Dec. 10, 2012
The Mormon Church (“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”) has launched a new site to equip its members to have “kind and reasoned” conversation about homosexuality.
The site defines the Mormon Church’s official stance on same-sex attraction:
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.
CNN’s report notes that “Mormons believe that family relationships survive after death, as long as individuals live in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The practice – called sealing – ‘refers to the joining together of a man and a woman and their children for eternity,’ according to the church.” Thus, the concept of family carries eternal significance for Mormons. Their site states that “[f]rom a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change.”
The site segment entitled “An Eternal Perspective” states, “Though some people, including those resisting same-sex attraction, may not have the opportunity to marry a person of the opposite sex in this life, a just God will provide them with ample opportunity to do so in the next. We can all live life in the full context of who we are, which is much broader than sexual attraction” (emphasis mine). Though as Christians, we disagree with the doctrine of the former statement, we can wholeheartedly agree with the truth of the latter.
For more, the Washington Post carries the AP’s report here.