Can an LGBT Mormon maintain an edifying relationship within the gospel and with God, even when their relationship with the church may have changed?” In referring to this relationship with our Heavenly Father, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf stated, “The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now. It doesn’t matter how unqualified you may think you are or how far behind others you may feel. The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father, in that moment, the hope of His light will begin to awaken, enliven, and ennoble your soul.” Some within the church have felt that if one isn’t committed to living every aspect of current church teachings, then the only remaining option is to create one’s own standards and beliefs outside of the church. Even if one pursues a path at odds with current church teachings, such as a same-sex relationship or gender confirmation surgery, what place do the remaining church teachings have in their lives? Can those standards and precepts still guide one’s life and how does one find peace and spiritual purpose throughout their life as an LGBT Mormon? In addition, how can one continue to maintain their testimony of the gospel and the restoration of the church within that place of ambiguity?


Contributors: Meagan, Berta, Jonathan 

Guest Contributor: Nathan Kitchen

Music by Micah Dahl Anderson

 

Many faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder how to best teach their children about same-sex attraction while still honoring their committment to and faith in the church. In this episode, we discuss important parenting principles, strategies, and ideas for discussing same-sex attraction in a gospel context while exploring how to fully include LGBT family members in the family.


Contributors: Jonathan, Lisa
Guest: Rachel Manwaring

Music by Micah Dahl Anderson

We hear the phrase “defend the family” a lot, and sometimes from people who seem to equate that with a negative message toward LGBT people. Yet for many of us, our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters are part of the family we’re defending. So in this episode’s conversation, we talk about how we reconcile our commitment to each member of our families with the general charge to defend families.

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Contributors: Jonathan, Laura, Tom, Erika

Music by Micah Dahl Anderson