, vandalism. People of faith have been intimidated for simply exercising their democratic rights. These are not actions that are worthy of the democratic ideals of our nation. The end of a free and fair election should not be the beginning of a hostile response in America. voted to reaffirm the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman on November 4, 2008,
The Church is keenly aware of the differences of opinion on this difficult and sensitive matter. The reasons for this principled stand in defense of marriage have already been articulated elsewhere. However, some of what we have seen since Californians voted to pass Proposition 8 has been deeply disappointing.
Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over . People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal. Efforts to force citizens out of public discussion should be deplored by people of goodwill everywhere.
We call upon those who have honest disagreements on this issue to urge restraint upon the extreme actions of a few that are further polarizing our communities and urge them to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other.