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10 – The Three Enemies


“It is so easy to be turned about without realizing that it has happened to us. There are three areas where members of the Church, influenced by social and political unrest, are being caught up and led away. I chose these three because they have made major invasions into the membership of the Church. In each, the temptation is for us to turn about and face the wrong way, and it is hard to resist, for doing it seems so reasonable and right.

The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals.”  (Boyd K. Packer, “Talk to the All-Church Coordinating Council, May 18, 1993.  NOTE THAT PACKER GAVE THIS TALK THIRTEEN DAYS AFTER THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT RULED THAT THE CASE OF BAEHR V. LEWIN BE REMANDED TO THE CIRCUIT COURT AND RETRIED UNDER “STRICT SCRUTINY.”)


“My immediate family, we six brothers and our parents are very musical. Growing up we often sang together for firesides, sacrament meetings, etc.  When one of us brothers left on a mission the congregation spilled out into the cultural hall and my parent’s farewell was no different.  We were a popular, quite novel Mormon family. After coming out of the closet I was told by my family’s bishop I could no longer sing with my family in sacrament meeting.” (Jeffery Randall to GAP, July 19, 2014; Gmail Proposition 8 stories)