The new 2010 Church Handbook of Instructions has some small but important changes from the 2006 version in its section on homosexuality. Deletions are in
strikeout. Additions are in [italics].
Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality,
distorts loving relationships, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline. Homosexual behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance.
have homosexual thoughts or feelings orengage in homosexual behavior, Church leaders should help them have a clear understanding of faith in Jesus Christ, the process of repentance, and the purpose of life on earth. Leaders also should help them accept responsibility for their thoughts and actions and apply gospel principles in their lives.
While opposing homosexual behavior, the Church reaches out to understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to those of the same gender. [This was moved from being the 2nd to 3rd paragraph]
In addition to the inspired assistance of Church leaders, members may need professional counseling. When appropriate, bishops should contact LDS Social Services to identify resources to provide such counseling in harmony with gospel principles.
[If members feel same-gender attraction but do not engage in any homosexual behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live the law of chastity and to control unrighteous thoughts. These members may receive Church callings. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold temple recommends and receive temple ordinances.]
The changes above were made based on Book 2 of the CHI. Book 1 contains the same first 4 paragraphs from Book 2, but has the following variations and leftovers from the 2006 CHI.
[When counseling members who have same-gender attraction, stake presidents and bishops may refer to the booklet God Loveth His Children.]
In addition to the inspired assistance of Church leaders, members may need professional counseling.
When appropriate[In the United States and Canada, stake presidents and] bishops should[may] contact LDS Social[Family] Services to identify resources to provide such counseling in harmony with gospel principles. [. . . Outside the United States and Canda, stake presidents may contact the Area presidency for guidance.]