He also ordained that parents should establish families and rear their children in light and truth, leading them to a hope in Christ. Elder Christofferson explained the changes in a question-and-answer video and said they were consistent with the church's fairness-for-all approach. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide. The letter encourages members to review the "Proclamation on the Family," a statement from church leaders that set out traditional marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God and the family as a fundamental pillar of society. Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation. Church leaders consistently expressed the two-part theme throughout a newsmaking year for the faith — when in March Utah's Legislature passed a nondiscrimination law patterned after the LDS approachwhen that approach drew the appreciation of President Barack Obamawhen the U. Mothers and fathers matter, and they are not interchangeable.
Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline.
LDS Church Allowing Gay Marriage
Also, three new apostles hadn't been called at the same time since Church leaders consistently expressed the two-part theme throughout a newsmaking year for the faith — when in March Utah's Legislature passed a nondiscrimination law patterned after the LDS approachwhen that approach drew the appreciation of President Barack Obamawhen the U. In early November, senior church leaders released new policies in an online update to Handbook 1, a private document of instructions to local priesthood leaders who run Mormon congregations. I hope there can be something in the church we can do to help gay members of the church that are struggling so badly. My perception is that members of the church are taking that seriously. Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there. Tolerance does not require the surrender of noble purpose or of individual identity.
Still, Mormon historian D. Church leaders continued to make bold statements against discrimination or intolerance toward gays. Biskupski, the newly elected mayor, said she would reach out to LDS leadership in an attempt to bridge the gap between her supporters in the gay community and Mormons and others opposed to gay marriage. The terminology of another side of the coin still hadn't been used publicly, but the concept was present in the letter:. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree. I know the sacrifice being asked of you must be unimaginably difficult.