Temptations, Identity, and Homosexuality

I haven’t written in this blog for like two years, but I want to write in it more. And I mean actually write, because I mostly shared funny pictures, which I might continue, I am not sure yet.

I want to write about something that was discussed in my institute class last night. We watched a Q & A with Elder David A. Bednar, which I think is appropriate to talk about today since it is his birthday. In the video he talks about how there are no homosexuals in the Church. He is not saying that there is no same-sex attraction in the Church, but that we are all children of God, and not defined by our sexuality.

One big problem I have with the LGBTQ community is that they try to define their members by their sexuality, which isn’t who we are. They want them to believe that it is a part of who they are, that they are defined by it and their choices are affected by it, basically taking away their agency. Satan wants to take our agency away, he wants us not to progress. He tells us that we are who we are and cannot change. This is a lie. We can overcome them.

This does not just apply to homosexuality. We all have our trials and temptations, and if we believe that they are a part of us, they make us who we are, or we were born with it and can’t change, then we have fallen into Satan’s trap. Our trials and temptations are here to strengthen us by learning to overcome them. That is why we are here. We are here to learn to become more like God and God has provided a way for us. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome our struggles. We may still be tempted, but we can with Christ’s help overcome our temptations. My favorite scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:13 says: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

I know that we can overcome our temptations, our weaknesses through Jesus Christ. I know the power of the Atonement in my life. I know that my mistakes, my sins do not define me. I know that Satan can twist our feelings to make us think they we are our mistakes, our temptations. But I know that isn’t true, that God knows who we really are. We are His children and He loves us. Let us remember that. This is my testimony, and as it is my testimony and do not know how to end it except to say, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.



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