"Please Rethink The Course Your Life Has Taken"

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The one place where I'll defend Mike Huckabee is against all these accusations that he's anti-Mormon. Seriously, who cares. Everyone with a religion believes implicitly that his religion is better than the others, but when you've got a religion like Mormonism, which is basically just Evangelical Christianity with a twist of reverse Scientology — they looooove them the Prozacs! — it's too easy a target. And Mormons are everywhere now! Running for President, running with the Hamptons socialites...and now running over our inbox. So here's the back story: Harriett is a lapsed Mormon who transferred out of BYU when she decided she'd rather be lesbian. Sarah is an old friend from high school and the church who is kind of a dyke herself! Sometimes Sarah likes to tell Harriett sinful stories of her homo tendencies, which gets Harriett kind of annoyed because she's not trying to seduce Sarah. And other times...

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Lately I've been working very hard to understand why we are "cursed" with same-sex tendencies. Why does homosexuality even exist?

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I do not think that the Lord would make us into something that would damn us. Which means that even though we might have seeds planted inside us to grow into trials later, we are also given the tools wherewith to avoid temptation.

You are a son or daughter of God, and the hearts of our prophet and apostles reach out to you in warmth and affection. Notwithstanding your present same-gender attractions, you can be happy during this life, lead a morally clean life, perform meaningful service in the Church, enjoy full fellowship with your fellow Saints, and ultimately receive all the blessings of eternal life.

Harriett, this might not mean that you will recieve an E.C. in this life, but there ARE ways to attain peace. And as weird as this seems (and probably hypocritical too, since I've been all over the place in my views) I've been studying my scriptures and praying and trying to learn more about the atonement.

The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi voiced feelings we all have when he acknowledged that he did not "know the meaning of all things." But he testified, "I know that [God] loveth his children" (1 Nephi 11:17). God does indeed love all His children. Many questions, however, including some related to same-gender attractions, must await a future answer, even in the next life. But God has revealed simple, unchanging truths to guide us. He loves all His children, and because He loves you, you can trust Him.

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Jesus died and atoned for our sins for a reason. I know that he did. And I know that through Him I can find peace, even if that means denying myself of the pleasures of this life. He will bless me with peace and strength, and the eternal blessings of the gospel.

But these blessings are based on obedience to eternal principles. The importance of families is one of these principles. Heaven is organized by families, which require a man and a woman who together exercise their creative powers within the bounds the Lord has set. Same-gender relationships are inconsistent with this plan. Without both a husband and a wife there would be no eternal family and no opportunity to become like Heavenly Father.

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That's why it is wrong, Harriett. That's why. It's not wrong because you love someone, it's wrong because the relationship between two women, or two men, is inconsistent with Heavenly Father's plan which we all agreed to.

How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?

While many Latter-day Saints, through individual effort, the exercise of faith, and reliance upon the enabling power of the Atonement, overcome same-gender attraction in mortality, others may not be free of this challenge in this life. However, the perfect plan of our Father in Heaven makes provision for individuals who seek to keep His commandments but who, through no fault of their own, do not have an eternal marriage in mortal life. As we follow Heavenly Father's plan, our bodies, feelings, and desires will be perfected in the next life so that every one of God's children may find joy in a family consisting of a husband, a wife, and children.

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Same-gender attractions include deep emotional, social, and physical feelings. All of Heavenly Father's children desire to love and be loved, including many adults who, for a variety of reasons, remain single. God assures His children, including those currently attracted to persons of the same gender, that their righteous desires will eventually be fully satisfied in God's own way and according to His timing.

I have found my peace in the Lord. I know that even if I won't be able be free of same-gender attraction in this life, there will be something better for me in the next.

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I really do hope that you're happy with the choice you have made. If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me, I will serve the Lord.

Love you. Please rethink the course your life has taken. You might be happy now, but what about later? Don't make choices that give you pleasure in the moment, but sorrow in eternity. Please.

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I still believe that modern Christians kind of hunt and peck through the Bible to find the stuff that they find offensive and get radical on that. I just can't accept that God doesn't want my best friend to be loved and happy b/c she's gay. That doesn't compute with the rest of the info. How come you can get divorced, have an affair, and then say some hail marys and it's all ok? I don't buy it.