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  1. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I agree and only Sam truly knows if that cost was worth it. There is a lot for him to weigh regarding it, IMO. Many will feel it was worth it and consider him a hero. Others will disagree. None of that should be surprising, either.
  2. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I agree. I've had this discussion with my Bishop and my Stake President (and been very honest regarding my beliefs). What surprised me was that they agreed with a lot of what I said! They also agreed with my feelings regarding polygamy and the SSM policy. I've always been honest in my TR interviews and have never been refused one.
  3. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I agree that it was Sam's approach that got him ex'd in the end. But, what you suggest wouldn't actually get much attention from the leaders in SLC and it most likely would not spur much change. What Sam did actually did cause some changes to be made, IMO (some will disagree that he had anything to do with them, of course). But he did get a message out there and many more members are aware of this issue now. I believe there will be even more changes in the future regarding one on one interviews. Time will tell....
  4. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I agree. Here's this: "Mormons free to back gay marriage on social media, LDS apostle reiterates" http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=2301174&itype=CMSID But he also states this:
  5. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I believe that one can disagree with the first presidency regarding certain issues or policies and still sustain them. Do you disagree? Also, disagreeing does not mean one is "against" them, IMO.
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    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I would say that showing up in General Conference and protesting (confronting the Prophet and being ejected from the Tabernacle) is very much a "public spectacle". I think those very terms (or something very similar) have been used to describe the recent disruptions caused by those protesting in General Conference.
  7. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    You can argue regarding semantics, but these made national news....so I think that's considered "pretty big". I think that meets the CFR at least. I think there was also a police officer who was shot that was possibly given orders to keep an eye on Douglas Wallace (while he was there to protest in SLC), but it's been awhile since I've read about that case. He ended up dying, iirc., I think he was accidentally shot by another police officer who was with him. I'll try to look that up if you're interested.
  8. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    All true....there were definitely public protests that made national news(see my above post). Just because many were not aware of them, does not mean they didn't take place .
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    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I've read some about the protests. Here is some info (I know it's not my CFR...)...in the first blue section: https://mormonheretic.org/2011/07/10/events-leading-up-to-the-1978-revelation/ The Larry Lester baptism (by Douglas Wallace) made national news: https://www.nytimes.com/1976/10/05/archives/morman-who-ordained-black-man-is-barred-from-church-conference.html
  10. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Which is what many good, righteous members believe regarding the practice of continuing one on one interviews. I personally know of many (and some who are in ward and stake leadership positions) who feel this way.
  11. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Which is what you just did.
  12. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Great question! I do feel there are some on here who would never oppose anything that came from the Q15. I immediately thought of them bringing polygamy back (and learning they had started marrying plural wives). Would members sustain that change?
  13. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Actually, we feel this is positive and has opened up more communication between the parents and us (the Bishopric). It for sure has opened up communication on certain topics between the parents who have attended the interviews with their youth. Some have made sure they went home and discussed The Law of Chastity which is where I believe the communication should take place along with support from the lessons they receive in YWs and YMs. I do believe that "contagiousness" may not be the correct word. It's just more awareness of an issue that many are already concerned about, and then them learning to not be afraid to be more vocal about it. Many more are learning that they can request to be involved with their youth as they are interviewed. This is a good step and it's progress, IMO (for all parties involved).
  14. ALarson

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I disagree with some of what Sam Young did (especially towards the end with the hunger strike.). However, he did get the attention of the leaders and I do believe his cause is a good one (even if I disagree with some of how he went about getting some changes made). But, serious questions.... What is a member to do who wants to speak out and ask for changes on an issue that they feel strongly about? What if they feel there needs to be a new policy where all child/youth interviews are two deep, so that all members know of this change and all leaders are uniform on this too? Members are told not to bother the brethren in SLC with letters or requests, and yet, the local leaders have no power to make any changes. So who would you speak to about your concerns?
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    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I would hope they will at least try to stay out in front of it and not wait so long that it looks horrible for them (some already feel we're there though). What I do believe is that this younger generation is not going to be afraid to stand up and be vocal about their feelings. (They do that on other issues, as well.)
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