In speaking about the Holy Spirit and health laws at the 181st General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints yesterday, Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve said that homosexual acts were second to murder:
The Lord has also revealed that the sacred powers to beget life must be protected and employed only between man and woman, husband and wife. "To misuse this power is exceeded in seriousness only by the shedding of innocent blood and denying the Holy Ghost." Repentance can erase the effect of such transgressions.
Packer talked about obeying other health laws of the church, including avoiding tobacco, tea, coffee, liquor, and addictive substances.
He stressed that while many people call the church the "Mormon church" because of the Book of Mormon, it is actually the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As to outsiders who do not think that the church is Christian, Packer responded that "every ordinance is done by the authority of and in the name of Jesus Christ. It is the same organization that was found in the primitive Church with apostles and prophets."
Packer said that people who had become inactive in the church because they were offended by some aspect of it were metaphorically beating themselves over and over on the head with a club.