What Do the Prophets Teach?

Summary: Ancient and modern prophets teach that homosexual lust and behavior are forbidden, that those who experience such desires can become sanctified, that God loves all His children, that exaltation, which requires marriage between a man and woman, is available to all, suggesting there is a way to overcome homosexuality.

Scriptures

Prophets from the Old and New Testaments warn against homosexual lust and behavior but state that those who have engaged in such behavior can be sanctified. [ MORE ]

Articles and Talks

Apostles and others discuss same-sex attraction at length, clarifying doctrines, discussing causes, and considering how its effects may be healed. Church members who have experienced same-sex attraction tell their stories. [ MORE ]

Other Resources

Church publications and websites discuss gender, set forth the Church’s position and official Church policy about homosexuality, warn the youth, and provide hope to those affected by same-sex attraction. [ MORE ]

Scriptures

Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Commentary: Jewish scholars tell us that the original Hebrew term translated here as “abomination” actually refers to being led astray.

Isaiah 3:9 (also 2 Nephi 13:9) “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”

Romans 1:27 “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.”
Commentary: This verse mentions both homosexual lust and behavior.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine….”
Commentary: In this verse, the phrase “them that defile themselves with mankind” refers to male homosexuality.

Jude 7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Commentary: In this verse, the phrase “going after strange flesh” refers to male homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Commentary: In this these verses, the term “effeminate” refers to catamites, which were boys kept for sexual purposes. The term “abusers of themselves with mankind” refers to male homosexuality. Verse 11 is the most significant in this passage in that it verifies that the atonement sanctified such individuals from their sins.

Articles and Talks

Same-Gender Attraction, Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, October 1995)

He Heals the Heavy Laden, Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, October 2006)

Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Ensign, October 2007)

Becoming Whole Again, Name Withheld (Ensign, January 1997)

My Battle with Same-Sex Attraction, Name Withheld (Ensign, August 2002)

Other Resources

The Family: A Proclamation to the World
“Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
“We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.”

“Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.”

“Homosexual Behavior and Same-Gender Attraction,” Handbook 2: Administering the Church
“Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline. Homosexual behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance.

If members engage in homosexual behavior, Church leaders should help them have a clear understanding of faith in Jesus Christ, the process of repentance, and the purpose of life on earth.

While opposing homosexual behavior, the Church reaches out with understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to those of the same gender.

If members feel same-gender attraction but do not engage in any homosexual behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live the law of chastity and to control unrighteous thoughts. These members may receive Church callings. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold temple recommends and receive temple ordinances.”

For the Strength of Youth, Sexual Purity
“Homosexual and lesbian behavior is a serious sin. If you find yourself struggling with same-gender attraction or you are being persuaded to participate in inappropriate behavior, seek counsel from your parents and bishop. They will help you.”

Discourse by President George Q. Cannon
“If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect…. No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, or the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them.” Millenial Star 56, no. 17 (April 23, 1894): pp. 260-61.

God Loveth His Children

Interview With Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Lance B. Wickman: “Same-Gender Attraction”

www.mormonsandgays.org