I have decided to focus my blog posts on the way that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints responds to situations and criticisms. The church has dealt with a lot of problems since that Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in the United States. One of the biggest issues that have been associated with the church, in a way, is the report of deaths in the LGBT Mormon community. According to an article by Deseret News on January 18, 2016, it was said that 32 families have contacted others about the death in their family because of the changes that the church made in their handbook regarding same-sex marriages and relationships. With these new policies, it mentioned that these actions would lead to excommunication and that children involved in these family situations will not be allowed to be baptized until they are eighteen. This caused many issues not only in the church but also in many other religious and established communities. Because it involved the LGBT community directly, many LGBT individuals chose to end their lives.
The church not only put out statements about this but also made sure that they communities, especially the families and friends, knew that they were mourning the loss of these Children of God. In their statement, the church emphasized that there is still hope, even when it seems that there isn’t. They also clarified that they, as a church, do not reject these individuals but that they love them and want them to serve in the church, as long as they keep the commandments and live their lives in accordance with the gospel.
I found the way that the church handled this issue very comforting, as well as informative. One of the biggest stereotypes of the gospel is that we hate these individuals and that they don’t belong in the church but in reality, this is the best place for them to be and be involved with. The church made sure that they stressed the importance of loving these individuals and allowing them to be part of the church. We need to be accepting of everyone, no matter if we agree with his or her lifestyle. We are all children of God and we all need each other’s help to make it back to him.
Link to article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646414/LDS-Church-leaders-mourn-reported-deaths-in-Mormon-LGBT-community.html?pg=all