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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

This week I read and listened to a lot about what was said both in court and in meetings about the definition of marriage and what should be legal and what the future looks like for children and the rest of us. 
I would highly recommend all read the address given by Elder, Doctor, President Russell M. Nelson https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/russell-m-nelson_disciples-jesus-christ-defenders-of-marriage/
It was refreshing to hear the doctrine on the subject, not just "his stand" on things taught by Elder (President Nelson). He taught the doctrine by stating, "It was He who ordained marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Marriage was not created by human judges or legislators. It was not created by think tanks or by popular vote or by oft-quoted bloggers or by pundits. It was not created by lobbyists. Marriage was created by God!"
Elder Nelson then bravely declares that "social and political pressures to change marriage laws are resulting in practices contrary to God’s will regarding the eternal nature and purposes of marriage. Man simply cannot make moral what God has declared to be immoral. Sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God." This is a bold and beautiful statement. I am always so grateful to hear the Brethren state doctrine and make things clear so the whole world knows and we know where we stand. It also reminds us how strongly God feels about things regardless of how the world tries to make them sound right and just.
You can tell by this that there eternal implications to this battle. "Brothers and sisters, undergirded by incontrovertible truth, proclaim your love for God! Proclaim your love for all human beings “with malice toward none, with charity for all.”20 They as children of God are our brothers and sisters. We value their rights and feelings. But we cannot condone efforts to change divine doctrine. It is not for man to change."
In my mind that settles it. God's commandments are not outdated nor is God interested in man's opinion on eternal matters that He has a complete understanding, and we do not.

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