Today was my second day of packing for the Route 31 tour. I tell you, packing will take longer than the actual trip. I’ve had to charge a lot of batteries, clean lenses, arrange photo bags, and so forth.
Four o’clock rolled around before I knew it and I was off to our stake conference leadership session. It was a great session. Our stake president mentioned how the church has come out of obscurity in the media and the attention – good and bad – that we get.
It seems that a good portion of the media has to do with the church’s stand on homosexuality and marriage. Some say, because the church has come out with a compassionate web site on homosexuality that the church has changed its position. As someone who grew up in the church, I can state that the church has not made any change in position.
Growing up in the church, I repeatedly learned about the parable of the lost sheep. I was taught that when someone strays from the commandments that we are to show forth greater love to bring them back to the fold. Another story is that of the stoning of the harlot. Jesus simply told her accusers that if any of them were sinless, they were to cast the first stone. He then turned to the lady and said, “Go and sin no more.” (That last line is so often ignored.)
The church’s stance on marriage is still the same, and will always be: Marriage is ordained of God and is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. (See the Proclamation on the Family at www.lds.org)
During the adult session of conference, the media and the church came up again. It becomes obviously clear that the harder the adversary fights against the church, the more people flock to the church.
It reminds me of both my chemistry and mathematics education. In chemistry, molecules seek a balance. In math, equations balance. So it appears to me that in this world, the law of opposition exists. The difference is, in the end, unlike chemistry and math, good will win.
Had you asked me when I was a 12 year old what would be the great conflict of the times when I was in my 50s, I would have been hard pressed to come up with something. After all, life in the 1960s was so innocent and naïve. Had you told me the great conflict of the last days would be sexual immorality (well, first, as a 12 year old, I would have been totally unaware of that would have meant) I would have been disgusted once I understood.
Facebook has been a big eye opener. Before social media, we didn’t have a very good means of keeping tabs on old friends. Now, we see people who openly abandon their beliefs and publicize it on Facebook. On the other hand, we have the opposite, people who repent and change their lives, and publish it on Facebook. For each one on one side, there seems to be one on the other side. The gray between the two seems to be disappearing.
Perhaps those switch to the dark side, can’t see it. I watched a pretty young lady from California turn from the teachings she was raised with. At first, it seemed just a little rebellious, but after she came out in full defiance, changed her Facebook about page to reflect her defiance, things began to change rapidly. Her last Facebook profile photo didn’t even resemble the girl I knew in California.
On the other hand, I indirectly became acquainted with another young lady. A friend not knowing I know the girl, mentioned the girls dress and grooming. I knew right off who she was talking about. The irony is, the girl joined the church. Now, a few years later, she is a vibrant, beautiful young lady.
People do see it.
I’m not saying you can judge a book by its cover. What I’m saying is immorality changes your countenance in a bad way. Righteousness changes it in a good way.
Conference was great. I especially liked President and Sister Christenson’s talks, and Sister Clawson’s talk.
To quote Pres. Christenson, “It’s true — all true.”