SATAN’S GREAT SLEIGHT OF HAND
While giving way to a temptation certainly increases the adversary’s power, it is made completely clear in the New Testament that the sinless Christ is tempted by Satan. Thus all are subject to temptation. It follows that the temptations you have are NOT who you fundamentally are. Satan has been very successful in convincing the current generation that if they experience homosexual temptations then they are a homosexual. That is ridiculous. What more could Satan ask for? Even Christ was tempted, so while the adversary had no power over the Savior, the adversary could still tempt him. If Christ could be tempted then why would the adversary fail to tempt us, especially if he has blinded us into believing that by simply experiencing a temptation, possibly repeatedly, we will take seriously the idea that the temptation is who we fundamentally are. The father of lies should not be where we turn to get the real truth about ourselves.
Regarding being “born gay” Boyd K Packer addressed the church on this stating:
“Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and the unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, He is our Father. “ (Elder Boyd K Packer – October 2012 General Conference – Cleansing the Inner Vessel)
While this pearl was addressed to the church, it was clearly picked up by the swine, who, as usual, did all they could to rend him for it. But that changes nothing. It is still a pearl nonetheless.