I've learned of late not to say never, even when it comes to the church. I wouldn't have thought the church would ever release much from the secret archives, but they have. I would have never thought they would make such a atatement about the priesthood ban, but they have. I never thought the church would come to an understanding (or at least admit it) that homosexuality is not a choice. Before the lifiting of the priesthood ban, most people thought it would never be lifted (and GAs said so from the pulpit).GBSmith wrote:I don't think it will ever happen. It's one of the things that sets mormons apart and if it was done away with it would be another move towards assimilation. People need to feel special and called when they come into the church, something that's over and above belief in Christ. It's one of the reasons, I think, for the temple and all that goes with it. If you can get a recommend you've shown that you're willing to be one of the faithful and that will always include the WoW. The WoW is not the same as in the early days of the church but then not much is anymore.Tim wrote:A painless path forward is to quietly remove it from the TR questions. This would relegate it back to a word of wisdom.
I understand your point, GBS, that the WoW sets us apart and I agree with that point. But I think it can set us apart without being part of the TR interview. I believe the much more valid questions are the ones that deal with testimony of the Godhead, the Savior, a living prophet, and dealings with your fellow men. I believe God has always, to some extent, cared about those things. However, for thousands of years he did not care that his people drank alcohol.