The Family: A Proclamation to the World

September 29, 2018

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

President Gordon B. Hinckley presented this gem during a speech to the General Relief Society Meeting on September 23, 1995. Boy howdy, it’s a doozy.

 

Drink when you can’t stand it anymore.

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One Comment on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

  1. Duke of Earl Grey Says:

    So should The Family: A Proclamation To The World be considered a revelation, or not? You can have it either way you want to, whether from erstwhile President of the Quorum of the Twelve Boyd K. Packer’s mouth, or from the transcript of his talk printed in the Ensign, it is not the same.

    In his controversial October 2010 General Conference address, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel”, Packer said, concerning the Proclamation:

    “It qualifies, according to definition, as a revelation, and uh, it would do well that the members of the church to read and follow it.” [Grammatical error and filler word in original.]

    When it was time for the talk to be printed, someone decided this was more than the church wanted to claim, and as long as they were cleaning up grammar anyway, this someone changed Packer’s wording to:

    “It is a guide that members of the Church would do well to read and to follow.”

    And that wasn’t the only censorship applied to Packer’s talk. Consider the most infamous line of the original talk:

    “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, he is our father.”

    This was softened somewhat in written form, and lost a bit of its natural flow:

    “Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Remember, God is our Heavenly Father.”

    If it’s any consolation, our friend President Packer lived just long to see marriage equality become the law of the land in the United States, and died about a week later. Perhaps that was even what killed him?

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