Pacific Area Presidency Sends Letter to Australian Latter-day Saints on Marriage and Family

Pacific Area Presidency Sends Letter to Australian Latter-day Saints on Marriage and Family

News Release

The following letter was sent by the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Church leaders in Australia, to be read during worship services on either Sunday 10 September or Sunday 17 September:

Counsel to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia regarding the upcoming postal vote on the legal definition of marriage.

Because Australian adults will soon have the opportunity to participate in a postal vote on the legal definition of marriage, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints re-states and re-affirms that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”

The Church also teaches that “children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honour marital vows with complete fidelity.”

Church members should address the issue of same-sex marriage with respect and civility and should treat all people with love and humanity.

We urge Church members to vote their conscience and let their voices be heard on this critical issue.

Sincerely,

The Pacific Area Presidency

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