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Joseph Smith taught that sexuality is a key attribute of the divine nature. Our Heavenly Parents are sexual beings, and sexual relationship is integral to Joseph Smith's teachings on exaltation (D&C 132:19-20). Sexual reproduction is one way that human beings participate with the Gods in the work of creation. Procreative or not, sex can be a source of delight and comfort, a sacramental expression of love between partners, even an experience of union with the divine.

Like other gifts from God—our talents, our time, our money, our food—we can put our sexuality to profane or consecrated uses. Our tradition teaches that sexuality achieves its holiest expression in a covenant between two people who seek to be welded, through the Spirit, into an eternal companionship. For partners in such a covenant, sex offers a means to practice Christ-like selflessness and to cultivate the intimacy that will unite them in "one flesh."

On the basis of D&C 132, Latter-day Saints have historically understood that heterosexual union is required to grow into the fullness of our divine nature; hence the LDS Church's opposition to homosexual relationships. Elsewhere, however, Joseph Smith suggested that various kinds of relationships endure beyond this life and may be coupled with eternal glory (D&C 130:2). This teaching opens up the possibility of recognizing gay and lesbian unions as potentially holy on the same principles as heterosexual ones.

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 It isn't good to be alone, it isn't good.
 So when you find someone to love, you really should
 join hands and be together.
Carol Lynn Pearson, My Turn on Earth (1977)

Parley P. Pratt: The object of the union of the sexes is the propagation of their species, or procreation; also for mutual affection, and the cultivation of those eternal principles of never ending charity and benevolence, which are inspired by the Eternal Spirit; also for mutual comfort and assistance in this world of toil and sorrow.
Key to the Science of Theology (Salt Lake City: Deseret News,1883), 151

Val D. MacMurray: The sexually well person would feel gratitude towards her own body for its ability to respond to pleasure. . . . She does not deny it, or ignore it. On the contrary, she pays proper attention to it, and welcomes appropriate opportunities to understand its possibilities and potentialities.
"Sexual and Emotional Intimacy: A Need to Emphasize Principles,"
Journal of Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists 8, no. 1 (January 1982), 18-19

Marion D. Hanks: Married people are sweethearts, in a special creative union, blessed with that powerful chemistry that draws two together, sometimes from next door, sometimes from a world away. This divinely designed power must be sustained by other qualities—by respect and loyalty and integrity—to be what it is meant to be. To be able to give oneself fully with confidence and trust, and to fully receive the other joyfully and gratefully—this is a blessing that grows in meaning year by year and forever.

“Eternal Marriage,” Ensign, Nov 1984, 35

Eugene England: Sexual relationships can operate only on the principles of righteousness, that is, "without compulsory means" but rather "by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned." . . . When we make love we are already expressing incredible courage—the courage to enter the valley of the shadow of death and of failure and of rejection. I believe our Heavenly Parents have the same kind of courage when, in whatever is Their equivalent of making love, They begin a universe.

"Becoming Bone of Bone," As Women of Faith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989), 114, 119

Jeffrey R. Holland: Sexual intimacy is . . . symbolic of a union between mortals and Deity, between otherwise ordinary and fallible humans uniting for a rare and special moment with God himself and all the powers by which He gives life in this wide universe of ours. In this latter sense, human intimacy is a sacrament.

"Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments," Morality (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992), 162

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