The Truth about Sexual Orientation

Born That Way

We are all brothers and sisters. We lived with God before we were born. With us to this life came certain temperaments and tendencies that lead us to make certain choices to behave in peculiar ways. We were born with dispositions towards certain behavior and tendencies that influence our choices. As pre-mortal children of our Father in Heaven, we are related one to another, family.

Within any family arise conflicts and passions that may obscure the true way things should be. We were born to experience temptations and hardships, not to sail smoothly on placid waters. The plan of God is that through the things we suffer, we learn to become like He is and overcome the world. What does the world teach us about ourselves?

It teaches us that we cannot help our lives. We do not have control over our lives because of what happened to us. We are in as much control over our lives as we will allow ourselves to be. I am not Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, or Lesbian, but I have the Holy Spirit who allows me to empathize with others.

Read the following excerpt from the Book of Mormon:

“…Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

 “Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness

“And I, Moroni, having heard these words, was comforted, and said: O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou workest unto the children of men according to their faith…” Ether 12.

Ponder what these verses place in your minds, and keep it in your hearts as we explore Gender and Righteousness.

Sexuality and Gender Definitions can be found HERE.

Homosexuality And The Church

God does not hate people who have same gender attraction. He created them. The desires that lead us to want to procreate come from divine origin. We are given these desires to help keep the commandment to procreate. The purpose for those desires is for starting families and enjoying our spouses, not to gratify our desires. We can direct our desires for the commandments of God or give into our predilections because doing so is much easier. The commandment from God still stands.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day states regarding sexual relations bellow that,

download (2)“[t]his principle applies to all of God’s children, for He has declared that all sexual relations outside of marriage are unacceptable. Everyone has temptations, but one of the purposes of mortality is to learn to overcome them. President David O. McKay beautifully defined spirituality as “the consciousness of victory over self” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1969, 8).

“These temptations, which are uninvited, may be powerful, but they are never so strong as to deprive us of our freedom of choice.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks continues, “All of us have some feelings we did not choose, but the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that we still have the power to resist and reform our feelings (as needed) and to assure that they do not lead us to entertain inappropriate thoughts or to engage in sinful behavior” (“Same-Gender Attraction,”Ensign, Oct. 1995, 9). Improper thoughts diminish if you replace them immediately with uplifting, constructive thoughts.”

The sexual desires still come from heaven, but the function of or direction of the behavior comes from the individual circumstance here on earth. God planted the desires within us to enjoy sexuality, which is sacred in nature, but He expects us to hold that procreative power within the bond of legal marriage, and between Man and Woman. It is the order of heaven and the plan for the salvation of the human family.

Same gender attraction makes it difficult for those who suffer from it to reconcile faith and physical desire. Same gender attraction is not a behavior anymore that heterosexual attraction is a behavior. After a certain age, the body starts to produce hormones that lead people to act on the inclination for sex. Any type of sex will feel pleasurable if conducted properly to stimulate the nerves. Two heterosexual males could easily provide stimulation that will produce a physical reaction–and still not have any attraction for one another.

The brain is very impressionable. Positive experience towards homosexuality could produce homosexual desires within heterosexual people. Bisexual people may be the result of environmental influences that promote lifestyles out of normal society. Homosexual and heterosexual roles defined in society help to contribute to behaviors. If acceptance of homosexual relationships continues to increase, the following generation may identify more with Bisexual identities rather than strict male and female roles.

God has decreed that a man shall have a wife. This means that homosexual sex and premarital heterosexual sex are incorrect and cannot be disputed religiously for Christians. God specifically mention homosexual behavior in the Bible in the Book of Leviticus 20:13 speaking to Moses to instruct both the priest and the people and it is made clear throughout the Bible that God supports heterosexual relationships.

People who do not adhere to the law of chastity in The Church of Jesus Christ will be dealt with on an individual basis, but the outcome is to stop the behavior or be removed from the association of the church. Personal desires for sexual gratification must be placed aside for brothers and sisters with same gender attraction to remain active participants. The church condemns all sin the same–including sexual sins between unmarried heterosexual people. The church only sustains marriage between men and women as stated in The Family: A Proclamation to the World first published in 1995.

Gender And The Church

God had declared that men in mortality were men spiritually. In other words, before any of us were born, our spirits were male or female. Any attempted to re-assign gender will only end in the disappointment of those that discover the therapy that one must constantly receive to support such an unnatural process will end by a lack of hormone treatment or death. Gender reassignment is unnatural because artificial means must be employed to support the cosmetic needs of determined individuals.

It has been argued that a male brain could possibly be in a female body due to fetal absorption during pregnancy of fraternal twins. Such a rarity may be in the realm of some possibility being that a biological occurrence called a Chimera does occur.

Chimeras are people born with multiple DNA types that can occur in the blood or organs from one part of the body than another–such as the heart organ being a different DNA sequence than the lungs for example.

In the article of mine entitled Identifying Psychological Disorders and Substance Abuse, I was informed by a reader of the existence of chimeras. The research is documented but does not suggest that a man or woman biologically can be trapped in the other’s body. This reader, Deborah Sexton, wrote an article relating to it entitled Choice Or Genetics-The Human Condition. In it, she suggests that chimera-ism may be the cause of some of the orientations away from normal gender preferences. As stated before that view may or may not prove possible. Fair warning; her article supports same-gender marriage being that within her Temple, she is Jewish, such ordinances are allowed.

What does the church teach about such things? The leaders warn us not to be easily led by the theories of scientist that change as new pieces of evidence are revealed. We are all born with susceptibilities towards certain feelings.

“… Beware the argument that because a person has strong drives toward a particular act, he has no power of choice and therefore no responsibility for his actions. This contention runs counter to the most fundamental premises of the gospel of Jesus Christ…”

Christians, especially Latter-day Saints have a duty to understand all these things so that we may be able to have empathy.

Gender Roles

Living opposite gender roles as constituted by society also has stressful psychological effects on people’s of faith. If a person has mutilated the sex organs to resemble the opposite sex, he or she must live with the consequence when he or she discovers his or her divine potential. Upon discovering this potential, the person must then adjust to how to fulfill it with the self-imposed physical handicap.

Pure Love of Christ

Ether 12:26-29 with additional insight:

“And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock,” the people who have tendencies that lead them to homosexual or transgender lifestyles. “but they shall mourn” that persecute the child of God who has these tendencies; “and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness” those that have transgender or homosexual tendencies;

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness” like homosexuality and transgender tendencies “that they may be humble” not confused. I gave you those tendencies; “and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things,” these tendencies, “become strong unto them” that they will not fall to them but keep the commandments.

“Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles” and repentant children with these tendencies “their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness,” control and mastery of all tendencies and weaknesses.

“And I, Moroni,” and any person dealing with the psychological tendencies toward homosexual or transgender issues, “having heard these words, was comforted,” and can be comforted, “and said” and can say: “O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou workest unto the children of men according to their faith”Gordon_B__Hinckley

The late President Gordon Bitner Hinckley related, “In [our] quest for self-mastery, remember the importance of living righteously in private as well as in public.”

He urged: “Our behavior in public must be above reproach. Our behavior in private is even more important. It must clear the standard set by the Lord. We cannot indulge in sin, let alone try to cover our sins” (“Personal Worthiness to Exercise the Priesthood,” Ensign, May 2002, 52).

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911 Call Started World War Zimmerman

 
 
BEWARE

Time has passed. the sting is not so hard on the ears; but, before Youlisten to this audio, prepare yourself to hear and be shocked again.

It starts out slowly but by six minutes into the audio the horror starts! Listening to that again still brings chills to my spine! I literally wept by the time I finished listening.

You judge. And be warned again of what you will hear.

Sounds Suspicious to Me

U.S. News – Trayvon Martin case 911 call: Screams not George Zimmerman’s, 2 experts say

The voice heard crying for help on a 911 call just before Trayvon Martin was shot to death was not that of George Zimmerman, according to two forensic voice identification experts, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

 
 It sounds Like Zimmerman!

The problem with the audio is that the 911 operator and those calling in are talking over the screams; but about 6:30 or so into the recording the anguishing cries can be heard. It seems to me that the haunting sounds of the victim yelling for help are the voice of George Zimmerman after listen to his voice in the first minutes of the recording.

The experts say otherwise. It would be easier if there was a recording of Trayvon speaking to make a distinction between the voices. I would argue with the experts on this issue. I am planning to do my own research on this audio.

After listening to that haunting voice, I am traumatized still!

If it was Trayvon’s voice, I am going to be hurt for days. If it is Zimmerman’s voice (which I think it is) I will be anguishing because no one would help him and he had to take another person’s life.

The burden of proof was on the prosecution to prove that Zimmerman did in fact murder Trayvon rather than defend himself from an attack with fatal force. He was acquitted, but the memory is still haunting. George Zimmerman will be a changed man for life.

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Democratic National Convention: Reflections 2012

Come Away

Before I began my remarks, I want to identify as a conservative independent. I lean heavily in favor of the Republican party, but cannot come to terms with all of its nuances. I also accept many views of moderate Democrats. I love my president and I honor his office and think that he is a good man.

What I was not impressed with has nothing to do with President Obama significantly, but with how the DNC was conducted. My first point of contention is the speakers–the less important ones. I forced myself to watch the DNC, the entire thing! I did not watch the RNC, only 5 of the speeches, which included Mitt Romney. I did not even watch the Clint Eastwood comedy act. I reserved the time for the sitting president’s party out of respect to see what the rank and file Democrat has to say about America and I only like parts of it.

I had to take a breather and meditated on what I saw before writing this. In comparison to the RNC, the DNC did poorly overall. I came away from the RNC speeches that I heard feeling hopeful and proud to be American. I felt good about my heritage as a pioneer.

I left the DNC feeling robbed and deflated. I am biased I know. I honestly want to believe that the people in leadership represent my values, but I cannot find a single Democrat in leadership that I can identify with and it concerns me. The DNC seemed like a Fourth of July company picnic rather than a convention for a presidential nominee! The people there seemed to be looking for entertainment rather than to support the party.

My next bone is with the speech of Bill Clinton. Yes, it was entertaining but it was not informative and he out right lied on the Republicans and Mitt Romney in parts of it. How do I know? I listened to the speeches! He said that Mitt Romney is going to raise taxes on the middle class. Well, Mitt in his on speech says the opposite and he did so very clearly so that everyone could understand. Bill Clinton did not speak about what Romney promised to do, but what he assumes Republicans will do. That assumption makes me distrust him even more.

Third, why Bill Clinton? I do not honor his opinion as he disgraced my nation. I was overseas when the fiasco about his indiscretion came out. Every foreigner that discovered that I was an American wagged a head of shame at me. I felt ashamed of my country because of the former president. He is a an embarrassment and I would not listen to him because he dishonored himself.

Fourth, it is tradition for the Vice President to speak the night before the presidential nominee. I did not appreciate the change and see it as a slap in Joe Biden’s face. That alone makes me question President Obama and his choices. Biden could very well be the next commander in chief, but he was removed as speaker so that a scandalous person could speak instead!

If I were him, I would call into question the change in program. I would ask “President Obama, you trust me enough to be the next president if something happens to you but not enough to speak in my traditional role?” I suppose he took one for the team.

What I left with from the DNC is that the pinnacle of my existence is to become middle class. Once I have reached that plateau I am done in life. That is not my dream. I don’t just want to be middle class. I want the opportunity to be more than just in the middle. The RNC gave me hope that I could if I put the work in. The DNC made me think that middle class is where it is at!

Clinton made me feel like all I can achieve is the middle and I should be happy with that because that’s what we need, a strong middle class. Rubio made me feel like I can at least help my children do better if anything at all. I felt some hope that my family could achieve financial greatness even if it never happens–I like that hope that it might.

I give the DNC a letter grad of ‘C’ for giving an average convention. I would have given a ‘C-minus’ if it wasn’t for Michelle Obama. Her speech was great. She really impressed me and I could feel the earnestness in her words.

Lastly, President Obama’s speech killed if for me. I have to honestly say that the sound of his voice is starting to make me angry. As much as I love my president, and I do, his voice gets on my nerves. Each time he opens his mouth I feel like I am being lied to about something. I don’t like to admit that, but it is the truth.

I figure I am going through a love-hate thing because I support Romney, but I still support Obama also as the sitting president. I am ready for a change. I gave him my full support after the election and I am not happy with most of what he has done. I like some of the healthcare reform. I like the fact that jobs were created. I do not like how the health reform came to pass and I don’t like the fact that for the last three years he has not taken personal responsibility for his nation’s problems.

He keeps talking about what was handed to him or what he inherited. Okay, thanks for saying that. Now that it is yours, stop talking about what you received and go ahead and take ownership for the love of America! He wants another four years. I want him to own the last four years we gave him!

He should have let Bill Speak for his turn and maybe I would not have been bored to tears. If he wins another four years, I pray that I can be charitable to him and not detest the sound of his voice. I really do love him, because he is doing a job that only a few choice people can do–lead the free world.

I love him for taking the chance and putting himself on display like that. Some times I get upset with the people that I love. In his case though and unlike my family, I can vote whether or not he has supporters in office. I might not be able to vote for him, but I can vote for the people he gets to work with. I see that my heart is already turned against voting for him. If he wins though, I will support him as leader. I may not agree with all of his policies but at least he honors his family relations. Now with that I can identify. 

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Republican National Convention Reflections 2012

Marco Rubio

Mitt Romney, hopefully will be announced as the next president for many reasons, but I will share a few that are important for the average American like me.

I took the time to listen to the speeches at the Republican National Convention and found myself enthralled by what was said. I expected firstly a trite few boring stretches of how poorly the nation is doing now–worse than it was four years ago. I was wrong.

Senator Marco Rubio related to me. He spoke about his immigrant parentage from Cuba and their struggle to provide a better future for him and his siblings. I am not descendant of immigrants but slaves. I still identified how my ancestors strove to make a better nation for me.

As a public administrator graduate student, I listened to him follow all the rules of speech-giving with perfection. He knew the right ques to keep me interested and avoid looking bad. His message however that American is great and we can rise above the difficulties in our present time, and we do not have to blame others for our plight, but encourage our situation by working for a better one rang in my soul. It is true.

President Obama has not taken responsibility for the nation. He still speaks of what he was given four years ago. I want the change that he promised and Mitt Romney seems to be that change.

The next First Lady, ANN ROMNEY
The next First Lady, ANN ROMNEY

Ann Romney

Ann Romney was refreshing in her sweetness as she stood and proclaimed to the world that her husband will not fail us and will bring us to success if we choose him to lead America into the future. I saw the conviction in her eyes and there seemed to be no posturing there. she did not have eloquent speech that flowed. She did not look like she studied how to capture an audience. She looked like the happiest woman in the world who loves her husband. She looked like she has complete trust and faith in his ability because she has lived through it for the last 42 years of her life. She makes me want to trust him too. Her speech makes me want to choose Mitt Romney.

MITT ROMNEY, the next president of the USA
MITT ROMNEY, the next president of the USA

Mitt Romney

I listened to his speech and I was immediately taken by his ticks–the movements he makes when he speaks, how many times he blinks his eyes and how well he followed the speech machine. He did it all well. I even noticed one mistake that he made toward the end of his speech that I know will be broadcast somewhere–though I will not bring it to the public.

Mitt Romney‘s father was an immigrant to the States and made it from a poor man to a governor of Michigan without a college degree. He made life better for his family. He was a Mexican American who produced a son that can change this nation.

Mitt Romney is not as graceful with a speech as President Obama is. He gave me solutions in Five steps. He told me his promise to me is to help my family. He says that America is great and restored my confidence in my nation opposed to the President who makes me feel as though I should be embarrassed of my nation.

Five Steps to change from the failures of the last four years:

1, By 2020 We will be Energy independent

2, Increase skills and Jobs Training

3, Forging Trade agreements and impsoing consequences

4. Will cut the deficit and put America on TRACK to a balanced budget

5, Will reduce taxes, clarify rules and regulations and repealing and replacing Obama Care.

 

He also said that he will not raise taxes on the middle class. I am sold!.

Click on the links embedded in this article to listen to the entire speeches that convinced me Mitt Romney is the man who will save America if we elect him.

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Reflection on 2012 Presidential Debate: Mitt Romney Won!….The First Debate

Look at that Face

President Obama spent the most of the debate giving an uncomfortable angry look evident in his eyes as Mitt touched on many of the problems associated with the current administration. He looked uncomfortable and did a lot of babbling and attempts at disinformation about Romney’s tax plan. It was almost as if the president purposely tried to bully Romney into accepting his inaccurate explanation of the Romney tax plan. President Obama did not represent himself well and came into the debate at a disadvantage because everything that is wrong with the nation since 2008 happened on his watch.

When Mitt Romney checked the president multiple times about the 98 billion or so dollars he spent on energy companies of which half went bankrupted I thought the president would shed tears. The fact that he wasted so much money to fund failing and failed ventures gave him a black eye when he suggested that we can tell a lot about people by the way they budget.

President Obama wanted to suggest that Mitt Romney wants to gut the education funding and other support programs because he could not understand how he could cut the deficit without raising taxes on the middle class. Romney turned the insinuation around on the president and explained that raising taxes on anyone was bad. He wanted to grow the amount of jobs so that more people can pay taxes creating revenue that way. He mentioned it several times. President Obama never seemed to grasp or accept that idea that Romney’s plan was a good solution, which is why we should give Romney a chance to execute his plan this November

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Anniversary of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Tragedy: Reflections on 2012 in 2013

Anniversary of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Tragedy: Reflections on 2012 in 2013.

February 26, 2012 marks the tragic end of the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman. What a travesty of a great program to protect our neighborhoods–marred by such a situation, reminding us that no system of protection exists without the flaws of humanity twisting their ways into the works.

It is the privilege of every person to remember the things that brings the nation together, no matter how controversial the thing that does it may seem. Does the tragedy seem so harsh now that some time has passed and more evidence is available? Can we sit and have academic conversation about the incident without passions making us into enemies?

Read and comment about your thoughts on these questions.