It should not be a surprise that LDS leaders will meet with Affirmation. No one should question President Thomas S. Monson's sincere love for all of God's children. He is an excellent example of a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What amazes me is that Affirmation's statements forcefully imply the "sins" of the church by listing and elaborating on past grievances. A more inviting dialogue and bridge-building effort would be a humble recognition of and gratitude for the loving outreach statements concerning homosexuality during the administration of President Gordon B. Hinckley.

As Christians, we need to love all sinners but never the sin. If this is deemed hate-speech, I guess I find myself between a rock and a hard place. My words are merely meant to clear the air of political rhetoric and never to demean any person or group.

Carolyn Bennett Ugolini