President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s concluding talk in this morning’s opening session of the 2013 semiannual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an important one, and I look forward to its publication.
I was pleased to hear him say, from the pulpit of the Conference Center, that falling away from the Church isn’t always the result of sin or a desire to sin.
I’ve held the same position for as long as I can remember — it seems to me, based on my experience, to be obviously true — and have repeatedly said so (for example, here and, then, here, and then here). He even went on to say, as I too have gone on to say, that, while it’s understandable that some lose faith and fall away, in the end the Gospel is true and such loss of faith and apostasy is mistaken.
I wasn’t, of course, the first to come up with this view. Far from it. It’s scarcely new doctrine. But some, no doubt, will claim that it is.
Unfortunately, if I say “Loss of faith doesn’t necessarily originate in sin or the desire to sin,” certain folks out there are immediately certain that I’m merely using cunning code language to express my real belief, which is, they say, that loss of faith necessarily originates in sin and the desire to sin.
I’m afraid that I simply don’t have the resources, in my command of English or any other language, to declare any more clearly my position on this matter.
Fortunately, President Uchtdorf, a native speaker of German, has stated my position with unmistakable clarity.
I can sit back now, with absolute confidence, and wait for the inevitable: Somebody will comment, somewhere, that Daniel Peterson must be very upset with President Uchtdorf’s supposedly new, kinder, more gentle stance on this matter.