Articles by LDS Writers


The following are articles or addresses on homosexual attraction or related issues by individual members of the Church, or those of a Mormon cultural background.

NOTE: The ideas and experiences expressed in these articles are the sole responsibility of the individual writers and should not be interpreted as official statements of Church doctrine or practice, and may or may not be in line with such. These articles include those written by committed members of the Church of varying perspectives, as well as those that likely attain — because of their forum — wide readership in the larger Mormon cultural community. All articles in this section are provided as reference, not as endorsement.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The following is the statement on homosexuality in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism:

    Homosexuality | PDF
    Victor L. Brown, Jr.
    Abstract from Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow,
    4 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 2:655–56.

Ensign Magazine Articles

Listed in alphabetical order by title, the following are articles on homosexual attraction or related issues by individual members of the Church published in Ensign, an official magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Evergreen Conference Addresses

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are addresses on homosexual attraction or related issues delivered by individual members of the Church at the annual Evergreen Conference.

Various Latter-day Saint Writers

Listed in alphabetical order by title, the following are additional articles or addresses on homosexual attraction or related issues by individual members of the Church, or those of a Mormon cultural background, shared in a variety of forums.

BYU Families Under Fire Conferences

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are addresses on homosexual attraction or related issues delivered by individual members of the Church at the BYU-sponsored Families Under Fire conference.

Square Two Journal Articles

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are articles on homosexuality or related issues published in Square Two: Faithful LDS Thought on Contemporary World Issues, an independent periodical that addresses a wide range of issues relevant to Mormonism and with an “expression of a faithful LDS perspective on the important issues of the world today.”

Dialogue Journal Articles

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are articles on homosexuality or related issues published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, an independent quarterly journal that addresses a wide range of issues relevant to Mormon history, teachings, and culture. It should be noted that not all articles express unequivocal support for official LDS teachings and are presented here for purposes of awareness of discussions occurring in the broader Mormon cultural community.

Sunstone Magazine Articles

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are articles on homosexuality or related issues published in Sunstone, an independent magazine that addresses a wide range of issues relevant to Mormon history, teachings, and culture. It should be noted that not all articles express unequivocal support for official LDS teachings and are presented here for purposes of awareness of discussions occurring in the broader Mormon cultural community.

BYU Journal of Public Law Articles

Listed in order by date, recent addresses first, the following are articles on same-sex marriage or related issues published in BYU Journal of Public Law, an independent quarterly journal that addresses a wide range of issues relevant to Mormon history, teachings, and culture. It should be noted that not all articles express unequivocal support for official LDS teachings and are presented here for purposes of awareness of discussions occurring in the broader Mormon cultural community.

Non-LDS Writers

The following are articles or addresses by individuals of other religious or spiritual perspectives, or of no particular faith tradition. The ideas and experiences expressed are the sole responsibility of individual writers:

    Same-Sex Science | Read an expanded version of this article
    The social sciences cannot settle the moral status of homosexuality
    Stanton L. Jones
    First Things, February 2012

    “Many religious and social conservatives believe that homosexuality is a mental illness caused exclusively by psychological or spiritual factors and that all homosexual persons could change their orientation if they simply tried hard enough. This view is widely pilloried (and rightly so) as both wrong on the facts and harmful in effect. But few who attack it are willing to acknowledge that today a wholly different, far more influential, and no less harmful set of falsehoods—each attributed to the findings of ‘science’—dominates the research literature and political discourse.”

    Always Our Neighbors: Why the ‘New Oxford Review’ Gets the Gospel Wrong
    David Morrison
    God Spy, September 15, 2004
    Author of Beyond Gay (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1999)

    “When I wrote recently that Catholics and other Christians should befriend same-sex couples and treat them with respect, I was harshly criticized by the editors of the New Oxford Review. Here’s why we disagree.”

    No Easy Victory: A Plea From a Christian Husband and Father Who, Day By Day, Resists His Homosexual Desires
    Anonymous
    Christianity Today, March 11, 2002

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