I like Ray's approach -- but I am not sure that I would invite youth to come and talk to me about it. Mostly because I don't know what I would say. My daughter, for example, would say "I'm confused about this issue -- people say that people with SSA can't help it -- they are born that way. So that means they can't have marital companionship in the church -- they have to live alone or get married to someone they don't love, and they don't get the sealing if they choose to stay single".Old-Timer wrote:I want to make only one suggestion:
Read it yourself, specifically to make the following statement, in whatever words are natural to you:
As the Bishop of this ward, I don't want this issue to be divisive within the ward, so I hope that you will not let it become a topic of conversation in any other meetings.
I would read it personally in all of the meetings where it is supposed to be read, not delegate it to your counselors, and I would tell the youth, directly and explicitly, that you understand there is disagreement among faithful members about this topic and that any of them can talk with you at ay point about it if they want to do so - that you won't love or accept them any differently no matter what they believe.
What would you say to them Ray? I'm curious.