By Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an updated version of Mormons and Gays website. The new resource provides stories and information to better understand those who have same-sex attraction.
"Even though I still don't understand everything, I know that I don't have to. All I am asked to do is love as God would love."
This comment and many others like it are included in the new version of "Mormon and Gay." The church changed the url of the website from mormonsandgays.org to mormonandgay.lds.org. The website serves as an official church website for members who identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
The webpage includes stories of Mormons who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual alongside videos of their interview. We can find official outlines church beliefs regarding same-sex marriage, and it also serves as an additional resource to help members better understand sexual orientation and other similar topics.
Speaking directly to members of the church who experience same-sex attraction or identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, Elder Clayton says, “We want you to know we love you. You are welcome. We want you to be part of our congregations. You have great talents and abilities to offer God’s kingdom on earth, and we recognize the many valuable contributions you make.”
The church believes that "Visitors to the website can find outlines of official Mormon beliefs about same-sex attraction and key concepts, themes and vocabulary to help Latter-day Saints engage in healthy conversations about this topic."
Key beliefs include the following: