That conversion, if you will, began only months ago, when I felt compelled, on principle alone, to take on what I feel is the biggest controversy having to do with the Church, this year, and that many thought would threaten the relationship with BSA. I felt completely different and decided to say so, and why, in this post.
'A Century of Honor', presented in the LDS Conference Center, was a gala event to celebrate the 100-year-old, strong, partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS Church - made perhaps even more significant (from my perspective), after the decision of BSA to allow openly gay boys to fully participate in the scouting program. Prior to that vote, the LDS Church made a public statement that rocked the Christian world - and left many of its own members confused.
Right beside BSA, in full support, and in the face of tremendous backlash, the LDS Church stood boldly, and issued a statement following that decision. Not surprising, a good amount of that opposition came from those of Christian faith, including Mormons on all sides of the aisle - some threatening to withdraw their boys from BSA, feeling that the wrong decision had been decided by leaders of the Church. And perhaps even more surprising, was the positive feedback from many within, and who support, the LGBT community who although they would like to see more inclusion of gays, willingly gave the thumbs-up to both organizations.