Showing Affection


Excerpt from Utah Layton Priesthood Leadership Conference, February 15, 2014:[footnote]Utah Layton Priesthood Leadership Conference – Mormon Leaks[/footnote]

Q. How should you address a same-sex couple in a Sacrament Meeting who are showing inappropriate affection?

A. Elder Perry: Refer to the Jan 9th letter issued by the Senior Brethren. We do not turn anyone away from Sacrament Meeting, but all are to behave appropriately while there. I would invite them to come into my office right after and let them know how they were out of line. I would let them know that repentance is possible. The scriptures have not changed. Adultery is still adultery. Fornication is still fornication. We should continually warn those living in sin that they are jeopardizing their eternal salvation. Sin is sin. There is no way they can develop laws which will change the laws of the Lord. We must show them now that we believe in the right type of marriage and use the Proclamation to teach this. This is what we have always believed in. This is what all the prophets and the Savior himself believed in. We must be on the strong side of defending marriage and defending God’s plan for His children. This evil will divide out nation in half. We have to be more vigorous. We have to be certain that our legislature protects the Church. you know they [evil] never stop. They move one inch at a time until they have forced upon all. you would be amazed at the network we have among other religious organizations to protect religious freedom. Unfortunately the Supreme Court is listening to the voice of the people through the administration that is currently in place. The individual members of the Church must step up and get involved. It must come from the people, not the general authorities. As local leaders you have a fine line to walk between dictating and teaching the doctrine so that there will be a revival of lay members stepping up to fight for God’s cause. So that people in important positions and courts will see that the majority voice of the people will always be in favor of the Lord. If we do not follow him you can expect calamities to come. he will not let this go forward to destroy the basic family unit He has created for the progression of His children. We have a great responsibility on us and I hope you take it seriously. Teach correct principles and doctrines of what the Lord has established.


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