Two Simple Truths
First, God is our Heavenly Father and we are His spirit children
Second, our Father (God) knowns everything and loves us
Children often can’t understand the things that dad and mom see so clearly; it doesn’t make any sense why loving parents would advise not eating the entire bag of Halloween candy in one sitting–or avoiding bad friends–or not using drugs–etc. Children, and teenagers, often become angry or bitter over boundaries or advice that were given for their own good the whole time.
We are God’s children. When our loving and wise Heavenly Father speaks through prophets, whether scriptural or current, He speaks because He cares.
It’s so easy for kids to disagree with loving parents, decide those parents clearly exist only to spoil the fun, and head off on a rebellious spree that usually ends in regret.
Unlike fallible mortal parents, God loves us perfectly AND he knowns everything. He is never wrong. When He warns that disobeying eternal law leads to regret and pleads with us to keep an eternal perspective, He knowns exactly what He is talking about. Our Heavenly Father is trying to lead us to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
Teaching us eternal truth/reality like
“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God…”
“Gender [male and female] is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
is all about offering us, God’s spirit children, the guidebook to a happy eternal life
God shares these truths out of love. He wants us to come home to Him!
Finally, I know it’s easiest to, figuratively, storm out and slam the door while yelling “YOU HATE ME!”–I’ve done it plenty of times! But maybe take a minute to consider that loving eternal parents, righteous prophets, and true friends actually love you– that’s why they speak up. These people are tied into eternal truth that’s been around since the beginning of time and all they want is for you to be eternally happy.
They care enough to say something.