Sometimes the firesides focus on developing personal values and instilling a desire to be better. But tonight, instead of toning his words to speak to an audience unfamiliar with his field’s nuances, he spoke in his own language…
)His talk was on tolerance and truth, where tolerance is something different from what the world normally equates.
Tolerance in the gospel is a virtue when it is tolerance of people, or of beliefs… Essentially, it’s a match to what the Savior taught – tolerate sinners, lift them, teach them, and give them as much time as they need to repent, but make it clear that you don’t approve of or tolerate sin.
I'm autistic, ex-bipolar, and attracted to other guys (gay/SSA/whatever). CES firesides are usually pretty tame when it comes to doctrine. Oaks is a retired lawyer who was considered as a US Supreme Court Justice, served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court, worked as president of BYU, and has done a bunch of other stuff in the field of law.
More importantly, I'm a son of God and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Don’t take girls out to the movies on a first date, don’t hang out at the expense of dating, choose a job and career and do your best. Usually he’s chosen as the apostle to teach difficult doctrines clearly – to give the unpopular talks about pornography or other issues.
75% of them believed that right and wrong, good and evil, were relative…
most college seniors believe that there are no absolutes.
(And from my own experience, many, many people now believe that even sexual morality is relative.
Tons of people who I’d normally think were sound and solid members of the Church think that the law of chastity shouldn’t apply to men or women with same-gender attraction.
As He kindly and firmly said to the woman taken in adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee…
now go, and sin no more.” (Tolerance of people who don’t live the gospel is simply loving them and giving them the dignity and respect afforded to all of God’s children.
We did not sign up for only part of the plan; we signed up for all of it. Most believed that moral behavior was universal – that right and wrong had black and white absolutes that applied to everyone equally without respect to religion or background – the way most of us see murder or violence today.