Friday, May 6, 2016

Fml300-03 Traditional Marriage

       There are inherent differences between males and females. These differences help to form society. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that the family is the basic unit of society. As I think about the unique relationship that occurs in a male-female relationship I think about symbiotic relationships. I looked up symbiotic relationships and found that obligate symbiosis is when two organisms are in a symbiotic relationship because they cannot survive without one another. Without the traditional romantic relationships/marriages of man and woman there would be no survival. To me this makes complete sense and thus of course traditional marriage is all there should be. 

       Now, there are many other reasons why I stand for traditional marriage. Some points being that marriage is ordained of God, not a man-created contract that we even have the authority to reconstruct as well as the point that our in-born emotional capabilities call for the need of emotional and physical intermingling of the two sexes. 

        One thing that I have noticed is that many girls turn to homosexual behavior when they are not getting wanted attention from males or this necessary emotional connection. I watched many girls from middle school into high school strive to be noticed by the boys and soon after they started to “date” girls. Girls are easier to connect with, they could relate better, etc. That is normal, because as girls, we do relate better, we can be comrades. Girls are meant to be friends, able to discuss things, but not to be romantically intimate.  

         In a male-female romantic relationship there is a unique finding in learning to communicate with the opposite sex and becoming more developed. This bonds the two genders together. The bond is being lost with all of the homosexual relations occurring. The world is telling us that everything is more open now and that differences are being dissolved. Why would we want to dissolve the inherent differences? Those differences between male and female are vitally important. Women are better than men at many things and men are better than women at other things. There is a reason there is man and woman and not one neutral gender. Masculinity and femininity cover all of the emotional needs and understandings of the world.   

       President Russell M. Nelson said, “Male and female are created for what they can do and become, together. It takes a man and a woman to bring a child into the world. Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable. Men and women are distinct and complementary. Children deserve a chance to grow up with both a mom and a dad.”

      The Family: A Proclamation to the World states, “ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”

      It is easy to see and understand the opinion that it doesn’t matter what someone else does, it’s their choice, or better yet, 2 Nephi 28:7 “Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.” It makes sense if you do not believe in God. With that thinking there is really no point to most anything in life and ethics of any sort are out the window. Knowing there is a Father in Heaven, a Creator, I continue.

      Marriage is instituted and ordained of God. We, as citizens or members of a court have no place in changing the institution of marriage. Supreme Court Justice Alito, when dissenting the legalization of same-sex marriage stated, “The Members of this Court have the authority and the responsibility to interpret and apply the Constitution. Thus, if the Constitution contained a provision guaranteeing the right to marry a person of the same sex, it would be our duty to enforce that right. But the Constitution simply does not speak to the issue of same-sex marriage.” (Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).   

      President Nelson stated similarly, “God is the Father of all men and women. They are His children. It was He who ordained marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Marriage was not created by human judges or legislators. It was not created by think tanks or by popular vote or by oft-quoted bloggers or by pundits. It was not created by lobbyists. Marriage was created by God!” 
     Why did God ordain marriage and why is it so important? It is through marriage that we can truly become and where the gaps are filled and there is true integrity.

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     President Nelson completed this thought perfectly by saying, “There is great power in a strong partnership. True partners can achieve more than the sum of each acting alone. With true partners, one plus one is much more than two. For example, Dr. Will Mayo and his brother, Dr. Charles Mayo, formed the Mayo Clinic. Lawyers and others form important partnerships. And in marriage, a husband and wife can form the most significant partnership of all—an eternal family.”

       Extra food for thought:

“And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  3 Nephi 12:10

Who’s on the Lord’s Side Lyrics:

1. Who's on the Lord's side? Who?
Now is the time to show.
We ask it fearlessly:
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?
We wage no common war,
Cope with no common foe.
The enemy's awake;
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?

2. We serve the living God,
And want his foes to know
That, if but few, we're great;
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?
We're going on to win;
No fear must blanch the brow.
The Lord of Hosts is ours;
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?

4. The pow'rs of earth and hell
In rage direct the blow
That's aimed to crush the work;
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?
Truth, life, and liberty,
Freedom from death and woe,
Are stakes we're fighting for;
Who's on the Lord's side? Who?

Who's on the Lord's side? Who?
Now is the time to show.
We ask it fearlessly:

Who's on the Lord's side? Who?


The Family: A Proclamation to the World, The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of   
    Latter-day Saints

Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

Nelson, Russell M. (2014, Aug. 14). Disciples of Jesus Christ-Defenders of Marriage. Brigham 
     Young University Commencement.

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