The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints historically taught that the practice of homosexuality, meaning sexual behavior with someone of the same sex, was a choice or curable mental illness. Recent leadership has indicated that it may not be a conscious choice and that it may be treatable.
The hard part with this idea will be with those of us who have ancestors which have been members for generations. I enjoy family history research, and do it, but I can tell you, I doubt I could find anyone for my daughter to be baptized for (prepositions at the end of my sentences I can find; eligible ancestors — no, alas). Thus, she would likely never get that opportunity. And I would have no reason to return to do endowments or sealings, as I’ve searched my 10,000+ name PAF file, and found no one who needs more work for whom I have enough info to submit.
Mormon proxy baptisms don't claim to make *any* decision for another; they purport to make a choice to accept them available.
We do not really understand why these ordinances are necessary: for example, is there some ontological change in the recipient as result of their performance or why cannot God forgive without these ordinances received by proxy? Because we lack answers to these and other questions perhaps there is space to rethink our approach.
That said, my last time to help with baptisms…okay so I’ m a girl, so that means I handed out towels…but I was in the area of the ordinance ;P
the comparison of gayness to the gift given in Mormon Redemption of the Dead, so valuable that it's a top-level bullet point in the four-fold mission of the Church, is not denigrating.
The language quoted by muddgirl indicates that sexual conduct is a choice.
Some of the cosmological differences are definitely enough to freak people out, but given the common practical theology and the fact that Mormons identify as Christian (and indeed, believe Mormonism to be true Christianity), are those really enough to classify Mormonism as something else?
Our Father in heaven, according to the Prophet, had a Father, and since there has been a condition of this kind through all eternity, each Father had a Father, until we come to a stop where we cannot go further, because of our limited capacity to understand.
"We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld," the pair wrote in an email to the Globe. "He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew.... For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this un-called-for ritual.”
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