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Any domineering, indecent, or uncontrolled behavior in the intimate relationship between husband and wife is condemned by the Lord. Pornography and unwholesome fantasies erode one’s character and strike at the foundation of a happy marriage. Howard W Hunter, article Ensign November 1994, ‘Being a Righteous Husband and Father’
A testimony is found in the bearing of it. Boyd K Packer, Ensign January 1983 pp.54-55, ‘The Candle of the Lord’
Bishops should not yield the arrangement of meetings to members. They should not yield the arrangement for funerals or missionary farewells to families. It is not the proper order of things for members or families to expect to decide who will speak and for how long. Suggestions are in order, of course, but the bishop should not turn the meeting over to them. We are worried about the drift that is occurring in our meetings.
Funerals could and should be the most spiritually impressive. They are becoming informal family reunions in front of ward members. Often the Spirit is repulsed by humorous experiences or jokes when the time could be devoted to teaching the things of the Spirit, even the sacred things.
When the family insists that several family members speak in a funeral, we hear about the deceased instead of about the Atonement, the Resurrection, and the comforting promises revealed in the scriptures. Now it’s all right to have a family member speak at a funeral, but if they do, their remarks should be in keeping with the spirit of the meeting.
I have told my Brethren in that day when my funeral is held, if any of them who speak talk about me, I will raise up and correct them. The gospel is to be preached. I know of no meeting where the congregation is in a better state of readiness to receive revelation and inspiration from a speaker than they are at a funeral. This privilege is being taken away from us because we don’t understand the order of things – the unwritten order of things – that relates to the administration of the Church and the reception of the Spirit. Boyd K Packer, BYU address 15th October 1996, ‘The Unwritten Order of Things’
Homosexuality ... will turn out to be a very typical form of selfishness. Boyd K Packer
I know by experience too sacred to touch upon that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that the Gift of the Holy Ghost conferred upon us at our confirmation is a divine gift. Boyd K Packer, article Ensign January 1983, 'The Candle of the Lord'
I have a hard time with historians, because historians idolize the truth. The truth is not uplifting. The truth destroys. And historians should tell only that part of the truth that is uplifting, and if it’s religious history, that’s faith-promoting. Boyd K Packer
In the Church we are not neutral. We are one-sided. There is a war going on and we are engaged in it. It is the war between good and evil, and we are belligerents defending the good. We are therefore obliged to give preference to and protect all that is represented in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we have made covenants to do it. Boyd K Packer
It is an easy thing for a man with extensive academic training to measure the Church using the principles he has been taught in his professional training as his standard. In my mind it ought to be the other way around. A member of the Church ought always, particularly if he is pursuing extensive academic studies, to judge the professions of man against the revealed word of the Lord. Boyd K Packer ‘The Mantle is Far, Far Greater than the Intellect’, 1981
One might ask ... if you are against the Equal Rights Amendment, then what are you for?
I am for the equitable enforcement of existing laws. There are sufficient of them to protect the rights of women and of children and of men. Or to enact judiciously and wisely any needed legislation to correct particular circumstances.
I am for protecting the rights of a woman to be a woman, a feminine, female woman, a wife and a mother.
I am for protecting the rights of a man to be a man, a masculine, male man, a husband and a father.
I am for protecting the rights of children to be babies and children and youth, to be nurtured in a home and in a family.
I am for recognizing the inherent God-given differences between men and women.
I am for accommodating them so that we can have physically and emotionally and spiritually stable, happy individuals and families and communities.
Without that, when the floods come, in the end what will really be worth saving?
May God bless us and preserve the sacred institution of the family, to the end that this generation and future generations can be preserved. May He bless fathers and mothers and their children to be happy in the life pattern He has ordained. Boyd K Packer, Ensign article March 1977, ‘The Equal Rights Amendment'
Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, God is our Heavenly Father. Boyd K Packer, general conference address October 2012
Some things that are true are not very useful. Boyd K Packer, The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect address 5th Annual Church Educational System Religious Educators’ Symposium 22nd August 1981. Prior to this, Mormon history had been enjoying what some call its Camelot Era under guidance of historians like Leonard Arrington. Some Brethren, however, did not like this free-wheeling examination of church history, and Elder Packer was among them. This was open declaration of policy of ‘Lying For the Lord’.
The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals. Boyd K Packer, address All-Church Coordinating Council 18th May 1993
The most important thing for a woman in this life is to be the wife of a worthy priesthood holder and the mother of his children. Boyd K Packer, address worldwide training meeting 11th February 2012
There are some circumstances in which young men may be tempted to handle one another, to have contact with one another physically in unusual ways. Latter-day Saint young men are not to do this. It is remarkably dangerous. Such practices, however tempting, are perversion.
While I was in a mission on one occasion, a missionary said he had something to confess. I was very worried because he just could not get himself to tell me what he had done.
After patient encouragement he finally blurted out, ‘I hit my companion.’
‘Oh, is that all,’ I said in great relief.
‘But I floored him,’ he said.
After learning a little more, my response was, ‘Well, thanks. Somebody had to do it.’ Boyd K Packer, church-wide pamphlet ‘For Young Men Only’; viz also General Conference priesthood session record 2nd October 1976
There is a falsehood that some are born with an attraction to their own kind, with nothing they can do about it. They are just ‘that way’ and can only yield to those desires. That is a malicious and destructive lie. While it is a convincing idea to some, it is of the devil. No-one is locked into that kind of life. From our premortal life we were directed into a physical body. There is no mismatching of bodies and spirits. Boys are to become men – masculine, manly men – ultimately to become husbands and fathers. No-one is predestined to a perverted use of these powers. ibid.
There has been no end to opposition. There are misinterpretations and misrepresentations of us and of our history, some of it mean-spirited and certainly contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Sometimes clergy, even ministerial organizations, oppose us. They do what we would never do. We do not attack or criticize or oppose others as they do us. Boyd K Packer, general conference October 2006
Today thousands of Lamanites are coming into the Church. More than one hundred Lamanite branches have been organized among the stakes and within the missions. In many of these branches the leadership is provided by the Lamanite members. They are the branch presidents, the teachers, the auxiliary leaders, the music directors. Lives are being transformed. In some cases whole Indian communities are being affected ... In fulfillment of Nephi’s prophetic words, the Lamanites in our day are, indeed, being restored to their rightful plea in the House of Israel. By their obedience to the principles of the gospel, they are beginning to receive the blessings promised to their ancient fathers. Boyd K Packer, Relief Society Magazine 1964, ‘For the Blessing of the Lamanites’