Just my rambling thoughts about being gay and Mormon

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wow from Elder Bednar

On the Wheat and Tares website, Jake posted about a Q&A session that Elder Bednar held in the UK recently while visiting there.  The following quote from Elder Bednar is from Jake's blog, 

"One of the better generic questions was the difference between emotion, good thoughts, and the spirit. Elder Bednar’s response to this was that it doesn’t matter, as long as you are being good. If the thought or feeling invites you to be better and do more good, then it doesn't really matter if it’s the spirit telling you or just your own thoughts and emotions."

My response is wow, that is amazing and a BIG problem. It goes a long way toward explaining the cultural and appearance prejudices that exist in the church. 

Everybody has their own unique perspective on "good" but according to this explanation, anything that I have good thoughts about or positive emotions for is "good", if I am being  good. That puts porn in a whole new light, but I won't go there.

If I have "good thoughts and emotions" about some idea or some person, that is essentially the same as revelation?  If I'm uncomfortable with someone or some idea because it is foreign to me or it is outside my range of experience that is confirmation that it is not good or acceptable to God?  Really??  

So because church leaders didn't have "good" thoughts and emotions about black people they were denied the priesthood. I get it now.  Because church leaders don't have "good" thoughts or emotions about gay people, they can't possibly be "good".   

Wheat and Tares website

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