Magazine article The Christian Century

Gay Feelings Must Be Resisted, Mormons Declare

Magazine article The Christian Century

Gay Feelings Must Be Resisted, Mormons Declare

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A new Mormon booklet on homosexuality states that same-sex relationships are "inconsistent" with God's plan, but adds that some people may not be able to "overcome" such attractions.

The document differentiates between those who have same-gender attractions and those who act on them. "Attractions alone do not make you unworthy," the document states, adding that God has declared any sexual relations outside marriage unacceptable.

The booklet, "God Loveth His Children," was posted on the Web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in late July with little fanfare.

"While many Latter-day Saints, through individual effort, the exercise of faith, and reliance upon the enabling power of the Atonement, overcome same-gender attraction in mortality, others may not be free of this challenge in this life," the new church document reads.

Faith in Jesus' sacrifice for human sins can empower those with "same-gender inclinations" to resist improper conduct, it states. It adds that if God's plan is followed, "our bodies, feelings, and desires will be perfected in the next life so that every one of God's children may find joy in a family consisting of a husband, a wife, and children. …

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