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Books and Pamphlets

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The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

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General Authorities or Lay Members

 

 

 

Compiled and © by

Jay Bell

 

 

 

(as of 17 December 2001)




© 2001 by Jay Bell. Please do not distribute this in any form, including electronic, without written consent by the compiler. He may be reached at Jay@infostream.com.. Thank you




Table of Contents:

 

Introduction

Criteria

Results

Some Good News

What Follows

Explination of symbols

Publications From the LDS Church, its Curriculum Department and General Authorities

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Ballard, M. Russell

Counseling with Our Councils: Learning to Minister Together in the Church and in the Family

Excerpt

Benson, Ezra Taft

Come unto Christ

Notes on background and related publishing

The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publications

This Nation Shall Endure

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publications

Caldwell, C. Max, & Otten, Leaun G.

Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants

The Church and Society: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 1

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Condie, Spencer J.

Your Agency, Handle With Care

Excerpt

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine: Teacher’s Manual

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part A

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Encyclopedia of Mormonism: The History, Scripture, Doctrine, and Procedure of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, 5 vols.

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publications

Family Home Evening Resource Book

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Faust, James E.

Finding Light in a Dark World

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Brigham Young University 1993-1994 Devotional and Fireside Speeches

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Featherstone, Vaughn J.

Man of Holiness

Excerpt

Millennial Generation: Leading Today’s Youth into the Future

Excerpt

The Incomparable Christ

Excerpt

For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Gibbons, Francis M.

Dynamic Disciples: Prophets of God

Excerpt

Hafen, Bruce C.

The Belonging Heart

Excerpt:

Notes on background and related publishing

Hinckley, Gordon B.

Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues that Will Heal our Hearts and Homes

Excerpt

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Jesus Christ and His Gospel: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Kimball, Spencer W.

A Letter to a Friend

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Classic Talk Series

Excerpt

Faith Precedes The Miracle

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

The Miracle of Forgiveness

Excerpt

Notes and background on related publishing

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Lee, Herald B.

Decisions For Successful Living

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Teachings of Harold B. Lee

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee

Excerpt

The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women Part B

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing:

Maxwell, Neal A.

Look Back at Sodom:  (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls)

Excerpt

Meek And Lowly

Excerpt

The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book

Excerpt

Notes and background on related publishing

Sermons Not Spoken

Excerpt

Notes and background on related publishing

Things as They Really Are

Excerpt

We Will Prove Them Herewith

Excerpt

Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward

Excerpt

Marriage and Family Relations Instructor’s Manual

Excerpt

McConkie, Bruce R.

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

Excerpt

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary: Acts - Philippians, 3 vols

Excerpt

The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man

Excerpt

Mormon Doctrine

Excerpt

The Mortal Messiah — Book 3: From Bethlehem to Calvary

Excerpt

The Sermons & Writings of Bruce R. McConkie

Excerpt

Morrison, Alexander B.

Visions of Zion

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Nelson, Russell M.

The Power Within Us

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publications

Packer, Boyd K.

That All May Be Edified”: Talks, Sermons & Commentary by Boyd K. Packer

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

“To the One: Address Given to the Twelve Stake Fireside, Brigham Young University, March 5, 1978,”

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

“To Young Men Only,”

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

The Presidents of the Church: Teacher’s Manual

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Speaking Out on Moral Issues

Excerpt

The Prophets Have Spoken

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing and citations

Teachings of the Prophets: Statements of LDS Leaders on Contemporary Issues

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing and citations

Understanding and Helping Those Who Have Homosexual Problems

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing and citations

We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing and citations

Wirthlin, Joseph B.

Brigham Young University 1991-1992 Devotional and Fireside Speeches

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Finding Peace in Our Lives

Excerpt

Young Women Manual 1

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Young Women Manual 2

Excerpt

Notes on background and related publishing

Publications From Lay Members of the LDS Church

Anderson, Scott and Kae

Homosexuality, Symptoms & Free Agency: A Personal Account of Excommunication and Conversion

Byrd, A. Dean, Homosexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Understanding Homosexuality According to the Doctrines of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, (Springville, UT: Bonneville Books 2001)

Byrd, A. Dean, & Chamberlain, Mark D.

Religion, Mental Health, and the Latter-day Saints

Notes on background and related publishing

Cramer, Steven A.

The Worth of a Soul: Excommunication and Conversion

Cox, Shirley E., & Dant, Dorris R., “Developing Genuine Friendships: A Guide for Women Struggling With Same-Sex Attraction,” (Salt Lake City, UT: Evergreen International 1999).

Cox, Shirley E., & Matteson, David

Evergreen Workbook for Men

Notes on background and related publishing

Elderidge, Erin

Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-sex Attraction With Insights for Friends, Family, and Leaders

Notes on background and related publishing

Harmer, John,

A War We Must Win: A Frontline Account of the Battle Against the Pornography Conspiracy

Notes on background and related publishing

Hyde, Garrick (Editor) Hyde, Ginger (Editor)

Place in the Kingdom: Spiritual Insights from Latter-Day Saints about Same-Sex Attraction

Jeppsen, Rod

Turn Yourselves and Live: Is Anything Too Hard For God?

Notes on background and related publishing

Lather, Glen L.

What’s a Parent to Do?: Solving Family Problems in a Christ-like Way

Notes on background and related publishing

Park, Jason

Helping LDS Men Resolve their Homosexual Problems: A Guide for Family

Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men

Understanding Male Homosexual Problems: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints

Parry, Donald W., Parry, Jay

Understanding the Signs of the Times

Notes on background and related publishing

Skousen, W. Cleon,

So You Want to Raise a Boy?

Notes on background and related publishing

Strengthening Our Families: An In-depth Look at the Proclamation on the Family

Notes on background and related publishing

Wilcox, Michael

Nation at the Crossroads Spiritual Decline of the Promised Land

Notes on background and related publishing










Introduction


        The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been publicly trying to soften its rhetoric on homosexuality during the past few years. LDS President Gordon B Hinckley has publicly stated that the Church he represents “love[s] them [i.e., ‘so-called gays’] as sons and daughters of God.” and “we have gays in the church. Good people” Footnote Is the LDS Church’s positioning in fact trying to be more accommodating, inclusive, and understanding? What kind of environment do those “good people” who are gay exist in the LDS Church? Christ stated that “by their fruits ye shall know them.” What is the fruits of President Hinckley’s statement that the LDS Church “love[s] them.” LDS Bishop David Hardy has argued that there are three homophobic pamphlets that need to be changed if the LDS Church is to truly make themselves a “safe place” for gay members. Footnote Well I got curious and decided investigate homophobic comments that currently exist in writings of LDS church leaders and lay members despite the fact that President Hinckley says “we love them.”


Criteria:

1.     Homophobia defined: “Irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals” (Marian Webster Collegiate Dictionary, electronic edition 1994)

2.     Material used:

        a.   Print media: I decided to use pamphlets and books. .

        b.  Electronic media. Deseret Book has published Gospel Link 2001 a database containing over 2,000 LDS works.

        c.   Internet electronic media: The LDS Church’s official Internet site at fttp//www.lds.org.

3.     Material excluded

        a.     Print media: Official or unofficial Church magazines is not used because of difficulty of figuring out what is still in print

        b.     Electronic media: The LDS Church’s database or online Internet site containing the copies of it’s official magazines from 1971-2001 (URL internet site at fttp//www.lds.org).. Because of space and time restraints, this resource is not used. Except for about three yeas, the Ensign magazine, for example, has produced, at least one homophobic statement per year.


Results: 

        The follow 83 titles containing homophobic statements show the LDS Church’s “fruits” and what I consider the truth behind the official hypocrisy of trying to accept the homosexual as part of their congregation. Their attempt to follow the Catholic Priest Father St. Augustine who originally said “Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum” Footnote which means “With love for mankind and hatred of sins.” (Now often quoted as “Love the sinner and hate the sin,” – Christ never said it.)


Some Good News:

        There were less than five neutral or somewhat positive statements. I want to briefly share four of the most positive ones.

1.     The first comes from the 2001 revision of a First Presidency sponsored pamphlet titled For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God. The original 1990 edition has the following section on homosexuality:

The Lord specifically forbids certain behaviors, including all sexual relations before marriage, petting, sex perversion (such as homosexuality, rape and incest), masturbation or preoccupation with sex in thought, speech or action.(See A Parents Guide, pp. 36-39.)

Homosexual and lesbian activities are sinful and an abomination of the Lord (see Romans 1:26-27, 31). Unnatural affection including those toward persons of the same gender are counter to God's eternal plan for his children. You are responsible to make right choices. Whether directed toward those of the same or opposite gender, lustful feelings and desires may lead to more serious sins. All Latter-day Saints must learn to control and discipline themselves. Footnote

While the 2001 revision states:

Homosexual activity is a serious sin. If you find your-self struggling with same-gender attraction, seek counsel from your parents and bishop. They will help you. Footnote

While the 2000 statement less draconian than the 1990 one, it is still homophobic. However the new version is a vast improvement over the original one. It also offers youth a little glimmer of hope by telling them to seek help from parents and bishops and through its tone.

2.     The second example comes from Chieko N Okazaki former of the LDS Relief Society Presidency. After mentioning her support for the First Presidency’s stance on homosexuals, commenting that she has worked with those:

…who struggled with feelings of homosexuality It's been wonderful for me to learn to separate the worth of the individual from any particular behavior, and to feel how deeply and how keenly God loves each individual. I don't have to approve of any particular behavior, but I also don't have to judge people. I know that God loves them. By not judging, I can feel that love for them in my own heart. Footnote

3.     The third one comes from Jefrey R. Holland’s Of Souls, Symbols and Sacrament:

But it is not our purpose here to document social problems or wring our hands over the dangers that such outside influences may hold for us. As serious as such contemporary realities are, I wish to discuss this this topic in quite a different way, discuss it specifically for Latter-day Saints. So I conspicuously set aside statistics on such tragedies as AIDS, abortions, and illegitimate births and refer rather to a gospel-based view of personal purity. Footnote

4.     The fourth comes from an unknown Church editor. In 1984, Spencer W. Kimball’s 1954 BYU talk “Be Ye Clean” was “adapted” into a new Church pamphlet called Repentance Brings Forgiveness. Whoever edited the talk took out every reference to homosexuality that President Kimball put in. The 1954 talk reads:

I explained: One must come to the realization of the seriousness of error. There are sins that cannot be forgiven, but fortunately most can be remitted. * * *

{5}Next to the unpardonable sins come the diabolical crimes of sexual impurity which raise their ugly heads in many different forms, including aberrations of self-pollution {masturbation} and the abhorrent and unnatural practices {homosexuality} involving other people. Conscience tells the individual when he is entering forbidden worlds and continues to prick until silenced by the will or by sin's constant pressures. Can anyone truthfully say he did not know such things were wrong? These unholy practices, whatever may be their unmentionable names with all their approaches and numerous manifestations, are condemned by the Lord and His Church. Some may be more heinous than others, but all are sin, in spite of the statements to the contrary of those who falsely pretend to know. The Lord's prophets declare they are not normal. The world may have its norm; the Church has a different one. It may be considered normal by the people of the world to use tobacco; the Church's norm is a high plane where smoking is not done. The world's norm may permit men and women social drinking and cocktail parties; the Lord's Church lifts its people to a norm of total abstinence. The world may countenance pre-marital sex experiences, but the Lord and His Church condemn in no uncertain terms any and every sex relationship outside of marriage, and even indecent and uncontrolled ones within marriage. And so, though many self-styled authorities justify these-practices as a normal release, the Church condemns them and could not knowingly send such people, unrepentant into the mission field or give them places of trust or positions of responsibility. Such unholy practices were condemned by ancient prophets and are today condemned by the Church.

                   Paul lashed out against these unholy evidences of the vulgar mind and of uncontrolled passion and desire:

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. (Romans 1:24)

There are those who with vicious tendencies or weak wills say "The Lord made me this way, gave me these desires and passions, and He will not condemn me," This is untrue. Footnote

While the 1984 talk reads:

The bishop answered, `you must come to a realization of the seriousness of the error. There are sins which cannot be forgiven,

* * *

"Next to the unforgivable sins come sexual sins. Some such sins may be committed with {3} oneself and some with another person. Conscience tells the individual when he is committing this sin. These unholy practices are condemned by the Lord and his church. Some may be worse than others, but all are sin. The Lord's prophets declare that these sins are not normal. Some people in the world may say premarital sex experiences are all right, but the Lord and his church condemn them. Every sex relationship outside of marriage is wrong. Such evil practices were condemned by ancient prophets and are today condemned by the Church. Footnote

At last there is a small glimmer of hope when, W. Cleon Skousen comments that he believes in God’s ideal earthly government, modeled on the Old Testament Judges of Israel, that the death penalty shouldn’t apply to homosexuals unless the Judges deem is necessary. Footnote


What Follows:

        What follows is an example of what members of the Mormon Church face when dealing with trying to resolve his or her attraction toward their same sex and feelings toward his or her religion. LDS gays are continually faced with this challenge. Many Mormon gays paraphrase their religion founder’s cry before martyrdom “Is there on hope for the gay widow’s son?”

        Officially is the LDS Church sounds like it’s trying to make room for gays? From their statements to the press it can be argued “Yes they are but it takes time.” Or when looking at it in a larger context the same answer can be “No is it just whitewash to avoid bad press.” Regardless of what is happening at the highest levels of the LDS Church, the truth is “A person cannot live in an atmosphere of universal rejection, of widespread pretense,” writes Cory, “of a society that outlaws and banishes his activities and desires, of a social world that jokes and sneers at every turn without fundamental influence on his personality.” Footnote That type of social rejection has to change whether it is in a physical society or a “community of Christ.”

        I alone am responsible for the content of this compilation. Fortunately there are leader who are accepting and loving of gays, but they are too few.


Expiation of symbols

# = Book in print

= CD or cassette

" = Gospel Links 2001, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book 2000) A database of more than 2,000 works using a Folio search engine.

‡ = Available on the Internet in most cases at http//www.lds.org .

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Publications From the LDS Church, its Curriculum Department and General Authorities

Publications from the LDS Church,

its Curriculum Department

and General Authorities


 

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Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983, 1992), “41 Sexual Purity,” 149 or on URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ○


Excerpt:



You may want to explain what constitutes a sexual sin by reviewing page 15 of For the Strength of Youth. Emphasize that people who sincerely repent of sexual sins [including homosexuality which is discussed on that and the previous pages] can be forgiven, but often the process of repentance is long and difficult. Young men who have committed sexual sins should seek the help of their bishop.

      What sexual sins does the Lord forbid? (“All sexual relations before marriage, petting, sex perversion [such as homosexuality, rape, and incest], masturbation, or preoccupation with sex in thought, speech, or action.”)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Aaronic Priesthood manual for 12 to 18 year-old males for the years 1994, 1997, 2000.

        Translate into Albanian, Arabic, Armenian East, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Check, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Gilbertese, Greek, Haitian, Hiligayoan, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ilokamo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotean, Maltese, Niuean, Norwegian, Pangasinam, Pohnpeian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Rartogian, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tai, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, and Waray



 

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Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1993), “25 Personal Purity through Self-discipline,” 93-94; “46 Avoiding Degrading Media Influences,” 177; also on URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

[“25 Personal Purity through Self-discipline,”]



By Disciplining Ourselves, We Can Live a Virtuous Life





Explain that whether we are learning to play a musical instrument, trying to control our temper, or making ourselves get up when we would rather sleep longer, our self-discipline will help us live a virtuous life.


Story and discussion


Relate the following story:


“A missionary serving in the eastern United States was confronted by a college student who was less interested in the gospel message than in the missionary’s strict moral code. The student sneeringly asked the missionary how he controlled his desires when there were so many beautiful girls around, implying that the missionary must not be normal. The elder explained: ‘It is not that I am abnormal—it is that I know I am responsible and in charge of my body. You think you are helpless in the face of your desires. You think you are the victim of them. I have proven to myself that I am the master of those feelings’ “ (Terrance D. Olsen, “Teaching Morality to Your Children,” Ensign, Mar. 1981, p. 14).

                                                                       What was the difference in the point of view of the college student and the elder? (The student felt he had no control over his natural desires. The elder knew that they were normal desires but they must be controlled.) {94}

                                                                       What had the elder learned to do about his feelings and emotions?

                                                                       Why is it important that we learn self-control now rather than wait?


Scriptures


Have the young men read and mark the following scriptures: Psalm 24:3-5; Alma 5:16-19.


Explain that being morally clean and virtuous requires self-discipline and self-control. For example, President Spencer W. Kimball spoke plainly about sinful sexual desires and practices. Explain that you are going to read a number of President Kimball’s statements regarding morality and self-discipline.


Note: If you think the young men do not understand the terms used, read the definitions below to clarify the terms. Then read the quotations following each definition. Present only the prophet’s statements. Emphasize self-discipline, and limit the discussion, if any is necessary, to defining the terms used in the quotations.

 

1.                                                                       Our Conduct toward Our Own Bodies


Definition


Masturbation: stimulating oneself sexually.



Quotation


“Masturbation … is not approved of the Lord nor of his church, regardless of what may be said by others whose ‘norms’ are lower” (President Kimball Speaks Out [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 10).

 

2.                                                                       Our Conduct toward Someone of the Same Sex


Definition


Homosexuality: “ ‘sexual desire for those of the same sex or sexual relations between individuals of the same sex,’ whether men or women” (The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], p. 78).


Quotation


“The unholy transgression of homosexuality is either rapidly growing or tolerance is giving it wider publicity. … The Lord condemns and forbids this practice.

“ ‘God made me that way,’ some say, as they rationalize and excuse themselves. … ‘I can’t help it,’ they add. This is blasphemy. Is man not made in the image of God, and does he think God to be ‘that way’?” (President Kimball Speaks Out, pp. 10, 12).


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[“46 Avoiding Degrading Media Influences”]


Quotation


President Spencer W. Kimball warned us of some of the dangers resulting from these exposures to degrading media influences: “Certainly the tragedy … often begins with a visit to [a pornographic] motion picture theater or fingering through an obscene magazine. The path to the grievous sins of fornication, adultery, and homosexuality can begin, too, with the viewing of some of the sex-and-violence-oriented programs now being shown on television, including network television” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1976, p. 6; or Ensign, Nov. 1976, p. 6).


Help the young men understand that the effects of degrading influences may not happen all at once. We can let ourselves gradually be eroded spiritually, bit by bit, day by day, week by week, until we are blinded to reality, numbed to the Spirit of the Lord, and engulfed in evil influences that lead to sin.


Poster


Display the poster titled “Satan’s Tools,” or uncover the first list on the chalkboard.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Aaronic Priesthood manual for 12 to 18 year-old males for the years 1995, 1998, 2001 The section from “Avoiding Degrading Media Influences,” originally published in “31 Avoiding Degrading Media Influences,” Teachers Course B, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1984), 127. Manual used in the years 1985, 1988, and 1991.

        Translated into Bulgarian, Check, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Ilokamo, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rarotogian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, and Waray.



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Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1995), “/28 Withstanding Temptation,” 116; or on URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ○ ‡


Excerpt:



Homosexuality


President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“Let it therefore be clearly stated that the seriousness of the sin of homosexuality is equal to or greater than that of fornication or adultery; and that the Lord’s Church will as readily take action to disfellowship or excommunicate the unrepentant practicing homosexual as it will the unrepentant fornicator or adulterer” (The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], pp. 81-82; italics in original).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Aaronic Priesthood manual for 12 to 18 year-old males for the years 1996, and 1999. Originally published in “18 Withstanding Worldly Pleasures,” Priests Course A, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983), 70. Manual used in the years 1984, 1987, 1990, and 1993.

        Translated into Bulgarian, Check, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Ilokamo, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rarotogian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, and Waray.





 

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Ballard, M. Russell, Counseling with Our Councils: Learning to Minister Together in the Church and in the Family, (Salt Lake City, Utah:  Deseret Book Company 1997), 137-138. ■  ○


Excerpt:

         On the other hand, the spirit of inspiration or the seriousness of the transgression may move or require the Church leader to convene a disciplinary council. A disciplinary council is mandatory for certain serious, specified offenses, such as murder and incest, and also for a serious transgression committed by a member holding a prominent position in the Church. In this context, a serious transgression means a major offense against morality, including attempted murder, rape, forcible sexual abuse, intentionally inflicting serious physical injuries on others, adultery, fornication, homosexual relations, child abuse (sexual or physical), spouse abuse, deliberate abandonment of family responsibilities, robbery, burglary, embezzlement, theft, sale of illegal drugs, fraud, perjury, or false swearing.



 

Benson, Ezra Taft, Come unto Christ, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1993), “What Manner of Men Ought We to Be?,” 49, “Lead Your Children to Christ,”57, 59. ○


Excerpt:

{49} A priesthood holder is virtuous. Virtuous behavior implies that he has pure thoughts and clean actions. He will not lust in his heart, for to do so is to “deny the faith” and to lose the Spirit. (Doctrine and Covenants 42:23.)

         He will not commit adultery “nor do anything like unto it.” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:6.) This means fornication, homosexual behavior, self-abuse, child molestation, or any other sexual perversion.

* * *

{57} We should not assume that public schools always reinforce teachings given in the home concerning ethical and moral conduct. We have seen introduced into many school systems false ideas about the theory of man’s development from lower forms of life, teachings that there are no absolute values, attempts to repudiate beliefs regarded as supernatural, permissive attitudes toward sexual freedom that give sanction to immoral behavior and “alternative life-styles,” such as lesbianism, homosexuality, and other perverse practices.

         Such teachings not only tend to undermine the faith and morals of our young people, but they also deny the existence of God, who gave absolute laws, and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Surely we can see the moral contradiction of some who argue for the preservation of endangered species but who also sanction the abortion of unborn humans

* * *

{59} Some fathers leave solely to the mother or to the school the responsibility of shaping a child’s ideas and standards. Too often television and movie screens shape our children’s values. We should not assume that public schools always reinforce teachings given in the home concerning ethical and moral conduct. We have seen introduced into many school systems false ideas about the theory of man’s development from lower forms of life, teachings that there are no absolute values, attempts to repudiate beliefs regarded as supernatural, permissive attitudes toward sexual freedom that give sanction to immoral behavior and “alternative lifestyles,” such as lesbianism, homosexuality, and other perverse practices.

         Such teachings not only tend to undermine the faith and morals of our young people, they also deny the existence of God, who gave absolute laws, and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Surely we can see the moral contradiction of some who argue for the preservation of endangered species but who also sanction the abortion of unborn humans. The Lord expects great things from the fathers of Israel. Fathers must take time to find out what their children are being taught and then take steps to correct false information and teaching.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        The original statement for the last three paragraphs is found in Benson, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-first Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 4 and 5, 1981, 48; Benson, “Great Things Required of Their Fathers,” Ensign, 11 (May 1981):34. The last two paragraphs can also be found in Ezra Taft Benson, “The Gospel in Our Lives: Education,” The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1988), 286. ○


 

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____________, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1988), “The Gospel in Our Lives: Education,” 286. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         He will not commit adultery “nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:6). This means fornication, homosexual behavior, self-abuse, child molestation, or any other sexual perversion. This means that a young man will honor young women and treat them with respect. He would never do anything that would deprive them of that, which in Mormon’s words, is “most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue” (Moroni 9: 9).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Originally in: Ezra Taft Benson, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-sixth Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 4 and 5, 1986, 60; or Benson, “Godly Characteristics of the Master,” Ensign, 16 (November 1986): 45. The summary of the talk which paraphrases the part about homosexuality is in: “Priesthood Session,” Church News, October 12, 1986, 14. Also found in Ezra Taft Benson, “Lead Your Children to Christ,” Come unto Christ, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1993), 59; Benson, “What Manner of Man Ought we to be?” Morality, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1992), 9; or Benson, “What Manner of Man Ought we to be?” Speaking Out on Moral Issues, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1998), 9.


 

____________, This Nation Shall Endure, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1977), “America’s Strength: The Morality of Its People,” 95-96. ○


Excerpt:

         God created sex, but not for self-indulgence. To quote the popular evangelist Billy Graham, “God himself implanted the physical magnetism between the sexes for two reasons: for the propagation of the human race, and for the expression of that kind of love between man and wife that makes for true oneness. His command to the first man and woman to be ‘one flesh’ was as important as his {96} command to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’” (As quoted by President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1974, p. 9.)

         Men are not animals, left only to their instincts and self-indulgence. We are the offspring of God. God himself has set the boundaries of this sacred act. Sex outside of marriage is wrong. Every form of homosexuality is wrong. This is God’s definition of chastity. Through his prophets he has declared and reiterated, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14.) Footnote

These two paragraphs were consolidated into:

         God created sex, but not for self-indulgence. Men are not animals, left only to their instincts and self-indulgence. We are offspring of God. God Himself has set the boundaries of this sacred act. Sex outside of marriage is wrong. Every form of homosexuality is wrong. Through His prophets He has declared and reiterated, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).


Notes on background and related publications:

        Also in Ezra Taft Benson, “The Gospel in Our Lives: Chastity and Virtue,” The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1988), 280.



 

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Caldwell, C. Max, & Otten, Leaun G., Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants, (Salt Lake City, Utah Deseret Book Company 1982), “Doctrine and Covenants, Section 59,” 1:189. ■ ○



 

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The Church and Society: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Daniel H. Ludlow ed., (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1995), Robert L. Leake, “AIDS,” 10-12; Victor L. Brown, Jr.,”Homosexuality,”241-242; Terrance D. Olson, “Sexuality,” 462-466; Stephen J. Bahr, “Social Characteristics,” 469, 472-473. This contains extracts of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism in a more affordable paperback edition. For excerpts and background, see under Encyclopedia of Mormonism) ■(currently on remainder)



 

Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 1, Stake Presidencies and Bishoprics, (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1998). ○ (Internet)


Excerpt:

Homosexual Behavior

         Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, distorts loving relationships, 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.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        For example it is found on http://www.xs4all.nl/~johanw/mormon/ as of July 2001.



 

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Condie, Spencer J., Your Agency, Handle With Care, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1996), “The Agency of Others: Handle with Care,” 86-87, 97, 107-108. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         Bishops and quorum leaders have a sincere desire to help {87} those fighting against tendencies toward alcoholism and drug addiction, or thoughts about homosexuality or child and spouse abuse. But some leaders are perceived by those in need to be limited in their counseling experience, and this can undermine the trust that should rightfully be placed in them as men possessing the mantle of their calling and the spirit of discernment. To some of those who are beleaguered by pathological problems, it seems that we only know how to respond to certain kinds of tragedies. It is as if there are acceptable and unacceptable problems.



 

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Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine: Teacher’s Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1999), “Lesson 43 ‘Take Upon You My Whole Armor,’” 250; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

2.      Live the law of chastity.

 

               What is the Lord’s law of chastity? (See D&C 42:22-24; D&C 59:6; D&C 63:16; and the following quotations.)

The First Presidency stated: “The Lord’s law of moral conduct is abstinence outside of lawful marriage and fidelity within marriage. Sexual relations are proper only between husband and wife appropriately expressed within the bonds of marriage. Any other sexual contact, including fornication, adultery, and homosexual and lesbian behavior, is sinful” (First Presidency letter, 14 Nov. 1991).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Sunday School adult manual for 2001

        Translated into Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portugese, Spanish, Swedish, Tahitian, Tongan, and Tai.



 

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Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part A: Gospel Principles and Doctrines, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1979, 1980, 1986, 1993, 1996, revised 2000), “Moral Cleanliness Lesson 34,” 251; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

God’s Law of Cleanliness:

         God has never changed His laws and commandments concerning sexual sin, although man has tried to change them to suit his own pleasure. The law of chastity means that a man must not have intimate physical relations with anyone except his own wife. The Lord has commanded, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). The law of chastity is not limited to just adultery, however. It extends to all improper uses of the divine power of procreation. Among the other ways man misuses this sacred power are fornication (including living together without marriage), homosexuality, abortion, and masturbation.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Manual explaining the basics of the LDS lay priesthood, both Aaronic and Melchezedek. Curriculum year every year for four years. . A revised version is published in 2000 and used in the 2001 curriculum year.

First Sunday of Each Month

First-Sunday quorum and group meetings provide a time for priesthood leaders “to sit in council” (D&C 107:89) with Melchizedek Priesthood holders and prospective elders, and to teach them to “act … in all diligence” in magnifying their priesthood callings (see D&C 107:99). Members of the elders quorum presidency or high priests group leadership should instruct and train on this Sunday, using the resource materials listed on page 5, and counsel together with their quorum or group. Footnote

        Translated into Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Check, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Gilbertese, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ilokamo, Italian, Japanese, Kehchi, Korean, Laotean, Mayan, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Quchua (Ecuador), Rarotogian, Rarotogian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese, and Waray,



 

Encyclopedia of Mormonism: The History, Scripture, Doctrine, and Procedure of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, 5 vols.,

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Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company 1992), C. Terry Warner, “Accountability,” 1: 13; Robert L. Leake, “AIDS,” 1: 29- 30.; Bryce J. Christensen, “Chastity, Law of,” 1: 265, 266.; Victor L. Brown, Jr., “Homosexuality,” 2: 665-666.; Frank O. May, Jr. “Policies, Practices and Procedure,” 3: 1095-1096.; Terrance D. Olson, “Sexuality,” 3: 1306, 1307, 1308; Stephen J. Bahr, “Social Characteristics,” 3:1371, 1373, 1377-1378.; David J. Cherrington, “Societies And Organizations,” 3: 1387-1388, 1389. The First Presidency gave its approval of this publication. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         God’s teachings about human sexuality are clear, unambiguous, and consistent from Adam to the present. When two people of the same sex join in using their bodies for erotic purposes, this conduct is considered homosexual and sinful by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comparable to sexual relations between any unmarried persons.

* * *

         The divine mandate of marriage between man and woman puts in perspective why homosexual acts are offensive to God.

         They repudiate the gift and the Giver of eternal life.


Notes on background and related publications:

        All the articles except one appears in the following still in print more affordable paperbound Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism:

Jesus Christ and His Gospel: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Daniel H. Ludlow, ed. (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co 1994), C. Terry Warner, “Accountability,4-5; Bryce J. Christensen, “Chastity, Law of,” 59-60. This contains extracts of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism in a more affordable paperback edition.

The Church and Society: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Daniel H. Ludlow ed., (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1995), Robert L. Leake, “AIDS,” 10-12; Victor L. Brown, Jr.,”Homosexuality,”241-242; Terrance D. Olson, “Sexuality,” 462-466; Stephen J. Bahr, “Social Characteristics,” 469, 472-473. This contains extracts of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism in a more affordable paperback edition.

Priesthood and Church Organization, Daniel H. Ludlow ed., (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1995), “Policies, Practices, and Procedures,” 258-262

Reviewed in, Sterling M. McMurrin, “Toward Intellectual Anarchy,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 26 (Summer 1993):2/216.




 

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Family Home Evening Resource Book, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983, 1997), “Building a Strong Family: Teaching about Procreation and Chastity,” 256; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

Note [on the internet edition]

In this database [Comp. note: located on the official online site of the LDS Church], i.e., http://library.lds.org/library/ as of August 2001, many references have been updated to reflect the materials available in 2000. Hymn numbers and names are from the 1985 Hymns. Children’s music is from Children’s Songbook. Videos have been updated to reflect those that are available as of 2000. And item numbers are those currently used by the distribution centers.

* * *

The Eternal Purpose of Sex. It is important to teach children that Heavenly Father did not intend sex to be something evil and corrupt. Rather sex has two basic purposes: first, to enable us to have children to fulfill God’s command to “be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), and second, to express that special kind of love shared between a husband and a wife. When a husband and a wife use sex properly in their marriage, the Lord will bless them. However, when people abuse this divine gift, they please only Satan and his followers. President Spencer W. Kimball has clearly stated: “We strongly warn all our people from childhood to old age to beware of the chains of bondage, suffering, and remorse which come from improper use of the body.


“The human body is the sacred home of the spirit child of God, and unwarranted tampering with or defilement of this sacred tabernacle can bring only remorse and regret. We urge: stay clean, uncontaminated, undefiled.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1974, p. 8; or Ensign, May 1974, p. 7.)


We should teach our children that self-gratification inside or outside of marriage will not fulfill the eternal purpose of sex. Sex is to establish eternal families and to unify a husband and w. When viewed in this way, sex is an uplifting influence.


If a young man really admires, respects, and cares for a young lady, he would never do anything that is debasing or selfish, or that would bring sorrow and guilt. Rather, he would defend her virtue at all costs. A young woman would respond with the same respect and concern for a young man she cares for.


The Lord Has Given Us Clear Rules of Conduct. “Our Heavenly Father has commanded that sexual intercourse take place only between a lawfully married husband and wife. (Exodus 20:14, Exodus 20:17; D&C 49:16-17; D&C 132:41-45.) Most children can understand the basic law of chastity if parents explain it clearly at the children’s level of understanding and expand upon it as they grow older.


The Lord has made it clear that immorality involves more than extramarital sexual intercourse. Some other things that the Lord has clearly told us to refrain from include necking and petting, masturbation, pornography, and homosexuality.


Notes and background on publications:

        Text is the same in both editions.

        Translated into Chinese, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, and Tahitian.



 

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“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” (Salt lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983) or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of December 2001 ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

The Family:

A Proclamation to the World


The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.


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.


In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the

presence of God and for families to be united eternally.


The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. 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.

* * *

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.

* * *

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.


We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.


This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Notes on background and related publishing:

The Family Guidebook contains the following introduction to the Proclamation:

In 1995, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” This proclamation is a declaration and reaffirmation of doctrines and practices that prophets have stated repeatedly throughout the history of the Church. It contains principles that are vital to the happiness and well-being of every family. Family members should study the proclamation and should live by its precepts.

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” is currently published in the following LDS Church publications: Family Guidebook, (Salt lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983 1997) ; Family Home Evening Resource Book, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983, 1997), iv; Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part A: Gospel Principles and Doctrines, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1979, 1980, 1986, 1993, 1996, revised 2000), x, Part A, x; The Latter-day Saint Woman Basic Manual for Women Part A, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000) x, Part B, x; Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine: Teacher’s Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1999); Marriage and Family Relations Instructor’s Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000) iv, Participant’s Study Guide, iv; Marriage and Family Relations Participants Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000), iv; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm as of May 2001.


 

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Faust, James E., Finding Light in a Dark World, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company 1995), “Finding Light in a Dark World,” 73 ■ ○


Excerpt:

         The Church’s stand on homosexual relations provides another arena where we offend the devil. I expect that the statement of the First Presidency and the Twelve against homosexual marriages will continue to be assaulted. * * * Our designation as men or women began before this world was. In contrast to the socially accepted doctrine that homosexuality is inborn, a number of respectable authorities contend that homosexuality is not acquired by birth. The false belief of inborn sexual orientation denies to repentant souls the opportunity to change and will ultimately lead to discouragement, disappointment, and despair.

         Any alternatives to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman will only threaten to unravel the fabric of human society. I am sure this is pleasing to the devil.


.Notes on background and related publishing:

        Faust, “Trying to serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil,” Speeches of the Year 1993-1994, (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University 1995), 62; or “Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,” Ensign, September 1995, 5"Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,” Liahona, 19/11 (November 1995):3.

        In a highly unusual move, Faust’s Ensign article was published a month before Elder Dallin H. Oak’s less vindictive “Same Sex Attraction…” article (see “Same-gender Attraction,” Ensign, October 1995, 7-14.


 

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____________,Brigham Young University 1993-1994 Devotional and Fireside Speeches, (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University 1995), “Trying to serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil,” 62 ■


Excerpt:

         The Church’s stand on homosexual relations provides another arena where we offend the devil. I expect that the statement of the First Presidency and the Twelve against homosexual marriages will continue to be assaulted. * * * Our designation as men or women began before this world was. In contrast to the socially accepted doctrine that homosexuality is inborn, a number of respectable authorities contend that homosexuality is not acquired by birth. The false belief of inborn sexual orientation denies to repentant souls the opportunity to change and will ultimately lead to discouragement, disappointment, and despair.

         Any alternatives to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman will only threaten to unravel the fabric of human society. I am sure this is pleasing to the devil.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Faust, “Finding Light in a Dark World,” Finding Light in a Dark World, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company 1995), 73; Faust, “Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,” Ensign, September 1995, 5"Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,” Liahona, 19/11 (November 1995):3.

        In a highly unusual move, Faust’s Ensign article was published a month before Elder Dallin H. Oak’s less vindictive “Same Sex Attraction…” article (see “Same-gender Attraction,” Ensign, October 1995, 7-14.


 

 

Featherstone, Vaughn J., Man of Holiness, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book

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Company 1998), “A Holy Proclamation,” 184-185, “Jesus’ Leadership Style,” 206-208. ■


Excerpt:

          Now read the nonsense Mr. Draper [Dr. Mark Draper, president of National Education Taskforce, Inc.] quoted from another recent book on marriage and the family:

Marriage itself should not be regarded as a special privileged institution. On the contrary, it must catch up with the diverse, pluralistic society in which we live. For example, same-sex marriages often involve more sharing and equality than do heterosexual relationships. But even in the conventional family, the relations between husband and wife need to be defined after carefully negotiating agreements that protect a personís separate interests and rights.
I think I have never read a more blatant, evil statement calculated to encourage adultery, homosexuality, and divorce, and to undermine marriage and families.


 

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____________, Millennial Generation: Leading Today’s Youth into the Future, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1999), “Communicating in the Next Millennium,” 48-50; “Healing the Scars of Abuse,” 69-71,72-73; “For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood,” 91. ■


Excerpt:

         Think about our youth and the strings of four-letter words, the antiChrist behavior, the profaning of Deity, and the gutter expressions that have become what they regularly hear as part of their normal day at school. We have racists, fascists, extreme feminists, homosexuals, and pornography peddlers that absolutely glow in the influence they exert on modern society. Even some self-proclaimed intellectuals (and aren’t most “intellectuals” self-proclaimed?) stoop to new lows when it comes {50} to encouraging free speech so offensive that even the heavens must surely close against it.

         He then tells about a time when he was in his mid teens and quite venerable because of a diverse in his family.

One day my teacher invited me out into the hall. The hall was about 100 yards long. We were all alone. The teacher walked up to me, unbuttoned my shirt, and began to rub my stomach. Spontaneously I did the right thing ─ I jumped back, quickly buttoned up my shirt, and said, “What are you doing?” He said, “I want to ask you some questions.” Well, I wasn’t a genie and he didn’t need to rub my stomach to get answers! We returned to the classroom and that never happened again.

He also tells about one of his grandsons who though not harmed had a Scout Master who unfortunately turns out to be a pedophile. Going on he states:

Think about our youth and the strings of four-letter words, the antiChrist behavior, the profaning of Deity, and the gutter expressions that have become what they regularly hear as part of their normal day at school. We have racists, fascists, extreme feminists, homosexuals, and pornography peddlers that absolutely glow in the influence they exert on modern society. Even some self-proclaimed intellectuals (and aren’t most “intellectuals” self-proclaimed?) stoop to new lows when it comes {50} to encouraging free speech so offensive that even the heavens must surely close against it.


 

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____________, The Incomparable Christ, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1995), “Our Master,” 8-9, 17, 20, 35; “Our Model,” 163, 179. ■○


Excerpt:

         The adulterer, homosexual, drug addict, thief, liar—all have the way opened to “turn from blotted archives of the past, and find the future’s pages white as snow..





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For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2001), “Sexual Purity,” 28; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of December 2001


Excerpt:

         Homosexual activity is a serious sin. If you find your-self struggling with same-gender attraction, seek counsel from your parents and bishop. They will help you.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This pamphlet is also located at the official LDS Church URL Internet site http://www.lds.org/youthresources/. This revised edition is not distributed until about October 2001 General conference. During that conference two General Authorities and one female youth leader refer to or quote “the revised” pamphlet. (See H. David Burton, “Standing Tall,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 66; Sharon G. Larsen, “Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 67; and Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., “Our Duty to God,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 41.) Parents and church leaders are reminded that this pamphlet “is a guide given by the First Presidency of the Church to young men and young women. It presents the standards of the Church and teaches youth how to apply them…. Every young man and young woman should have a copy of For the Strength of Youth. They should be encouraged to review the standards often and consider how well they are living them.” Footnote

        As mentioned in the Introduction, this version considerably revises, simplifies and presents a softer tone especially in its statement on homosexuality than its original 1990 counterpart. Footnote



 

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Gibbons, Francis M., Dynamic Disciples: Prophets of God, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1996), “Gordon B. Hinckley,” 334. ■


Excerpt:

         The Church also feared that a failure to restrict pornography would increase problems such as immorality, sexual deviancy, and crime. Elder Hinckley and his committee worked aggressively on these issues with significant success. It is believed that the nationwide influence of the Church, exerted through the Special Affairs Committee, was a major factor leading to the defeat of the ERA.



 

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Hafen, Bruce C. & Hafen, Marie K., The Belonging Heart, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1994),  “Romantic Belonging,” 274, 278, 282. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         A change in society’s sexual norms is also clearly evident in the attitudes that have developed among many professional therapists. For example, the American Psychiatric Association voted in the early 1980s to remove homosexuality from its list of disorders, even though reliable research shows that 50 percent of the male homosexuals surveyed in one American city had had at least 500 sexual partners, and 28 percent of them estimated they had had 1,000 partners.1 If that is thought to be normal behavior, our definition of normal has changed beyond recognition.

         In the past few years, homosexual behavior and other “alternative lifestyles” have come to seem increasingly legitimate, especially as they have been validated by the public acceptance implied in the high-level political appointments of openly gay men and women, a court decision allowing gay marriage and recent changes in U.S. policy on homosexuals in military service.

         Some of the recent changes in public attitudes toward sex and sexual orientation are driven by a growing advocacy for more tolerant and more flexible attitudes about lifestyle choices generally.



1 Allen Bergin, “Bringing the Restoration to the Academic World: Clinical Psychology as a Test Case,” BYU Studies 19 (1979):449, 464.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Bruce C.Hafen, “The Gospel and Romantic Love,” Brigham Young University 1982-83 Fireside and Devotional Speeches, September 14, 1982, (Provo, Utah: University Publications 1983), 29-30; Bruce C.Hafen, “The Gospel and Romantic Love,” Tambuli, 7/6 (June 1983):23.; Hafen, “The Gospel and Romantic Love,” Ensign, 12 (October 1982): 64, 65; Hafen, “The Gospel and Romantic Love,” Tambuli, 7/6 (June 1983):23. Though at the time Hafen was President of LDS owned Ricks College, he later became a General Authority. This Devotional address was first given at Ricks College on January 12 and later to an audience at Brigham Young University on September 14, 1982. The BYU Studies article is Allen E. Bergin, “Bringing the Restoration to the Academic World: Clinical Psychology as a Test Case,” BYU Studies 19 (1979):461-463.

        The charge of numerous sexual partners is grossly taken out of context from Alan P. Bell, PhD, & Martain S. Weinbert, PhD, Homosexualities A Study of Diversities Among Men and Women: The Official Publication of the Institute for Sex Research Founded by Alfred C Kinsey, (New York: Simon & Shuster 1978). The researchers are very careful to point out that these high percentages of partners are among a fringe element of the Gay community and that Heterosexuals left to their own devices would most likely do the same. They also comment on the many stable Homosexual relationships that they studied. (See “Charting the Gay Life,” Newsweek, March 27, 1978, 98, 100.)\



 

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Hinckley, Gordon B., Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues that Will Heal our Hearts and Homes, (New York, NY: Times Books a division of Random House, 2000), “Making a Case for Morality,” 32, 33, 35-36, 39-44; “Marriage: What God Hath Joined Together,” 133, “The Family: We Can Save Our Own Nation By Saving Our Homes,”146, 158. ■


Excerpt:

         It is virtually impossible today to shield ourselves from immoral influences. Our culture is saturated with them. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography─they all wreak their own brands of spiritual devastation, all in the name of freedom and peace.

* * *

         The violation of moral virtues in this age, as in any other age, brings only regret, sorrow, loss of self-respect, and, in many cases, tragedy. Rationalization and equivocation will not erase the cankering scar that blights the self-respect of a man or woman who gives away that virtue which can never be replaced. Self-justification will never mend the hearts of those who have drifted into moral tragedy.

         Right is right and wrong is wrong.

* * *

         Our legislatures and courts are affected by this wave. Legal restraints against immoral behavior are eroding under legislative enactments and court opinions. This is done in the name of freedom─freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of choice in so-called personal matters. But the abuse of these freedoms has yielded enslavement to degrading habits, and behavior that leads only to destruction.


 

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____________, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1997), “AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Disease,” 8-9; “America (The United States): Challenges to America,” 17; “Homosexuality,” 263-264; “Pornography,” 461-462 ■ ○


Excerpt:

         AIDS is a commonly fatal malady caused primarily from sexually transmitted disease and secondarily from drug abuse. Unfortunately, as in any epidemic, innocent people also become victims.

         We, with others, hope that discoveries will make possible both prevention and healing from this dread affliction. But regardless of such discoveries, the observance of one clearly understandable and divinely given rule would do more than all else to check this epidemic. That is chastity before marriage and total fidelity after marriage.

         Prophets of God have repeatedly taught through the ages that practices of homosexual relations, fornication, and adultery are grievous sins. Sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage are forbidden by the Lord. We reaffirm those teachings. .

* * *

         But with all of this, it seems to me, as I reflect on those days, there was something of tremendous good in the people. There was a spirit of mutual helpfulness, a spirit of respect one for another and, generally speaking, a high moral tone. Of course there was crime, even gang crime. There were the rumrunners and the monsignors. There were even those who wished for arrest and conviction so that they could trade the cold of the outside for the warmth of jail. But, at least in the society of which I was a part as a young man, there was a great—and what I regard as wonderful—respect for women. Homosexuality was almost unheard of. The use of hard drugs was practically unknown.

         We have traveled far since then, and the results are told in our statistics, of crime, divorce, and a long and sickening train of various immoralities.

* * *

Homosexuality

         There are those who would have us believe in the validity of what they choose to call same-sex marriage. Our hearts reach out to those who struggle with feelings of affinity for the same gender. We remember you before the Lord, we sympathize with you, we regard you as our brothers and our sisters. However, we cannot condone immoral practices on your part any more than we can condone immoral practices on the part of others. (“Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,” Ensign, November 1995, p. 99 )


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Originally these statements came from Gordon B. Hinckley, Gordon B. Hinckley, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-seventh Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 4 and 5, 1987, 56-57, 58; Hinckley, “Reverence and Morality,” Ensign, 17 (May 1987): 45. The summary of the talk which quotes and paraphrases the parts about homosexuality and AIDS is in: “Priesthood Session,” Church News, April 11, 1987, 14. For a report of this talk in Salt Lake City’s gay press see Scott Dunn, “The Unnatural Man: LDS leader removes a folksy ‘cure’ for homosexuality,” Triangle Magazine, May 1987, 8.

        The other part of the excerpt come from Hinckley,“Dedication of the John Taylor Building,” BYU 1982-83 Fireside and Devotional Speeches, September 14, 1982, pp. 16-17

        The “homosexuality” section of the book originally comes from, Gordon B. Hinckley, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-third Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1and 2, 1983, 67; Hinckley, “Be Not Deceived,” Ensign, 13 (November 1983): 44; Gordon B. Hinckley, “Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,” Ensign, 19 (November 1995):99, 101; “Gordon B. Hinckley, ‘Best Season,’ But Also a Time of Turmoil,” Church News, September 30, 1995, 6.


 

 

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Jesus Christ and His Gospel: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Daniel H. Ludlow, ed. (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co 1994), C. Terry Warner, “Accountability,” 4-5; Bryce J. Christensen, “Chastity, Law of,” 59-60. This contains extracts of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism in a more affordable paperback edition. (For excerpts and background, see under Encyclopedia of Mormonism) ■ (currently on remainder)



 

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Kimball, Spencer W., A Letter to a Friend, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1971 revised edition 1978), 1-30. ■


Excerpt:

         Next to the crime of murder comes the sin of sexual impurity as expressed in its any manifestations: adultery, fornication, homosexuality and related transgressions. Man is created in the image of God and prostitutes his God-given powers and image in such practices. No amount of rationalization can really neutralize the pollution. The death penalty was exacted in the days of Israel for such wrongdoing.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        There is no copyright notice. In addition to English, this pamphlet is translated into German (1978), Chinese (1978), and Spanish (1988). Also found in “Letter to a Friend,” The Open Door, September 1978, 7, 8, 16, 18, 19. The Open Door commented that, “For those of the LDS faith who are dealing with their homosexuality and have been lucky enough to not have received this letter from Mormon Prophet Spencer W. Kimball should know that this letter is one of the steps just before ex-communication.” Also this publication stated: “This version which the Open Door has reprinted is the actual letter. We have left out {some of} the quoted scriptures President Kimball used, but have listed the references so the reader may, if interested, look them up.” (The Open Door,7) An earlier version came out in 1971 as “New Horizons for Homosexuals.” Both of these pamphlets were based on the 1970 pamphlet titled “Hope for Transgressors” (1970).

        Some of the arguments made here were later made by Elder Hartman Rector, Jr., but his comments were censured by the First Presidency (see “Basic unit of society: Family under great attack by evil force,” Church News, Apr. 11, 1981, 18.

        I simply called LDS Church Distribution and requested a copy. They were more than happy to send me one with no questions asked.

        Kimball, “First Presidency Message: The Abundant Life:” Ensign, 8 (July 1978), 4. A slightly edited version was reprinted in Ensign’s October 1986 issue, at “the direction of the President.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “First Presidency Message: The Abundant Life:” Ensign, 25 (October 1985):3).

        Translated into German.


 

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____________, Classic Talk Series, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book 1998), “The False Gods We Worship,” 1-20; “The Abundant Life,” 21-44. ■


Excerpt:

[“The False Gods We Worship,”]

         The Brethren constantly cry out against that which is intolerable in the sight of the Lord: against pollution of mind, body, and our surroundings; against vulgarity, stealing, lying, pride, and blasphemy; against fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and all other abuses of the sacred power to create; against murder and all that is like unto it; against all manner of desecration.

         That such a cry should be necessary among a people so blessed is amazing to me. And that such things should be found even among the Saints to such a degree is scarcely believable, for these are a people who are in possession of many gills of the Spirit, who have knowledge that puts the eternities into perspective, who have been shown the way to eternal life.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        The original publications of the “False Gods” is, Kimball, “First Presidency Message: The False Gods We Worship:” Ensign, 16 (June 1976), 3, 4; Kimball “The False Gods We Worship.” (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1976); Kimball, “The Gods We Worship,” Tambuli, 1/8 (August 1977):1.

        This version of “The Abundant Life” is a slightly modified version of Spencer W. Kimball, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-seventh Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1 and 2, 1977, 5, 6-7; Kimball, “The Foundations Of Righteousness,” Ensign, 7 (November 1977): 5; 4; Kimball, The Prophets Have Spoken, comp by Eric D. Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III: 828. The summary of the talk which quotes the part about homosexuality is in: “Sunday Morning Speakers,” Church News, October 8, 1977, 4. Portions of this discourse is quoted in Spencer W. Kimball, “Chastity and Dating,” The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1982), 274


 

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____________, Faith Precedes The Miracle, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1972),”President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” 10-11. ■ ○


Excerpt:

Self-abuse and Homosexuality

         Masturbation, a rather common indiscretion, is not approved of the Lord nor of his church, regardless of what may be said by others whose “norms” are lower. Latter-day Saints are urged to avoid this practice. Anyone fettered by this weakness should abandon the habit before he goes on a mission or receives the holy priesthood or goes in the temple for his blessings.

         Sometimes masturbation is the introduction to the more serious sin of exhibitionism and the gross sin of homosexuality. We would avoid mentioning these unholy terms and these reprehensible practices were it not for the fact that we have a responsibility to the youth of Zion that they be not deceived by those who would call bad good, and black white.

         The unholy transgression of homosexuality is either rapidly growing or tolerance is giving it wider publicity. If one has such desires and tendencies, he overcomes them the same as if he had the urge toward petting or fornication or adultery. The Lord condemns and forbids this practice with a vigor equal to his condemnation of adultery and other such sex acts. And the Church will excommunicate as readily any unrepentant addict.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Kimball, “Chastity and Dating,” The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1982), 282; Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out On Morality: President Spencer W. Kimball Special Message To All Latter-Day Saints,” Ensign, 10 (November 1980): 97; or Kimball, New Era, 10 (November 1980): 43-44


 

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____________, The Miracle of Forgiveness, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1969), “No Unclean Thing Can Enter,” 25; “Crime Against Nature,” 77-89. ■○


Excerpt:

         Homosexuality is an ugly sin, repugnant to those who find no temptation in it, as well as to many past offenders who are seeking a way out of its clutches. It is embarrassing and unpleasant as a subject for discussion but because of its prevalence, the need to warn the uninitiated, and the desire to help those who may already be involved with it, it is discussed in this chapter.

* * *

         All such deviations from normal, proper heterosexual relationships are not merely unnatural but wrong in the sight of God. Like adultery, incest, and bestiality they carried the death penalty under the Mosaic law.

* * *

         Those who would claim that the homosexual is a third sex and that there is nothing wrong in such associations can hardly believe in God or in his scriptures. If God did not exist, such an unnatural and improper practice might be viewed differently, but one could never justify it while accepting the holy scriptures.

* * *

Of the adverse social effects of homosexuality none is more significant than the effect on marriage and home. The normal, God-given sexual relationship is the procreative act between man and woman in honorable marriage. It was so expressed and commanded to the first man and woman on the earth:

* * *

         Some say that marriage has failed. And while the number of divorces causes us to fear and admit it partly to be true, the principle of marriage is right. Some have changed their desires and yearnings and have convinced themselves that they are different and have no desire toward the opposite sex. This is quite understandable if the person has permitted himself to move in the other direction and has lavished his interests, desires, affections, and passions upon one of his own sex for long enough. It becomes ingrown. But let this individual repent of his perversion, force himself to return to normal pursuits and interests and actions and friendships with the opposite sex, and this normal pattern can become natural again.


Notes and background on related publishing:

        This work has and continues to be quoted by numerous church leaders when referring to homosexuality. Currently is is is found in “25 Personal Purity through Self-discipline,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2, (Salt Lake city, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1993) 92, or Internet URL http://library.lds.org/library/ (as of May 2001) which is the official LDS Internet site: Understanding and Helping Those Who Have Homosexual Problems, (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1992, 1999), 2, 6; Bryce J. Christensen, “Chastity, Law of,”Encyclopedia of Mormonism: The History, Scripture, Doctrine, and Procedure of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, 5 vols, Victor L. Brown, Jr., ed., (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company 1992) 1: 266 (The First Presidency gave its approval of this publication); Christensen, “Chastity, Law of,” Jesus Christ and His Gospel: Selections from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Daniel H. Ludlow, ed. (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co 1994), 60. One paragraph on homosexuality is quoted in Sin:(5) Sexual Immorality: 4. Homosexuality,” We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp. by Rulon T. Burton, (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994) D-782, p. 988. “SIN: (5) Sexual Immorality – 4. Homosexuality – 782. Men are not to have sexual relations with other men, or women with other women,” We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Burton, Rulon T., comp., (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994), 988-990.

 

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____________, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1982), “Chastity and Dating,” 267, 271, 274-278, 282; “Spreading the Gospel,” 583. ■


Excerpt:

Homosexual conduct is serious sin. The unholy transgression of homosexuality is either rapidly growing or tolerance is giving it wider publicity. If one has such desires and tendencies, he overcomes them the same as if he had the urge toward petting or fornication or adultery. The Lord condemns and forbids this practice with a vigor equal to his condemnation of adultery and other such sex acts. And the Church will excommunicate as readily any unrepentant addict.

         Again, contrary to the belief and statement of many people, this sin, like fornication, is overcomeable and forgivable, but again, only upon a deep and abiding repentance, which means total abandonment and complete transformation of thought and act. The fact that some governments and some churches and numerous corrupted individuals have tried to reduce such behavior from criminal offense to personal privilege does not change the nature nor the seriousness of the practice. Good men, wise men, God-fearing men everywhere still denounce the practice as being unworthy of sons of God; and Christ’s church denounces it and condemns it so long as men have bodies which can be defiled. (80-53)

Homosexuality is an ugly sin. There is today a strong clamor to make such practices legal by passing legislation. Some would also legislate to legalize prostitution. They have legalized abortion, seeking to remove from this heinous crime the stigma of sin.

         We do not hesitate to tell the world that the cure for these evils is not in surrender. (77-34)

         Homosexual relationships are dead-end. What would this man do for you, or these men, should you suddenly fall victim to a dread disease, an incurable disease? Suppose your body shriveled; suppose you could no longer satisfy or get satisfaction sexually; suppose you could no longer be “used.” How long would the alleged friendship or friendly ties last? (12/20/65) {275}

         The homosexual life tends to be a furtive, shifty, concealed life. This abnormal involvement with a person of one’s own sex can be only barren and desolate, having for its purpose only temporary physical satisfaction. There is no future in it but only a stirring moment and a dead past. There can be no posterity, no family life, no permanent association, and, of course, nothing that can give eternal joy. It is lonely because it is wrong and because it is selfish. The Lord has given us a program of family life and has planned that the young man and the young woman will be attracted to each other, carry forward a courtship which is clean and free from carnal thoughts and acts, and result in a sweet marriage and where that God-given sex can be used with proper intents and safeguards to draw two people permanently close together as they bring their family into the world and create a heavenly unit on earth of parents and children wherein selflessness can be the rule and tremendous development and faith and accomplishment can be a reality. (5/4/70)

         Homosexual practices are enslaving. These practices are somewhat like the use of drugs, alcoholism, or other vicious habits which eventually take over control of the person and make him slave and put fetters on his wrists and rings in his nose and chains on his feet. No man is free when manacled with such fetters. These sins are forgivable and can be overcome if there is adequate restraint and repentance. There are those who tell you there is no cure and thus weaken your resolves and add to your frustration. They can be cured. They can be eventually forgiven. Your problem can be solved.

* * *

         Homosexual tendencies can be controlled. “God made me that way,” some say, as they rationalize and excuse themselves for their perversions. “I can’t help it,” they add. This is blasphemy. Is man not made in the image of God, and does he think God to be “that way”? Man is responsible for his own sins. It is possible that he may rationalize and excuse himself until the groove is so deep he cannot get out without great difficulty, but this he can do. Temptations come to all people. The difference between the reprobate and the worthy person is generally that one yielded and the other resisted. It is true that one’s background may make the decision and accomplishment easier or more difficult, but if one is mentally alert, he can still control his future. That is the gospel message—personal responsibility. (80-53)

         Certainly it can be overcome, for there are numerous happy people who were once involved in its clutches and who have since completely transformed their lives. Therefore to those who say that this practice or any other evil is incurable, I respond: “How can you say the door cannot be opened until your knuckles are bloody, till your head is bruised, till your muscles are sore? It can be done.” (MF 82)

A homosexual can change himself. I firmly believe that no one can cure a deeply entrenched pervert except himself. The Lord will help, his servants will help, and kind friends will help, but the major effort must come from the individual who has the weakness. {277}

* * *

         Your faith can be increased, your testimony developed, and your power to overcome greatly increased by the reading of the scriptures. Organize a program and set apart a time every day to read the scriptures along with your prayers. (5/4/70)

         The continued contact seems to be helpful. To have the man return to report success in his efforts or even partial failure is helpful, and to these continuing visits credit may be given for recoveries. Many find that since they will be making reports, an additional strength comes from that realization and they control themselves and their thoughts a day at a time, a week at a time, and soon the months have passed and thoughts are controlled and actions are above reproach. (64-05)

* * *

Transsexual operations are travesty. Then we’re appalled to find an ever-increasing number of women who want to be sexually men and many young men who wish to be sexually women. What a travesty! I tell you that, as surely as they live, such people will regret having made overtures toward the changing of their sex. Do they know better than God what is right and best for them? (74-27)

         Some people are ignorant or vicious and apparently attempting to destroy the concept of masculinity and femininity. More and more girls dress, groom, and act like men. More and more men dress, groom, and act like women. The high purposes of life are damaged and destroyed by the growing unisex theory. God made man in his own image, male and female made he them. With relatively few accidents of nature, we are born male or female. The Lord knew best. Certainly, men and women who would change their sex status will answer to their Maker. (74-30)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This is one of the few comments about Transsexuals found in the literature of the LDS Church.

        Two books that material comes from are: Kimball, Faith Precedes The Miracle, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1972),”President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” 10-11;

Below are comments about the source material that the compiler(s) made. Only the material on homosexuality are listed however:

Listed below are more than 700 sermons and writings considered in selecting passages for inclusion in this book. They are listed in approximate chronological order. For sermons and articles the first two digits in the code indicate the year (00 means the year is unknown), and the last two digits identify items within each year. Citation to 66-04 would mean the fourth item in 1966. Insofar as information is available it is listed in this order: (1) title, (2) audience or occasion, (3) date, (4) place of publication, and (5) subject, if not suggested by the title. For general Church meetings held in Salt Lake City the place is not specified. Some sermons were used on more than one occasion, but usually only the first place is indicated; examples of such reused sermons are 49-01, 54-05, 57-02, 65-02, 65-03, 66-02, 71-12, 71-18, and 73-01. Where not otherwise specified, general conference and area conference sessions were general sessions.

A number of sermons have been separately published as small books: Marriage (Deseret Book, 1978) contains 49-01 and 76-52; My Beloved Sisters (Deseret Book, 1979) contains 78-24 and 79-19. Some have been widely distributed in pamphlet form, e.g., “Tragedy or Destiny,” “Hidden Wedges,” and “Abraham: An Example to Fathers.” Still others are included with sermons of other General Authorities in topical collections, such as Youth of the Noble Birthright (Deseret Book, 1960), Prayer (Deseret Book, 1977), Women (Deseret Book, 1979), and Priesthood (Deseret Book, 1981.)

Sermons and Articles

* * *

64-05Seminary and institute teachers, BYU (7/16/64){ Footnote } (aiding transgressors, homosexuality) (cf. 63-08)

65-02“Love vs. Lust,” BYU (1/5/65); Central Utah Stakes Young Adult devotional, Manti, UT (7/10/74); Instructor (April 1967), 138; FPM 151

71-19“New Horizons for Homosexuals,” pamphlet based on letter 0/0/66 {see p. ? herein}

74-27“Be Ye Therefore Perfect,” BYU (9/17/74); U of UT Institute (1/10/75) (cf. 75-01)

74-30“God Will Not Be Mocked,” Gen. Conf., Ensign (Nov. 1974), 4 (live commandments)

75-15“Why Do We Continue to Tolerate Sin?” Gen. Conf., Ensign (May 1975), 107 (temple, unchastity)

77-34“The Foundations of Righteousness,” Gen. Conf., Ensign (Nov. 1977), 4

78-25“‘The Uttermost Parts of the Earth,’” Regional (9/29/78); Ensign (July 1979), 2 (missionary work)

78-08“Listen to the Prophets,” Gen. Conf., Ensign (May 1978), 76 (morality)

80-53“President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” Ensign (Nov. 1980), 94; New Era (Nov. 1980), 38; PKSO 1 (chastity) {see p.? herein}

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Book

Books cited as sources are designated by initials, as follows:

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Sources - Books

MF The Miracle of Forgiveness (Bookcraft, 1969), a treatise on sin and repentance.

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Sources - Books

FPM Faith Precedes the Miracle (Deseret Book, 1972), 34 edited sermons.

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Sources - Books

PKSO President Kimball Speaks Out (Deseret Book, 1981), nine articles appearing in the New Era (and in three instances in the Ensign as well) during 1980-81, drawn from earlier writings with minor additions.

Though not cited herein, other books by or concerning Spencer W. Kimball are:

Spencer W. Kimball, One Silent Sleepless Night (Bookcraft, 1975), childhood reminiscences.

Edward L. and Andrew E. Kimball, Jr., Spencer W. Kimball (Bookcraft, 1977), a biography.

A Noble Son: Spencer W. Kimball (Institute of Family Research, 1979), genealogy.

Caroline E. Miner and Edward L. Kimball, Camilla (Deseret Book, 1980), a biography of the wife of Spencer W. Kimball.

Letters

Letters listed as sources are identified by date, so far as known, and by subject matter. In nearly every case these are letters Spencer W. Kimball included in his collection of sermons because they had some broader interest than just to the addressee. Dates are unknown or uncertain for the first six letters listed.

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12/20/65 Homosexuality

0/0/66 Homosexuality (cf. 71-19)

2/28/66 Homosexuality

5/4/70 Homosexuality



 

Lee, Herald B., Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), “Strengthening the Home,” 246. ○


Excerpt:

         I speak of the sin of adultery, which as you know, is the name used by the Master as he referred to unlicensed sexual sins of fornication, adultery and besides this, the equally grievious sin of homosexuality which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of today’s world, and with which Church members must not be a party. While we are in the world we must not be of the world. Any attempts being made by the schools or places of entertainment to flaunt sexual perversions, which can do nothing but excite to experimentation, must find among the priesthood in this Church a vigorous and unrelenting foe through every lawful means which can be employed.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Lee, “Chastity and Dating,” Teachings of Harold B. Lee, Clyde J. Williams ed., (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc.1996), 230-232. Originally given in : Harold B. Lee, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-second Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6, 7, 8, 1972, 127-128; or, “Admonitions For The Priesthood Of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1973): 104; or Lee, “Strengthening the Home,”Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), 246. The summary of the talk which quotes the part about homosexuality is in: “Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8. “that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah…adultery: and beside this, the equally grievous sin of homosexuality, which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of the world…” was quoted in We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp. by Rulon T. Burton, (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994) “ Sin: (1) Chastity: ; 778. Sexual sin stands in its enormity next to murder,” “Sin:(5) Sexual Immorality: 4. Homosexuality, 782. Men are not to have sexual relations with other men, or women with other women,988; Neal A. Maxwell, “Interdiction,“ Look Back at Sodom: (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls), (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1975) np. Harold B. Lee “Living the Law of Chastity: What is the responsibility of priesthood bearers in conjunction with chastity?” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000), 189. Curriculum of the Church Melchizedek priesthood and Relief Society for the year 2002.; Lee, The Prophets Have Spoken, comp by Eric D. Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III: 587-588; Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8.


 

____________, Teachings of Harold B. Lee, Clyde J. Williams ed., (Salt Lake

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City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc.1996), “Righteousness and Perfection,” 173-174; “Chastity and Dating,” 230-232; “Marriage,” 254. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         Homosexuality is not pure love. When we say love we are not talking about the loose use of it, and sometimes love of man to man can, of course, be prostituted into one of the ugliest relationships that we know, that we call homosexuality. So I define love as the Lord and the scriptures have defined it. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). (69-05)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This statement was originally given in “By Love Unfeigned,” Regional Representatives’ Seminar, 3 April 1969.

        Quotes and references to quotes are originally given in Lee, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-second Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6, 7, 8, 1972, 127-128; Lee, “Admonitions For The Priesthood Of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1973):104; or Lee, “Strengthening the Home,”Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), 246: Lee, “Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8; Lee, “To Be on Speaking Terms with God,” Utah Institute of Religion Noon Devotional, 12 October 1973; Lee, “By Love Unfeigned,” Regional Representatives’ Seminar, 3 April 1969; Lee,”The Flood.” BYU Summer School Lecture, 24 June 1954; Lee, “The Light of Christ.” Brigham Young University Institute of Religion, 3 February 1962.650; Lee, Fifth Annual Genealogical Seminar Address, 7 August 1970; Lee, Conference Report, October 1972, 123-31; Lee, “Admonitions for the Priesthood of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1972):104-108; Lee, Messages for Servicemen over the National Armed Forces Network, 26 August 1973: 3-4.. “that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah…adultery: and beside this, the equally grievous sin of homosexuality, which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of the world…” was quoted in We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp. by Rulon T. Burton, (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994) “ Sin: (1) Chastity: ; 778. Sexual sin stands in its enormity next to murder,” “Sin:(5) Sexual Immorality: 4. Homosexuality, 782. Men are not to have sexual relations with other men, or women with other women,988; Neal A. Maxwell, “Interdiction,“ Look Back at Sodom: (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls), (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1975) np. Harold B. Lee “Living the Law of Chastity: What is the responsibility of priesthood bearers in conjunction with chastity?” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000), 189. Curriculum of the Church Melchizedek priesthood and Relief Society for the year 2002.; Lee, The Prophets Have Spoken, comp by Eric D. Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III: 587-588; Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8.


 

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____________, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000), “Chapter 20:Living the Law of Chastity: What is the responsibility of priesthood bearers in conjunction with chastity?” 189.


Excerpt:

        I want to warn this great body of priesthood against that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, which has been labeled as a sin second only in seriousness to the sin of murder. I speak of the sin of adultery, which, as you know, was the name used by the Master as he referred to unlicensed sexual sins of fornication as well as adultery; and besides this, the equally grievous sin of homosexuality, which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of the world, of which Church members must not be a part.

         While we are in the world, we must not be of the world. Any attempts being made by the schools or places of entertainment to flaunt sexual perversions, which can do nothing but excite to experimentation, must find among the priesthood in this church a vigorous and unrelenting defense through every lawful means that can be employed.


Notes on background and related publishing:

Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society manual 2002. The first paragraph is quoted in We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp. by Rulon T. Burton, (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994) “ Sin: (1) Chastity: ; 778. Sexual sin stands in its enormity next to murder,” “Sin:(5) Sexual Immorality: 4. Homosexuality, 782. Men are not to have sexual relations with other men, or women with other women,988; Neal A. Maxwell, “Interdiction,“ Look Back at Sodom: (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls), (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1975) np. Harold B. Lee “Living the Law of Chastity: What is the responsibility of priesthood bearers in conjunction with chastity?” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000), 189. Curriculum of the Church Melchizedek priesthood and Relief Society for the year 2002. Lee, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-second Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6, 7, 8, 1972, 127-128;, “Admonitions For The Priesthood Of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1973): 104; Lee, “Strengthening the Home,”Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), 246; Lee, The Prophets Have Spoken, comp by Eric D. Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III: 587-588; Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8.



 

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The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women Part B, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1979, 1992, revised 2000), “Duties and Responsibilities: Withstanding the Evils of the World Lesson 14,” 110-111, 115; or on URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡


Excerpt:

The purpose of this lesson is to help us become more aware of the Lord’s counsel concerning the evils of the day and how we can deal with them. Satan’s Powers, Purposes, and Deceptions


“There is an oft-told story of three men who applied for the job of driving the coaches for a transportation company. The successful applicant would be driving over high, dangerous and precipitous mountain roads. Asked how well he could drive, the first one replied: ‘I am a good, experienced driver. I can drive so close to the edge of the precipice that the wide metal tire of the vehicle will skirt the edge and never go off.’” ‘That is good driving,’ said the employer.


“The second man boasted, ‘Oh, I can do better than that. I can drive so accurately that the tire of the vehicle will lap over, half of the tire on the edge of the precipice, and the other half in the air over the edge.’


“The employer wondered what the third man could offer, and was surprised and pleased to hear, ‘Well, sir, I can keep just as far away from the edge as possible.’ It is needless to ask which of the men got the job” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness [1969], 217-18).


Our journey through life in these last days takes place in perilous territory (see 2 Timothy 3:1). We should be like the third driver. Just as he wisely chose to avoid danger, we should choose to avoid the evils of the world.

 

      Read 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Why is it important for us to avoid even the appearance of evil?{ Footnote }

      Read Moroni 7:12, Moroni 7:14. What source persuades us to do evil?{ Footnote }


The scriptures identify the devil, or Satan, as an “enemy unto God” (Moroni 7:12) and a destroyer of “the souls of men” (Helaman 8:28). {111} He is known by many names, some of which also tell us his purposes: the “evil one” (D&C 93:37), “the destroyer” (D&C 101:54), “the tempter” (Matthew 4:3), and “the father of all lies” (2 Nephi 2:18).


We know that Satan and his followers are spirits who do not have bodies of flesh and bones and who desire to possess our mortal bodies (see Matthew 8:28-32). The evil one seeks to make us all miserable. He would rob us of our agency, turn us from our eternal goals, and enslave and destroy us. Satan uses lies, deceptions, and half-truths to tempt and capture us.


Concerning Satan, President Spencer W. Kimball said,{ Footnote } “He garnishes evil to make it appear beautiful, pleasing, easy, and even good” (“The Blessings and Responsibilities of Womanhood,” Ensign, Mar. 1976, 70).


Satan seeks to break apart the home and family. One of his many devices is to challenge the role the Lord has given to women. “Satan and his cohorts … lure women away from their primary responsibilities as wives, mothers, and homemakers” (N.Eldon Tanner, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 124; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, 7).


In his efforts to deceive women, Satan suggests reasons that would make evil actions seem acceptable.

      Have a class member read aloud the following deceptive reasoning that we hear in the world today:

         1.      Abortion: “It’s my body. I can do what I want with it.”

         2.      Sexual immorality: “Everyone’s doing it.”

         3.      Marriage: “It’s better to find out whether you are compatible by living together before you are married. Marriage is old-fashioned, anyway.”

         4.      Divorce: “If it doesn’t work, give up.”

         5.      Drugs: “They’re fun. They can really make you feel good.”

         6.      Pornography: “You need to read all kinds of material to be well-informed.”

         7.      Women’s role: “You’re too intelligent to waste your time at home with children. You could be making a more worthwhile contribution elsewhere.”

         8.      Homosexuality: “We should not have to hide our true feelings. We need understanding and acceptance.”

         9.      Birth control: “If you have children, you shouldn’t have very many. The world is overcrowded as it is.”{ Footnote }

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{115}Homosexuality

“The Lord’s law of moral conduct is abstinence outside of lawful marriage and fidelity within marriage. Sexual relations are proper only between husband and wife appropriately expressed within the bonds of marriage. Any other sexual conduct, including … homosexual and lesbian behavior, is sinful. Those who persist in such practices or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline.…

“Such thoughts and feelings, regardless of their causes, can and should be overcome and sinful behavior should be eliminated. This can be achieved through faith in God, sincere repentance, and persistent effort” (First Presidency letter, 14 Nov. 1991).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Relief Society firs monthly Sunday yearly manual. The 1979 and 1992 editions has the following statement from Miracle of Forgiveness instead of the First Presidency statement:

Homosexuality: “Let it therefore be clearly stated that the seriousness of the sin of homosexuality is equal to or greater than that of fornication or adultery; and that the Lord’s Church will as readily take action to disfellowship or excommunicate the unrepentant practicing homosexual as it will the unrepentant fornicator or adulterer.” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 81-82.)

Lessons from this manual are to be taught on the first Sunday of each month.

        Translated into Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cambodian,Check, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch,Estonian, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Gilbertese, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ilokamo, Italian, Japanese, Kehchi, Korean, Laotean, Mayan, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Quchua (Ecuador), Rarotogian, Rarotogian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese, Waray,



 

Maxwell, Neal A., Look Back at Sodom:  (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls), (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1975), “Interdiction,” np.; “The Second Sodom Scroll,”12-14. ○


Excerpt:

         His {Spencer W. Kimball’s} predecessor, President Harold B. Lee, warned of the growing social acceptance of “that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.. adultery: and beside this, the equally grievous sin of homosexuality, which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of the world..”

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{12} In Sodom, the wicked craved that all be wicked in the same way, even as the wretched desire that all be wretched in like manner. Men entangled with sin (taking what little pleasure they could from adultery, fornication, and homosexuality) were firm in the determination that all should do even as they did. Once each man who lived was himself and not another. Then all men became like unto one another, for sin strikes all men with the plague of sameness. Hard were the countenances of these in Sodom, and their fierceness of face could not be hid. {13}

         Lot told me many times that so filthy was the language and the profanity in the conversations of daily life in the streets and in the market that it vexed his soul every day. In my conversations with Cherazim, it was so, and in the end, I sought to avoid his company. Truly, the Sodomites could not speak peaceably one to another.

         Are those who are evil always rude? Have those few who wish to live righteously always vexed those who live sinfully? I have seen the nobility of my master strive with the lukewarm, and at times the lukewarm resented his righteousness. Any man may blink as the rays of morning first touch his eyes, but some blink and then turn with irritation away from all light. So it is also when some men encounter an individual illuminated by the light of truth.

         The children born into these cities had no choice at all left to them. Such was the conformity in wickedness that babes could be born free, but not remain agents unto themselves. My bowels were moved within me to see innocent children not born of goodly parents, but trapped in families where fathers lived in the depths of wickedness—and the mothers likewise, for the women of Sodom became even more hard and more raucous than the men, once they gave way to wickedness. Children grew old before their time, but it could not be otherwise in families filled with fornication or in neighborhoods aggrieved by adultery. Boys learn to be men by watching their fathers, but what choice had these boys in the haven of homosexuality that was Sodom? {14}

         Of all things that were most grievous to be born was this pursuit of strange flesh, in which men seek out men; they became like a wolf pack. When they saw unwary travelers, especially men, in the street, the news of such strangers would speed through the city with great swiftness.


 

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____________, Meek And Lowly, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Desert Book Co. 1987) “Leading in Meekness,” 18. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         Paul was deeply concerned over those who had begun to worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:28.) One of the expressions of indulgent self-love, which is the refusal to deny self, is the breaking of the seventh commandment whether by fornication, adultery, or homosexuality. As Jesus said, these and other signs are the foretelling leaves of the fig tree, indicating that “summer is nigh.” (Matthew 24:32.)




 

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____________, The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, Cory H. Maxwell ed., (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1997), “Needy,” 224. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         The vices of humanity are far more interactive than many people realize. In the societies of Sodom and Gomorrah there was rampant sexual immorality; there was also inordinate pride, idleness, and a neglect of the poor and the needy. (Ezekiel 16:48-50.) A haughty attitude towards God (who had given strict counsel on the need to care for the poor) led to the neglect of the poor and the needy. This is something those who would focus all of their attention on poverty, without any concern for adultery and homosexuality—and vice versa—would do well to ponder upon.


Notes and background on related publishing:

        Quotes come from: Neal A. Maxwell, “Sermon Number Four: ‘Distress of Nations, With Perplexity,’” Sermons Not Spoken, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1987), 37.


 

____________, Sermons Not Spoken, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1987), “Sermon Number Four: ‘Distress of Nations, With Perplexity,’” 37. ○


Excerpt:

         The vices of humanity are far more interactive than many people realize. In the societies of Sodom and Gomorrah there was rampant sexual immorality; there was also inordinate pride, idleness, and a neglect of the poor and the needy. (Ezekiel 16:48-50.) A haughty attitude towards God (who had given strict counsel on the need to care for the poor) led to the neglect of the poor and the needy. This is something those who would focus all of their attention on poverty, without any concern for adultery and homosexuality—and vice versa—would do well to ponder upon.


Notes and background on related publishing:

        This paragraph is also in Maxwell., The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, Cory H. Maxwell ed., (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1997), “Needy,” 224.


 

____________, Things as They Really Are, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1978), “The Reality of the Living God,” 20. ○


Excerpt:

         Scientists study and then praise the order of things in the universe, marveling how it brought itself into being and ignoring the Cause of it all Who made the scientists’ little puddles of knowledge possible.

        In a moral malaise, society comes to tolerate certain things that would have been intolerable years before, whether these be violence or shoddiness in education. Why do so many lack the capacity to be aroused, to be stirred over such declining standards? Part of the explanation, of course, is ignorance. Part of it is indifference. But there is a new dimension to this failure of many to be aroused: intimidation growing out of the very momentum that evil has achieved. There are many mortals who fear, genuinely fear, to speak up and to lead out! It is as if a flagship were sending signals to other ships of war in a convoy, warning them, “Beware of pirates who may try to board,” only to have such signals read by the sneering faces of pirates already in command on the bridges of those ships. In one American city where an effort was made to repeal ordinances benefiting homosexuals, a newspaper report told of how the petitions were turned in to a city official who is an avowed homosexual. The pirates are already on the bridge of some ships.

         Fortunately for all of us, including the ungrateful, the living God is also a loving God who has a program of repentance.

         In all of this, the rule for many otherwise thoughtful people seems to be this: Ignore the obvious and the simple explanations of reality; go for something else; look beyond the living God; look “beyond the mark.” If there are beings on other planets, surely they will prove to be funny-looking, like the Martians of our cartoons. Surely they will not be just more people like us, made in the image of God, who has really formed “millions of earths like this.” And so it goes.

 

____________, We Will Prove Them Herewith, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1982), “Chapter Five: ‘Summer Is Nigh,’” 92-94. ○


Excerpt:

         A narcissistic society in which each person is too busy looking out for “number one” can build no brotherhood; it will finally be shattered against its own selfishness. Had God’s Firstborn looked out for Himself first, there would have been no Gethsemane or Calvary—and no immortality!

         Secular standards so often constitute a naive Maginot line morality that is quickly outflanked by the reality of what occurs when men and women try to live without God in the world. Over four decades ago, the lights began to go out all over Europe. Extinguished were the lamps of God’s commandments, including the sixth commandment. In the resulting darkness, the genocide of millions of Jews occurred.

         The greater the darkness, the more enormous the errors. In that darkness, some said they did not know about concentration camps; the darkness made it easier for others who did know to ignore what was underway. The time may well come when the enormity of widespread and unnecessary abortions of today (one legal abortion for every three live births in the United States in 1978) will be looked upon with at least some of the shame with which we now view Dachau and Buchenwald.

         Though parallels between periods of time are seldom perfect, history is not really as silent as we are sometimes deaf. This last summer and its happenings can be better understood if we look back—beyond Buchenwald and more distantly than Dachau—to Rome, of which Will Durant wrote:

The virile character that had been formed by arduous simplicities and a supporting faith relaxed in the sunshine of wealth and the freedom of unbelief; men had now, in the middle and upper classes, the means to yield to temptation, and only expediency to restrain them. Urban congestion multiplied contacts and frustrated surveillance; immigration brought together a hundred cultures whose differences rubbed themselves out into indifference. Moral and esthetic standards were lowered by the magnetism of the mass; and sex ran riot in freedom while political liberty decayed.49

         And of the same Rome, Aaron Stern wrote:

The Roman Empire provides a richly detailed description of the decline of a great society. The symptoms of its fall centered around a critical schism between the older and younger generations. It was reflected among the young by an increase in drug usage, by a growing experimentation in homosexuality and bi-sexuality, and, perhaps most symptomatic of all, by a strident demand for more leisure that was accompanied by an unwillingness to accept responsibility for government, family, and other institutions.50The anxiousness and the effectiveness of the adversary will also be in evidence in this final summer. Since he cannot put down gospel truths per se, the adversary seems capable of showcasing examples of these correct principles gone wild. Error coated with truth has ever been his tactic, and the thicker the coating the better. He uses the perversion of a principle as an argument against that principle—lust parading as love as an argument against love, the dole to stifle generosity, pride to mock genuine self-esteem, cowardice to masquerade as meekness, and apathy pretending to be patience.49

Footnotes

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49. Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol. 3: Caesar and Christ (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1944), p. 667.

50. Aaron Stern, Me—The Narcissistic American (New York: Ballantine Books, 1979). As quoted in Roger J. Bulger, “Narcissus, Pogo, and Lew Thomas’ Wager,” Journal of the American Medical Association, April 10, 1981, p. 1450.


 

____________, Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1977), “On Letting Go of the World,” 14; “On Being Steadfast and Having a Brightness of Hope,” 60. The latter reference is also found in Neal A. Maxwell, The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, Cory H. Maxwell ed., (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, Inc. 1997), 224.


Excerpt:

{14} We often speak of nations being subdued by surprise, but being surprised is often the function of desensitization, of failure to take account of trends and warnings, and of an unwillingness to apply proven principles to remedy wrongs. It will take great courage for us to do what we must do individually to let go of the world, to resist the trends, and to try to turn the trends around. Some pendulums do not swing back automatically; they must be pushed.

         Dr. Harold M. Voth, senior psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Meninger Foundation, observed in a speech with regard to the interrelatedness of things that “the heterosexual relationship and the family are in peril and so is the nation.” He also called attention to the fact that so many of the feminist movements are based upon “an underlying envy of man.” No movement based on envy can succeed.

         We cannot count on a society increasingly slipping into homosexuality to be on its guard against homosexuality. The more normal abnormalities become, the less reason people have for being wary of them. Various movements involving sex and drugs, and even some involving music, once basically an effort to flee and to escape, have now taken the offensive.

         We need to have compassion and love for those who are trying to escape the world. We need to try to understand them and the root causes for their behavior. What we do not need to do, however, is to follow them. They are to be pitied and understood, not praised nor followed.

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{60} Count Leo Tolstoy reportedly said that great prospects lay ahead if Mormonism could succeed in transmitting its unique values forward in time, unmodified. Not losing behavioral uniqueness or theological thrust is a challenge, both for the institution of the Church and for the individuals in it, but never more so than now, when those restored values are in the path of the killer tides in various cultures. Indeed, the surf has already begun to pound! We will need to be very steadfast and to let the brightness of our hope light up a darkened world.

         As wave after worldly wave breaks over the rising generation in the Church, there will be casualties. Some waves will be huge, one-time waves; others will be repeater waves, striking again and again. Drugs, pornography, promiscuity, alcoholism, homosexuality, ersatz emancipation movements, divorce, and statism (in which citizens surrender to the state, saying “save us from ourselves”) are among such waves.



 

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Marriage and Family Relations Instructor’s Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2000) “Part B: Parents’ Responsibilities to Strengthen Families: Lesson 14 Teaching Gospel Principles to Children Part 2,” 59; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm as of May 2001. ■ ○


Excerpt:

Suggestions for Discussion


Parents must teach children moral purity.


Emphasize that parents have an obligation to teach their children the Lord’s standards of moral purity. This will help the children resist temptation.

 

      Why should parents take the initiative to discuss moral purity and sexuality with their children? What are the risks when parents do not take this initiative?

 

Point out that in today’s world, children cannot avoid hearing about sexuality. However, much of what they hear in the world promotes the abuse of the sacred power of procreation. Children—and especially teenagers—need accurate information and true doctrine about these subjects. Parents must help them gain strength to withstand the falsehoods taught in the world. They must teach children the Lord’s plan for the use of the power of procreation.


Invite participants who are parents to tell about successful experiences they have had with teaching their children about these subjects. In addition to asking for participants’

insights, share the following principles:


Very young children should be given clear and simple information about the sacred nature of their bodies. This understanding helps them protect themselves from those who may try to take advantage of them. As children approach the age of puberty, parents should carefully explain to them the changes that will occur in their bodies. They should explain that physical maturation is normal and a part of God’s plan.


Parents should also help their children understand that sexuality is good when used within the bounds set by the Lord but that it is a serious sin when used in violation of the Lord’s commands. Teenagers need clear guidelines from their parents about the Lord’s standards.


Display the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Explain that this pamphlet provides excellent help for youth and their parents. It includes information on the Church’s standards for dating, dress, language, media, and music and dancing. Encourage parents to read and discuss this pamphlet individually with each of their children who is in early adolescence. This provides an easy way for parents to approach subjects that can be difficult to talk about. It also gives youth an opportunity to ask specific questions about standards of morality. Share the following excerpt from pages 14-15 in the pamphlet:

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“The Lord specifically forbids certain behaviors, including all sexual relations before marriage, petting, sex perversion (such as homosexuality, rape, and incest), masturbation, or preoccupation with sex in thought, speech, or action. …


“Homosexual and lesbian activities are sinful and an abomination to the Lord (see Romans 1:26-27, Romans 1:31). Unnatural affections, including those toward persons of the same gender, are counter to God’s eternal plan for his children. You are responsible to make right choices. Whether directed toward those of the same or opposite gender, lustful feelings and desires may lead to more serious sins. All Latter-day Saints must learn to control and discipline themselves.”


Display A Parent’s Guide and the Family Home Evening Resource Book. Explain that these resources offer help to parents who are striving to teach their children about chastity. A Parent’s Guide is devoted entirely to this subject. The Family Home Evening Resource Book addresses the subject on pages 253-60.


Emphasize that as parents talk with their children about sexuality, they can testify that moral purity leads to joy and peace.



 

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McConkie, Bruce R., A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1985) “True and False Gods,” 55-57; “The Church and Repentance,” 226; “The Paradisiacal Earth.” 646, 647. ■ ○


Excerpt:

4. He comes—for it is the end of the world.

         When the Lord comes, it will be the end of the world, the end of an age that has lasted for six thousand years, the end of the carnal and corrupt way of life that has prevailed among the generality of mankind since the fall. The world is the evil, sensual, devilish way of life that prevails among ungodly men. It includes those who lie and steal and cheat; who take advantage of their neighbor for a word; who set their hearts on money and power and worldly applause; who are lewd, lascivious, and immoral; who rob and plunder and murder; who are adulterers, homosexuals, and pornographically oriented; who are vulgar and whose minds dwell on unclean and indecent things. And the end of the world is their destruction, the destruction of the wicked. Our old world of wickedness shall soon die, and a new heaven and a new earth, whereon righteousness dwells, shall be born. An age shall end, a new era begin. A worldly way of life shall cease and a righteous way of living take its place. In our present probationary estate we are in the world, but we should not be of the world. If we overcome the world and walk thereby in paths of righteousness, we shall abide the day of His coming and be numbered among those who inherit Millennial glory.


 

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____________, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary: Acts - Philippians, 3 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1965-1973) “God is Known by Knowing Man,” 2:221; “The Unrighteous Shall Not Be Saved,” 2:2:338; 3:72; “Lustful Saints Perish In Own Corruption,” 3:360-361, 362. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         …many modern ministers teach, openly and officially and with seeming sincerity, that illicit sexual relations are not always evil; that there are situations in which adultery is not a breach of the divine law; that homosexual perversions between consulting adults carry no divine condemnation; that church members may choose to worship on a week day so as to keep the Sabbath free for hunting, fishing, or other recreational activities; that there will be no Second Coming of the Son of Man at which the wicked shall be destroyed, for he has already come in the hearts of those who believe; and so on and so on through the ten thousand times ten thousand vagaries of the current brand of false religions.


 

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____________, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man, [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1982], “Apostasy and Iniquity Precede His Coming,” 43, 50, 60, 82; “The Similitudes of the Second Coming.” 360-362; “The World of Wickedness in the Last Days,” 370; “The Signs of the Times,” 403; “The Day of Burning.” 532. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” Because they turned away from him, “God gave them up unto vile affections”—think now of homosexuals, and lesbians, and all those in the last days who revel in unclean, unholy, and unnatural sexual perversions—“for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”


 

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____________, Mormon Doctrine, second edition, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1966), “Homosexuality,” 363; “Sex Immorality,” 708. ■ ○


Excerpt:

Homosexuals

See SEX IMMORALITY.

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Sex Immorality

         Virtue may be lost by degrees; and chastity may be destroyed a step at a time. Immodesty, necking, and petting, themselves a form of sex immorality, frequently lead to much grosser offenses. Every degree and type of lewdness, lasciviousness, and licentiousness; of concupiscence, prostitution, and whoredoms; of sodomy, onanism, and homosexuality; of masturbation, incontinence, and perversion; of rape, seduction, and infidelity; of adultery, fornication, and uncleanness – all these things, as well as many others, are condemned by divine edict and are among Lucifer’s chief means of leading souls to hell. Fine distinctions between them are of no particular moment and are not necessary to observance of the divine laws involved. Counsel in the field of chastity is simply: Be Chaste


Notes on background and related publishing:

        There is no difference in material from the first edition (see McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1958), “Homosexuality,” 333; “Sex Immorality,” 638-639.)


 

____________, The Mortal Messiah — Book 3: From Bethlehem to Calvary, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1980), “Living Water for All Men,” 144.

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Excerpt:

         We cannot, at this point, refrain from expressing these words of sound doctrine: Jesus did not condone an adulterous act; rather, he did and does condemn those who commit any immoral act. Those guilty of sexual sins, including adultery and homosexual perversions, may repent and be saved in the kingdom of the Father. When he says here that he does not condemn this woman, his words carry two connotations: (1) He does not condemn her within the meaning of the Mosaic law where her accuser is obligated to sit in judgment and cast the first stone, and (2) he does not condemn her because she repented and became clean before him.


 

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____________, The Sermons & Writings of Bruce R. McConkie, Mark McConkie ed., (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1989), 16. Originally in: McConkie, Official Report of the One Hundred Fiftieth Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 4 and 5, 1980, 74; McConkie, “The Lord God of The Restoration,” Ensign, 10 (November 1980): 50. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         We live in a day of evil and wickedness. The generality of men are carnal, sensual, and devilish. They have forgotten God and are reveling in the lusts of the flesh. Crime, immorality, abortions, and homosexual abominations are fast becoming the norm of life among the wicked and ungodly. The world will soon be as corrupt as it was in the days of Noah


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Originally in: Bruce R. McConkie, Official Report of the One Hundred Fiftieth Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 4 and 5, 1980, 74; McConkie, “The Lord God Of The Restoration,” Ensign, 10 (November 1980): 50. The summary of the talk which quotes the part about homosexuality is in: “Sunday morning speakers,” Church News, October 11, 1980, 16. For a statement published a few months earlier see Steve Gilliland, “Chastity: A Principle of Power,” Ensign, 10 (June 1980): 17; or Appendix VI, “We See What We Believe: The Heterosexualization of Gay Men and Lesbians in the LDS Church,” p.? herein.





 

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Morrison, Alexander B., Visions of Zion, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1993) “‘Zion, That Goodly Land of Promise,’” 14-15; “Becoming Pure in Heart,” 43. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         A survey of influential television writers and executives in Hollywood has shown that they are far less religious than the general public and diverge sharply from traditional values on such issues as abortion, homosexual rights and extramarital sex…. While nearly all of the 104 Hollywood professionals interviewed had a religious background, 45 percent now say they have no religion, and of the other 55 percent only 7 percent say they attend a religious service as much as once a month.

         This group has had a major role in shaping the shows whose themes and stars have become staples in our popular culture….

         Eighty percent of the respondents said they did not regard homosexual relations as wrong, and 51 percent did not deem adultery as wrong. Of the 49 percent who called extramarital affairs wrong, only 17 percent felt that way strongly, the study said. Nearly all—97 percent—favored the right of a woman to choose an abortion, 91 percent holding that view strongly.

         By contrast, other surveys have indicated that 85 percent of Americans consider adultery wrong, 71 percent regard homosexual activity wrong, and nearly three-fourths of the public wants abortion limited to certain hard cases or banned altogether. (Los Angeles Times, February 19, 1983, part 2, p. 5.)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This survey is also quoted in: Gordon B. Hinckley, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-third Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1and 2, 1983, 67; Hinckley, “Be Not Deceived,” Ensign, November 1983, 44; or Hinckley, “Pornography,” Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1997), 461-462.]



 

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Nelson, Russell M., The Power Within Us, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1988), “The Ten Commandments,” 130.


Excerpt:

         Today we are seriously concerned with the increasing incidence of human infection with HIV (human immunosuppressive virus) and variant viruses and the associated outbreak of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). An epidemic has been forecast-a plague fueled by a vocal few who exhibit greater concern for civil rights than for public health, a plague abetted by the immoral. Some live in lust as though God’s commandment to be chaste was written with an asterisk, exempting them from obeying. And regrettably, as in previous plagues, many innocent victims are doomed to suffer. Where is wisdom?


Notes on background and related publications:

        With few changes this paragraph was quoted a few years later (see, Russell M. Nelson, Official Report of the One Hundred Sixty-second Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 3 and 4, 1992, 7; or Nelson, “Where is Wisdom?,” Ensign, November 1992, 6.



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Packer, Boyd K., That All May Be Edified”: Talks, Sermons & Commentary by Boyd K. Packer, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1998), “To the One,” 167. ■


Excerpt:

         To introduce it I must use a word. I will use it one time only. Please notice that I use it as an adjective, not as a noun; I reject it as a noun. I speak to those few, those very few, who may be subject to homosexual temptations. I repeat, I accept that word as an adjective to describe a temporary condition. I reject it as a noun naming a permanent one.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        (See “Notes on background and related publishing” below under “To the One: Address Given to the Twelve Stake Fireside, Brigham Young University, March 5, 1978.”)


 

____________, “To the One: Address Given to the Twelve Stake Fireside, Brigham

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Young University, March 5, 1978,”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1978), 21 pgs ■


Excerpt:

         A male, in his feelings and emotions, can become less masculine and more feminine and confused. A female can become, in her emotions, less feminine and more masculine and confused. Because the body cannot change, the emotional part may struggle to transform itself into the opposite gender. Then an individual is on a hopeless, futile quest for identity where it can never be achieved.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Packer, “To the One,” 1978 Devotional Speeches, (Provo UT: Brigham Young University Press 1979), 33-40 (not available on BYU’s url Internet devotional section); Packer, “To the One,” “That All May Be Edified”: Talks, Sermons & Commentary by Boyd K. Packer (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1998), 167. Packer,”To the One,” Speaking Out on Moral Issues, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc., 1982), 186-200; Packer, “To the One,” Morality, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1992), 167

        Elder Packer’s biographer relates:

…President Spencer W. Kimball in 1978, * * * asked him to address a BYU fireside regarding homosexuality. Feeling very inadequate, Brother Packer responded, “President, I just couldn’t do it.” Then after much soul-searching he repented for having refused an assignment from the prophet. The result of his repentance and his thorough preparation was his talk “To the One,” 5 March 1978. [Lucile C. Tate, Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc., 1995), 155.]

Elder Packer’s address is a direct response to a recent article printed in Salt Lake City’s gay newspaper The Salt Lake Open Door, and the gay national newsperiodical called The Advocate About June of 1977, a disgruntled BYU student in Dr. I. Reed Payne’s anti-gay lecture in a psychology class anonymously prepares a response later published as Prologue: An Examination of the Mormon Attitude towards Homosexuality (prepared in 1977 and published around May1978), also referred to as the Payne Letter or the Payne Papers, refuting and attacking the claim that homosexuality is chosen. He attacks the Reparative Therapy, its methods, BYU faculty, and the LDS (Mormon) Church’s position on this issue. This response is mailed to several General Authorities of the LDS (Mormon) Church. The papers are first printed in Salt Lake City’s gay community newspaper The Salt Lake Open Door and an abridged version in The Advocate as “The Heterosexual Solution: a dilemma for gay Mormons.” The Advocate has a cartoon characters representing Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Spencer W. Kimball holding a naked woman’s picture in one hand while pulling back the bedsheets where two men are laying with the other. The Salt Lake Open Door reprints the cartoon. Copies of the Payne Papers were sent to Sunstone and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Originally a second letter is planned called Picking up the pieces which will offer advice aid help for LDS gays. The papers are published into a booklet about May, and are available in most Local Salt Lake City bookstores or by mail. Both Mormon and non-Mormon Gays write The Salt Lake Open Door and The Advocate thanking them for publishing the article and telling their own stories. There are a few critical letters attacking article. Dialogue Journal of Mormon Thought referred to it’s publication the Spring 1980 roundup of Mormon literature. Sunstone makes no mention of it. BYU makes a futile attempt to find out who the student is. In a 1989 reprinting, author Cloy Jenkins thanks Lee Williams and Dianne for the help they gave with the pamphlet. This booklet is mentioned in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought’s survey of LDS (Mormon) literature in the Fall 1979 issue. Footnote Both Drs. Allen Bergin and Victor L. Brown, Jr., colleagues of Payne in the BYU Values Institute, tried unsuccessfully to respond to the paper. This leads President Spencer W. Kimball to assign Elder Boyd K. Packer to give a fireside talk in 1978 titled “To the One” as a response.


 

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____________, “To Young Men Only,” (Salt Lake City, UT.: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1976), [3-5. 9-10] (There is a Spanish [#33382002] and French translation [#33382140] available for $.25 each)..■


Excerpt:

         It was intended that we use this power only with our partner in marriage. I repeat, very plainly, physical mischief with another man is forbidden. It is forbidden by the Lord.

         There are some men who entice young men to join them in these immoral acts. If you are ever approached to participate in anything like that, it is time to vigorously resist.

         While I was in a mission on one occasion, a missionary said he had something to confess. I was very worried because he just could not get himself to tell me what he had done.

         After patient encouragement he finally blurted out, “I hit my companion.”

         “Oh, is that all,” I said in great relief.

         “But I floored him,” he said.

         After learning a little more, my response was “Well, thanks. Somebody had to do it, and it wouldn’t be well for a General Authority to solve the problem that way.”

         I am not recommending that course to you, but I am not omitting it. You must protect yourself.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Packer, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-sixth Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1, 2, and 3, 1976, 98-99, 100-101; or Though this discourse came out in pamphlet form and was distributed to fathers, “Elder Packer’s address was not included in November Ensign’s conference report by determination of the First Presidency. The address was a sensitive treatment of the important subject of chastity.” (See “Elder Boyd K. Packer Conference Address,” Ensign, 6 (December 1976), 79.)



 

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The Presidents of the Church: Teacher’s Manual, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1989, 1993, 1996), “5 Listening to a Prophet Today,” p.23; “37 Spencer W. Kimball: Raised in a Refiner’s Fire Born: 28 March 1895 Years of Presidency: 1973-1985,” p. 188; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡

Excerpt:

[“5 Listening to a Prophet Today,”]

Example and discussion


Latter-day Prophets Give Us Needed Counsel


Tell the following incident: A young missionary was explaining to a contact that our Church is led by a prophet of the Lord who receives revelation for the Church and for the world. The man was very interested and asked the elder what the prophet had said. The missionary, however, could not think of anything specific to tell the man. “Well, what is the most recent thing your prophet has proclaimed?” the man asked. Still the missionary stammered and could not answer; he just did not know.

         1.      Could each of us do better than that embarrassed missionary? What instructions has our prophet given us? (Accept varied answers. They could include counsel to study the Book of Mormon, to write in journals, to be missionaries and warnings against such things as abortion, pornography, homosexuality, and other serious sins of today.)


Report


Have the assigned class member report on the important instruction he found in the

prophet’s talk.



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[“37 Spencer W. Kimball: Raised in a Refiner’s Fire…”]



Programs and Policies Effected

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4.      Made powerful statements against homosexuality, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Sunday School adult manual for 1991, 1994, 1997, 2001 The course is for 14 year-olds.



 

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Speaking Out on Moral Issues, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc., 199), Ezra Taft Benson, “What Manner of Man Ought We to Be?”, ; “The Law of Chastity,” ; Neal A. Maxwell, “The Stern But Sweet Seventh Commandment,” 21-22, 27-28; Boyd K. Packer, “To the One,” 167; Packer, “Covenants,” 33. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         Growing numbers of people now campaign to make spiritually dangerous life-styles legal and socially acceptable. Among them are abortion, the gay lesbian movement, and drug addiction. [Elder Boyd K. Packer]

Notes on background and related publishing:

         The book’s predecessor contains: Morality, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc., 1992), “What Manner of Man Ought we to be?” ; “The Law of Chastity,” . Maxwell, “The Stern But Sweet Seventh Commandment,” 21-22, 27-28 (The version in the latter two references has been slightly edited. Though this doesn’t specifically mention homosexuality, it has been indexed in Speaking out on Moral Issues and Morality under the heading of “Homosexuality.” Therefore because of it being included in that category, I felt it best to include it herein. This is originally published in Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “The Stern but Sweet Seventh Commandment,” University of Utah Institute Fireside, December 8, 1978 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Salt Lake Institute of Religion University of Utah nd), 1-3, 4, 5, 11-13. Portions of this material comes from: Maxwell, “Being Pure and Spotless before God,” Not Withstanding My Weakness, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Desert Book Co. 1981), 97-99.). Packer,”Covenants,” 33 originally in, Packer, Official Report of the One Hundred Sixtieth Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6 and 7, 1990, 107-110; Packer, “Covenants,” Ensign, November 1990, 84.



 

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The Prophets Have Spoken, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III:587-588 (Herald B. Lee, 2 October 1972), 686, 687; (Spencer W. Kimball, 4 October 1974), 828 (Spencer W. Kimball, 1 October 1977). ■


Excerpt:

1. Harold B.Lee 1972:

I want to warn this great body of priesthood against that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, which has been labeled as a sin second only in seriousness to the sin of murder. I speak of the sin of adultery, which, as you know, was the name used by the Master as he referred to unlicensed sexual sins of fornication as well as adultery; and besides this, the equally grievous sin of homosexuality, which seems to be gaining momentum with social acceptance in the Babylon of the world, of which Church members must not be a part

While we are in the world, we must not be of the world. Any attempts being made by the schools or places of entertainment to flaunt sexual perversions, which can do nothing but excite to experimentation, must find among the priesthood in this church a vigorous and unrelenting defense through every lawful means that can be employed.

The common judges of Israel, our bishops and stake presidents must not stand by and fail to apply disciplinary measures within their jurisdiction, as set forth plainly in the laws of the Lord and procedures as set forth in plain and simple instructions that cannot be misunderstood. Never must we allow supposed mercy to the unrepentant sinner to rob the justice upon which true repentance from sinful practices is predicated.

2. Spencer W. Kimball 1974:

Every form of homosexuality is sin. Pornography is one of the approaches to that transgression. There is no halfway.

Some people are ignorant or vicious and apparently attempting to destroy the concept of masculinity and femininity. More and more girls dress, groom, and act like men. More and more men dress, groom, and act like women. The high purposes of life are damaged and destroyed by the growing unisex theory. God made man in his own image, male and female made he them. With relatively few accidents of nature, we are born male or female. The Lord knew best. Certainly, men and women who would change their sex status will answer to their Maker.

3. Spencer W. Kimball 1978:

The growing permissiveness in modern society gravely concerns us. Certainly our Heavenly Father is distressed with the increasing inroads among his children of such insidious sins adultery and fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, abortions, pornography, population control, alcoholism, cruelty expressed in wife-beating and child-abuse, dishonesty, vandalism, violence, and crime generally, including the sin of living together without marriage.

* * *

We therefore urge Church members as citizens to lift their voices, to join others in unceasingly combating, in their communities and beyond, the inroads of pornography and the general flaunting of permissiveness. Let us vigorously oppose the shocking developments which encourage the old sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and which defile the human body as the temple of God

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Homosexuality

We hear more and more each day about the sins of adultery, homosexuality, and lesbianism. Homosexuality is an ugly sin, but because of its prevalence, the need to warn the uninitiated, and the desire to help those who may already be involved with it, it must be brought into the open.


Notes on background and related publishing and citations:

1.     Harold B. Lee: Harold B. Lee, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-second Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6, 7, 8, 1972, 127-128; or, “Admonitions For The Priesthood Of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1973): 104; or Lee, “Strengthening the Home,”Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), 246.

2.     Spencer W. Kimball 1974: Spencer W. Kimball, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-fourth Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 4, 5, 6, 1974, 8-9; or Kimball, “God Will Not Be Mocked,” Ensign, 4(November 1974): 4. Portions of this discourse is also in Spencer W. Kimball, “Chastity and Dating,” The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1982), 278.; or p. ? herein. This is one of the first articles about Mormons and Gays picked up by The Advocate (“Mormon president raps homosexuals,” The Advocate, 150 (November 6, 1976):15).

3.     Spencer W. Kimball 1978: Spencer W. Kimball, Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-seventh Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1 and 2, 1977, 5, 6-7; or Kimball, “The Foundations Of Righteousness,” Ensign, 7 (November 1977): 5; 4. The summary of the talk which quotes the part about homosexuality is in: “Sunday Morning Speakers,” Church News, October 8, 1977, 4. Portions of this discourse is quoted in Spencer W. Kimball, “Chastity and Dating,” The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1982), 274.



 

Teachings of the Prophets: Statements of LDS Leaders on Contemporary Issues, R. Clayton Brough, comp., (Bountiful, UT: Horizon Books 1993), “Homosexuality,” 97-99. ■


Excerpt:

1. First Presidency March 19, 1970:

         They can also be assured that in spite of all they may have heard from other sources, they can overcome and can return to total normal, happy living.

2. First Presidency November 14, 1991:

         However, such {homosexual} thoughts and feelings, regardless of their causes, can and should be overcome and sinful behavior should be eliminated. This can be achieved through faith in God, sincere repentance, and persistent effort.

3. Spencer W. Kimball 1980:

         If one has such desires and tendencies, he overcomes them the same as if he had the urge toward petting or fornication or adultery. The Lord condemns and forbids this practice with a vigor equal to his condemnation of adultery and other such sex acts. And the Church will excommunicate as readily any unrepentant addict.


Notes on background and related publishing and citations:

1. First Presidency March 19, 1970: First Presidency circular letter, March 19, 1970, LDS Church Historical Department Library archives. Homosexuality: Convince Homosexuals Through Kind Persuasion Of Possible Forgiveness,” His Servants Speak: Statements by Latter-day Saint Leaders on Contemporary Issues, (Salt Lake City: ), 157-158; “Sin:(5) Sexual Immorality: 4. Homosexuality,” We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comp. by Rulon T. Burton, (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994) D-782, p. 989.

2. First Presidency November 14, 1991: First Presidency circular letter, November 14, 1991, LDS Church Historical Department Library Archives. The next day, November 15th, the First Presidency issued a follow-up letter instructing that the November 14th letter is to be read to all Relief Society and Priesthood quorums meetings. It specifically mentioned only males and females over 12 years-of-age should hear the letter and specifically stated that “the letter should not be read in Primary.” Peggy Fletcher Stack, “LDS Letter Stresses Sexual Abstinence,” Salt Lake Tribune, November 23, 1991, A5; or p.? herein

3. Spencer W. Kimball: Spencer W. Kimball: “President Kimball Speaks Out On Morality: President Spencer W. Kimball Special Message To All Latter-Day Saints,” Ensign, 10 (November 1980): 97; Kimball, New Era, 10 (November 1980): 43-44. Portions of this talk is in Spencer W. Kimball, “Chastity and Dating,” The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1982), 282. This article was originally published in a 1972 book as: Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” President Kimball Speaks, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1972),10-12, it is placed under this date because of its distribution in an official LDS Church publication. A portion of this article is in “Talking to your Children About Moral Purity,” Ensign, 16 (December 1986):38.

        Other cited references include: Gordon B. Hinckley, “Reverence and Morality,” Ensign, 17 (May 1987): 45. Also cited in Hinckley, Official Report of the One Hundred Fifty-seventh Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 4 and 5, 1987, 56-57, 58; Also partially quoted in Hinckley, “AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Disease,” Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company 1997), 8-9. The summary of the talk which quotes and paraphrases the parts about homosexuality and AIDS is in: “Priesthood Session,” Church News, April 11, 1987, 14. For a report of this talk in Salt Lake City’s gay press see Scott Dunn, “The Unnatural Man: LDS leader removes a folksy ‘cure’ for homosexuality,” Triangle Magazine, May 1987, 8. M. Russell Ballard, “A Change To Start Over: Church Disciplinary Councils and Restoration of Blessings,”Ensign, 20 (September 1990):12, 14-15, 15



 

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Understanding and Helping Those Who Have Homosexual Problems, (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1992, 1999) ■


Excerpt:

         To help members understand that the Lord will forgive their sins if they are fully repentant, read with them and discuss Ezekiel 33: 14-16; Enos 1: 1-8; Doctrine and Covenants 58: 42-43; and other relevant scriptures. Also read and discuss this statement by President Ezra Taft Benson: “God’s gifts are sufficient to help us overcome every sin and weakness if we will but turn to Him for help” (“A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, p.5).

         Help the troubled members to realize that these promises will become realities as they turn to the Savior and strive to cleanse their lives of all unrighteousness. As they do so, they will be healed through the grace and power of Christ.

         Consider having the members read Spencer W. Kimball’s book The Miracle of Forgiveness (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969)


Notes on background and related publishing and citations:

        Originally printed in February 1992. Translated into Dutch (1995), French (1992, German (1998), Greek (1998), Italian (1992), Portuguese (1995), Spanish (1995).



 

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We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Burton, Rulon T., comp., (Salt Lake City, UT: Tabernacle Books 1994), “SIN: (5) Sexual Immorality – 4. Homosexuality – 782. Men are not to have sexual relations with other men, or women with other women,” 988-990 ■ ○


Excerpt:

1. Spencer W. Kimball, February 1976:

         Let it therefore be clearly stated that the seriousness of the sin of homosexuality is equal to or greater than that of fornication or adultery; and that the Lord's Church will as readily take action to disfellowship or excommunicate the unrepentant practicing homosexual as it will the unrepentant fornicator or adulterer

2. Harold B. Lee, October 1972:

         I want to warn this great body of priesthood against that great sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, which has been labeled as a sin second only in seriousness to the sin of murder.

3. J. Rubin Clark, October 1957:

         [T]o keep the Children of Israel from committing these sins, the Lord proceeds to name them and to prescribe penalties for their commission. I am going to name a few of them…. For homosexuality, it was death to the male and the prescription or penalty for the female I do not know….

4. First Presidency, February 1973

         [Church] leaders should generally approach these unhappy [homosexual] people in the true spirit of the gospel of love and understanding rather than of condemnation.


Notes on background and related publishing and citations:

        Material comes from the King James Bible, Teachings of the Latter-day Prophets

1. Spencer W. Kimball: Spencer W. Kimball, Official Report of the Sydney Australia Area Conference, February 27, 28, and 29, 1976, 54-55; “Obedience Urged in Islands,” Church News, February 28, 1976, 3.

2. Harold B. Lee: Harold B. Lee, “President Harold B. Lee,” Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-second Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 6, 7, 8, 1972, 127-128; Lee, “Admonitions For The Priesthood Of God,” Ensign, 3 (January 1973): 104; Lee, “Enseńad el Evangelio de salvación,” Discursos de Conferencias Generales 1970-1972, (Cerro de Jesús, Mexico: La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Ultimos Dias 1977), 308; Lee, “Strengthening the Home,”Decisions For Successful Living, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1973), 246; Lee, The Prophets Have Spoken, comp by Eric D. Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1999) III: 587-588. The summary of the talk which quotes the part about homosexuality is in: “Saturday Afternoon Session,” Church News, October 14, 1972, 8 ; Neal A. Maxwell, “Interdiction,“ Look Back at Sodom: (A timely account from imaginary Sodom Scrolls), (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1975) np.

3. J. Reuben Clark: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., One Hundred Twenty-seventy Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 5, 6, and 7, 1957, 87-88. Clark, The Improvement Era did not publish the Priesthood Session discourses at this time.

4. First Presidency Statement: First Presidency circular letter, March 19, 1970, LDS Church Historical Department Library archives. “Homosexuality: Convince Homosexuals Through Kind Persuasion Of Possible Forgiveness,” His Servants Speak: Statements by Latter-day Saint Leaders on Contemporary Issues, R. Clayton Brough, comp., (Salt Lake City: ), 157-158; “Homosexuality: Use Kind Persuasion to Encourage Homosexuals to Repent,” Teachings of the Prophets: Statements of LDS Leaders on Contemporary Issues, R. Clayton Brough, comp., (Bountiful, UT: Horizon Books 1993), 98; “Chastity: Forms of Sexual Immorality,” Teachings of Latter-day Prophets, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1986), 73.

        Other references include: King James Bible, Spencer W. Kimball, “Crime Against Nature,” The Miracle of Forgiveness, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1969), 77-79, 81-82; Kimball, Official Report of the Sydney Australia Area Conference, February 27, 28, and 29, 1976, 54-55. This was partially quoted in “Obedience Urged in Islands,” Church News, February 28, 1976, 3. The sentences “The latter rationalizes his act into insignificance” and “Easy it is to create excuses and escapes to cover our own weaknesses” are not included in the compilation and there is no indication that it is missing. Teachings of Latter-day Prophets, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1986), “Chastity: Forms of Sexual Immorality,” 71-73, “Repentance from Immorality,” 73-74; “Church Courts,” 80.






 

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Wirthlin, Joseph B., Brigham Young University 1991-1992 Devotional and Fireside Speeches, (Provo, Utah: University Publications 1993), “‘The Lord’s Side,’” 129, 130-131 ■


Excerpt:

         The difference between Hollywood’s standards and those of most Americans is appalling, as shown in a 1991 study. “More than one hundred top television writers and executives were asked questions that paralleled a poll taken of average American viewers. The results:

         – “A whopping 85 percent of the country believes adultery to be wrong. But in Hollywood, it’s 49 percent.

         – “A minute 4 percent of the nation says it has no religious affiliation, compared to 45 percent in Hollywood.

         – “Some 76 percent of Americans feel [homosexuality is] wrong. In Hollywood, it’s 20 percent.

         – “Abortion rights are supported by 59 percent of the country [which is appalling] compared to Hollywood’s 97 percent” (Chris Hicks, “Hollywood’s Values Gash with Our Own,” Deseret News, l9 July 1992.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Wirthlin, “The Lord’s Side,” Ensign, 23 (March 1993):70; 71; Wirthline, Finding Peace in Our Lives, [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1991], “Finding Peace With Man and God,” 14, 17-18.


 

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____________, Finding Peace in Our Lives, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co. 1991), “Finding Peace With Man and God,” 14, 17-18; “Deep Roots,” 119. ■ ○


Excerpt:

         The difference between Hollywood’s standards and those of most Americans is appalling, as shown in a 1991 study. “More than one hundred top television writers and executives were asked questions that paralleled a poll taken of average American viewers. The results:

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         – “Some 76 percent of Americans feel [homosexuality is] wrong. In Hollywood, it’s 20 percent.

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Deseret News, l9 July 1992.

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         The Lord said, “Thou shalt not… commit adultery,… nor do anything like unto it.”11 D&C 59: 6. That means we are to avoid abnormal sexual behavior, including fornication, homosexual behavior, child molestation, or any other perversion of God’s plan of happiness.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Originally in Wirthlin, Brigham Young University 1991-1992 Devotional and Fireside Speeches, (Provo, Utah: University Publications 1993), “‘The Lord’s Side,’” 129, 130-131; Wirthlin, Official Report of the One Hundred Sixty-fourth Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1 and 2, 1994, 100-101; Wirthlin, “Deep Roots,” Ensign, 24(November 1994):75, or “Sink Spiritual Roots in ‘Fertile Soil’ of Gospel,” Church News, October 8, 1994, 22.



 

Young Women Manual 1, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of

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Latter-day Saints 1992) “Living a Virtuous Life: 33 Avoiding Degrading Media Influences,” p. 143; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ○ ‡

Excerpt:



Teacher presentation


Explain that the skull and crossbones is the universal warning symbol for a poisonous substance. People all over the world recognize it as a graphic warning of what can happen to them if they take the substance into their bodies. Latter-day prophets have warned us of another kind of contamination that can be deadly, not to our bodies, but to our spirits and minds. The mass media—television, radio, movies, magazines, and newspapers—communicates to many people at the same time. These media can help to further the work of the Lord on earth, to educate, and to entertain. But they can also be used to destroy. They are a chief tool of the adversary, who seeks to break down moral behavior in all of us.


Discussion


Explain that although some people argue that we are unaffected by the sex, profanity, obscenity, and violence we may see in the mass media, this is not true. Discuss with the young women what some of the damaging effects of sex, profanity, violence, and obscenity might be.


Quotation


President Spencer W. Kimball has warned us of some of the dangers resulting from these exposures to degrading media:


“Certainly … tragedy … often begins with a visit to an [inappropriate] motion picture theater or fingering through an obscene magazine. The path to the grievous sins of fornication, adultery, and homosexuality can begin … with the viewing of some of the sex– and violence – oriented programs now being shown on television, including network television” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1976, p. 6; or Ensign, Nov. 1976, p. 6).


Quotation


President Kimball also warned about the evils of pornography found in every form of mass media: “There is a link between pornography and … perversions. … “It is ridiculous to imply that pornography has no effect. There is a definite relationship to crime. Murder, robbery, rape, prostitution, and commercialized vice are fed on this immorality. Sex crime statistics seem to reflect a relationship between crime and pornography” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, p. 7; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, p. 7).


Discussion


Ask the young women to give examples of shows or advertising, etc., that they are exposed to daily and tell how these influence the choices they make about the clothes they wear, products they use, entertainment, and other ways they spend time and money. Help the girls see how effective the influence of the media is in their lives. Discuss negative ways the media is influencing them.


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Young Women’s manual for 12 to 18 year-old females for the years 1994, 1997, 2000.

        Translated into Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Check, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch,Estonian, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Gilbertese, Greek, Haitian, Hiligayoan, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ilokamo, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotean, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pohnpeian, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotogian, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, and Waray.



 

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Young Women Manual 2, (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1993), “Fulfilling Women’s Divine Roles: 4 Obeying Commandments Helps Us Fulfill Our Divine Roles,”17; “Living a Virtuous Life: 33 The Sacred Power of Procreation,” 130; or URL Internet site http://library.lds.org/library/ as of May 2001. ■ ○ ‡

Excerpt:



Ways Commandments Are Broken

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         4.      Jealousy, envy, greed.

         5.      Choosing not to marry, choosing not to have children, homosexuality.

         6.      Murder, abortion.


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RESOURCE

MATERIAL


Sometimes young people do not understand the specific definitions of words they hear describing immorality. If questions arise during the discussion, you may want to use the following definitions given by President Spencer W. Kimball. Masturbation: To sexually stimulate oneself. “Masturbation … is not approved of the Lord nor of his Church, regardless of what may be said by others whose ‘norms’ are lower” (Spencer W. Kimball, President Kimball Speaks Out [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 10).


Homosexuality: “‘Sexual desire for those of the same sex or sexual relations between individuals of the same sex,’ whether men or women” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], p. 78).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        LDS Young Women’s manual for 12 to 18 year-old females for the years 1995, 1998, 2001.

        Translated into Bulgarian, Check, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Fijian, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Ilokamo, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rarotogian, Russian, Samoan, Serverian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tongan, Turkish, Ukranian, and Waray.






Publications From Lay Members of the LDS Church

Publications Form

Lay Members of the LDS Church


 

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Anderson, Scott and Kae, Homosexuality, Symptoms & Free Agency: A Personal Account of Excommunication and Conversion, (Salt Lake City: Bonneville Books 1998). ■



 

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Byrd, A. Dean, Homosexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Understanding Homosexuality According to the Doctrines of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, (Springville, UT: Bonneville Books 2001). ■



 

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Byrd, A. Dean, & Chamberlain, Mark D., Religion, Mental Health, and the Latter-day Saints, Daniel K. Judd ed. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center 1999), “Dealing With Issues of Homosexuality: A Qualitative Study of Six Mormons,” 179-214. ■


Notes on background and related publishing:

        The original printing is in A. Dean Byrd and Mark D. Chamberlain, “Dealing with the Issues of Homosexuality: A Qualitative Study of Six Mormons,” AMCAP Journal 19 (1993):47-89.

 

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Cramer, Steven A., The Worth of a Soul: Excommunication and Conversion; (Salt Lake City, UT: Century Publishing 1997), quote on 43-44. ■



 

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Cox, Shirley E., & Dant, Dorris R., “Developing Genuine Friendships: A Guide for Women Struggling With Same-Sex Attraction,” (Salt Lake City, UT: Evergreen International 1999).



 

Cox, Shirley E., & Matteson, David, Evergreen Workbook for Men, (Salt Lake City, UT: Evergreen International, 1997)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This is a workbook on how to deal with and “overcome” same-sex attraction.



 

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Elderidge, Erin, Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-sex Attraction With Insights for Friends, Family, and Leaders, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book.1994). ■ ○ (on remainder)


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Reviewed by Marybeth Raynes, “Can You Change?” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 28/1 (Spring 1995):167-170



 

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Harmer, John, A War We Must Win: A Frontline Account of the Battle Against the Pornography Conspiracy, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1999), 26, 48, 81-89, 119. ■


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Promotes the homophobic idea of a close link between the “so-called Gay Agenda” and pornography’s agenda



 

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Hyde, Garrick (Editor) Hyde, Ginger (Editor), Place in the Kingdom: Spiritual Insights from Latter-Day Saints about Same-Sex Attraction, (Salt Lake City, UT: Century Publishing 1997). ■



 

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Jeppsen, Rod, Turn Yourselves and Live: Is Anything Too Hard For God?, (Salt Lake City, UT: Sounds of Zion 2000).


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This is Rod Jeppsen “healing journey” It is designed as a “user-friendly” workbook “help members of the church who are struggling with a compulsive sexual lifestyle or for individuals who are trying to help someone get out of the behavior.” The book deals with “all types of compulsive sexual behavior,” offering scriptural references, quotes by General Authorities and excerpts from the Ensign.” Jeppsen’s workbooks helps the user to “identify the root problem, get out of denial, distinguish the difference between irrational thoughts and rational Christ-centered thoughts and how to defuse “trigger points” in a Christ-centered way. “



 

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Lather, Glen L., What’s a Parent to Do?: Solving Family Problems in a Christlike Way, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. 1997), 43-44. ■


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Has some not well documented research about gay parenting



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Park, Jason, Helping LDS Men Resolve their Homosexual Problems: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders, (Salt Lake City, UT: Century Publishing 1997), 256 pgs. ■


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____________, Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men, (Salt Lake City, UT: Century Publishing 1997).


 

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____________, Understanding Male Homosexual Problems: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints, (Salt Lake City, UT: Century Publishing, 1997), 50 pgs. (Also in Spanish) ■



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Parry, Donald W., Parry, Jay, Understanding the Signs of the Times, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book 1999), “Conditions on Earth Before Christ’s Coming,” 216-219. ■


Notes on background and related publishing:

        Includes the plight of homosexuals in the “last days.” The Parrys quote others, President Gordon B. Hinckley’s October 1993 General Conference talk where he mentions AIDS and such scriptures as 2 Tim. 2:33 where he says “There may be a second meaning to the phrase … homosexuality.”



 

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Skousen, W. Cleon, So You Want to Raise a Boy?, (New York, NY: Verity Publishing 1992), “The Eleven-year-old and His Gang,” 163; “Ethical Sense of a Thirteen-year-old,” 186; “Sharing the Facts of Life,” 285-286. ■


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This is an exact reprint of his 1962 book retaining that time period’s concept of homosexuality.





 

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Strengthening Our Families: An In-depth Look at the Proclamation on the Family, David C Dollahite, editor, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book & Brigham Young University’s Department of Marriage, Family, and Human Development 2000), “25 Defending Marriage and the Family Law and Policy,” 346; Lynn D. Wardle, “Essay R: Legal and Moral Issues of Same- sex Marriage,” 347-351; Richard N. Williams, “Essay S: A Critique of Research on Same-sex Parenting,” 352-356; Richard G. Wilkins, “Essat T: “Defending the Family Through International Policy,” 356. ■ ○


Notes on background and related publishing:

        This was published to be used as a text book for the Department of Marriage, Family and Human development at BYU. ” This anti-gay marriage volume is required for their General Education class titled FamilyLF 100. Footnote Apparently, they could not find a textbook that covered the somewhat unique teachings of the LDS Church.



 

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Wilcox, Michael, Nation at the Crossroads Spiritual Decline of the Promised Land, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Inc. 1999), “The Fullness of Iniquity: Outward Signs,” 18. ■

Notes on background and related publishing:

        Wiclox deals with such things as Sodom and Gomorrah, dealing with the moral corruption, which gays are promoting, that will cause the downfall of the United States.



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