I think the recent protests outside LDS temples resulting from the passing of Proposition 8 in California are an amazingly ironic display of man trying to dictate to God. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is holy ground, the House of the Lord, a place sacred services of worship are held. It is in these sacred locations that members of the Church go to be married by one with authority for time and for eternity.
Although people of many faiths and religions supported Proposition 8, the LDS Church seems to have been singled out. Those protesting outside the temples are upset over the LDS Church’s role in calling on its member to donate and support Proposition 8 in California. (Just as it had previously done with Proposition 22 in California in the year 2000.)
As a member of the LDS Church, when I see photos of protesters outside the temples I can only really see a group of people standing outside the Lord’s House trying to dictate to Him what’s right and what’s wrong. It just seems like a story that I’d read in the scriptures. “And in that year did the people go unto the areas surrounding the temples of the Lord to protest unto Him the laws which he had declared.”
The Lord married Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden so that they might fulfill the commandment He had given them to multiply and replenish the earth. We haven’t only existed since our birth, but our birth was the start of a new period of our existence. We had lived in God’s presence before this life and we have the opportunity to live in God’s presence after this life. It is central to God’s plan that his children multiple on the earth to give all of his spirit children the opportunity to experience mortality (life on earth). As the Lord’s prophets have written, “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
Marriage, though, is not only about an institution in which life is brought into the world, but the formation of a family unit that should last through the eternities. That’s why we need to protect its definition. As the Lord’s prophets have said, “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”
We here on the earth may have been blessed with agency, or freedom to choose, but we were not blessed with the privlidge of defining truth. Truth is truth–popular opinion can’t change it.