Renata Forste, chairwoman of the sociology department, [introduced] four students who would be sharing their experiences with Same Gender Attraction. “These students, like any other students, are living within the standards of the Honor Code,” she said.
As each student panelist proceeded to tell the audience their stories with Same Gender Attraction a hush fell upon the room.
Same gender attraction is not something we can ignore. Our loved ones, our friends and our family, are part of it. It’s important for us to learn. Those who experiences with same gender attraction and still live the Gospel standards are amazing examples of righteousness. This is not easy.
It’s ignorant to think that open discussion will make more people ‘gay’, or that the discussion will encourage those struggling to make poor choices. It won’t. Such discussions might, however, lead to more of our brothers and sisters feeling the love and support they need to find happiness.
We need to “mourn with those that mourn; yeah, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God.” We need to witness that God loves his children, not that he judges them. I’m so grateful for other members that are loving, and have a firm testimony.
Let me state emphatically that I stand entirely by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Without equivocation I can say that I know it is led by Prophets, Seers, and Revelators who deliver the very mind and will of the Lord to us in our own day.
I believe, as stated so plainly in holy writ, that marriage is ordained between a man and a woman. The Plan of Salvation was given to us to allow us the opportunity to return happily back to our father’s presence as families. However, for those Latter-day Saint with Same Gender Attraction, there are challenges and struggles that the rest of us cannot begin to understand.
I stand behind my church leaders.
I stand behind my fellow Latter Day Saints with same gender attraction.
I am here to do whatever I can to help. Life can be hard, but I believe it does get better.