We are coming to the end of the summer, a time when many young Mormons take a few days to Trek. In an effort to better understand the hardships, sacrifices, trials and triumphs of the 19th-century pioneers who built the LDS Church’s foundation, these folks take to the hills to literally walk in their forebears’ footsteps. For some, this experience of seeing the world through different eyes changes their life outlooks dramatically, and they come away with renewed understanding of the importance of many things in life.
We are living now in a time where new pioneers are climbing their own mountains. These pioneers are LDS men and women sharing their LGBT status openly with family, friends, bishops and stake presidents. Sometimes their loads are lightened by loving hands, and other times their loads become heavier as they confront fear, rejection, prejudice and misunderstanding.
This post is a place where we can begin to understand and think about the trials and triumphs of these 21st-century pioneers. How has your life or the lives of your friends and family been influenced by homosexuality? Has your faith been changed – strengthened or diminished – as a result? How have existing laws regarding same-sex marriage (or lack thereof) influenced you and/or your loved ones? What would you like the rest of us to know so we can better understand what it is like to walk in your footsteps? There is a Primary song that includes the lyrics, “I’ll walk with you, I’ll talk with you, that’s how I’ll show my love for you.” Let us walk with you a mile or two.
As you consider posting comments here, please recognize that personal stories deserve the highest respect of everyone involved. As the Primary song continues, “Jesus walked away from none, he gave his love to everyone, so I will, I will! I’ll walk with you, I’ll talk with you, that’s how I’ll show my love for you.”