One day while driving from Provo to Salt Lake City, I noticed a billboard for City Creek, the new church-owned mall. The billboard featured an attractive model dressed very nicely in a button-up shirt and jacket with the City Creek mall in the background. Once I passed the point of the mountain and had Utah County in the rear view mirror, I noticed another billboard sign; however, this one was much different. It showed a couple drinking wine. And the woman was dressed in a sleeveless top with a deep V-neck. I thought to myself, well, it looks like the church-owned mall knows it’s market! This would never fly in Utah County! Well played City Creek, well played indeed.
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LGBTQ Mormon Crisis
Two Printable handout for bishops and stake presidents that talks empirically about LGBTQ suicides:
The LGBTQ Mormon Crisis: Responding to the Empirical Research on Suicide
Youth Suicide Rates and Mormon Religious Context: An Additional Empirical Analysis
The Barker Brothers’ Projects
“…we are asking our Church leaders to inquire of the Lord if the one year wait on the temple sealing can be changed…”
These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.
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"It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)