Salt Lake City ABC affiliate is reporting that the Mormon Church has altered Boyd K. Packer's anti-gay message.

In the original sermon delivered Sunday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (the Mormons) 180th General Conference in downtown Salt Lake City, Packer told millions of followers that being gay was not born of inbred “tendencies.” But in the church's online transcript, the word “tendencies” was changed to “temptations.”

And the sentence, “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?” was omitted entirely from the following passage: “Some suppose that they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies towards the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.”

Packer, the president of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, also railed against gay marriage. “To legalize that which is basically wrong or evil will not prevent the pain and penalties that will follow as surely as night follows day.” At the behest of their leaders, Mormons donated millions to the 2008 campaign to ban gay marriage in California.

Gay activists held a silent protest against Packer's speech on Thursday.

In a statement released Thursday night, the church said it “recognizes the right of groups to voice their opinion in the public square.”

“However, those familiar with the Church's doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God's children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, called the apostle's statements “inaccurate” and “dangerous.” The group told the AP that they'll deliver more than 100,000 letters to church headquarters on Tuesday asking Packer to recant his statements.