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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 Mormon.org 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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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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