Gays and the Gospel

12 Scriptural Reasons for Latter‐day Saints
to Support Our Gay & Lesbian Neighbors,
Their Marriages & Families

Do Good to All

Our 13th Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints states:

"We believe… in doing good to all men..."

(Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith #13)

"The test comes in practicing what we proclaim."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, First Presidency Message, "Developing Chrislike Attributes" Ensign/Liahona Oct. 2008

When we say “all men”, does that include our Gay and Lesbian neighbors? Are we doing good to them when we legislatively deprive them of their freedom to marry and live according to their religious beliefs and conscience? Are we doing good to them when we support laws that deprive them and their families of the same civil rights, protections and benefits our families enjoy? Since we Latter-day Saints believe marriage and family are good and cherished blessings and are vital to society, personal happiness and well being and even our exaltation; why would any true Christian seek to deny millions of God's children these wonderful blessings? Are we doing good to them when we deny them and their families vital blessings of the Church and gospel - including baptism or eternal marriage?

Exclsionary marriage laws not only deny God’s Gay and Lesbian children the right to marry as well as the state and federal benefits that come with marriage, but they deprive them the best, healthiest, most stable lifestyle choice they could make thereby promoting stereotypical unstable, unhealthy, self-destructive, promiscuous lifestyles. How is depriving anyone a healthier lifestyle choice “doing good to” them?

If you were told since childhood that you would never be allowed to fulfill your dream of a truly loving marriage and family, what impact would that have on your life? What impact would that have on an entire group, nation, people, or kindred? If “Straight marriage” were forbidden by law do you believe that “the Straight lifestyle” would end up being any different than the perceived stereotypical “Gay lifestyle”?

Our 13th Article of Faith also states:

"If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things"

(Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith #13)

Have we ever looked for all that is virtous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy in our Gay and Lesbian neighbors, their marriages and families? Or do we "watch for iniquity" (2 Nephi 27:31) among God's children who are different from us? Will we genuinely seek after them and include them and all their good in our neighborhoods, communities and Church?