Our mission gives us some very interesting experiences. Today after a staff meeting with our building maintenance lady we attended two briefings with the interns. Two women spoke one that is helping write legislation for the gay laws. She assured us that as of this June every state will legalize same sex marriage. She presented a very convincing reasons for legalizing gay rights. When a student asked her some questions about future rights of Christians who do not support gay marriage she would answer I can't see the courts ever okaying that. But we never thought we would see this day. Then after lunch we had a lady that has been defending the family since abortion laws were legalized. She has written a couple of books. Her presentation was great. She also thinks that the Supreme Court will legalize same sex marriage in June. I can't really talk about what they said but I can express my feelings and some of my thoughts during their presentation.
What came to my mind was that children and their well being are being sacrificed for the sexual preferences or pleasures of adults. I read an article this past week about a child that had been raised in a same sex family. That child was now testifying about the harm that occurs to children. They said there is only three ways a child can come into a same sex marriage. One of the partners conceives the child with another partner and leaves that person, adoption, or paying for sperm at a sperm bank or a donation. In all of these cases the child is left not knowing their true identity. You can't exist without a mother and a father. So who is the other half of the child's identity. So same sex marriage threatens a child true identity. I started thinking about Malachi ending the Old Testament with these words. Malachi 4:5-6 Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." If you don't know who you really belong to how can families be sealed up or hearts turned to their fathers or their mother. You would always be left with a empty space. I believe this is one more way that Satan destroys the family unit. According to Malachi the earth will be cursed.
I also read a great article this week on agency. You need three things to have agency. 1. Opposition 2. Knowledge of right and wrong 3. The freedom to choose. This author said that we sometime look at Satan's plan as forcing people back to God. 1/3 of the host of heaven would never have fallen for being forced. If God is the same yesterday and today then Satan is also the same today as yesterday. If you look at the Book of Mormon you see that Korihor used the approach that it really doesn't matter what you do on earth you will return. This is the same thought in 2 Ne. 28:8 Eat drink and be merry; nevertheless, fear God-he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of this words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God."
We are turning into a world that it doesn't matter what you do so long as you feel your sexual needs are being fulfilled. 40% of children are born out of wedlock to single mothers. 40% of marriages end in divorce. When are we going to see that strong families means a strong nation.
We spent quite a bit of time with the students today. Then we got some study time in but not much. It has been a busy week. It will be a busier weekend. I came home to make cookies for the neighbors for Valentines. I did something wrong to the sugar cookies. So I will take them to the Barlow Center for the interns. Maybe they won't notice. I decided to make Lisa's great ginger snap cookies and put in nutmeg instead of cloves. When I realized what I had done I added the cloves but the cookies taste more like spice cookies. They are still good but I guess it is just to late for me to get it right tonight. The neighbors will get the spice cookies.
It is now 11:15 and I need to go get the last batch of cookies out and do the dishes.