"In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched the website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” (www.mormonsandgays.org). It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged topic."
Read the entire press release HERE.
Video: New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction
From the website on where the LDS Church officially stands on homosexuality:
"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."
Personally, I am thrilled that the Church has taken on, so boldly, the topic of same-sex attraction and how we as members can better reach out to those who have been given this extraordinary challenge. Even the fact that in their official statement they have used the terms "gay" and "lesbian" to refer to members with same-sex attraction, I think, is huge.
I look forward to exploring this new website and to having future discussions that will emanate from what is presented. Too often members, myself included, are awkward in how we discuss homosexuality amongst ourselves and with those challenged. My sincere prayer is that this wonderful effort will provide much needed guidance to help all of us better understand how to embrace one another and strengthen our individual capacity to become more like the Savior and follow His teachings.
How do you see this new website helping members to better understand those with same-sex attraction and helping them to feel more comfortable remaining active in the Church?
Visit new website: Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction
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