by Jessica Smith
It's hard on me when the LDS church gets, what I perceive, as negative national attention. I love seeing it praised, loved, and admired because that's how I see it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been the greatest blessing in my life without question. Because of my membership in it, every other blessing has been made better. And in turn, my sorrows are made lighter.
While I could go on and on about the blessings in my life, that's not what this blog post about.
This last week, a lot of national news was directed at the standing of just a few members of the LDS church. A lot of comments had been made about this and most are valid.
I think the main outcome we should watch is a demonstration of integrity. We now can have increased confidence that the LDS church leaders do not bend to the requests of individuals, groups, or other well-intentioned people.
They honor the doctrine that God has established (no matter what personal beliefs they may have about a topic). They do not bend to the pressures of negative national attention. They aren't bullied into making changes that God hasn't directed.
My testimony and confidence in the leaders of the LDS church has increased while watching these events unfold. We aren't being led by people who have any other motive than following what God directs. And I'm so grateful for that!