I “continually hold fast to the iron rod that leads to the presence of [my] Heavenly Father.” – Kevin S. Hamilton
There has been a lot of news lately in Utah, and in recent years in other states, about the definition of Marriage; a topic I’ve written about few times in the past. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I believe marriage is ordained of God, as well as having a brother and cousin who struggle with same sex attraction, giving me first-hand experience with the sensitivities that can accompany a discussion on this topic. My overall conclusion is that at the root of the issue is how this topic has become more political in nature then religious; which is also were the real debate should be.
“The Lord has provided the way for [me] to teach in the Savior’s way.” – David M. McConkie
“The blessings of the priesthood are infinitely great…” – Neil L. Andersen
I “avoid bondage of any kind, help the Lord gather His elect, and sacrifice for the rising generation.” – Quentin L. Cook
I “have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of [my life].” – Thomas S. Monson
“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, [I] can become clean” – Richard G. Scott
“the spiritual strength [I] develop will help [me] successfully endure all the challenges [I] face in life.” – Richard J. Maynes
God has always asked his people to sacrifice. It is a fundamental principle that appears throughout the scriptures and Judeo-Christian theology; steaming all the way back to Adam who gave sacrifice on an alter.