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Latter-day Saint (LDS) Resources About Same-sex Attraction

The resources listed below were written specifically for leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormons"). Free editions of many of the books are provided to Church leaders as a service by the publisher.

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Articles and Addresses by General Authorities

Elder Bruce C. Hafen Read Elder Bruce C. Hafen Speaks on Same-Sex Attraction, an address at the Evergreen International Conference, September 19, 2009, on the Church's Newsroom site. Print a formatted copy.

"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."
Elder Alexander Morrison Some Gospel Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction  by Elder Alexander B. Morrison, a keynote address at the 10th Annual Evergreen conference, 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."
Read Bishop McMullin's address at the Evergreen conference, September 18, 2010. His talk is 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."
The Worth of a Soul is Great, by Elder James O. Mason, a keynote address given at the Evergreen International 15th Annual Conference, 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."

"Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, October 2007Ensign. Print a formatted copy. Read in Spanish.

"As for why you feel as you do, I can't answer that question. A number of factors may be involved, and they can be as different as people are different. Some things, including the cause of your feelings, we may never know in this life. But knowing why you feel as you do isn't as important as knowing you have not transgressed. If your life is in harmony with the commandments, then you are worthy to serve in the Church, enjoy full fellowship with the members, attend the temple, and receive all the blessings of the Savior's Atonement... 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. What's more, I love you. My Brethren among the General Authorities love you."

"Same-Gender Attraction" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Ensign. Oct. 1995. Print a formatted copy. Read in Spanish.

"Some Latter-day Saints face the confusion and pain that result when a man or a woman engages in sexual behavior with a person of the same sex, or even when a person has erotic feelings that could lead toward such behavior. How should Church leaders, parents, and other members of the Church react when faced with the religious, emotional, and family challenges that accompany such behavior or feelings? What do we say to a young person who reports that he or she is attracted toward or has erotic thoughts or feelings about persons of the same sex? How should we respond when a person announces that he is a homosexual or she is a lesbian and that scientific evidence 'proves' he or she was 'born that way'?"

 "God's Love," Sharon Green Larsen (Young Women General Presidency). Address given at the Evergreen International Conference, 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."

See other General Authority articles related to same-sex attraction on the North Star LDS site.

See Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders on Same-Sex Attraction.


Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men by Jason Park.

Written to LDS men who want to resolve their homosexual feelings. It provides practical solutions to resolve the personal problems they face.

Free PDF in English or Spanish (read online or download to your computer and share it freely)

Order a printed copy in English or Spanish

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

This book gives family, friends, and priesthood leaders ideas on supporting someone they love.

Free PDF in English or Spanish (read online or download to your computer and share it freely)

Order a printed copy in English or Spanish

Understanding Male Homosexual Problems: An Introduction by Jason Park.

For a quick overview, get this 48-page booklet that summarizes the information from the other two books.

Free PDF in English or Spanish (read online or download to your computer and share it freely)

Order a printed copy in Spanish. Printed copies in English are out of print.

My Son is Gay, book cover My Son Is Gay: An LDS Father's Journey Into Love and Faith by Tony Clarke

In this engaging novel, first-time author, Tony Clarke, shares the heart-breaking but ultimately triumphant story of one LDS father's journey of discovery. Offering deep insight and practical suggestions for responding with faith and charity to a loved one who experiences same-sex attraction, this is a must read for every individual who has been touched by the issue.  

Order a printed copy in English.

A Place in the Kingdom: Spiritual Insights from Latter-day Saints about Same-Sex Attraction edited by Garrick Hyde and Ginger Hyde

A collection of personal essays from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have personally witnessed the significance of same-sex attraction in their own lives or in the life of someone they love. The essays detail the insights and experiences of LDS men and women who desire to follow the gospel when caught in the tug of war between obeying Christ's commandments or pursuing homosexual behavior.

Order a printed copy in English.

Learning Through Life's Trails, by Larry Richman Learning Through Life's Trials by Larry Richman

This booklet reviews the nature, origins, and purposes of adversity (challenges) and includes suggestions on how to patiently trust in the God and His eternal plan and how to use these trials to learn and grow stronger.

Order printed and e-reader editions in English.

See other books published by Century Publishing.

LDS Church Resources

  • MormonandGay.lds.org. This website published by the Church provides a wealth of information about same-sex attraction in the context of the gospel. It contains personal stories and videos of people who have chosen to stay faithful in the Church in the face of these challenges.
  • Same-Sex Attraction.” This entry in Gospel Topics (topics.lds.org) presents Church doctrine on the subject and provides an extensive list of study resources.
  • 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.
  • Counseling Resources. This resource at CounselingResources.lds.org helps leaders understand how to counsel with members to understand specific situations and provide help to individuals and families. Accessible by members of stake and ward councils.
  • Same-Sex Attraction.” This article from the Church’s Newsroom has several additional links on the right side of that page.

If you can’t find the above resources on LDS.org in non-English languages, see the section Language Resources below.

LDS Community Resources

  • North Star (NorthStarLDS.org). 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. The Voices of Hope series provides video testimonies and written essays that document the voices of thousands of Latter-day Saints and their experiences with same-sex attraction. Note: The organization Evergreen International merged with North Star in January 2014.
  • Brothers Road (BrothersRoad.org). Men supporting each other in addressing their same-sex attractions in affirming ways that align with their faith, values, morals, and life goals.

Church Magazine Articles on Same-Sex Attraction

The following are links to articles on same-sex attraction published in Church magazines. Some articles are not directly on same-sex attraction but contain a significant reference to it or to same-sex marriage. The articles are listed in chronological order.

Language Resources