BREAKING: Mormon Church Introduces Site on “Same Sex Attraction”

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Earlier today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new website aimed at fostering a discussion on same-sex attraction. Mormonsandgays.org encourages members of the Mormon church to “love one another” in the midst of a topic that “touches on the things we care about most: our basic humanity, our relationship to family, our identity and potential as children of God, how we treat each other, and what it means to be disciples of Christ.”

The new site contains a host of videos from LGBT Mormons, their family members, and church leaders telling their personal stories and affirming the truth that “we are all unique.” Elder D. Todd Christofferson says the viewer will ” hear stories and experiences from quite a diversity of people and backgrounds and perceptions” and that “not covering every issue that needs covering will be covered…[but] the idea is to open all of us to greater understanding”

As CNN notes, the website launches at a time when “some same-sex marriage activists believe the LDS Church is toning down its opposition to same sex marriage.”

However, the new site is clear to retain the church’s stance on homosexuality:

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The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.”

Still, according to Church spokesman Michael Purdy via Huffington Post, the new site represents a move by the Mormon church to “teach and clarify” the church’s position on homosexuality.

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  • revrocky210

    [Would like your reaction to the following - seen recently on the internet. Thanks.]

    By signing same-sex marriage into law, the Bible-loving Washington
    State Governor is helping to fulfill the predicted “days of Lot” (Luke
    17) – days Jesus said would precede and hurry up His return as Judge –
    and she is thus making the Bible even more believable! After swelling up
    with pride, Mt. Rainier will be having a blast that Seaddlepated folks
    can share in lava-land!

    • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

      Luke 17:20-21 – Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There it is!” For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.’

      Matthew 24:36-39 – ‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.’

      Take-away: People enjoy predicting the end of the world and Christ’s second coming. All of the predictions thus far have had two things in common. 1: They could point to signs to prove that they were right. 2: They were wrong.

      • Jonathan

        Also the days of Lot explained: Ezekiel 16:49 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

        • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

          Isaiah and Jeremiah say the same as Ezekiel.

          • Jonathan

            I was assuming that “days of Lot” was referring to the destruction of Sodom. Inferring that Sodom was destroyed because of their lewd sexuality, while not even taking into consideration the verses in Ezekiel 16.

            Pointing out that we are so focused on sexual sins, where God seems to be more concerned with inequity, usury, sedation…

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Right, no, I get where you were going. I was more meaning to add on to it, that the whole “this is why Sodom was destroyed” thing isn’t even relevant to what Jesus was saying in the first place. Sorry for the confusion.

          • Jonathan

            Funny.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            So, in summary, the Old Testament prophets (Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah) all say exactly what you noted – that the sin of Sodom is covetousness, greed, etc. Jesus (in Matthew and Luke) uses Sodom’s destruction as a demonstration of the suddenness of God’s action. The sexual sins that so many people focus on don’t even enter into it, in any of these references.

            Sorry if I’m repeating myself, I wasn’t entirely sure how to interpret your “funny” and figured clarifying would be the safest response

          • Jonathan

            Maybe funny isn’t a good word I just chuckled at this observation: “The sexual sins that so many people focus on don’t even enter into it, in any of these references.”

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            I didn’t consider that, but I guess I did word it in a funny way :-P

          • Jonathan

            I laughed at the irony. It isn’t worded funny.

  • Frank

    This is how the church should respond.

  • Benjamin Loresch

    Regardless of the topic, I think it should be clarified that the Mormon church does not, to the best of my knowledge. accept the Christian doctrine that Christ is God, and it is polytheistic.

  • 21st C. Episcopalian

    2 Tim 4:3 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (literally- according to their passions/desires/lusts; epithumia)

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