Church Publications

The Family: A Proclamation to the World and Related Articles

The following are general Church proclamations and publications outlining doctrines of the Church regarding marriage and family which shape its position on homosexual behavior and relationships:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World


Issued October 1995 by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church. Also, read the address in which President Gordon B. Hinckley introduced The Family: A Proclamation to the World: “Stand strong against the Wiles of the World

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose… We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.”

Strengthening the Family: Created in the Image of God, Male and Female


One of a series of articles giving insight into study and use of The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Ensign, January 2005

“Confusion about gender issues is rampant today. Some men and women experience same-sex attraction—a great trial for those who desire to be obedient to God’s commandments… The trials of mortality are not easy, nor are they intended to be. But whatever our struggles, we can call upon divine doctrine, the power of the Atonement, and the Holy Spirit for help and comfort.”

The Divine Institution of Marriage

Mormon Newsroom, 2008

“Intending to reduce misunderstanding and ill will, the Church has produced the following document, ‘The Divine Institution of Marriage,’ and provided the accompanying links to other materials, to explain its reasons for defending marriage between a man and a woman as an issue of moral imperative.”

Official Publications Referencing to Same-Gender Attraction

The following are Church publications on same-gender attraction, or on sexual purity that include references to same-gender attraction:

2010 Church Handbook 2

Relevant sections from the official, online 2010 Church Handbook 2 include Policies on Moral Issues (21.4): “Chastity & Fidelity” (21.4.5), “Homosexual Behavior & Same Gender Attraction” (21.4.6), and “Same-Gender Marriages” (21.4.10).

“Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline. Homosexual behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance…

“If members feel same-gender attraction but do not engage in any homosexual behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live the law of chastity and to control unrighteous thoughts. These members may receive Church callings. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold temple recommends and receive temple ordinances.”

Bishop’s Guide: Same-Sex Attraction

“Faithful and obedient Church members may feel same-sex attractions. The attraction alone is not sinful. While individuals do not choose such attractions, all individuals choose how to respond to them. While you may not understand the complexity of this matter, expressing love and acceptance to the individual is an important step to minister to him/her.” “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction”

On December 6, 2012, the Church launched a new website,, with the descriptive title “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction.” The following is a description of the project from

“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.’ It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged topic.”

God Loveth His Children

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Released in July 2007, this booklet provides counsel for Latter-day Saints who experience same-gender attraction. It is also helpful for their priesthood leaders and family members.

“A number of Latter-day Saints with same-gender attraction are moving forward with their lives by carefully adhering to gospel standards, staying close to the Lord, and obtaining ecclesiastical and professional help when needed. Their lives are rich and satisfying, and they can be assured that all the blessings of eternal life will ultimately be theirs.”

True to the Faith

(See “Chastity“) | PDF | Order ($2.00 USD)
This book is designed as a companion to studying the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets. It contains brief, simple statements on gospel doctrines and principles, arranged alphabetically.

“If you find yourself struggling with sexual temptations, including feelings of same-gender attraction, do not give in to those temptations. Be assured that you can choose to avoid such behavior. You can receive the Lord’s help as you pray for strength and work to overcome the problem. As part of this process, you should seek counsel from your bishop or branch president. He will help you.”

For the Strength of Youth

(See “Sexual Purity“) | PDF | Order (free)
This pamphlet from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve summarizes standards for youth.

“Homosexual and lesbian behavior is a serious sin. If you find yourself struggling with same-gender attraction or you are being persuaded to participate in inappropriate behavior, seek counsel from your parents and bishop. They will help you.”

Additional Church Website Links and Content

The following are additional pages on Church websites that contain information relevant to homosexuality or related Church doctrinal positions:

Gospel Topics page on Chastity

Gospel Topics page on Same-Sex Attraction FAQ page on Homosexuality: “What is the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage? Provident Living resource list for Same-Sex Attraction

Same-Sex Marriage
CES Institute Eternal Marriage student manual, p 303

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