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I found this alarming:
What do you suppose makes philosopher have such reservations? I'm the top three are Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and Mormons (in that order) yet we have none of the baggage Fundamentalists or Evangelicals have. I feel totally clueless as to why this is the case.
First, let me say that the press conference was perhaps the first time I've ever heard President Nelson speak off-the-cuff (i.e. not reading prepared remarks), and I was not instilled with confidence. I enjoyed listening to the first presentation where the First Presidency was introduced, but my heart sank when listening to the Press Conference afterward.
Specifically, the first question and response, heard at 2:05:10 here:
I listened to this driving in to work today, and I just couldn't believe it. The question was "how do you plan to approach LGBT issues?"
The response doesn't appear to be in the same universe as the question, other than them both being in English. They don't mention "LGBT issues", or homosexuality, or same-sex attraction, or anything specific to the question. They respond using highly coded and contextualized words that someone familiar with LDS doctrines might be able to interpret, but how is that the proper response in a press conference?
My interpretation of President Nelson's and Oaks' response is that they said this:
"Thanks Brady. No changes expected. Homosexual actions are still considered a sin, and members of the Church will still be expected to resist those impulses. We also still oppose same-sex marriage. We believe this is how God's plan works, and will lead them to happiness in the eternities even though it may be painful here on Earth. We love and pray for all those with same-sex attractions, but there won't be any changes on this."
Why couldn't they just say something clear and unambiguous? Was the question that unexpected that it caught them off-guard?
By Robert F. Smith
Elder D. Todd Christofferson “Is There a Place For Me?” online at https://mormonandgay.lds.org/articles/church-teachings?cid=HP_TH_24-8-2017_dPAD_fMG_xLIDyL2-2_ .
“The diversity we find now in the Church may be just the beginning. Frankly, I think we’ll see greater and greater diversity. In the ancient Church there was tremendous diversity.
“And it’s not just diversity for diversity’s sake, but the fact that people can bring different gifts and perspectives. And the wide range of experience, backgrounds, and challenges that people face will show us what really is essential in the Gospel of Christ, and that much of the rest that’s been perhaps acquired over time is more cultural than doctrinal, can slip away, and we can really learn to be disciples.”
This is just an excerpt of his short remarks, and other apostles also comment under the same heading. Does this bode well for the Church? Is it an important first step to see the difference between culture and doctrine? Where might this eventually lead?
The latest MormonLeak is a document containing minutes from a 2014 priesthood leadership conference in Layton, UT.
There is a Q&A session in which Elder Perry provides some answers that seem contradictory to the current Church position: When asked how to deal with a young man or young woman who comes in and says "I think that I'm gay", Elder Perry counsels them to "Give them association with manly things, strong men that represent the ideal of relationships, a man who is vigorous and knows the power he holds." (quoting the document, not Elder Perry)
In a later question about temple recommends he states that he does not believe that gay people are "born with it". I know that the Church does not take a position on that, I just thought his statement of belief was interesting.
Here a new approach to survey Mormons with same sex attraction. It was formulated by people of different backgrounds as to establish some sort of balance on the topic.
And apparently there are already some positive results of feeling more empowered to talk about Mormons with same sex attractions.
Groundbreaking Study Seeks to Support Mormons Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction