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Same-Sex Attraction, Safe Spaces, and the Savior

Same-Sex Attraction, Safe Spaces, and the Savior

As disciples of Jesus Christ, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commanded to “love one another” (John 13:34). Sadly, many members of the Church who experience same-sex attraction or identify as homosexual report feeling hated or rejected, both by other members and even by the institution itself. To others, this reaction is surprising because Church …

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Mormon Rockstar Releases Documentary on Helping LGBTQ Youth

Mormon Rockstar Dan Reynolds Releases Documentary Helping LGBTQ Youth

Make no mistake, Dan Reynolds is still a Mormon. The lead singer for the mega-hit band Imagine Dragons is on a mission to help LGBTQ youth, especially within the Church. However, his bold and raw message has not always endeared him to his faith community. Now, Reynolds is preparing to speak out in a new documentary released tonight on HBO. …

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LDS Church Leaders Mourn Reported Deaths in Mormon LGBT Community

LDS Church Leaders Mourn Reported Deaths in Mormon LGBT Community

An article posted by Deseret News highlighted an official response from the Church in regards to deaths among young members in the LGBQT community. Dan Jones, a spokesman for the Church, said, “Every soul is precious to God and to the church and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking. Those who are attracted to others of the same sex face …

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President Russell M. Nelson Addresses Same-Sex Policy Change in Worldwide Devotional

President Russell M. Nelson Addresses Same-Sex Policy Change in Worldwide Devotional

As part of his worldwide address to young adults last night, President Russell M. Nelson spoke candidly about the recent policy changes concerning same-sex marriage. When encouraging the audience to earnestly seek heavenly direction, President Nelson cited the “prophetic process” that occurs between the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when making “weighty matters” and noted he …

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LGBTQ Group at BYU Reminds Us That Everyone Needs a Savior

LGBTQ Group at BYU Reminds Us That Everyone Needs a Savior

Understanding Same Gender Attraction is an unofficial group of LGBTQ/SSA students at Brigham Young University, one of the Church’s private universities. The goal of the group is “to strengthen families and the BYU community by providing a place for open, respectful discussions on the topic of same-gender attraction.” They stress that the group strongly supports BYU students in “upholding the …

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Understanding the Handbook: Commentary by Michael Otterson

Understanding the Handbook: Commentary by Michael Otterson

Originally posted on Mormon Newsroom. If there’s one thing that virtually all Christians agree on, it’s Jesus Christ’s tender love of children. Both the Bible and Book of Mormon deliver touching accounts of His love for “little ones,” blessing them and forbidding His disciples from keeping children from Him. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the family …

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Meet Brandi Walton: Convert & Daughter of Lesbian Parents

Brandi Walton recently caught attention in and out of of the Latter-day Saint community when she shared her feelings about the recent changes in Church policy regarding children living in same-sex households. Brandi’s mother and father divorced when she was one, and at the age of three, her mother started dating women. Brandi’s personal experience growing up in a family …

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I Am The Daughter of Lesbians, And I Am A Mormon

Today my heart is breaking. Not because my church has decided to make children of homosexual couples wait until they’re eighteen to be baptized, but because so many of my brothers and sisters are struggling with the decision, some even going so far as to say that the decision has destroyed their testimony in the truthfulness of the church. I …

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Trending Articles in the Discussion of New Church Policies

LDS Church Leaders Mourn Reported Deaths in Mormon LGBT Community

On the evening of November 5, 2015, multiple news organizations began reporting updates to the Church Handbook of Instructions, Handbook 1. The updates, which have been confirmed by Church spokesman Eric Hawkins, lists being in a same-sex marriage under the definition of apostasy and clarifies certain ordinances are not to be performed for children of those in same-sex marriages until they …

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Could Same-Sex Marriage Ruling End LDS Marriages?

Last Friday, in a controversial decision by the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS), it was ruled that effective immediately, same-sex couples could legally marry in any state. This ruling even applies to conservative states that have traditionally opposed same-sex marriage. The decision was made after a 5-4 vote by a panel of nine Supreme Court Justices. News of …

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