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Homosexuality as it Relates to Mormons

I have noticed that often times members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when forced to reckon with the issue of homosexuality, get confused by the arguments being placed before them. There are those who do not understand so they turn away from discussion surrounding the topic. Some are simply non-confrontational who do not like to feel the contention that is sometimes brought on by debate. Others are afraid, worried that they might lose their testimony, or some simply choose to put it out of their minds deciding that they just don’t know the answer.

It is important that as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are certain of the truth concerning homosexuality. I believe that we will see this issue grow larger with time. Members of the church will be forced to make their decision about it and will have a responsibility to stand up for what they know is right.

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I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I speak as a Mormon to Mormons. To write about this issue independent of religion would be nonsensical. The only reason this is and has been a topic of discussion among people of all kinds is because God has declared his law concerning it. Homosexuality is a moral issue. What does moral mean? It means that there is a right and there is a wrong. It means that God has not allowed this to be up for debate or a matter of preference.

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Right vs Wrong

As Latter-day Saints we know that right is adherence to God’s laws and wrong is anything contrary to those laws.

To give an example: Commandments are a form of God’s law. One of the 10 Commandments given to Moses in the 20th chapter of Exodus is “Thou shalt not steal.” When a person steals from another person we know that is wrong. How do we know? Because it is contrary to the law that God has given us.

This concept of right vs. wrong and good vs. evil is essential in understanding homosexuality as it relates to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as all people everywhere. 

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A Most Interesting Video

On March 29, 2012, a most revealing 10 minute video was released by an unofficial group at Brigham Young University called USGA (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction). Some Latter-day Saints have found it to be alarming, taking it as a sign that the church is going to change their stance on gay unions, or use it as evidence that we need to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.

I invite you to watch the video without prejudice. Fill your heart with love for the people in the video and most importantly ask yourself line by line, what is right and what is wrong?

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God’s Law

So what is God’s law concerning homosexuality? First, I would just like to remind readers that I discuss this subject  based on a belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Again, I speak as a Mormon to Mormons. This is not the place to comment on the authenticity of the church. If you wish to do so, or to find out more about what we believe you can visit for more information. I assume that readers believe this to be the true church of God, restored to the earth by His hand, currently operating under His direction through modern day prophets.

God has spoken on the subject in ancient times, as well as in modern. True to the Faith is a gospel reference book that was published in 2004 by the church. It is compiled and approved by The First Presidency. It states simply “Like other violations of the law of chastity, homosexual activity is a serious sin. It is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality. It distorts loving relationships and prevents people from receiving the blessings that can be found in family life and the saving ordinances of the gospel” (True to the Faith, 30).

Romans 1:24-28 says the following concerning homosexuality:

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

 26 For this cause God agave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in theirknowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

President Spencer W. Kimball simply said in his general conference address in October 1974  ”Every form of homosexuality is sin.”

There are hundreds of other scriptures, talks, and quotes that have been given to us by our prophets revealing God’s position on this matter.

We clearly see that there is a right and there is in fact a wrong concerning homosexuality. This right and wrong comes because God has given us law concerning it.

As such it is important that we know homosexuality is a sin. It cannot be viewed in any other way. It is when we discard this fact that we get in trouble with our testimonies and our faith in God.

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Homosexuality Compared to Heterosexual Immorality

I want to understand this concept of sin and how it relates to homosexuality. I have found in watching the film put out by USGA that there is a similar sin that helps us to understand what is happening in the lives of the people struggling with same-sex attraction. That sin is immorality. Homosexuality when acted upon falls under this umbrella so I will be more specific and and speak of heterosexual immorality in order to compare the two.

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Defining Yourself

The video begins with students who attend Brigham Young University saying “I am a Mormon and I am gay” or “I am a Mormon and I am a lesbian.” I have often found it strange that people with homosexual tendencies would define their entire self by a temptation that they find particularly difficult. What if I had made a terrible mistake with my boyfriend and from then on declared to the people around me that “I am a Mormon and I am a fornicator.” It would be silly to take that mistake and let it cover who I am. To do so suggests permanence which undermines the very core of our beliefs: the atonement of Jesus Christ. To believe that one cannot change is to discard belief in the atonement.

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Born This Way

There is an idea in the world that if you were born with certain tendencies that those tendencies are apart of you and should be embraced. This is a lie, whispered by the adversary.

Heterosexual members of the church should not be alarmed by such proclamations that same-sex feelings begin at a young age. Every member of the church felt attraction to sin when they were very young.

As a little girl I stood looking up at the rows of candy laid before me. Mom had moved on to the next aisle. It would be so easy to slip one of the delicious morsels into the pocket of my denim Osh-kosh overalls. As just a four or five year old girl I was overwhelmingly attracted to the sin of stealing. I was tempted. What if I had gone home and told my parents about the temptation that I had faced and they had said it was okay? They could have said that because I was so young and had obviously never been taught the feelings that I was having that I should embrace them. They could have told me that it was apart of who I am and that people needed to learn to accept that part of me. To do so would have shown a lack of love by my parents. Instead they  taught me that to steal is wrong and that I need to vigilantly work to overcome that temptation.

Some reading this may be thinking “but the temptation to steal feels very different than the temptation of same-gender attraction.” I am not pretending to be coy. I understand this. Lets use the example of a comparable temptation that heterosexuals face every day in their daily lives.

My Father tells of being a 13 year old scout. Their troop volunteered to pick up trash along the road up Milcreek canyon in Utah. Each scout was dropped off along the road about every 1/2 mile. They would then walk along with a garbage bag working their way up the roadside picking up any garbage they saw. As the young scout wend his way up the beautiful canyon, he came upon a girly calendar tossed along the side of the road. He quickly picked it up and put it in his trash bag. As he walked, the temptation to get back in his bag to view the pornography was so great that he had to tie the handle of the partially filled bag and leave it along the road for the leaders to come and pick up.

What if he had decided to begin viewing pornography because he recognized that he was attracted to it? He may have thought back to other little experiences where he had felt similar stirrings in his heart and recognized that he was born with this tendency. His parents had not taught it. In fact they had strongly taught against it. What if he had allowed this temptation to define him? Perhaps he would’ve told his friends that he was a porn guy – not even because he viewed porn but because he saw that it was attractive to him. He could’ve said that they needed to accept him for who he was.

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This life is about overcoming. It is about sanctifying and perfecting. We cannot afford to embrace the temptations we feel. Every person has to consciously, daily work against desire to sin. It is what this life is about.

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Our Love

Many of the students in the film expressed a feeling of pain that came from a lack of love shown by the people surrounding them in the church. That kind of behavior is wrong. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ we are commanded to love one another.

Mark 12:30-31

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Notice that love is not optional. Love is a commandment given by our beloved Savior. We must love homosexuals as much as we must love any person; those who are openly and actively practicing as well as those who simply struggle with the temptations surrounding it.

We must be careful with the application of this concept. This does not mean acceptance of their chosen path. Let me give an example of righteous love concerning homosexuality:

I will never forget watching two sisters pull each other into a desperate embrace as they found out a third sister had openly chosen a life of homosexuality. The anguish was palpable. They rocked with sobs as they thought of their little sister who had chosen to abdicate her covenants for a life that held nothing but sorrow and heartache. They understood that the consequences of her decisions could alter her course for eternity, and they were heartbroken at the thought of it. My heart still groans within me at that memory.

These women felt so much anguish because they love their sister with all their hearts and they will always love her for all eternity, regardless of the path she chooses to take.

So then how do we respond with deep and sincere love for the person with homosexual inclinations without accepting the sin they grapple with?

I believe that the first thing we must always remember is that our purpose is to assist in overcoming, just as we  would react to any other harmful temptation such as alcoholism, pornography addiction etc. The solution will be situational but working with Bishops, parents, and daily communion with God will be universal in the repentance process.

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