Question: What are some of the unique challenges or difficulties faced by Mormons with same-sex attraction?


Question: What are some of the unique challenges or difficulties faced by Mormons with same-sex attraction?

Church leaders have encouraged members to be particularly kind and compassionate to those struggling with SSA

Elder Bruce C. Hafen in 2009:

During a recent stake conference in Europe, I asked the stake president if Sister Hafen and I might visit one or two of his stake members who could use a little encouragement. As we visited one young man, a single returned missionary, we found that he cared deeply about the Church but was also very troubled. When we asked how he was doing, he began to cry and, with a look of real anguish he said, “I suffer from same-gender attraction.” My heart went out to him. The longer we talked, the more compassion I felt, as I learned that the operative word for him really was “suffer.”[1]


Notes

  1. Bruce C. Hafen, "Elder Bruce C. Hafen Speaks on Same-Sex Attraction," report of address given to Evergreen International annual conference, 19 September 2009.