A God Is Born–Nature’s Plan of Salvation

Here is my Back to School gift for you to share with your kids (or parents) in Family Home Evening. Hopefully it adds some fun to the old Primary Plan of Salvation Diagram. I’ve provided links to documents you can download or print out yourselves, as posters or as figures to cut out and lay out on your living room floor as you...

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

Aug 16, 14 If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town? Yesterday I read in Deseret News that Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the BYU Summer Commencement in Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 14.   You can listen to Elder Nelson’s commencement speech here (it...

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Gay Mormons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Jun 18, 14 Gay Mormons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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“Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.”    - Thomas Kempis “They don’t listen to me, they don’t hear me, they don’t see me.”   - Nikolai Gogol, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories The first person I came out to was my bishop when I was 16 years old. I was terrified to tell him. I...

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Homosexuality: Is the Bible Against It?

I wrote the following essay a year ago while in a Writing 2010 course at the University of Utah. Although I have posted on the topic a couple of times before, it may or may not come as a surprise that I never intended to write on homosexuality. I remember a number of conversations in high school, while serving my mission, and soon...

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Affirmation and the Gay Mormon Revival

There was a time when I utterly rejected the notion that it was possible to be gay and Mormon. I defined being Mormon as being a baptized member of the Church in good standing, and during the years I was coming of age, it was not uncommon for individuals to be excommunicated from the Church for the simple fact of acknowledging...

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Putting Down Our Stones

“Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: ‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’ The Savior has admonished, ‘This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.’ I ask: can we love one another, as the Savior has...

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004: MORMONS MARRYING GAY PEOPLE – A PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH JERILYN HASSELL POOL

May 22, 14 004: MORMONS MARRYING GAY PEOPLE – A PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH JERILYN HASSELL POOL

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On Monday, May 19, 2014, the state of Oregon legalized gay marriage.   The first gay couple to be married in Jackson County, Oregon (and perhaps in the whole state of Oregon), were married by an active, believing Mormon woman.  Here is her story. Click on the “play” button below, or you can download this interview from...

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GAY STUFF AND MORMON DOCTRINE

May 20, 14 GAY STUFF AND MORMON DOCTRINE

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NOTE: This post was first published on December 6, 2013 on the blog, No More Strangers.   With Oregon’s ruling on gay marriage yesterday,me being an Oregonian, and one of my best friends (and fellow ward member), Jerilyn Hassell Pool, performing the first gay marriage in Jackson County, Oregon, I felt it was appropriate to...

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Straight Pride? I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means.

Many of you have probably seen different versions of the “Straight Pride” image (see the version I provide here to the left). They have been appearing in higher frequency on social media and I have, for the most part, ignored them for reasons I will explain below. It was not until a friend of mine recently shared the...

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My Contribution to “I’ll Walk With You”

May 07, 14 My Contribution to “I’ll Walk With You”

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I initially felt inadequate to participate in the “I’ll Walk With You” project, because I am not gay, I have no gay family members, and I am far from being an expert in the subject.  However, I do have a great love and affection for my LGBT brothers and sisters.  So if that was enough to qualify me, I was ready to testify! I...

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