A top leader of the Mormon faith said there is room in the religion for those with non-heterosexual “sexual attractions” as long as they love God.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s semi-annual general conference, Jeffrey Holland told the crowd there was “room” in the faith for LGBT people, people of different cultures, with other family structures or those questioning their faith.
"There is room for those with differing sexual attractions. In short, there is a place for everyone who loves God and honors his commandments,” he said. “When we disparage our uniqueness or try to conform to fictitious stereotypes — stereotypes driven by an insatiable consumer culture and idealised beyond any possible realisation by social media we lose the richness of tone and timbre that God intended when he created a world of diversity.”
According to KTVB.com, Holland is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, one of the top governing bodies of the LDS church. A newer member of the Apostles also encouraged tolerance in the Mormon religion.
“We must not be guilty of persecuting anyone inside or outside the church,” said Dale Relund. “Church history gives ample evidence of our members being treated with hatred and bigotry. How ironically sad it would be if we were to treat others as we have been treated.”