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The central material around which this site is organized is the 1995 Ensign article by Elder Dallin Oaks on Same Gender Attraction and the recent interview with Elder Oaks and Elder Wickman which was posted on the LDS Church website in August, 2006. This material written by or in association with an apostle is the most authoritative material available within the LDS Church on the subject of same gender attraction which is also known as homosexual attraction. how to earn cryptocurrency in pakistan All the materials found here have been selected because they are supportive of Elder Oaks's article and interview and are meant to reinforce the compassionate and definitive material he presents.

In addition to Elder Oaks and Elders Oaks/Wickman material, this site also provides information and accounts of personal experience useful to members of the Latter-day Saint community who wish to stay close to approved Church teachings.These selections are intended to assist those who feel homosexual attraction, and in particular the selections include perspectives and suggestions for family members, friends, and ecclesiastical leaders who wish to understand the circumstances of homosexual members in order to be helpful to them.

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Background & Suggestions

Elder Oaks' Talk

Why was this website established?

Though homosexuality is a subject widely alluded to, the majority of Latter-day Saints (and Americans in general) have little reliable information about it. Sadly, in far too many instances this ignorance and (often) accompanying prejudice undermine truly helpful responses by family members, ecclesiastical leaders, and LDS friends of homosexual members. forex trading pakistan One way to address this ignorance is to start with the material Elder Oaks has written and then reinforce his compassionate tone with other supportive material to be found on this site. None of the material here can in any way be considered "gay bashing" which Elder Oaks has emphasized is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In fact, this website has been created in an effort to show that "gay bashing" is not needed in order to support the Church message on homosexuality. The material presented here evidences a collective, responsible, spiritual concern for homosexual Latter-day Saints and their families and a desire to find more constructive, gospel-centered ways of dealing with what for many is a painful and often divisive issue.

Who are the contributors to this website?

We are Latter-day Saints whose circumstances and experience have raised our awareness of issues relating to homosexuality. We share a desire to reconcile the realities of homosexual orientation with Christian doctrine and church practice. We are aware of the burden borne by many of our homosexual brothers and sisters, and we know first hand of the anguish and stress felt by family members of LDS gays and lesbians.

The website contributors include counselors and other health-care professionals, researchers, educators, and ecclesiastical leaders. Most bring the additional credential of being a parent of a gay or lesbian child. We address this subject because our collective experience-familial, clinical, academic, ecclesiastical-has led to notable similarities of observation and understanding. what is cryptocurrency in pakistan

The expressions found here do not represent all of the possible points of view regarding homosexuality and the gospel/church, nor are they all entirely in agreement. Further, we wish to make clear that this website is not authorized by the church, nor do the various contributors presume to speak for the church in these matters. But since moral issues and gospel principles are clearly involved, we consider it responsible to share our understanding and experience with others, especially those who may be confused over this issue or uncertain as to how best to deal with it.

What are the specific goals of the organizers of this website?
  • To provide to members of the church--from clinical practice and from research--reliable current information on homosexuality.

  • To suggest realistic, helpful strategies for dealing with homosexual attraction to Latter-day Saint ecclesiastical leaders, counselors, and parents.

  • To counter violence against homosexuals, including self-inflicted violence (suicide).

  • To create conditions within families, congregations, and communities that enable homosexuals to feel both safe and valued.

Further information

You may get additional background on this site and suggestions for reading the material here by going to the background page.

We welcome dialogue with those who seek broader understanding of this subject. Those wishing more information are encouraged to address e-mail inquiries to ( Anyone who desires to communicate with specific individuals affiliated with this website (see biographical profiles) may do so by directing their inquiries to such persons in care of the above e-mail address.