One of my biggest concerns with the new church policy is this: the church claims it is there to protect the child. The more I read their explanations, the worse I feel.
One of the gifts people receive by being baptized, in addition to making a commitment to the Savior to follow Him and keep His commandments is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. When children are denied baptism, they are also denied the gift of the Holy Ghost to be their constant companion, to reveal truth, to protect, and to guide. With this new policy, these children must now wait until they are 18 years old before they can receive this gift. I am wondering how exactly does that protect the child?
It also feels, to me, that through this new policy, the church is putting the noose around gay people's necks in the sense that if gay people love their children, and if they want their children to receive the blessings associated with membership in the church, then gay people will not seek to love one of their own gender, they will not co-habitate, and they certainly will not marry one of their own gender. For, if they do, their beloved children will not receive a name and blessing, they will not receive baptism unless they are 18 and disavow their parents relationships and marriages, of course, only if the First Presidency will allow it on the recommendation of bishops, stake presidents, and mission presidents. Mostly the same thing with children who want to serve missions. The church is saying to its gay members that they better shape up, they better get their act together, do exactly what the church wants, or it will be their children- their children!!- who will pay the price.
Oh, my goodness. This feels as right as, well, N.O.T.H.I.N.G.
This new policy, with ALL of its many ramifications, is shattering my soul.