Mormon Church officials say President Boyd K. Packer “simply clarified his intent” in altering the final text of his Sunday sermon.

The speech, given at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (the Mormons) 180th General Conference in downtown Salt Lake City, sparked a Thursday 4,500-strong protest by local gay rights activists, who called the apostle's words painful.

Packer, the president of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, originally 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.”

But officials say the alterations are commonplace.

“The Monday following every general conference, each speaker has the opportunity to make any edits necessary to clarify differences between what was written and what was delivered or to clarify the speaker's intent,” Scott Trotter, spokesman for the LDS, said. “President Packer has simply clarified his intent.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, has called Packer'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.