I guess I have to agree with my Father's (John R) email of March 10th. Living in Massachusetts, and seeing how uniform and articulate the proponents of Same Sex Marriage are, and seeing how "lost for words" the Traditional Family side is....it is sad. For years the media has been normalizing homosexuality, and families who don't believe that have just shut it out of their homes, but didn't take the further step to fight back. Now, the common follower of the media has no problem with homosexuality because they are friends with the characters of Will and Grace. I attended a rally at the Massachusetts State house in Feb. Hundreds and Hundreds of people in favor of SSM, but only a small handful of those in opposition. Of course those in opposition were taking the side of religion, singing hymns through a megaphone. The Middle American who is not particularly religious, but is against SSM, is alienated.
Those in favor of Traditional families, for whatever reason (religion or not) should band together, and become articulate, and sit at the side. I cannot say "so what" because all these people who may be choosing the wrong about SSM, need to be warned. It is our duty to warn our neighbor.
Now, will we win...no. But we have to show each other and most importantly Heavenly Father that we fought the good fight for His cause. I do not think President Hinckley will give more counsel on what we should do on the matter. He may encourage us, and reiterate what the church has already said. But it seems that Heavenly Father tells us what is right, and lets us figure it out on our own (with the great help of personal revelation). It is not often we get step by step guidance over the pulpit.

As a side note, Iím holding the List owners only BEAUTIFUL granddaughter (my sister Rebekah's Baby). She would really like to contribute her typing to this post. Julia is 6 months old, and generally happy. I wish you all could see her. She has her Grandpa Redelfs' big eyes and forehead :)

Sara Peterson
Brookline Mass

From: Gerald Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: RE: [ZION] General Conference Hopes
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 16:53:10 +0000

I'm not discouraged. I see this as being part of the plan. God has
already told us what would happen in the last days. So, why worry? Do
your part, and know that Christ will come out victor in the end. That is
where hope lies, in seeing beyond this earthly realm, and into the
heavens beyond.

If the whole earth turns homosexual, except for the Saints, so what? How
will that affect your testimony? How will it overcome the work of God?
We have many more righteous on earth right now than Noah had in his day
before the ark. Why should we be any different? Don't forget, those that
be with us are more than those against us. We have battalions of angels
ready to fight our battles. God told us in the Book of Mormon that if
necessary, he will call down fire from heaven to defend us from His

So, we put up the good fight, knowing that we'll lose some skirmishes
along the way, but the entire war is ours. And that IS a comforting
thought to me.

Gary Smith

Jon Spencer wrote:
> Satan wants you to be discouraged, John. Take heart. Do something
> positive, perhaps encouraging same-sex marriage by taking on a few more
> wives.
> Okay, maybe not. But do something to help the situation and you will
> feel
> much better.
> Jon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 1:05 PM
> Subject: [ZION] General Conference Hopes
> > General Conference is coming up in less than a month on April 3 and 4.
> > I
> > hope that President Hinckley will give us some additional guidance on
> > the
> > matter of same-sex marriages. Right now I am terribly discouraged. The
> > advocates of same-sex marriage seem to have a plan and are all pulling
> > together for what they want. The opponents of same-sex marriage, on the
> > other hand, seem to be in a state a great confusion pulling in several
> > different directions. I see no hope that the opponents of same-sex
> > marriage will prevail when they cannot even agree on a common strategy.
> >
> > John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > =============================================
> > The traditional family is under heavy attack. I do not know
> > that things were worse in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah.
> > -- President Gordon B. Hinckley, 2004.
> > =============================================
> > All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
> >
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