I was browsing BuzzFeed the other day and came across an article that caught my eye about Mormonism and the nature/nurture conversation concerning sexual orientation (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/mormon-church-sexuality-is-not-a-choice). According to the article, the Church of Latter Day Saints now recognizes that homosexual attractions are physiologically based and that “individuals do not choose to have such attractions.” While this may seem like a step towards acceptance for the Mormon church, it goes further to assert that though being attracted to someone of the same sex is not, in and of itself, sinful, “acting on it is.”
Mormonism is a religion that places great emphasis on “keeping the body healthy.” As such, devout Mormons do not drink alcohol, consume caffeine, do drugs, etc, all under the guise of keeping one’s body healthy, as it is only on loan from God. If, however, our bodies are on loan from God, and homosexual tendencies are biologically based, is it not a natural conclusion that God loaned us these bodies in this condition, homosexual attractions and all? By definition, isn’t it “against nature” (and, as a logical extension, unhealthy) to refrain from acting on any natural attractions?