LDS leader warns against being ‘swallowed up’ in tolerance

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-06 18:00:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may focus on the expanded role of women in the LDS Church’s 183rd Annual General Conference, but the outside world will likely hear as much or more about LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer’s remarks regarding tolerance.

During his address on Saturday morning, Packer, who is the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the LDS church, did not mention gay marriage specifically, but his remarks on traditional families come amid nationwide controversy surrounding the issue.

“The family, The fundamental organization for time and eternity is under attack from forces seen and unseen,” he said during his speech.

Packer said that tolerance can be dangerous for the faithful if it goes too far.

“We need to be careful of the tolerance trend, so that we do not get swallowed up in it,” he said during his address. “The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate and legalize immorality does not reduce the serious spiritual consequence that is the result from a violation of God's law of Chastity.”

The LDS church has lately seemed to soften their stance on gays. The LDS church has said same-sex attraction is not a sin, but acting on it is. They launched a website recently to outline their stance on the issue.