Same-Gender Attraction

“Same-Gender Attraction,” Eternal Marriage Student Manual (2003), 294–302

“Same-Gender Attraction,” Eternal Marriage Student Manual, 294–302

Same-Gender Attraction

Selected Teachings

President Gordon B. Hinckley

What is your Church’s attitude toward homosexuality?

“In the first place, we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord.

“People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are (in Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 91; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71).

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose” (Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).