Mormon Church makes changes to Packer's sermon regarding homosexuality

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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.

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The thought of Packer succeeding Monson to the presidency is just perverse and horrifying. Although not a member of this "church" any more because I refused to remain in the closet and no pursue a loving relationship with a man, I like how the church is trying to cover its tracks by one outspoken zealot. I remember reading that Bruce R. McConkie had written some scandalous things in his Mormon Doctrine concerning blacks, and had to rewrite his book and remove those words under orders of the First Presidency. I still find it incomprehensible how many LDS people believe these old men are infallible in what they say from the pulpit. When will people become enlightened and realise that those men ARE men and make mistakes just like the rest of us.

Just a few of my thoughts...
WOW!!! The church is changing and omitting things in order to not alienate members or investigators, and to cover up their true beliefs. WHEN DID THIS START? Oh yeah, they've always done it. Pathetic behavior for "The Lord's Church".
A guy that is so old that the last leg that turned him on was from a piece of fried chicken is silly.

If anyone here was to tell a light bulb that it can be a candle if it prays hard...we'd call them a nutcase. It is in the wiring. Right hand vs left hand, right eye dominant vs left eye dominant.

We (I am Catholic) went the wrong way in the 13-1500's with the world is flat, the nick Copernicus, Galileo issues. Old self serving dudes in Salt Lake are stepping in the same cow poop and now we have the internet!

I think a guy names "Packer" making disparaging comments on "Packing" is funny. ...but there are those that call me demented :)

Don

Don
HOW CLOSED MINDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I wanted to see what the "mormon" response was to the changes...At Feminist Mormon Housewives, the general attitude is one of greatfulness for the change. I didn't read a whole lot of questioning the motives behind it or of Packer's integrity or ability to be "lead by the Spirit" (although there definitely were a few). What the heck??!!?? Shouldn't it be a little red light on the pulpit that he's kinda next in line to be "prophet"?
I have a question for Elder Packer. Why would a person be born intersexed? Why would a loving Heavenly Father create gender confusion?
That's a good question but I'm sure the church's apologists could spin up some kinda poppycock. Which brings up a good question my wife asked the other day. Do all churches have apologists like the Mormon church? It would seem to me that the number of apologists you have would be directly proportionate to the amout of deceit, lying and tampering with Church history and what the authorities have said, such as Packer's comments. That being said, I would guess the Mormon church has more apologists than any other church and quite possibly all churches combined.

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....

Statistically one out of every 15,000 births world wide is born with both male and female gender...(hermaphrodite). Why would heavenly father do that mr. Packard?  While we're at it what sex should they be raised?  Is that something that should be referred to the GA's for inspired approval?

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..........   

 

Don

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