Friday, October 8, 2010

Mormon Church makes changes to Packer's sermon regarding homosexuality

Mormon Church makes changes to Packer's sermon regarding homosexuality

Mormon Church makes changes to Packer's sermon regarding homosexuality

Written by: Dan Metcalf Jr.





Updated: 1:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed the text of Boyd K. Packer’s sermon on morality, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

Packer’s sermon claimed that homosexuality was not born of inbred “tendencies.”

In the Church’s online text version of Packer’s talk, the word “tendencies” was changed to “temptations.”

During his original talk, Elder Packer spoke of homosexual tendencies saying, "Some suppose that they were pre- set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.”

Another change to Packer’s talk includes the omission of the entire sentence, “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?”

As president and the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Packer is next in succession to become president of the church.

READ THE ONLINE VERSION OF PACKER'S TALK HERE

WATCH THE ORIGINAL TALK HERE

On Monday, the Human Rights Campaign, an organization dedicated to gay rights released a statement saying that President Packer needs to "correct" his statements.

The HRC and other local gay rights groups organized a protest held outside Salt Lake City’s Temple Square Thursday night to demonstrate against Packer’s speech.

Also on Thursday night, the Church released a statement about the protest, saying:

“Of course, the Church recognizes the right of groups to voice their opinion in the public square. However, those familiar with the Church’s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”
ABC 4 has requested a statement from the Church on the text changes made to Packer's sermon. A statement is expected sometime Friday afternoon.
Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.

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