Take a few minutes to read the article attached below. It provides some vital insights into an issue that is very prominent in our lives today. This is something that will affect our entire nation. More importantly, it is something that will affect the family.
This is something that is too close to my heart and what I believe and stand for to not say something. The entire transgender social movement is not a matter of accepting people at all. It is a matter of where we came from and who we are as human beings. I believe that our sex is God given, that you have a loving Heavenly Father who created the beautiful body and soul that you have. I personally feel that to disregard who and what He made you is to disrespect God saying that He is imperfect and capable of making mistakes-which He is NOT. Yes, some men are more “feminine” than others, some women are more of “tomboys,” but that does not change your anatomy, or who God made you. It is okay to be different! Differences are what make human beings so beautiful and what make the world go round. We could never accomplish anything without differences in people, but just because you are different from most people of your sex does not mean you are the opposite sex. A man cannot become a woman, nor a woman become a man. It just cannot happen. You can pretend all you want, you can distort your body however you want, but that cannot EVER change the God given sex that make up your body and soul.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and as a church we firmly believe that gender (Male and Female) is part of an eternal identity and that doctrine will never change.
Food for thought from the attached article:
“However, if the “transgender” soul exists, then souls exist, then an immaterial spiritual dimension exists, then God exists. And if God exists, He created us. And if God exists and created us, then He is both all powerful and omnipotent. And if he is both all powerful and omnipotent then it is impossible for Him to accidentally put a soul in the “wrong” body. Impossible. It cannot happen.”
Warning: The attached article is pretty bold, and could definitely be more considerate in areas, but I think some of the author’s final points, such as the one quotes above are pretty insightful.
What are those who do not agree with things such as same-gender marriage and transgender people changing their bodies to do?
Now, there is so much that we cannot fully comprehend about people who struggle with their sexuality unless we have been through it ourselves. To clarify, I do not pretend to understand the struggle they go through because I can personally only imagine. I can however empathize with the feeling of not belonging. I do not feel the need to go into details here, but I think many of us have felt like we don’t fit in at some point in our lives in whatever situation it may have been.
The most important thing to do when dealing with the transgender movement is to focus on Christ-like love and compassion. There is a lot of confusion that comes when people feel like they do not fit in to existing gender roles. They are trying to understand who they are, as we all do in one way or another in our lives (whether that’s with one’s gender, what school to attend, where you stand on an important topic, what career you will pursue, etc.). No matter what people choose to do in this life, whether or not we agree with it, we should show Christ-like love to them, especially those who are going through struggles with their identity. That is the way of Christ, and that is the way of an accepting culture. However, being accepting does not mean we should stand back when things arise that are far more serious than people seem to think. I cannot even begin to imagine the effect this transgender movement will have on society, especially families. What about the children of transgender people? I am sure that this it not something often considered. Children are the future of our society, our country, our world. What are the long term effects on them? What are the long term effects on society?
You see, we just don’t know the effects. What I can tell you is that I am afraid. I am afraid of the far reaching consequences that people don’t think about. I am afraid for the future of a society of people who are forced to agree with change or be told they are being judgmental and close-minded. I am afraid for the children who will grow up in a time when anything and everything is accepted out of fear. I only pray that we will ponder the consequences of what is happening in the world right now. I pray for the families of those struggling with their gender and their identity. I pray for understanding.