Last Wednesday, I received notice from the Church regarding Ordinances for Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship that we all need to be aware of.
"A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing.
A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may be baptized and confirmed, ordained, or recommended for missionary service only as follows:
A mission president or a stake president may request approval from the Office of the First Presidency to baptize and confirm, ordain, or recommend missionary service for a child of a parent who has lived or is living in a same-gender relationship when he is satisfied by personal interviews that both of the following requirements are met:
1. The child accepts and is committed to live the teachings and doctrine of the Church, and specifically disavows the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage.
2. The child is of legal age and does not live with a parent who has lived or currently lives in a same-gender cohabitation relationship or marriage.
There may be some members or non-members who will not understand why this is so. Please take the time to read The Family: A Proclamation to the World this week. Study it. Pray about it. We will have the opportunity to discuss this in the next couple of weeks. If you have personal concerns or questions regarding this, please let me know in your letters.
I know that this bold move is of the Lord to protect the family as ordained of God. I am so grateful for the blessings of life that Sister Felix and I have received as being an eternal family. I have a testimony that we are led by a prophet of God who with the full support of the other 14 prophets, seers and revelators of the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles has shared with the world is the Lord's will. This is the Lord's work and we are blessed to be serving together at this time.
With charity and love of all,