23 thoughts on “Elder Ballard Addresses Importance of Traditional Marriage at World Congress of Families”

  1. Ballard speaks of "traditional" families and marriages; and yet Brigham Young and his successors satisfied their lust through non-traditional polygamy.  Fighting against same-sex marriage under the guise of supporting traditional marriage is crazy; and the Mormon leadership is wrong.   Joseph Smith would not have fought against same sex marriage.  The Book of Mormon does not preach against same sex marriage.  Only the Mormon leadership after Joseph Smith have gotten it all wrong.

  2. I am as heterosexual as it gets…  I have looked for any statement from a GA that states God has physically talked to them or shown himself to them since the days of JS and I cannot find any…   I want to find a recent statement from a GA about God and the direct communication to them and I can't…   In fact the very interview with GBH with Larry King specifically says that he has the same interaction with God and the Pope…  I am distraught and looking for anything to show direct intervention with God and I cannot find any….  Please enlighten me….

  3. Nothing wrong with believing in man-woman marriage and speaking out in favor of it.  All well and good.  But others have their opinions and viewpoints too.  My experience with most LDS folks is "We're right, and you're wrong" and "Ours is the only true and living church".  This is quite arrogant, presumptuous, and dismissive.  I am always polite to the missionaries who knock on my door, however, I am very grateful that I was not born into an LDS family and also am glad that I have the good sense to not ever join them.

  4. Traditional families…. Abraham's polygynous family. Moses' polygynous family, Jacob's polygynous family. Yes, one man, more than one woman. Until A.D. 1,000 the Jews were polygynous (then Rabbeinu Gershom sold-out for advantage), and the Muslims still practice polygyny. Hmm, three very different Abrahamic religions, yet all practiced polygyny. Some Baptist churches (who have never been Mormons) practice polygyny.

    I am a Mormon, yet, I uphold that most all Mormons do not live by Christian standards (this is true of most who call themselves Christians also). That said, regardless of mainstream-Christianity's opinions, the use of garments have always been by members of the Church of Jesus Christ since ancient times. Paul, in the NT, talked about this, and so does the Old Testament (Leviticus 8). People like to harp on Joseph Smith about polygamy too (the mainstream Mormons excommunicate those who choose to live it), yet, polygamy is biblical. There are even Baptist churches out there (who have never had anything to do with "Mormons", who practice polygamy too. It is Biblical. people harp on Joseph Smith for preaching marriage can last for eternity, they say he invented the notion, yet it is in the bible, and even Muslims believe in polygamy and eternal marriage (just differently than Christians). People get mad at Joseph for saying that people can become Gods 'like' our Father in Heaven, yet St. Jerome (a Catholic) taught that too. It was a common belief until the council of Nicaea. The council of Nicaea decided they would dictate what is right, and discard the rest (forget what God has to say is what they were saying in effect). People harp on Joseph for saying many American Indians are of Hebrew ancestry, yet, it was a commonly held belief by many congregational ministers in the 19th century. Books were written about this before Joseph even showed-up on scene. Even the idea of temples is biblical, and as God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I fail to see how God will do things differently than he planned them before he even laid the foundation of the world. Which is why apostles and prophets still exist and always will; though, I would agree that Monson and his fellows are not apostles nor prophets, but are frauds (see D&C 64; 37-40, and D&C 107). F and J gaming, how many churches who call themselves Christian fulfill these Biblical requirements? Monson and his ilk are frauds, yes, but somewhere (though we do not know where exactly) there are real prophets on earth, and the book of revelations talks about more to come who will be hear even before the Lord returns. Anyway, more could be said…

  5. I am totally grateful and humble to have prophets and apostles who walk upon this earth teaching the WILL and MIND of GOD. Thank you Elder Ballard.

  6. Traditional marriage in the United States was never under attack. Even after the Supreme Court ruling, a man can still marry a woman. That tradition was never in jeopardy. Of course, if by "traditional marriage" you really mean "traditional marriage at the exclusion of everyone else," then yes, that was attacked and is now dead. But like this man, few defenders of traditional marriage are willing to say what they truly mean because "…at the exclusion of everyone else" is just a longer way of saying "discrimination." But that's ok, we all know what you really mean, because after all, anyone who would defend something that isn't being attacked would be a fool. And surely these people aren't fools. Surely.

  7. I sang there with my choir as an opening introduction to the ceremony! (International Children's Choir)
    I testify that what Elder M. Russel Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS TRUE!

  8. I honestly think the fact that my dad, the man who torn many families apart, who committed adultery and felons many times can go to the temple, but just because I'm gay, I'm not allowed entrance. I'm not against traditional marriage and not against the church. However, even I put the effort to do everything right, I'm not allowed to be part of the church. I've been in the temple, I was a boys scout, I blessed the sacrament, and I have done many things for my church, but they completely shut me out when I came out. It isn't fair, but the only I can do is just to respect their beliefs.

  9. Speak to identify abomination as the Scriptures do. EMMANUEL called a Syrophoenician Woman a dog. Matthew, Mark 7:24-30.

    mt15: 21 After leaving there, Jesus withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that district came out and began to cry out [urgently], saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David (Messiah); my daughter is cruelly possessed by a demon.” 23 But He did not say a word in answer to her. And His disciples came and asked Him [repeatedly], “Send her away, because she keeps shouting out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was commissioned by Godand sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came andbegan to kneel down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 And He replied, “It is not good (appropriate, fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the pet dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord; but even the pet dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their [young] masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in My power] is great; it will be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that moment.

    mk7:24 Jesus got up and left there and went to the region of Tyre [and Sidon, the coastal area of Phoenicia]. He entered a house and did not want anyone to knowabout it; but it was impossible for Him to be hidden [from the public]. 25 Instead, after hearing about Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile (Greek), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept pleading with Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 He was saying to her, “First let the children [of Israel] be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the pet dogs (non-Jews).” 28 But she replied, “Yes, Lord, but even the pet dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer [reflecting your humility and faith], go [knowing that your request is granted]; the demon has left your daughter [permanently].” 30 And returning to her home, she found the child lying on the couch [relaxed and resting], the demon has gone.

    And this woman had humility and faith.

    Abominations are doing the opposite of advertising pleadings with The HIGH PRIEST in Heaven. They delight to be called Demons.

    None are HEAVENLY FATHER'S Children until they come to HIM, through HIS Son, in the New Birth of Life.

    EMMANUEL come to destroy all unrighteousness, leaving no place for sin.

  10. I'm appreciate the truths spoken by Elder Ballard. I think those truths, like all truths, will stand the test of time.

  11. The fairness and maturity he has displayed is the kind of leadership I want to follow. This kind of leadership teaches instead of mocks, teases or assaults. For those that think these views are on the wrong side of history I would say Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke clearly and calmly without drawing unneeded attention to himself. Anyone disagreeing with any part of his talk I would ask are you being belligerent or fault finding? Can you be on the right side of history and be a horrible leader or can Elder M. Russell Ballard be on the right side of history and be a great leader. These views are polarized but regardless of viewpoint what type of leadership was most mature?

  12. You will really know and feel by the spirit that Elder Ballard is a messenger of God. Family is still the basic unit of society. I love my family so much.

  13. I am grateful to have living prophets and apostles who teach us about God's will for us.

    Thank you, Elder Ballard for bearing your testimony on families.

  14. Elder Ballard's message is one of inspiration that all of us can use in our lives and is worth living by. His message is one of hope for all of God's children.

  15. Thank you Elder Ballard for the address you gave at the ninth World Congress of Families. You are truly a man of God with a much needed message of the importance of God's plan here on earth.

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