Elder Nelson’s Recent Statement
When there’s not much said by the leaders of the Church on the subject of gender identity issues those who have a vested interest in this issue tend to be very aware of the few mentions there are. The most recent statement is from Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaking in the Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting February 2012 where he said:
Brothers and sisters, I am very grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It provides light to guide us in this world darkened by immorality, iniquity, and infidelity. It teaches us to love all of God’s children, some of whom struggle with gender issues or other conditions that may not be fully understood. We need to help and encourage them and their family members without, of course, condoning sinful behavior.
This quote clearly shows that all of God’s children are worthy of love and compassion but is very ambiguous when it comes to defining what “encouragement” and “sinful behavior” mean.