Originally Posted by KariM
I don't want to interrupt the flow of discussion, but want to ask for your prayers for my extended family.
Many of you already know that last Wednesday my DH was ordained and now holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. ( I hope I got all my terminology correct
He's blessing Meghan (our 5 1/2 month old babe) during Sacrament Meeting this Sunday. We've invited all of our extended family and as for your prayers that the Holy Ghost soften their hearts so they might attend.
I will pray for you guys!
I think that part of what makes it hard when these requests come down to the local letter is attitude. For example, whenever you hear a member of the twelve or the prophet speak out against homosexuality, it is always accompanied by the admonition that this in no way condones or encourages us to behave in hateful or suspicious ways against those who engage in homosexual practice. However, when these things water down to the local level, the requests or commandments of the church are often passed along and justified with hateful, homophobic remarks. At least that has been my experience.
Talula - I probably wouldn't take the word of an ex member just for the simple fact that they are ex for a reason and often it is because they either have an ax to grind or they didn't completely understand the doctrine.
I wanted to address the question or comment about JS and Martin Harris. You are correct that Joseph made a mistake in giving the manuscript to Martin Harris. However, he did not give him the manuscript until the Lord told him he was cleared to do so. Yes, the Lord did it to teach Joseph Smith an important lesson about listening the first time and not continuing on bull headed paths, but He did give the go ahead. And, he had a plan to keep the scriptures whole because He (God) knew that they would be lost.