Masturbation Makes You Gay, Leaked Mormon Document Cautions
A bit of self-love will make you gay, claims a leaked Mormon Church document.
The leaked guidebook was allegedly issued to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back in 1981. Newsweek reports that the document recently surfaced on the web via MormonLeaks, an organization dedicated to creating increased transparency within the Mormon Church.
Warns the document:
“Early masturbation experiences introduce the individual to sexual thoughts which may become habit forming and reinforcing to homosexual interests."
“Self-masturbation is almost universal among those who engage in homosexual behavior, and is a very difficult habit for most to overcome.”
The document also states that persons who "engage in homosexual activities" will not be permitted to study or seek employment at Mormon schools and institutions.
So how can one overcome their desires for self-love?
The document suggests turning to social activities with members of the opposite sex, setting fitness and nutrition goals, and prayer.
Although some would suggest that the Mormon church has evolved in its tolerance of homosexuality since the 1981 document was issued, others believe the document captures the beliefs many Mormons have about homosexuality
Said MormonLeaks found Ryan McKnight to Newsweek:
"The church has never come out and said, ‘Throw away this manual; it is no longer relevant,'
“That being said, if you were to track the rhetoric coming from the top leadership you will see somewhat of a shift in their views on the subject.”
“Many members of the Mormon church still believe many of the concepts and ideas put forth in the 1981 manual. Most of the shift has come in the form of simply not talking about the issue as much."