Mormonism And Homosexuality: The Book Of Mormon Missionary Positions [NSFW]

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First, let me start off by saying that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yes, I am Mormon. When a fellow Fstopper writer posted this piece in our writer's group at first I was saddened to see the material within the link, but then I took a step back and really processed what this series of photographs meant. The photographs depict a pair of Mormon missionaries in various sexual positions. The photographs may be quite simple, but the message is not. Warning: Some of these photographs might be offensive to some readers. 

 

Neil Dacosta, a photographer based out of Portland, OR is the creator of the series. The series has its own website over at www.mormonmissionarypositions.com

I have been a member of the Mormon church since I was eighteen years old. I might not be the best example of a Mormon, but I love my religion. It is part of who I am, and with that said, I am also a LGBT supporter. I believe that homosexuals should have the same rights that we all do in all respects. Yes, a Mormon that is a LGBT supporter, we do exist... and the number is  growing.

The photographs while to some are shocking I believe is the perfect conversation starter over the issue of homosexuality and the church. Now, I do not know the motivation behind this series of photographs by its creators. The only insight that has been given was that on The Daily Dot in which the website asked the creators of the series if this past election had anything to do with the series. As most of you may know, Mitt Romney is also a member of the LDS church and is an opponent to same-sex marriage. Neil Dacosta and art director, Sara Phillips, had this to say.

"The timing definitely gives it a political undertone, as the LDS Handbook quote parallels the Republican social position," the two wrote. "There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding the influence of Mitt Romney's faith on his political positions." -Via: The Daily Dot

The quote that they are referring to is the one that can be found on the LDS Handbook. "Sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Any other sexual relations, including those between persons of the same gender, are sinful and undermine the divinely created institution of the family. The Church accordingly affirms defining marriage as the legal and lawful union between a man and a woman."  -LDS Handbook 2 21.4.10

 The fact of the matter is that people in the United States feel more uncomfortable with Mormons than they do homosexuals. We only make up about 2% of the nation, and we are a largely misunderstood religion. The number of us that are LGBT supporters often keep quiet about their stance on gay marriage in fear of belittlement of our fellow congregation. This is changing slowly, as well. More and more people are 'outing' themselves as supporters.

Just this past June, during a gay-pride parade in Salt Lake City, Utah over 800 active members of the Mormon church marched in support of their LGBT community members. The group called 'Mormons Building Bridges', have been very vocal about their feelings on same-sex marriage.

The series of photographs definitely sends out a powerful statement, and I believe get the message across, now what that message is... is up to you.

So many people like to use photography as a way to say something socially, so does this series use the art form as a way to put homosexuality and the church in the forefront, or is this simply exploitation at its finest?

You can view the entire online art exhibit at: www.mormonmissionarypositions.com

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As a active Mormon/photographer/gay-lesbian supporter my first reaction to this is I don't like it. I don't like how it's taking our missionaries and portraying them in this light.

Now I understand as a supporter we need to address the issues with how we treat people that live a different life style from you and I because at the end of the day they are people just like you and I

As photographers we can already see how these pictures are getting people to talk think and be active about something is isn't going away anytime soon

I just wish it didn't have to be like this

Rebecca Britt's picture

I feel exactly like you. If you could have seen the thread when my fellow writer first posted this, you could see that at first I was repulsed and saddened at the idea of these photos, but I also feel so strongly about this issue that I was willing to look past the feeling of be mocked and the way I felt offended and really think about the photos' meaning. 

We both know that this is an uncomfortable topic for members of the church, and I wish the photographer had picked a different way to do this, but you have to admit...it gets your attention. It definitely is a struggle. I have friends who are fairly more active than I am and I know how much they struggle over this topic. I hope someday we won't have to anymore. 

As members we have found something that works for us. our religion completes us, makes us happy and creates a desire to become better people

With the belief that we should love everyone it's not uncommon that we have found friendships with people of all walks of life

Do we keep something that makes us so happy from the people we have grown to love and care for?

if you live by WWJD then the answer is simple you share this with everyone your friends with and some who may not know you

The trick is how do you even do this without hurting those you care about....we who dare even dream of crossing this bridge are still drawing this out

Arthur Nava's picture

Ok, just to be clear... I came here for the comments. Didn't even read the post.

Great job, posting this! I would definitely hang this an my wall. Its just love...

David's picture

I actually just spent time reading all of these posts... it's a lot.  I know nothing about this creative team, their personal lives, their purpose, whatever.  And I think it's fascinating that they've found a way to put together two things the public thinks shouldn't be together.  If nothing else, the point (seems to be) to make you think.  To rephrase what the offended people said above (in their offensive language): this could've been done with any group/culture/gender as long as the pose/act was different.

Benicio Murray's picture

Mormons make me lol.
Fun pictures too

Based on all of the comments, the photographs and the writer did their job. They started a conversation between many people with differing points of view. 

Just curious - are Mormon Missionaries always male ?

I've never seen any female ones.
If so - why ? Is there a certain level of sex discrimination also ?

Tim Henry Woodard's picture

No there are female Mormon missionaries. Many serve at Mormon Vistor Centers and many serve as proselyting missionaries. However they only serve for 18 months vs. the boys serve for 24. More and more women are choosing to serve mormon missions. There is no sex discrimination form the church itself but in the culture of the people you will find some discrimination. 

Sandy Phimester's picture

This is what Mormons believe, but to be fair I don't hear anything about gay people there, but maybe they should have something there about needing a sense of humor. HAHA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnaa5MQIH94&feature=share&list=UURB1zQya7a1C9UGgOWAS9Uw

Rick Porter's picture

Are there any "non european decent" Mormons?

Tracy Nanthavongsa's picture

Word of advice from FStopper's token gay guy: Don't feed the trolls. That is all.

I'm well traversed in the matters of Mormonism, but I'd like ot think the anit gay parts are in there like many other forms of Christianity no?

I'm constantly baffaled as why ppl feel the need to make excuses for the morality of their religions instead of just dropping it entirely. If you aren't going to take the whole thing seriously and judge what's wring, wrong or true at your own discretion then there is no need for the religion.

There would be much less cognative dissonace and mental gmynastics if that would happen.

And I'm sorry if I missed the point, but the photos are just HOT as hell. 2 Attractive guys in loving and embracing positions. I't so romantic that it's sexy