Homosexuality. Strongly prohibited in the LDS church. A person who is a practicing homosexual is not allowed to get a temple recommend. Twelfth President Spencer W. Kimball explained, “In this context, where stands the perversion of homosexuality? Clearly it is hostile to God’s purpose in that it negates his first and great commandment to ‘multiply and replenish the earth.’ If the abominable practice became universal it would depopulate the earth in a single generation. It would nullify God’s great program for his spirit children in that it would leave countless unembodied spirits in the heavenly world without the chance for the opportunities of mortality and would deny to all the participants in the practice the eternal life God makes available to us all” (The Miracle of Forgiveness, 81 ). One BYU professor wrote, “A homosexual relationship is viewed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as sin in the same degree as adultery and fornication” (BYU Professor Daniel H. Ludlow, A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants 2:266).
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