LDS Church Position
There are intense moral issues surrounding reproductive technologies, and because of that, my husband and I sought to know what our religion thought about the various procedures we were considering. How grateful I am that the LDS Church has a position about family building options!
For many years, The Church Handbook of Instructions addressed and gave guidance to Priesthood leaders as they counsel with couples who are seeking alternative methods of having a family. This information is now accessible to all who desire to know how the Church feels about family building options.
The Handbook addresses such topics as:
- Artificial Insemination
- In Vitro Fertilization
- Sperm Donation
- Adoption and Foster Care
- Stillborn Children
Even though this information is now available without visiting with our Priesthood leaders, I would still encourage you to sit down with your Bishop and seek counsel from him. When Joel and I opened up to our Bishop about our personal trial with infertility, I must say it was far from easy, but it proved to be greatly valuable. Not only did he provide us with information about the Church’s perspective about infertility, but he provided emotional and spiritual support. Now, years later, the bishops in whom we confided continue to be valued and dear friends who will always have a special place in our lives. Bishops are set apart and blessed with a mantle of discernment, which is a powerful gift when we are seeking specific help from our Heavenly Father. When we rely on our bishops, we open our lives to blessings and compassion that cannot be found anywhere else.
May I guide you to this information from the Handbook: