This guest post comes from Jon, who is a friend of the blog. He’s a student of statistics and son of parents who follow the admonition of Paul.
I saw this phrase first on the door of a Catholic parish in Santa Fe, Argentina: “Every child that is born is proof that God has not yet given up on human beings.” The idea appealed to me at the time, both because babies are adorable and because as a missionary I had a daily habit of giving up on humanity. An element of that phrase has been working on me in the nearly 10 years since: the idea that people enter the world bearing divine information—that we are each a revelation.
Jesus is the ultimate example. We call Him the Word of God. That title evokes the idea that God spoke and the information that came out was Jesus, or that God wrote and the ink on the page spelled out Jesus. He came to earth, in a sense, as a projection of the mind and heart of God in human form. He is the personification of the fullness of divine revelation. All the visions of all the prophets could not express the depth and breadth and height of the love of God. Only Love in physical form would suffice.
Perhaps Heaven has deposited in each of us a message for the world. We may not be THE Word of God, but each of us may be A Word of God. We are each a part of a divine story, a holy message about what is, what was, and what will be. Though I’m sure I’m not a terribly important word in that story, it is not complete without me, and it will never be complete until I release myself into the world. The only way to contribute my part, the revelation that God deposited inside me, is to live my life as me.
The place of gay people in the Mormon Plan of Salvation is unclear. As a person who has spent my entire life as a Mormon and as a gay person, I’ve mentally walked through all the scenarios and decided that there are compelling reasons to almost every perspective. Many people who approach the topic arrive at the same frustrating conclusion: we need more revelation. Until God makes His will clear to the leadership of the church, no amount of private prayer or public activism will make a meaningful difference.
I would love for us to open our eyes a little wider to the revelations being born every day. A significant number of the children being born into Mormon families every day are, and will continue to be, gay. Every one of them comes bearing a message that we cannot afford to miss. God is speaking in them. Our vision of the destiny of the universe will never be complete until every one of God’s Words is heard and added to the story. Perhaps the problem is not that revelation isn’t coming; it is that we are throwing the revelations away as they arrive.
Jacob 4 is a beautiful passage of scripture, and I particularly like verse 8:
“Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.”
I learned a powerful truth one day while reading that verse: I am a revelation of God. By despising myself, I was rejecting my most direct and personal source of insight into the Heavens. Only by accepting who I was would I be able to receive the mind of God as it is expressed in me.
If same-sex couples and their families are removed from the church, the loss to those who remain will be enormous. Each of these people—every one of them—has a terrifically important message for the church and for the world, which is all the more essential because it is different. We have not begun to imagine the things the church could learn by worshiping beside these fellow Saints and witnessing them working out their salvation in their own powerful way. So many divine revelations will be lost. To use the words of John Greenleaf Whittier made familiar to us by Thomas S. Monson:
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”