Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction

Dec 7, 2012 by

new mormon website on homosexuality

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just launched a new website at mormonsandgays.org — a “collection of conversations; conversations with Church leaders, conversations with Church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives.”

 

This website includes a combination of senior Church leaders (apostles) whose perspectives help explain the Church’s official position on homosexuality. Also included are personal experiences from individual Mormons — not representing Mormon doctrine on the subject, but candidly their own perspectives and experiences with relation to this topic.

Is the Church’s stand on homosexuality changing? 

The website explains what is and isn’t changing with respect to the topic of homosexuality.

The Church’s approach to this issue stands apart from society in many ways. And that’s alright. Reasonable people can and do differ. From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change. There is no change in the Church’s position of what is morally right. But what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere.

The website addresses various topics, such as the following:

Our Common Humanity 

Love One Another – the Great Christian Imperative

Being True to Religious Beliefs

An Eternal Perspective

Hope

Read more about this website at the Mormon Newsroom.

2 Comments

  1. KYUNG MIN KIM

    I think that homosexual love will be likely to be acceptable more and more in the world. It is just another form of love. Homosexual love has considered bad thing before. But now it becomes different. We can see this form of love easily these days. After I saw one of the movie related to homosexual love, I felt sorry that their love is considered as a dirty one. But I would like to cheer their love without any stereotypes. I believe that we can’t ignore any love form.

  2. Kyung Min Kim,

    Thanks for chiming in. There is no question that socially speaking, homosexual relationships are becoming more acceptable. This website acknowledges that “The Church’s approach to this issue stands apart from society in many ways. And that’s alright. Reasonable people can and do differ.”

    But part of the Church’s mission is to teach God’s plan for His children and His commandments which are designed with that eternal plan in mind. As such, as the site says, even though “From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior…[t]hat we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change.”

    We believe the law of chastity is from God, which puts bounds around sexual relationships as sanctioned by God only when between a man and woman legally bound as husband and wife. We realize that not everyone agrees with this, but this law is central in our belief to the plan of God, to an eternal view of the purpose of life.

    You can read more about our beliefs in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

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