Rich, I wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts on this. I have a hard time thinking the 1st Presidency and Q12 have anything but best intentions. I believe they pray to God for direction, are close to the spirit, and counsel openly with others and try to get input from different sources to check their opinions. They are smart men. They are holy men. I truly believe they are trying to do the will of God and would not make this decision unless they felt it was right with a lot more info from their vantage point than many others have.
From my perspective, it doesn't make it right, and it doesn't make it the Will of God. While I trust they have higher probabilities of knowing God's will than I do or most others do, it is still a probability, and not a certainty. There is a degree of error, as we have learned in history.
Because there is a process to review and seek ongoing revelation and truth, over time, like with the Priesthood Ban, they will find out what doesn't feel right, and change it through revelation.
In the mean time, there will be people affected by it. And faith will be tested. There have been many people in the past that did not feel right about church policy, but stayed with the hope it will soon change because they believe in the end truth will prevail.
As we have learned from history, it will probably be over decades, and it will probably be clearer in time what exactly is prejudice and cultural influences vs what is really truth.
I believe they will get it right in the end. I personally am in favor of SSM and letting all married couples be sealed in temples, and will navigate through my church experience with my opinions. I may be wrong, but I do not think this is a deal breaker. It is just one part of the mosaic of mormonism. One thing in the cafeteria. It does not spoil everything else. It is just painful to think through my own opinions at odds with the brethren.
richalger wrote:I am seeing the hurt affecting those I know online. I hope for a way forward in healing and connection.
I do too. I don't think we get a "no hurt" option in life. Compassion and understanding is needed, especially during times like these.