A lot has been said over the last few days about Elder Jensen’s apology. A major strand of those conversations has revolved around the idea of how to best effectuate “Change” in our church. There are those, mostly outside of the Church, suggesting that change will only happen from (surprise, surprise!) outside pressures. Then there are those who are mostly within the Church suggesting that change will only happen from within. I must say that I’m shocked, SHOCKED that the two sides disagree on this point.
This may have been pointed out in one of the threads and I missed it, but to me the clearest answer to that question has already been answered with the original apology. The Oakland Stake President has spent hundreds (?) of hours in outreach to both members and non-members in his stake. Members have engaged in dialogue with other members, non-members, with those in the gay community willing to engage. From what I understand this has been going on for some time now, well over a year. And the fruit of all of that work, that patience, that discourse? A General Authority came to them and engaged in a similar discourse. He listened. And in the end, he apologized.
Now, just like John Dehlin, I’m making no claims that this apology is anything official or endorsed by the Church. But for those who believe that the Church needs to change its tone, its attitude, or even its position on homosexuals/homosexuality, they would surely agree that this is a step in the direction of the “change” they may be looking for.
And it happened from within.