As I write, I’m watching Larry King interview Gordon B. Hinckley. I’m impressed with President Hinckley’s charm and wit, in spite of the toll of age, as he fields a wide variety of questions from Larry King. I also respect President Hinckley’s optimism about life and the challenges we face.
I was intrigued with what I saw as a frank but gentle and understanding response to questions about working mothers. He’s not out to give them a guilt trip, and understands the need for many to work, but wisely reminds us that our greatest satisfaction in life will come from our families, and that there are great blessings to children when they have mothers who are there for them. He urges us to simply “be careful, and do the best we can.”
His comments on gay marriage had a similar tone: we love our brothers and sisters who struggle with the problem of homosexuality, and want to do all we can to help them. When asked if that problem is something people are born with or choose, President Hinckley said he didn’t know, that he’s not an expert in such things. The spirit of his remarks was on our desire to help, not to blame or condemn. “We are not anti-gay, but pro-family.” Based on my experience in the Church, I fully agree with that. Of course, from the perspective of many in the gay community, to suggest that it is a problem or that homosexual activity is against the commandments of God is vile bigotry and hate, but they are wrong.
Overall, a lot of good answers and an interesting program, interspersed with some excellent music from an event with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.