What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?
In the Bible Paul preached to the Romans that homosexual behavior was sinful (see Romans 1:24-32). In Old Testament times Moses included in his law that homosexual relations were against God’s law (see Leviticus 20:13)
Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued the following statement about homosexuality: “We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” which was written by twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord).
“People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are.
“We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families” (Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71).
First, I wholeheartedly believe in the "Official Church Answer" to this question. Homosexual behavior is, as the scriptures clearly state, against God's law, just as fornication and adultery are against God's law. There are no exceptions, but there is always repentance. God loves all of his children. Christ died to redeem all of God's children. To these statements there are also no exceptions. I am firmly conviced that whether a person experiences same gender attraction or not, he or she is still a child of God. God's love for us is constant, but that does not mean that He will always approve of our choices or our behavior. Through the atonement of Christ, all of our hurts and pains, all of our sorrows and anguish, will be taken away. All of our sins will be forgiven on condition of repentance. All these are His. He paid the price for them, and we have no right to hold on to them. Show more
Basically our belief about homosexuality and same sex marriage is that it is an abomination in God's sight. The Bible speaks out against this practice. Leviticus 18:22 says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." These practices are just lustful desires from the body and we all know that lust doesn't come from God. The sad fact is that most do not realize that homosexuality completely destroys the plan that God has for everyone of us. God commanded Adam and Eve to "multiply and replenish the earth" and homosexual practices cannot complete with that commandment from God. I myself deal with same gender attraction, but it doesn't matter to me. God has given me this challenge so I'm going to work with him to get through it. I've got family and friends that help me out and are always there to give me the help that I need. Just because I feel it, doesn't make it right. We're here to learn to follow Christ, and so if that is what he asks of me, then I will do it. God does love all of his children, but he has to give us trials so that we can improve and become better people. Show more
We believe the Bible and other records passed down through centuries, that God has spoken to man starting with Adam and Eve and continues to speak to us in modern days. God loves us and knows what will bring us true joy in this life and in the life to come. He has declared and continues to command that sexual relations are only to be practiced between husband and wife, legally and lawfully married. He has ordained marriage for the purpose of binding husbands and wives together in a special relationship that can last not just in this life, but for all eternity, and to bring children into the world and nurture them. Others will fail to understand these truths or try to change them, but the family is central to God's plan and he continues to make his will quite clear on this matter. As members of his church, we will defend these truths. Show more
Simplly stated by the prophet Gordon B Hinkley, "We are not anti gay, we are pro family" We believe that marriage is an ordained part of our Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness. I know that Heavenly Father has established a marriage to only be between a Man and a Woman. Further more we understand that there are people in this big world of ours who have these types of feelings, to them we say that we love you, that you are a son or daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves you so much. And that we have programs and things in the church that can help you so that you can more fully partake in the love and blessings that our Heavenly Father has in store for you! Show more
Every one on this earth encounters their own set of challenges. It is through opposition that we grow, opposition is the reason we where sent to this earth so that we as individuals could make choices, gain experiences, and realize our divine potential. We are all Gods children we have all made the choice to come to this earth because we knew and loved God. Each of us must learn how to overcome our own personal and unique set of challenges that we will inevitably face in this life; to some it may be an addiction, others may struggle with depression or constant need to compare. There are endless challenges and trials we will face. Amongst these challenges some will and have faced the challenge of same sex attraction. Does this mean that they are damned, unclean, broken? Absolutely not, it means that they are human. To take full advantage of this life we must learn to gain control of our bodies and to overcome the natural inclinations of our bodies. By so doing we begin to reach and see our divine potential, we realize that we are truly spiritual beings living in a mortal world with mortal challenges. But these challenges will last "but a small moment" and if we are able to endure them to overcome them we will leave this life and recieve our divine heritage of eternal life. As members of the church we share a message that can and will help you improve the quality of your life no matter who you are where your from or the challenges you face this message will help you. Show more
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While I do not condone it, I will never look down on anyone for living a homosexual lifestyle. One of the greatest things God has given us is the right to choose, and I work hard not to judge anyone for the choices they make. I believe the church feels the same way. While not condemning those people who live said lifestyle, according to ancient and modern prophets, God has never condoned such a way of life. Therefore, the church continues to preach relationships and marriage between man and a woman, and families consisting of such an organization. Show more
My father is gay and I have many friends who are gay. Though we have some differing opinions and beliefs, we have a great relationship - each respecting the other's right to choose their own way. Its no secret that the Church does not support gay marriage. We believe that God's plan for the family is, always has been and always will be a man and a woman and their children. However, the perception that the church is anti-gay is inaccurate. We support the rights of all men and woman to exercise their free agency and be entitled to the same legal rights as anyone, as long as they don't erode the principles on which our country was founded - freedom of religion. The scriptures affirm that homosexual behaviors are a sin, but I believe Christ understands the extreme difficulty that a gay person would experience refusing to act upon their same-sex attraction. I also believe that through Him, all things are possible and that no person is unworthy or undeserving of His love and the benefits of His atonement. Show more
Mormons believe that we are commanded to love all people as sons and daughters of God, regardless of age, sex, race, or sexual orientation. However, we believe that homosexual behavior is a serious sin and in direct violation with the commandments of God. We believe that marriage, between a man and a woman, is ordained of God. Show more
No one who treats people unkindly can consider himself or herself a follower of Jesus Christ. Our Savior was and is the ultimate example of love and kindness to all, no matter what they believed or how they acted. Showing "love one to another" (John 13:35) is one commandment we must follow to become like Christ. People who break this commandment by treating homosexuals or anybody else unkindly have need to repent. Another commandment given to us is known to us as the law of chastity. Obeying this commandment means having no sexual relations outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that participating in a homosexual relationship is wrong for the same reason that treating someone unkindly is wrong: because it is against God's commandments. As in all things, Christ gave us the ultimate example of how we should treat someone who has broken one of God's commandments. As one of our apostles, Dallin H. Oaks said in one article, "When He faced the woman taken in adultery, Jesus spoke the comforting words of tolerance: 'Neither do I condemn thee.' Then, as He sent her away, He spoke the commanding words of truth: 'Go, and sin no more' (John 8:11)." We must show love and tolerance towards people. But, like Christ did, we must also stand for what we know to be right and wrong. I would recommend the rest of Dallin H. Oaks' article, "Balancing Truth and Tolerance." It can be found at http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/02/balancing-truth-and-tolerance?lang=eng Show more
I am sexually attracted to other males. For awhile, I struggled with how a loving Heavenly Father could allow for me to be attracted to other males, and then ask me to abstain from same-sex relationships. However, as I have tried to deal with my attractions in a Christ-like manner, I have found that He really does love me. I have grown so much spiritually as I have learned to deal with my same-sex attractions. I now understand that everyone has challenges in this life. I am no different. The Church has a high standard on morality. The only sexual relationships that are permitted are between a man and his wife. This may prove difficult for both people with same-sex and opposite-sex attractions. However, I believe that by obeying this law, we can gain greater peace and happiness. God does know what is best for us, and He gave us this law to bless us. Same-sex marriage distorts what marriage is all about. It is based on the lie that because you are attracted to the same sex, you need to be in a same-sex relationship in order to be "true to yourself". Many members of the Church can testify that this is not true. Some have found peace and joy in celibacy, and others gone on to have faithful and fulfilling marriages. For a long time, I thought I couldn't get married, but the Lord has blessed me to develop a sexual attraction to a beautiful woman and we have a wonderful marriage. Show more