SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed the text of Boyd K. Packer’s sermon on morality, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
Packer’s sermon claimed that homosexuality was not born of inbred “tendencies.”
In the Church’s online text version of Packer’s talk, the word “tendencies” was changed to “temptations.”
During his original talk, Elder Packer spoke of homosexual tendencies saying, "Some suppose that they were pre- set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.”
Another change to Packer’s talk includes the omission of the entire sentence, “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?”
As president and the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Packer is next in succession to become president of the church.
READ THE ONLINE VERSION OF PACKER'S TALK HERE
WATCH THE ORIGINAL TALK HERE
On Monday, the Human Rights Campaign, an organization dedicated to gay rights released a statement saying that President Packer needs to "correct" his statements.
The HRC and other local gay rights groups organized a protest held outside Salt Lake City’s Temple Square Thursday night to demonstrate against Packer’s speech.
Also on Thursday night, the Church released a statement about the protest, saying:
“Of course, the Church recognizes the right of groups to voice their opinion in the public square. However, those familiar with the Church’s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”
ABC 4 has requested a statement from the Church on the text changes made to Packer's sermon. A statement is expected sometime Friday afternoon.
Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.
Who cares what text they changed where, this was said out loud during a televised talk. The damage has been done and no amount of changing text on a website will undo it.
Although it would be a wonderful, amazing thing for the church to change it's views on the LGBTQ community...words on a paper wouldn't change what's in the hearts of these close-minded people.
And if you ask me, changing "tendencies" to "temptations" doesn't change the message of his talk one bit. In fact, I think it's a slap in the face-it's them minimizing the situation. I have a tendency to favor women over men. I have a temptation to eat the whole bag of M&Ms I bought yesterday. Totally different meanings. I can fight that temptation to eat the M&Ms. I'd have a much harder time fighting that tendency to find women attractive. Hmmm....
When one of the top Morons has to have his speech edited because he was wrong, uninspired, having an old age moment...etc... he and all the Mormon Church looks stupid. I look at them like a Board of Directors of a freaking Insurance Company.
Second idea.... If he is the mouth piece of God, what the hell happened? Uh, maybe he and all of them are self serving assholes that are are about as inspired as a pickle.
Salt Lake looks as dumb and stupid as they really are. JS was not a profit and the BOM is better used to roll joints. I say this in the name of..........