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"So, my beloved brothers and sisters, as we seek to qualify to be members of Christís Churchómembers in the sense in which He uses the term, members who have repented and come unto Himólet us remember these six principles. First, the gospel is the Lordís plan of happiness, and repentance is designed to bring us joy. Second, true repentance is based on and flows from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way. Third, true repentance involves a change of heart and not just a change of behavior. Fourth, part of this mighty change of heart is to feel godly sorrow for our sins. This is what is meant by a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Fifth, Godís gifts are sufficient to help us overcome every sin and weakness if we will but turn to Him for help. Finally, we must remember that most repentance does not involve sensational or dramatic changes, but rather is a step-by-step, steady, and consistent movement toward godliness."
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: "A Mighty Change of Heart," Ensign, Oct. 1989Saved by mindyann in happiness faith change repentance plan born of again 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I think it is an accurate statement to say that some people consider feelings of same-gender attraction to be the defining fact of their existence. There are also people who consider the defining fact of their existence that they are from Texas or that they were in the United States Marines. Or they are red-headed, or they are the best basketball player that ever played for such-and-such a high school. People can adopt a characteristic as the defining example of their existence and often those characteristics are physical.
We have the agency to choose which characteristics will define us; those choices are not thrust upon us.
The ultimate defining fact for all of us is that we are children of Heavenly Parents, born on this earth for a purpose, and born with a divine destiny. Whenever any of those other notions, whatever they may be, gets in the way of that ultimate defining fact, then it is destructive and it leads us down the wrong path.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://www.lds.org/newsroom/issues/answer/0,19491,6056-1-202-4...Saved by rickety in children purpose wrong parents gender characteristic physical born choices homosexuality 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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