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Anniversary of my Baptism as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ

The three-year anniversary of my baptism as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
I remember opening my eyes during the opening prayer to look around the room at everyone who was there to support me: Derek & Shelby Hall, my ward members, many other close friends, and my parents.

When we were in the font, I looked up and saw such a lovely group of friends and family crowded around to watch. I took a minute to make eye contact with a few people, and then Derek pronounced the baptismal prayer. Down I went the plunge. I was warm, floating. As I was lifted back up to the air, I was lightheaded, refreshed, with a new sense of well-being and a revitalized purpose in life.

As the service closed, I was able to visit with everyone who came to support me in this major life step. I took pictures with as many people as possible to add to my photo journal to remember the day. Even then, I wondered if some friends came out of plain curiosity. But I prayed that as they experienced this with me, they would understand why I chose to do this.

I felt peace. I had a new start to my life, a second chance to find true joy and meaning in life! August 19, 2017, forever changed my life!

All are welcome to @comeuntochrist
How long ago was it and what do you remember about your baptism day that made it special❓

Love, Dennis Schleicher

@DenSchleicher

Important Message for our Youth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

🚨 Important message for our youth. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is losing too many of our 20 to 30-year-olds are leaving. After serving a full-time mission. This breaks my heart, therefore feel free to share and tag friends.  Love and virtual hugs, Dennis ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Mormon Pioneers and the LGBTQ Community

How do I relate to the pioneers of our church and the LGBTQ community? To celebrate pride month, I’ll be sharing inspirational messages that will help encourage all, as we Strive to Be more like Him. Cedar Fort Publishing and Media has put together some wonderful videos sharing my journey. 

We’ve all experienced persecution. Gosh, I once persecuted against members of our church. Yes, I was one who discriminated against members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was that person who made fun of members.

How I couldn’t be further from the truth. We cannot judge a book by its cover. By listening instead of lecturing, you can gain knowledge and understanding, which will help you love ALL is a true Christlike attribute.

Be true to yourself and Him. Share your faith with all, as we never know who’s lives we can touch. 

Love and Hugs, Dennis Schleicher

Best-selling author of “Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ”

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Are we Worthy to Administer Sacrament?

Past few Sundays, I’ve been battling worthiness. Not feeling worthy to administer the sacrament. So, I deployed my buddy system. 😇 A huge thank you to all who have encouraged me and holding myself accountable. In these uncertain times, with this global pandemic. I’m sure all of us are battling our inner challenges. My good friend Craig Johansson shared this wisdom on Sunday.

“In Matthew, Chapter 8. Jesus heals a leper. Cures the centurion’s servant and others, stills the tempest, and casts out devils—The devils enter a herd of swine.

1. When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

2. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” So, here’s why I love this scripture. Lepers were banished from the city. They were avoided. People distances themselves from them. Nobody touched them. Few people talked to them. 

What I love is the fact that it said Jesus reached forth his hand and touched him. Jesus didn’t need to touch him to be healed. He could have just said it. However, Christ knew that the leper needed to be touch, a human touch he probably hadn’t felt for decades. 

Don’t we all need human interaction❓

Christ knows what WE need and he will bless us in a personal way. 🌟 Let a friend know, they are loved.

Love In virtual hugs, Dennis Schleicher

Book of Mormon Scripture Study “Helaman” & CTR – Choose the Right Part 1

Returning LDS missionary sister Alexis Wood teaches Dennis about the importance of trials to become closer to Him. The Book of Mormon, Helaman. CTR. A lot of hilarious moments.

Hosted by a Gay convert to the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.” Dennis Schleicher – Best-selling author of: “Is He Nut?” Elders Quorum First Counselor, Ward Mission Leader. Devotional and public speaker.

How do You Know Faith and Prayer are Real?

Gay Latter-day Saint Dennis with the missionaries

How do You Know Faith is Real❓I testify that the rewards are worth the effort! 🤔Remember the pattern;

1️⃣Hear the word of God, spoken and written by His servants; 2️⃣Let that word sink deep into your heart; 3️⃣Hunger in your soul for righteousness; 4️⃣Obediently follow gospel laws… and 5️⃣Raise your voice 🗣in mighty 🙏🏻 prayer… Asking in faith to know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I promise that if you do these things sincerely and unceasingly, . … ‘knock, and it shall be opened unto you’ [ Matthew 7:6]

What are some examples you’ve witnessed that faith is real❓

Love, Dennis Schleicher

6 Takeaways from April’s General Conference

6 Takeaways from April’s General Conference
1️⃣Worldwide Fast 🌎
President Nelson invites the church to join in a worldwide fast on Friday, or Good Friday, to plead for relief from COVID-19. ALL can join us.

2️⃣Hear Him 🔈
President Nelson originally said the conference would be unforgettable because of the events.

Dennis Schleicher at Temple Square would mark the 200th anniversary of the First Vision — when the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, said he saw God and Jesus Christ.

Summed up in two words: Hear Him. While all the speakers focused, to different degrees, on the message of the Restoration, many of them noted that one of the most important ways members can contribute to that important work is by learning how God speaks to them — or how they can “hear Him.”

3️⃣Women’s Roles 👩🏼
Sister Jean B. Bingham, the Relief Society general president, spoke of the difference between men’s and women’s roles and the importance of an equal partnership between the two. Women must have the courage and vision to unite with men to bring souls to Christ, she said. And “men need to become true partners rather than assume they are solely responsible or act as ‘pretend’ partners while women carry out much of the work.”

4️⃣Teenagers and Youth👫
Two teenagers addressed the audience from the pulpit. Joining a small group of speakers who have spoken in general conference. Without being a general authority or general officer of the church.

5️⃣New proclamation & solemn assembly
“Two hundred years have now elapsed since this Restoration was initiated by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Millions throughout the world have embraced the knowledge of these prophesied events.”
This proclamation is the church’s sixth, and it’s first since 1995.

6️⃣Announced 8 New Temples

*Bahía Blanca, Argentina
*Tallahassee, Florida
*Lubumbashi, Democratic *Republic of the Congo
*Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
*Benin City, Nigeria
*Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*Shanghai, People’s Republic
*Syracuse, Utah
What was your favorite takeaway❓
Who’s joining us in the fast❓

Love, Dennis Schleicher Author of; Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ

What does the Word Atonement Mean?

What does the word atonement mean?

Sister Sutton with Dennis Schleicher

President Boyd K. Packer explained: “The English word atonement, made of three words: at-one-ment, which means to set at one; one with God; to reconcile, to conciliate, to expiate. But did you know that the atonement appears only once in the English New Testament? (Romans 5:8 11)

Only once in the New Testament but 39 times in the Book of Mormon. What better to validate or confirm that the Book of Mormon is indeed another testament to bear witness of Jesus Christ? 

I resonate with the unconditional and conditional blessing of the atonement. If we constantly strive to develop faith in Jesus Christ, repent and are baptized, we are cleansed from our past discretions. Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can be sanctified in worthy to remain in heavenly father’s presence. As we all strive to become more like Him.  

What does the atonement of Jesus Christ in our gospel mean to you?

Love, Dennis Schleicher best-selling author of: Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ

What is Pride? – I’m Not Talking about Gay Pride

I feel the need to talk about pride. And I am not talking about gay pride or marching in the streets. What is pride? The central feature of pride is enmity–enmity toward God-Him and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity means ‘hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.’ It is the power by which Satan wishes to reign over us. Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God. The proud pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, their accomplishments against his mighty works. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God.

Pride is a misunderstood term. Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, boastfulness, conceit, or haughtiness. The wrong pride has a hold on our hearts, we lose our independence in the world.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, says;

“Humility directs our attention and love toward others and to Heavenly Father’s purposes… The moment we stop obsessing with ourselves and lose ourselves in service, our pride diminishes and begins to die.” 

How has pride got in the way you would help others❓