In a controversial speech during the Fall 2011 LDS General Conference, Elder Boyd K. Packer made the following remark:
Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, He is our Heavenly Father.
The edited version that came out later in the LDS-sponsored Ensign deleted the phrase: “Why would our Heaven Father do that to anyone?”
While Elder Packer was speaking specifically about gays, his deleted question has much wider application. I frequently ask myself that same question as it relates to the vast majority of people who have lived or who are living on the earth now: WHY WOULD HEAVENLY FATHER DO THAT TO ANYONE?
- Why 2 million orphans in Uganda?
- Why 6 million Jews died in Hitler’s extermination camps?
- Why are people born in Somalia and Darfur?
- Why the slaughter in the Civil War and World War I?
- Why Downs Syndrome?
- Why Tay-Sachs Disease?
- Why the Khmer Rouge?
I think you get the idea. Why do so many people have to live lives of desparation while I live in comparative luxury? In some real sense, I hope that this life is nothing more a simulation, that some science fiction writers are correct with there speculations, that there really is a holodeck. Life on earth just doesn’t make sense to me when you look at the entirety of life on earth, much of it miserable.
The Mormon Plan of Salvation seems uniquely suited to only middle-class Americans and Europeans.