President List Russell M. William Blevins, 40, a former librarian at the Mormon Church's genealogical center, said the church put pressure on him to marry at 24 in belief 'it would cure me' of homosexual leanings.
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A Counselling Problem in the Church. Retrieved February 9, In the past the LDS church like Orthodox Judaism, evangelical Christianity, and Catholicism encouraged its LGBTQ members to attempt to change their sexual orientation, and continued to communicate into that changing one's sexual orientation was possible through personal righteousness, prayer, faith in Christ, psychotherapy, and group therapy and retreats.
Arcadia Publishing. NBC News Digital. Love, alice. Turning the Hearts. The website includes stories of two young Mormons who identify as gay who have chosen to remain single and the Mormon Church launched Mormons and Gays despite hardship, loneliness and struggles so they can serve missions and remain as fully participating members of the church rather than risk being kicked out.
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The decision came nearly eight months after Russell M. In November , a new policy was released stating that members who are in a same-sex marriage are considered apostates and may be subject to church discipline. Equality Utah Newsroom.
The destinies of Mormons and gays were becoming intertwined in the national discourse, providing creative fodder for theatrical productions including the Tony Award winner 'The Book of Mormon' in which Elder McKinnley, echoing the teachings of Boyd K.
Gay Mormons recalled years of prayer and fasting, attempted heterosexual marriages promising to 'cure' them, and Church-prescribed aversion therapy.