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7 December 2012

The gospel is for everyone

December 7, 2012

FAIR Blog

We need to revaluate our stereotypes and prejudices and root out any negativity that may have crept in. What is the first image that pops in your mind when you think of a gay person or a same-sex couple? Do you think of half-naked marchers in a gay pride parade? What about suicidal teenagers? How many of us have the image of a son or daughter of God, dressed in white, ready to enter the waters of baptism? How many of us have an image of gay people who are already members as potential bishops and Relief Society presidents?

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/12/07/the-gospel-is-for-everyone-including-gays/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fairldsblog+%28FAIR+Blog%29

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Charles W. Rogers

December 6, 2012

Mormon Scholars Testify

I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the words of eternal life, and I find the spirit of God here. I believe that this church helps me be a better person. I find good people outside this church who do not seem inclined to join, but who may be better than I am at showing love to others. It may be that God has another path for them, but He hasn’t found it necessary to tell me.

When it became known that I planned to go to the University of Utah, a well-intentioned ward member took me aside and warned me that the professors there would try to steal my testimony. I took an historical geology course from Dr. William Lee Stokes, head of the Geology Department and an active church member. By this time I accepted the abundant evidence for evolution, but wondered if there was room for compromise. Could this Earth have been made of parts of other planets where these fossilized animals had lived? Dr. Stokes answered, Only if the parts were the size of continents and had been added to the Earth without greatly distorting them-both unlikely prospects. It seemed to me then that if you needed to create bodies for mankind, a good way to do it would be through evolution.

http://mormonscholarstestify.org/3125/charles-w-rogers

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New Mormon website features softer, gentler tone on gays

December 7, 2012

Washington Post

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t changing its tune about homosexuality, but it has launched a new website to alter the tone.

The site — unveiled Thursday (Dec. 6) and called “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” — includes video clips of Mormon leaders as well as gay members and their families promoting compassion and understanding toward homosexuals, and encouraging everyone to be “disciples of Christ.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/new-mormon-website-features-softer-gentler-tone-on-gays/2012/12/07/e8497244-40ac-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html

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New website from Mormon church: ‘Sexuality is not a choice’

December 7, 2012

NBC News

Presented as a “collection of conversations” with LDS leaders and Mormons “who are attracted to people of the same sex,” the website, mormonsandgays.org, launched Thursday.

The site includes an unusual statement for a major religious body: that sexuality, including same-sex attraction, is not a personal choice. But it maintains that acting on that attraction is still a “sin.”

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/07/15734686-new-website-from-mormon-church-sexuality-is-not-a-choice?lite

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Mormons Launch Gay Outreach Website, Call Acting on Attraction ‘Sin’

December 7, 2012

Christian Post

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has launched a new website featuring a “collection of conversations” aimed at gays and lesbians, saying that same-sex attraction is not a sin – but acting upon it is.

“What we do know is that the doctrine of the church – that sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married – has not changed and is not changing,” said Elder Quentin Cook in statement on the MormonsAndGays.org launch. “But what is changing and what needs to change is to help our own members and families understand how to deal with same-gender attraction.”

http://global.christianpost.com/news/mormons-launch-gay-outreach-website-call-acting-on-attraction-sin-86272/

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Mormon website embraces LGBT community

December 7, 2012

CNN

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has fought against same-sex marriage throughout the United States, launched a website on Thursday that preaches understanding and compassion for the gay and lesbian community.

The website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” at www.mormonsandgays.org outlines the church’s position on “same-sex attraction” and provides readers with a host of videos from “church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/us/mormon-lgbt-website/

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Alfie Boe & Tom Brokaw talk to Tribune about Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Xmas concert

December 7, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The humble Boe said he was approached by the Choir about a year ago, and was flattered. “I never turn down a gig,” he said.

Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, said inviting Boe was an easy decision.

“For us, Alfie Boe was an obvious choice,” Wilberg said. “He is a remarkable talent with a stirring and dramatic vocal style that fits well with the choir … When you think about it, Alfie Boe carries on the tradition of a long list of classically trained British artists who have joined their vocal talents with the choir.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsburger/55424067-53/boe-choir-brokaw-concert.html.csp

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Mormons urge compassion for gays

December 7, 2012

Spokesman Review (Washington)

Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website Thursday that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

Church officials insist they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful. However, the website states that Mormons should be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/07/mormons-urge-compassion-for-gays/

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News of the Day From Across the Nation

December 6, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle (California)

Gay outreach: Mormon leaders in Utah made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website Thursday that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality. Church officials said they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman. But the website (mormonsandgays.org/) says Mormons should be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/News-of-the-Day-From-Across-the-Nation-4098462.php

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Supreme Court Will Hear Challenges to Anti-Equality Laws

December 7, 2012

Religion Dispatches

Meanwhile, four years after a bare-knuckles battle to pass the California anti-marriage equality Proposition 8, and in the shadow of a presidential campaign in which a Mormon candidate and his conservative Catholic running mate echoed the same sort of alliance of anti-equality bedfellows, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched a campaign aimed at softening its rhetoric toward the LBGT community and LBGT Mormons in particular. A new website, “Love One Another: A Discussion of Same-Sex Attraction” offers videos from Mormon leaders, gay Mormons, and their families by way of urging greater empathy and love for LBGT sinners that might mute the continued condemnation of homosexual sex itself as a sin.

Genuine gift of Christian compassion, or more masterful Mormon marketing in the face of a rapidly changing attitudes toward LBGT equality and what is increasingly seen as recalcitrant anti-gay bigotry among its conservative religious peers? Regardless, surely the more valued holiday treasure for LBGT folks and their allies will be the genuine equality offered by the much hoped for overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act. Happy New Year to that.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/elizabethdrescher/6677/supreme_court_will_hear_challenges_to_anti_equality_laws/

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Ten tips for the best faith-promoting experience through the Middle East

December 7, 2012

Fox News

Depending on the religious beliefs or focus of the tour director or guides, different sites may or may not be included or emphasized in the itinerary. Experienced travelers say it was important for them to find the right fit in terms of the denomination of their tour guide.

“As members of the Mormon church, a Christian-based faith, we were so pleased to have found our guide who had the unique perspective of being Mormon, Jewish, Israeli and American,” Ashton said. “Drawing upon this rare combination in a guide provided a very rich, remarkable experience. If you had an interest in more Palestinian areas, you’d definitely want a Palestinian guide. We traveled through Palestinian areas just fine with our guide, but certain areas were not available to us with our Israeli guide. We didn’t not feel hindered by this, but it’s something to keep in mind.”

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/12/07/ten-tips-for-best-faith-promoting-experience-through-middle-east/

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Residents respond to Brigham City mayor’s adultery

December 6, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

City Hall was packed in this small northern Utah city as residents hoped to weigh in on whether Mayor Dennis Fife should remain in office or resign.

Earlier this week, the 67-year-old mayor, husband, father and grandfather wrote a letter of confession to constituents, explaining he had had an affair with a woman he once counseled as a Mormon bishop. The indiscretions occurred after his church calling ended, Fife said.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55419540-78/fife-brigham-mayor-aldridge.html.csp

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In the Nation

December 7, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)

Mormons to gays: Keep faith

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormon leaders unveiled a new website Thursday encouraging church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

Church officials insist they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful. However, the website includes an appeal to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20121207_In_the_Nation.html

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Australia Prepares for the Mayan Apocalypse, The Real Housewives Might Be Staged, and Other Harsh Realities

December 7, 2012

Grantland

The Mormon Church launched Mormons and Gays (dot org), reaching out to “our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters” and clarifying that though sexuality isn’t a choice, acting on it is. A sinful choice. “There is no change in the Church’s position of what is morally right. But what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere.” Wow! What a major breakthrough! (Throws up into hands.)

http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/63325/australia-prepares-for-the-mayan-apocalypse-the-real-housewives-might-be-staged-and-other-harsh-realities

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Election 2012 Post Mortem: White Evangelicals and Support for Romney

December 7, 2012

Pew Forum

The same pattern was found among other religious groups who voted for Romney, with one exception. Mormons who voted for Romney were more inclined to say they strongly favored him (84%); just 14% said they had some reservations about Romney, and 2% said their choice was primarily against Obama.

http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Election-2012-Post-Mortem–White-Evangelicals-and-Support-for-Romney.aspx

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The Crisis in a Nutshell: Quotes of the Week

December 7, 2012

New Yorker

“The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is.”–Excerpt from “Love One Another,” the new Web site from the Mormon Church on homosexuality.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/12/the-crisis-in-a-nutshell-quotes-of-the-week-23.html

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