In the past few days, I have had a number of conversations with friends who feel joy and relief that the original policy has been changed but who are confused by the expressions of pain and anger they are hearing from many of those who felt personally impacted by the policy over the past three and a half years.
I have encouraged my friends to listen to the experiences of those who feel hurt: individuals whose personal moral compass would not allow them to continue church activity while the policy was in place, those who were excommunicated for apostasy, those whose children were impacted, those who have a family member who felt excluded from their church community and for whom that may have been one of many causes resulting in suicide.
I am grateful that removing the earlier policy reflects, to me, a continued wrestling by church leaders with the many unanswered questions affecting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer brothers and sisters. I also feel that this change reflects a unity of the prayers by members of the body of Christ and his prophets for greater light and knowledge, and that all of our hearts will be prepared for what he may choose to reveal in his own time.
I believe that, especially as we celebrate Holy Week and in our desire to follow Jesus Christ, we must do more to love as he loves. In John 8:2-11, we read the teaching of Jesus in the experience of the woman caught in adultery. As you recall, her accusers intended to stone her according to the law until they were challenged by Christ that only those who themselves were without sin should carry out such punishment. Gradually, the accusers slipped away until only Jesus and the woman remained. He had saved her life. In his comforting yet exacting words to her, he indicated that he did not condemn her and invited her to forsake sin going forward.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900 ... amily.htmlIn this Holy Week, with renewed hope, as leaders and members of the church we can make a special effort to reach out proactively, with love and compassion, to those who have felt injured by the previous policy. Our joy at Easter this year can be sweeter and deeper than ever before.
The comments section is a bit interesting too - clearly the Old Guard still resists.