Best LDS Resources to Help with Same-Sex Attraction, Gay, LBGT

Same-sex attraction refers to emotional, physical, or sexual attraction to a person of the same gender. The experience of same-sex attraction is not the same for everyone. Some people may feel exclusively attracted to the same gender, while others may feel attracted to both genders.

The resources below explain the LDS Church position about same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior. They also provide an understanding about this complex human experience. No matter what challenges we may face in life, we are all children of God, deserving of each other’s kindness and compassion (Romans 8:16–17). When we create a supportive environment, we build charity and empathy for each other and benefit from our combined perspectives and faith.

Download a 1-page summary handout of key LDS resources on same-sex attraction.

See the following sections below:

  • Articles on LDS365.com about Same-Sex Attraction
  • Pages on LDS.org about Same-Sex Attraction
  • General Authorities & Officers Speak About Same-Sex Attraction
  • Community and Other Resources about Same-Sex Attraction, Gay, LBGT
  • Language Resources from the Church

Articles on LDS365.com about Same-Sex Attraction:

Video: How We Can Support Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters

In November 2017, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly, we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where...

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Elder Ballard: Gays Have a Place in the Lord’s Church

Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke to BYU students at a campus devotional on November 14, 2017, and answered questions that covered a variety of topics. The following are some of his comments answering the question of what message he had for the LGBT young single adults....

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Resources to Help Youth Facing Emotional Issues

Parents and leaders can use the resources on LDS.org to better minister to youth who face emotional and mental issues. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, explained, Because of our constant connection to social media we are much more aware of the...

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LDS Church Updates Suicide Prevention and Ministering Website

The Church website Suicide Prevention and Ministering (suicide.lds.org) has been updated with additional resources to help leaders and members prevent suicide and to help leaders minister to individuals and their families impacted by suicide. The updated website has...

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HopeandHelp.lds.org

Did you know that LDS.org has a section HopeandHelp.lds.org that provides a number of topic pages to support you or those you love in dealing with challenges of life? Life brings many challenges for every member of the human family. Some challenges are the result of...

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LDS Church Reaches Out to Diverse Members

In the Saturday afternoon session of LDS General Conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to people those whose lives seem to elude the “peaceful happy moments” celebrated in the hymn “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today.” If for a time you are unable to echo the...

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Navigating Differences in Family with Love and Trust

Last week, the Church added a new video and story to the MormonAndGay.lds.org website. It is the story of Becky and Scott Mackintosh and their gay son Xian. Today, the Church published a blog post written by Becky titled "Navigating Differences in Family with Love and...

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Feeling Loved: A Farm Boy’s Perspective

In the video "Feeling Loved: A Farm Boy's Perspective," Josh explains that a relationship with God takes long, hard work and that no matter how much we think we like ourselves, we need to feel it. In this honest video, he explains his struggle to come to love himself...

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LDS Church Resources About Same-Sex Attraction in 38 Languages

Last October, the Church updated its official resources on same-sex attraction, including the website MormonandGay.lds.org (in English only) and the entry on Same-Sex Attraction in Gospel Topics (in 10 languages). To make this important information available in more...

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LDS Church Updates Resources About Same-Sex Attraction

The Church has updated its official resources on same-sex attraction. The website MormonandGay.lds.org provides a wealth of information about this complex and often misunderstood topic. The site can help you gain a better understanding of same-sex attraction in the...

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New Ministering Resources for LDS Leaders

Editors note (June 4, 2018): Ministering Resources has been renamed Counseling Resources. Four new topics have been added to Ministering Resources (CounselingResources.lds.org) to support stake and ward leaders as they minister to the following groups of members:...

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Answers to Common LDS Questions

The article "Answers to Common Questions" in the March issue of the New Era gives nice, simple answers to the following common questions about the Church: Why do you have other scriptures? Isn’t the Bible enough? Mormon men have lots of wives, right? Why are Mormons...

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Counseling Resources Available to Ward Councils

Stake and ward council members now have access to a new Church web page called Counseling Resources, available at CounselingResources.lds.org, to help individuals and families with their temporal and spiritual needs, including difficult and sensitive issues. Access is...

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Pages on LDS.org about Same-Sex Attraction

MormonandGay.lds.org

LDS Church website with resources to help individuals and families understand same-sex attraction in the context of the gospel. Personal stories and videos of people who have chosen to stay faithful in the gospel as they navigate this aspect of mortality. English only, but two sections of the site are available in 38 languages (see the table below).

Counseling Resources for LDS Leaders

Counseling and ministering helps for LDS leaders and ward council members at CounselingResources.lds.org.

Gospel Topic about Same-Sex Attraction

Gospel Topic from LDS.org explains what Latter-day Saints believe about same-sex attraction and has links to resources to learn more. Gospel Topics site is available in 9 languages, but the “Same-Sex Attraction” entry is translated into 38 languages (see the table below).

Suicide Risk for LGBTs

Gay individuals may be at higher risk for depression or suicide. See the “Understanding” section of MormonandGay.lds.org.

LDS Magazine Articles about Same-sex Attraction

Articles from the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines.

God Loveth His Children

This pamphlet provides counsel for individuals who experience same-sex attraction. It is helpful for their priesthood leaders and family as well. (Read or download a PDF with graphic layout.) It is available in many languages.

Videos about Same-Sex Attraction

Watch videos of LDS Church leaders and members about same-sex attraction.

Same-Sex Attraction

This article from the Church’s Newsroom has links to several additional resources.

General Authorities & Officers Speak About Same-Sex Attraction

"Same-gender Attraction," by Dallin H. Oaks

This article in the Oct. 1995 Ensign discusses the spiritual aspects of same-sex attraction.

Elder Bruce C. Hafen Speaks on Same-Sex Attraction

An address given September 19, 2009. Also posted on the Church Newsroom site.

“I admire your courage and your righteous desires. You may not have consciously chosen to have same gender attraction, but you are faithfully choosing to deal with it.”

“Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction,” by Jeffrey R. Holland

This article from the October 2007 Ensign. “You serve yourself poorly when you identify yourself primarily by your sexual feelings. That isn’t your only characteristic, so don’t give it disproportionate attention. You are first and foremost a son of God, and He loves you.”

"God's Love," Sharon Green Larsen (Young Women General Presidency)

Address given September 14-15, 2001.

“There is no need to hide behind who you really are because the truth is: Your real self is who God made. Your real self is your spiritual self—the part of you that is divine, holy, and good. It is a constant battle to separate ourselves from the identity and labels the world tries to pin on us.”

Remarks by Bishop Keith B. McMullin About Same-Gender Attraction

Address given September 18, 2010. Also posted on the Church’s Newsroom site.

“In the chasm between man’s ways and God’s laws regarding same-gender issues, there stand earnest souls yearning for understanding and solutions to what for them is a moral conundrum.”

Some Gospel Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction by Elder Alexander B. Morrison

Address given September 16, 2000.

“I submit that the light of the gospel of Christ
best illuminates the path to follow in coping with same-gender attraction.
In this part of life, hope for peace and happiness will not be found in
medicine, psychology or political activism. It can be obtained only
through obedience to revealed truths.”

 

"The Worth of a Soul is Great" by Elder James O. Mason

Address given September 17, 2005.
Read in Spanish

“I express my love and total respect to my brothers and sisters struggling with same gender attraction. You who are true to the faith and obedient to sacred covenants are not few in number. I commend you for your unshakable faith in the face of the unwanted feelings you did not choose to have. I commend you for never forgetting that God loves you and that you are His sons and daughters. I commend you for not forgetting your magnificent divine potential and for using your God-given moral agency in resisting temptation and evil.”

 

Community and Other Resources about Same-Sex Attraction, Gay, LBGT

North Star International

A community of Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction and desire to live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and values of the Church.

Helping LDS Men Resolve their Homosexual Problems: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders

Book that urges love and sensitivity toward those who experience same-sex attraction. Also available in Spanish.

My Son Is Gay: An LDS Father's Journey Into Love and Faith

In this book, a father shares the heart-breaking but ultimately triumphant story of his journey of discovery. Offers insight and practical suggestions for responding with faith and charity to a loved one who experiences same-sex attraction.

LDS Resources on Same-sex Attraction

A list of LDS resources, such as articles by General Authorities, books, and websites. Also includes a 1-page handout.

Voices of Hope

A collection of video testimonies and written essays that document the voices of thousands of Latter-day Saints and their experiences with same-sex attraction.

Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men

Book written to LDS men who want to resolve their homosexual feelings and follow Christ. Offers practical suggestions by a man who has walked the journey. Also available in Spanish.

Language Resources from the Church

Below are links to translated documents from the Church that provide an understanding of same-sex attraction:

  1. A notice that was sent to Church leaders when the resources listed below were published in October 2016 (see table below).
  2. “Church Teachings.” This 4-page document is the translated text from the “Church Teachings” section of MormonandGay.lds.org (see table below).
  3. Same-Sex Attraction” entry from Gospel Topics. The Gospel Topics are available in 10 languages at topics.lds.org, but the “Same-Sex Attraction” entry is available in a total of 38 languages (see table below).
  4. “Frequently Asked Questions.” This 2-page document is the translated text from the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of MormonandGay.lds.org (see table below).
  5. Counseling Resource on Same-Sex Attraction with specific helps for leaders is available to members of ward and stake councils in 10 languages: ChineseEnglishFrench, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Language
Albanian Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ
Armenian Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ
Bulgarian (Български ) Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
Cambodian Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
Chinese Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
Croatian Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ
Czech (Česky) Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
Danish (Dansk) Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
Dutch (Nederlands) Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
English Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ
Estonian Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ
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Finnish (Suomi) Notice Church Teachings Gospel Topic FAQ More
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