Not Ours to Change

I went through bouts of indecision on this, but I finally settled with a name I lifted from the LDS sponsored website “Mormons and Gays.” The original context is “God’s law is not ours to change” referring to the church’s “unchanging” stance on gay marriage. The part that gets me is that the LDS church has an ideological out if it ever does okay gay marriage; this out has been used before. Since the church is led by a prophet who has the power to receive revelation—think Moses on Mount Sinai—things can change at the drop of a hat.

Upon its inception the church practiced polygamy, excluded blacks from the priesthood, and had this cool socioeconomic commune thing going. In 1890 the current prophet received revelation that polygamy was out.1 In 1978 there was a revelation that black people could now hold the priesthood. The “law of consecration”2 never officially ended, but it’s not currently practiced… people like owning stuff too much I guess.

Sorry for the history lesson, but it explains part of why I like the title “Not Ours to Change.” Whether it was because God eventually became okay with other races holding the priesthood, or because many wealthy Brazilians donated money to the church in 1975, things—even those once thought to be unchangeable—do change.

The other part of why I like the title is pretty straight forward.3 It’s almost universally accepted that people can’t change their own sexual orientation, yet there is a wide consensus among Mormons4 that people who experience “same-sex attraction” should be working to change themselves. And, well, yeah, I don’t think it’s mine to change.

1Though it should be noted polygamy continued through 1904.

2The Law of Consecration: Give everything you own to the church, and the church will divvy it up more fairly. Also: Karl Marx is a plagiarist.

3Why do I love being gay? Because now every time I use the word “straight” in a nonsexual context it becomes a pun.

4At least the Mormons I know.

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7 thoughts on “Not Ours to Change

  1. Great post. A major shortcoming of all major religions, yours included but certainly not yours exclusively,, is the extreme resistance to change. But as you well point out, since the LDS is a church of “Latter Day Revelation”; perhaps no major religion has more opportunity to lead the way towards social maturity and tolerance than your own beloved Mormon church.

    You never know!

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  2. This is a good post, and I’m noting a little cynicism with regards to prophet revelation. Do you believe that these revelations are really coming from God, or do you believe that some other motivation really is at work? I know this is a tough question to ask (I am an atheist, but I used to be a Christian), and I understand if you don’t want to answer it.

    College is a time to search for and find answers to many of life’s questions, not just the knowledge that comes with getting a degree. I wish you the best of luck in your studies!

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    • At the end of the day I find myself aligning with the agnostic ideology, but I don’t dash the belief of others. Most Mormons I know truly believe what they profess, although I agree many revelations are very convenient for the church. Thank you for your input and insights; I look forward to doing just that in college.

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  3. I just wanted to congratulate you on such a refreshing blog. I am so glad I’m a 99.99% atheist – it makes my life so much easier, especially being able to pick my values, morals and, of course, protocols for myself. I hope you have a wonderful time exploring yourself and your beliefs. I’m certainly looking forward to reading about it.

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