I had the opportunity to teach Sunday school last week which gave me the opportunity to study and pray about the Family A Proclamation to the World. And I just have to say that I have a testimony of it.
For those of you who don’t know, the Family: A Proclamation the the World was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held on September 23rd, 1995.
With the recent events in the Supreme Court, I’ve had to dig deeper and really find out for myself what I believe.
Do I believe that this document written the year before I was born still stands as the standard set by God today? If I do believe it, what should I do about it? What about my friends and family that believe differently than me?
I believe the words the brethren spoke to be true and I have seen the effects of it’s teachings. I believe the family is the most sacred unit on this earth and that everyone deserves a chance to have a loving home. I do believe in kindness and acceptance of everybody’s opinions and choices even if they differ from my own and I respect those that stand up for them. To all my friends and family out there with differing opinions, I must say that I really do love you all more than you will ever know, many of my very closest friends have expressed differing opinions from me. That’s life and I still hold each of you to the highest respect; that’s why I call you my friends, however I do believe that those who post their opinion should allow others to do the same even if they are different. And that while all deserve to be equal, that includes an equal opportunity to have a freedom of religion.
I believe in love, and I believe in God, and I believe in an eternal perspective. This is what I believe.
I know the brethren had it right in 1995, and I know they have it right now. In fact, I know that it doesn’t matter weather they have it right or not because it is essentially God’s law and not anybody on earths place to decide.
In an article written by Scot Facer Proctor, he said that “There is a SUPREME COURT that always trumps this earthly supreme court and we must never forget that.”
I know that those words are very true.
When we look at God’s plan with an eternal perspective we see the reasoning behind his commandments. God’s work and his glory is to bring to pass immortality and eternal life of everyone that will follow him. Immortality means living forever; eternal life means living forever in the presence of God AND our families. Families are central to God’s plan of happiness. Living forever with our families is only possible through the sealing power that comes from righteous living and through the ordinances and blessings that come from a temple marriage. Without it there is no way we can receive eternal life.
This being said I do believe that the world should be governed with love. We all have people that are close to us that experience same-gender attraction. Each of those people are great in the eyes of God and I don’t believe God would ever condone the act of bullying, name calling, or being mean to any of his children. Jesus said love everyone. He said to love your neighbor as yourself. And in the words of every “Gay Pride” activist; #LoveWins.
So what does that mean for us?
We should love everyone and treat everyone with respect. There is no room for us to be mean. We are all God’s children and we should treat each other that way.
At the same time we should stand up for what we believe in. Even if the task seems daunting and that we seem to be out-numbered.
All I can think about is the story of Abinadi teaching King Noah and his priests.