The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misnamed the “Mormon Church” by the media) teaches that homosexuality is contrary to the plan of God for His children. A modern-day revelation titled “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” explains further why homosexuality is in opposition to God’s plan:
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. 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. . . .
Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.
The first principle taught here is that men and women have different, inherent, divine characteristics. These traits are eternal and are complementary. Men and women help complete one another, and together, they have the potential to become their best selves. The differences are purposeful and meaningful.
The second principle taught in the quote from this revelation is that men and women are supposed to procreate, but only within the bonds of marriage. They are meant to go together to create a family unit, which is an eternal unit. In addition, sexual acts are meant to be employed only between one man and one woman who are married to each other.
The third princple taught in this quote is that children have the right to both a father and a mother who love them and who love one another. The scriptures have always taught that the best environment for a child is a traditional family setting, and modern studies are also showing this to be true: the best possible environment for a child to grow up in is to have his or her biological father and mother, who are married to each other and love each other, raise him or her with love and values.
A woman can be a wonderful mother on her own, but she can never be a father. The same is true of a man: he can be a wonderful father, but he can never be a mother. This goes back to the first principle taught in this revelation: gender is eternal and carries its own traits and characteristics. Men and women are meant to complement each other.
Mormon doctrine teaches that families are eternal units. They can literally be together forever, if they are bound together by eternal ties available in Mormon temples. Individuals must remain faithful to covenants they make to God and to each other in order to qualify for this great blessing, but it is available to all those who desire it enough to keep their promises.
Homosexuality makes a traditional family unit impossible. This is why Mormon doctrine teaches that it is wrong. This does not mean that those who practice homosexuality are evil people. It means they are acting contrary to the wishes and laws of God. There are gay Mormons. There are people who have been raised in the LDS Church who struggle with homosexual attractions. Beyond that, there are people who absolutely believe the doctrines of the LDS Church to be true who still struggle with these feelings. Being attracted to someone of the same gender is not a sin; it is a trial. Acting on those feelings does become a sin. However, it is important to remember that Mormon doctrine also teaches it is a sin for a heterosexual couple to be intimate outside the bonds of marriage. The standard is the same for everyone, and the promised blessings are the same for all who remain obedient.
If a heterosexual individual never has the chance to marry in this life, but remains faithful to the covenants he has made, he will still receive the promised blessings in the next life. The same is true of a homosexual individual. If he struggles with this attraction, but does not act on it, and he remains faithful to his other covenants, he will have exactly the same blessings in the next life as the heterosexual individual. Mormon doctrine teaches that there will be no homosexuality in the next life, because it is not of God. So, if someone struggles with it here, he will not have those same feelings in the next life.
In a world that is changing rapidly and is advocating homosexuality and freedom more and more, Latter-day Saints, or “Mormons” are being labelled as bigots for their stand against homosexuality, particularly gay marriage. Bigotry has nothing to do with it. It is based on a fundamental understanding of and belief in God’s plan for His children and of the importance of the traditional family unit.
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