Best LDS Resources to Help with Same-Sex Attraction, Gay, LGBT
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 sex, while others may feel attracted to both sexes.
The resources below explain the Church’s 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.
- See a list of resources about same-sex attraction in multiple languages at the bottom of this page.
- Download a 1-page summary handout of key LDS resources on same-sex attraction
- Read a Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders on Same-Sex Attraction
Articles on LDS365.com about Same-Sex Attraction
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Pages on ChurchofJesusChrist.org about Same-Sex Attraction
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 and ministering helps for leaders and ward council members at CounselingResources.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Gospel Topic from ChurchofJesusChrist.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).
Gay individuals may be at higher risk for depression or suicide. See the “Understanding” section of MormonandGay.lds.org.
Articles from the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines.
Watch videos of Church leaders and members about same-sex attraction.
General Authorities & Officers Speak About Same-Sex Attraction
This article in the Oct. 1995 Ensign discusses the spiritual aspects of same-sex attraction.
An address given September 19, 2009.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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, LGBT
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.
Book that urges love and sensitivity toward those who experience same-sex attraction. Also available in Spanish.
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.
A list of LDS resources, such as articles by General Authorities, books, and websites. Also includes a 1-page handout.
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.
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:
- A notice that was sent to Church leaders when the resources listed below were published in October 2016 (see table below).
- “Church Teachings.” This 4-page document is the translated text from the “Church Teachings” section of MormonandGay.lds.org (see table below).
- “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).
- “Frequently Asked Questions.” This 2-page document is the translated text from the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of MormonandGay.lds.org (see table below).
- Counseling Resource on Same-Sex Attraction with specific helps for leaders is available to members of ward and stake councils in 10 languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.