I’ve always wondered how to answer this question:
I’m an active member of the LDS (Mormon) Church and I’m gay – what should I do?
I don’t know.
How would I handle it if one of my children “came out of the closet”?
How can I treat friends and even family members who have announced their same-sex attraction?
It’s quite a hot topic lately, especially with Mitt Romney running for President and Mormon beliefs being talked about all over the web and media outlets.
Well, today I found an article via Facebook that answers the “gay Mormon” question – an article that was really impressive. It’s a long article so I don’t plan to copy and paste the whole thing; however, here are some points I thought were worth sharing:
Facts about The Weed (written by his wife, who has adopted the role as his publicist):
1. He’s a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Auburn, WA (Come and see him if you would like counseling — seriously!)
2. He’s an active Mormon
3. He’s gay
4. He’s married to a woman (who is awesome!)
5. He’s amazing.
6. He writes this blog. He writes about ALL kinds of things. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It might even make you mad or offended. Give it a try.
From the Post
…this post is written from the standpoint of a devout, believing Mormon and addresses topics seen within the Mormon and broader Christian community. Please forgive us if our focus feels unfamiliar, or feels totally incongruent with the rest of the posts on this blog.
I guess the premise of this post is to share that not only am I homosexual, but I’m also a devout and believing Mormon. And that I’m very happily married to a woman, and have been for ten years now.
And for the first time, we’re talking about it publicly.
Questions the couple answers
1. Why have you decided to share this information?
2. What do you mean when you say you’re “gay”?
3. When did you know you were gay?
4. If you’re married to a woman, how can you really be gay?
5. Did your wife know you were gay when you married her?
6. Why would your wife choose to marry someone who is gay?
7. Why do you not choose to be “true to yourself” and live the gay lifestyle?
8. Should all gay people who are LDS or Christian choose to marry people of the opposite gender?
I appreciated this article.
I don’t know the answer to the question of “How to deal with gay members of the Church”.
This article gave me a different perspective. This article helped me realize that we’re all give challenges; however, we won’t be given anything that we can’t bear IF we’re willing to submit our will to God.
I love the gospel and the perspective it gives me.
I’m grateful to be in the place I’m in.