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CNN:Gay rights activists see Mormons softening attitudes toward their community

According to a recent article by CNN reporter Dan Merica, attitudes towards members of the LGBT community may be “softening” among members of the LDS church.  The article talks about the efforts of Bishop Kevin Kloosterman, Joanna Brooks, Mitch Mayne and Kendall Wilcox.

Joanna Brooks: “Mormonism doesn’t simply wash off,” she said, adding that the church can’t make it that “either you are gay or you are Mormon, or either you support gay rights or you support the church.”

Mitch Mayne: “Here in the Bay Area … we are no longer seeking out LGBT members of the church and excommunicating them,” Mayne said. “Our role is to bring people closer to the Savior, so if we are routinely excommunicating people, then we are really not doing our job.”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/17/gay-rights-activists-see-mormons-softening-attitudes-toward-their-community/?hpt=hp_c3

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4 Responses to “CNN:Gay rights activists see Mormons softening attitudes toward their community”

  1. 1Lexion 20 May 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I was just shown this site by a friend. I’m so glad I found it. Up until a week ago, I had thought I was in the minority of members who weren’t opposed to gay marriage. Then I wrote a post on my blog about my beliefs, and for the most part things were good. Some people respectfully disagreed with me, and that was fine.

    Until about day three. I finally shut the comments down because they were SO bigoted and so hateful. Most by members of my own faith. This made me terribly sad.

    Anyways, after all is said and done, I agree with this article. I think views are shifting. I don’t know what it means for the church as a whole. I know what it means for me. It means that I can care about an issue like this and still have a testimony. Seeing a bishop stand up and do it helps. I’m not alone.

    Thank you for showing me to this article and this site!

  2. 2Robynneon 21 May 2012 at 4:20 pm

    It makes me so, so happy and humbled to see that there are members of the church who are not afraid to “choose the right” even if it’s not popular among most members. I hope more of my family will soften their hearts to let all families to have the same equality their families enjoy.

  3. 3Armanon 28 Sep 2012 at 4:05 am

    Hello, I am interested much about to know in real I am really follower Christ or not. I have feelings to men too and if I did understand correct I will not be ex-communicated from LDS church. It makes me happy because may say I am feeling good in this church but also I was wondering I’m against that other gays are going and doing hanky panky with many guys but I would like to have just one guy in my life or I don’t know maybe I will be changed, but anyway I was wondering it’s normal if I love with all my heart some guy and I am not doing some hanky panky with different guys whether Jesus will not accept me or can I still take sacrament in this case? still I am wondering about this. I hope you can understand me

  4. 4Philon 07 Oct 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Oh Arman, you are going to be eaten alive by the mormons. Your kind of uncertain is the best prey for people who believe they have all the answers from some old guy.

    You sound very unsure, and I can understand that from my past. But I think the best advice I could give you, is be true to yourself, don’t sell yourself short.

    Follow Jesus, not man. Even if man tells you they speak for Jesus, which many do. Read the scriptures with an open heart, and remember that all of the scriptures, all of the sermons you hear, they all SHOULD have to do with the basics, Love God, and Love your Neighbour. If they try and tell you that there is something else required, you are being lied to.

    If you dont want to be a promiscuous person, dont be! Keep your values. But that does not mean you cannot love you you want to love.

    You dont need 100 lovers, you can live your life with 1 person whom you love and trust. Show compassion, care for the people around you, serve the people around you, and you will be just fine.

    Thats the good news of Jesus.