The law of chastity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church states that "sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
Homosexuality-related violations of the law of chastity may result in church discipline. Members of the church who experience homosexual attractions, including those who self-identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexualmay remain in good standing in the church if they abstain from sexual relations outside opposite-sex marriage.
The Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity Church previously taught that homosexuality is a curable condition,   but now states that "individuals do not choose to have such "Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity"  and that therapy focusing on "a change in sexual orientation" is "unethical.
The LDS Church has campaigned against government recognition of same-sex marriage and the issue of same-sex marriage has been one of the church's foremost political concerns since the s.
For example, church members represented as much as 80 to 90 percent of the early volunteers petitioning voters door-to-door and 50 percent of the campaign funds in support of California Proposition 8 In Novemberthe church updated its policies regarding those in legal same-sex unions, stating that such couples are apostates from the church. Michael Quinn has suggested that early church leaders had a more tolerant view of homosexuality, but leaders like then apostle Gordon Hinckley have stated that LDS leaders have always considered homosexual behavior a grievous sin.
Reuben Clark in a General Conference,  though, the term had been in use in the US since Since the first recorded mentions of homosexuality by general Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity leaders, teachings and policies around the topics of the natureetiologymutabilityand identity around same-sex romantic and physical attractions have seen many changes through the decades, : We sometimes look back on issues and say, 'Maybe that was counterproductive for what we wish to achieve,' but we look forward and not backward.
Some changes have seemed abrupt and contradictory as was the case in September when a First Presidency member affirmed in the Ensign that an inborn homosexual orientation was a false belief with no scientific evidence and that if homosexuality were inborn it would frustrate God's plan.
There were several known or alleged instances of same-sex sexual activity by church members in the 19th century and early 20th century. These include the young man George Naylor, : The first known instance of church discipline related this was in around the alleged bisexual behavior of church leader John Bennettallegedly with Francis Higbee.
One of the more prominent instances of homosexual activity by a Mormon man in the early 20th century was presiding patriarch Joseph Fielding Smith. He served in the position only four years before being released by church president George Albert Smith for reasons of "ill health.
Inin response to a rash of arrests of gay men in Utah and Idaho, church president David O. McKay had apostles Spencer W.
Kimball and Mark E. Petersen focus their assignment on curing gay members. Speaking to church educators and LDS psychiatrists inKimball said, citing a Medical World News article, that "[w]e know such a disease is curable," and that ex-gay Mormons had emerged from the church's counseling programs cured, although the cure was "like the cure for alcoholism subject to continued vigilance.
In the church produced a booklet for leaders entitled Understanding and Helping Those With Homosexual Problems which removed all reference to homosexuality as a disease, instead framing it as "sinful behavior" that "should be eliminated" as well as "thoughts and feelings" which "should be overcome. On several occasions spanning the 70's to Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity early 's while discussing homosexuality, church Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity have alluded to their belief that the homosexual feeling may stem from a confusion over one's gender identity or gender roles.
Former LDS historian D. Michael Quinn has suggested that early church leaders had a more tolerant view of homosexuality given that during the 19th century, the Church like American society as a whole was relatively tolerant of same-sex intimate relationships. However, at the time, many such relationships had no sexual component, and among those that did, the evidence is usually circumstantial.
Felt and May Andersonthe church's first two general presidents of the Primarywho lived together in the same bedroom for decades and were referred to by Primary leaders as the " David and Jonathan " of Primary. InGordon B.
Hinckleypresident of the church, officially welcomed gay people in the church,  and in an interview affirmed them as "good people": We take no action against such people—provided they don't become involved in transgression, sexual transgression. If they do, we do with them exactly what we'd do with heterosexuals who transgress. In Novemberthe church clarified that its members who are in a same-sex marriage are in apostasy and would be subject to church discipline.
Local church leaders still have discretion for same-sex couples who are cohabiting but not married. While explicitly including same-sex marriage in the church's definition of apostasy, the November update also addressed children of same-sex couples. In the updated policy, children living in a same-sex household may not receive a name and a blessingnor be baptized until at least 18 years of age, and must disavow same-sex marriage and Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity longer be living with a parent who is, or has been, in a same-sex relationship.
Although there is no official policy to this effect, some church leaders have stated that "homosexual", "lesbian", and "gay" should be used as adjectives to describe thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, and never as nouns to describe people.
Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity example, Hinckley once stated in a public interview that "we have gays in church.
Oakschurch references condemning homosexuality are to be interpreted as a condemnation of sexual behavior, not of the people who have certain sexual feelings. This is used in contrast to people who have problems with opposite-gender attraction. To many in the church, same-sex marriages are not considered a legitimate form of marriage, and the church supports the notion of an amendment to the U.
Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The church does not condemn what it calls "susceptibilities," "inclinations", or "temptations" of any type that are not acted upon, pointing to the example of the temptation of Christ. Heterosexual marriage is considered a sacred covenant which should generally not be pursued if homosexual feelings are not under control. However, church leaders recognize the loneliness and difficulty that those with homosexual inclinations may have and encourage other members to reach out to them.
The church does not participate in debate on whether homosexual susceptibilities develop from "nature" or "nurture", suggesting that such debates are better left to science. The church teaches that all members should take responsibility in bridling their thoughts, attitudes, feelings, desires, and passions.
All members are taught to avoid any talk or activity that may arouse immoral sexual feelings. Scott has taught that through the atonement of Jesus Christall desire to sin can be changed and individuals can experience lasting peace. For those with same-gender attractions, church leaders counsel that "the line of prudence is between the susceptibility and the Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity. The church teaches that members should not indulge in that will intensify homosexual feelings, such as viewing pornography, masturbating, or participating in homosexual behavior.
Sexual relations are proper only between husband and wife appropriately expressed within the bonds of marriage. Any other sexual contact, including fornication, adultery, and homosexual and lesbian behavior is sinful We plead with those involved in such behavior to forsake it. The church has also taught that homosexual behavior distorts loving relationships,  undermines the divinely created institution of the family  and can become an addiction.
For example, pre-marital sex of either kind may permanently bar a person from serving as a church missionary. The church teaches that homosexual behavior has always been a grievous sin. There is a falsehood that some are born with an attraction to their own kind, with nothing they can do about it. They are just "that way" and can only yield to those desires. It is a malicious and destructive lie. While it is a convincing idea to some, it is of the devil. No one is locked into that kind of life Boys are to become men—masculine, manly men—ultimately to become husbands and fathers.
Although church leaders condemn the sin of homosexual behavior, they teach love for the men and women who experience homosexual attraction, including for those who pursue some form of homosexual lifestyle: Church president Spencer W. Kimball stated that he finds it hard to believe that one would choose to be homosexual by a conscious decision; instead, he suggested that it might be Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity spiritual disorder—with its roots in selfishness—resulting in feelings that must be overcome or suppressed.
On several occasions from — multiple top leaders taught that attractions to those of the same sex won't exist after death, stating "it must be true"  that "gay or lesbian inclinations" will "not exist post-mortality",  but only occur "right now in mortality. In the apostle Packer addressed gay and lesbian youth stating that church leaders don't reject, but rather them, and that they sometimes must extend tough love through teaching and discipline.
It criticized those who did not show love and challenged gay members to show love and kindness to help other members change their attitudes.
There are many current and former members of the LDS church who are attracted to people of the same sex, and they have had a variety of positive and negative experiences with leaders and other members.
For example, one gay Mormon man who dates men reported never having problems with his local leaders, while another who was a Church employee described how his stake president denied his temple recommend resulting in him getting fired simply because of his friendship with other gay men and his involvement in a charity bingo for Utah Pride in a article.
Feliz said that his Peruvian mission was directed in the early s  by South American area authorities to not teach known homosexuals.
Expressions and identities for sexuality and gender are "separate, Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity related" aspects of a person  and stem from similar biological origins. He also reaffirmed the church's views that "gender is part Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity our eternal God-given identity and purpose" and stated that the Church does not baptize "those who are planning trans-sexual operations" and that undergoing a "trans-sexual operation" may imperil the membership of a church member.
Additionally, a trangender individual who has undergone gender-confirming surgery may be baptized only with First Presidency approval, and those considering it are barred from baptism. From a psychological and ministerial perspective, the two are different. The church's policies and treatment of LGBT people has long been a source of controversy both inside and outside the church   and a significant cause of disagreement and disaffection by members.
A online survey of over 3, individuals who no longer believe church truth claims found that around ten percent would consider returning if among several changes LGBT persons were accepted and treated equally.
The controversial policies for LGBT persons has made an impression on the general public. Past leaders' teachings on reparative therapy and the origins of homosexuality have been criticized.
In the late 90s psychiatrist Jeffery R. Jensen, a University of Utah almnus,  criticized church reparative therapy modalities and etiological theories around homosexuality in multiple presentations as lacking scientific integrity as he Mormon statement on homosexuality and christianity they were dictated from top church leaders rather than drawn from actual empirical observation by trained professionals.
He also stated that current church publications on the subject were condescending, dehumanizing pontifications using caricatures and stereotypes of gay men and lesbians to distort knowledge and facts in order to justify oppressive standards and norms.
He continued asserting that "far too many of our lesbian and gay youths kill themselves because of what you say about them" since gay men and lesbians cannot be made heterosexual, and "those who believe your false promises and remain celibate in the hopes of eventual 'cure' are consigned to a misery. One general conference address later distributed as a pamphlet that generated controversy was Packer's " To Young Men Only " which condones an example of a male missionary who punched his missionary companion for making romantic advances with Packer stating, "Well, thanks.
Somebody had to do it The policies and treatment of LGBTQ individuals have prompted several protests and mass resignations including the following:.