Thursday, October 28, 2010

I Just Have to Say...

Something has been on my mind, and I just have to get it out, even though I may me ridiculed, or pronounced a bigot, or even cause hurt to some people that I deeply care for.

Please let me begin with this… I am a Latter-day Saint, a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I attend Church every Sunday; I’m a Sunday school teacher, a Scout-Master, a holder of the priesthood, my wife and I were married for time and all eternity in the Jordan River Temple, and we attend the Temple as often as we can, our goal is to attend at least once every month. And every six months during General Conference I raise my arm to the square to sustain the first presidency and quorum of the twelve apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators, and I would not do that if I did not believe that they were just that.

Now that I have that out of the way…

Much ado has been made out of Boyd K. Packer’s talk at the last General Conference of the Church. This, to my way of thinking, really amounts to a tempest in a teacup, a giant load of falderal, as it were. And the greatest amount of noise seems to have been made by those who hate the church anyway, or by groups that want to change Church doctrine to suit their own wants and desires.

In case you don’t know, here’s what he said:
“Some suppose that they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Remember, God is our Heavenly Father.”
So, big question, do I believe this? Yes. I don’t believe that same sex attraction is genetic.
A few years ago, while sitting in a paleoanthropology class at university, we were spending several weeks going over genetics, and the question was asked, “Is same sex attraction genetic?” My professor said that most likely it was not. And his reasoning was simple. (Now this was a long time ago, and so my understanding of his reasoning may have suffered, but in essence this is what he said) A gay person does not always produce a gay offspring, and so, the so called “Gay Gene” would be recessive, meaning that the gene requires the same gene from the other parent in order for it to be expressed. Let’s say that 10,000 years ago, same sex attraction was introduced into the gene pool by a point mutation, or some other right error in the RNA of several individuals. People who are same sex attracted don’t usually seek out partners of the opposite sex, thus producing offspring. Considering this fact alone, it would take only a few generations, 5 or 6 at the most, for the trait to die out completely.

And so, President Packer’s words were no great shock to me, because I already believed that the cause of same sex attraction was environmental.

The thing is folks, we’re here on this planet to make choices, and some of us have been given challenges to overcome, and God does not give us challenges that we cannot overcome. It may seem like a steep hill to climb, but as long as we’re moving forward, we’re moving in the right direction.

I could stop this entry here, but there is something very important that I have to say. I have people in my family who are LGBT. Several of them have spouses. And I love them all, and consider them to be members of my family. No, consider isn’t the right word. They are members of my family. My uncle has been with his partner for as long as I can remember, and it is impossible for me to imagine one without the other. I have a cousin in California who I consider to be the older sister I never had. Her wife is a tremendous person whom I love dearly. I hope that my words have not hurt them in any way.

You may be asking yourself… hey Murph… in your archives, you argue for Gay Marriage… Have you changed your mind? My answer is no. What I wrote in that post still stands. Civil marriage is an equality of rights matter. Personally, I am married to one very lovely lady, and she is my life. That’s how I believe it should be, within the boundaries that the Lord has set. But if you want to set your own boundaries on what two consenting adults can do, be my guest, I’m not going to stop you, and I’m not going to judge you and ask that you do the same for me.
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