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During his original talk, Elder Packer spoke of homosexual tendencies saying, "Some suppose that they were pre- set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.”
Another change to Packer’s talk includes the omission of the entire sentence, “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?”
Also on Thursday night, the Church released a statement about the protest, saying:
“Of course, the Church recognizes the right of groups to voice their opinion in the public square. However, those familiar with the Church’s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”
UPDATE: Late Friday evening, Scott Trotter, LDS Church spokesman, released the following statement regarding the edits made in Elder Packer's talk: “The Monday following every General Conference, each speaker has the opportunity to make any edits necessary to clarify differences between what was written and what was delivered or to clarify the speaker’sintent. President Packer has simply clarified his intent. As we have said repeatedly, the Church’s position on marriage and family is clear and consistent. It is based on respect and love for all of God’schildren.”
Though is is not uncommon for a talk to have edits between the time spoken and the time available in print, I think this is may cautiously be considered progress. Elder Packer has taken some of the harshness out. He talk mentioned that moral standards do not change, and they didn't. But his wording did. He could have easily let it be - I don't see him as one to cave in to public opinion. The changes were made because it was the right thing to do.
Elder Packer has always been known as the champion of the working man, and this edit seems true to form.
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