Today the conference is streamed live on the internet. I saw a lot of members making statements or posting memes about how they enjoy that they don't have to get dressed up on Sunday to watch conference because they can watch it in their pajamas. I fully agree that it is great to not have to get dressed up on Sunday - I can do it every Sunday and it is wonderful. Taking back Sunday is one of the best perks of being a non-member and I highly encourage all members to try it.
I saw a lot of Mormons happy that they didn't have to got dressed up for #ldsconf on Sunday. They should try that every week. #blessedBack in December I posted My List of Grievances with the Mormon Church which included Homosexuality, Women's Roles, and Sexual Repression. All three topics were addressed in the conference.
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Neil L. Anderson discussed how the Mormon God has not yet changed his mind on marriage. He thinks that the purpose of marriage is not to make those getting married happy (I thought this was the main reason for marriage) and that heterosexual marriage is ideal for raising children (source needed - other than the Bible)
"While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not," Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday. "He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults, to more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared and nurtured." (ABC News)Dallin H. Oaks discussed how women do not technically need the Priesthood because fulfilling roles within the church, designated by men with the Priesthood, is just as good. This reminds me of the old argument that women don't really need to vote because cooking and cleaning for a man who can vote gives her part of his vote. He then asked that we not worry about this little issue anymore.
Elder Oaks also explained that access to priesthood power applies equally to women as it does to men. He cited women serving missions, working in the temple and serving in Relief Society positions as examples of accessing that authority.Linda Reeves spoke about how terrible pornography is and will lead to you being body slammed by a Lowland Gorilla. Wait, I think I am confusing her slippery slope argument with Direct TV's. Well I'm sure that since most people view pornography and most people are normal and okay that this is just fear mongering. It probably would have been more helpful and productive to provide some general sexual education.
“We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their church callings, but what other authority can it be?” he said.
Elder Oaks encouraged the members to focus more on responsibilities in the priesthood rather than rights to its authority. (byu.edu)
Linda Reeves, one of the three highest-ranking female leaders in the church, urged parents and leaders to help prevent children from falling into "Satan's trap of pornography." Reeves is the second counselor in the general presidency of the church's Relief Society, the organization for women."They need to know the dangers of pornography and how it overtakes lives, causing loss of the spirit, distorted feelings, deceit, damaged relationships, loss of self-control, and nearly total consumption of time, thought and energy," Reeves said. "Pornography is more vile, evil and graphic than ever before." (ABC News)