Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yeahh for Prop 8!

My Bishop forwarded this talk that I thought I would pass along. It was given 30 years ago- but totally part of our current events with Propsition 8- prophetic counsel. I went to the victory party last night with my good friend Michal. I thought it was a little ironic that my date for the party was female- :)

Today I am very relieved :) Although there is a part that won't be truley relieved until all the counting is done.

A devotional > talk that was given to the students of BYU in 1978 by Elder Neal A. > Maxwell.

"Discipleship includes good citizenship; and in this connection, if you are careful students of the statements of the modern prophets, you will have noticed that with rare exceptions--especially when the First Presidency has spoken out--the concerns expressed have been over moral issues, not issues between political parties. The declarations are about principles, not people, and causes, not candidates. On occasions, at other levels in the Church, a few have not been so discreet, so wise, or so inspired. But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters; in the months and years ahead, events will require of each member that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings > 18:21). President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had "never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional, or political life" (CR, April > 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. We are now entering a period of incredible ironies. Let us cite but one of these ironies which is yet in its subtle stages: we shall see in our time a maximum if indirect effort made to establish irreligion as the state religion. It is actually a new form of paganism that uses the carefully preserved and cultivated freedoms of Western civilization to shrink freedom even as it rejects the value essence of our rich Judeo-Christian heritage."

Today I am so grateful.


Michal said...

i have to say that the more i look at that picture, the more i hate it. why did i take a picture next to you? :)

i have to say that a party full of tired, sober (as in not partaking at the bar), family-oriented people, when there is little food and nowhere to sit down at the end of a long day does not make for a lot of energy and excitement! i don't think those party planners knew their audience very well.

Anonymous said...

It's like you Mormons aren't even paying attention to maintaining good PR. Even after waiting till 78 to let blacks into the church and getting a black eye over that you still learned nothing. If the Church of Latter Day Saints continues its slow adoption of civil rights issues Mormon will be synonymous with bigot. Opinion polling is clear, gay marriage is gaining support at a remarkable steady rate and in time it will almost certainly win out and you will be left with nothing for your efforts save a major PR problem.

Christine said...

What some see as a civil rights issue- we see as as a moral issue, and we are grateful for the election victory. We do not find happiness in the sadness of others, but rather for the victory of parental rights and religous freedom.