I was excited to read the new policies on racism, and loving all of God’s children to our Latter-day Saint handbook.
“The church calls on all people to abandon attitudes and actions of prejudice toward any group or individual. Members of the church should lead out in promoting respect for all of God’s children. Members follow the Savior’s commandment to love others (see Matthew 22:35–39). They strive to be persons of goodwill toward all, rejecting prejudice of any kind. This includes prejudice based on race, ethnicity, nationality, tribe, gender, age, disability, socioeconomic status, religious belief or nonbelief, and sexual orientation.”
President Dallin H. Oaks said during October’s conference that church members should “root out racism.” A few weeks later, he encouraged BYU students to “heed our prophet’s call” to end racism.
I love what it says in (Matthew 22:38-39) This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Meet my friend Peter, who’s gay and LDS. He started an awareness project of going to general conference and holding colorful signs out side the Conference Center saying, “Hug a Gay Latter-day Saint!” 🏳️🌈
First This Gay Man Wanted to Protest the Church-Now He’s a Member. He steals the Book of Mormon. Who is Dennis?
I am an openly gay man who feels nothing but love from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was told my entire life; God rejected me and I was going to hell merely for my sexual orientation. I needed to change my entire persona and become straight. This left such a bad taste in my mouth about organized religion. I refused to attend any church for many, many years.
Latter-day Saints taught me; Heavenly Father loves ALL of His children. Regardless of their sexual orientation. We are all children of God, and we should leave judgment to the Savior. It is not our place. We are asked only to love. Having received First Presidency approval to have my endowment early, is a constant reminder, He knows all of us by name. #SpreadLove
I serve as an Elders Quorum First Counselor, Ward Mission Leader. Assisting Church leaders, Mission Presidents, sisters, and elders to better understand how to work and deal with the LGBTQ community, creating a better understanding amongst all people.
I pray that my story, Instagram post, etc. Strengthens your faith in our church and in our savior, Jesus Christ. As I post scripture study, thoughts, and my life journey. As we all @strivetobe 💗 & @comeuntochrist
Today I entered my grandmother’s name, Marie Schleicher, into Family Search as “deceased” December 27, 2020. On December 31st she would have been 97 years old. The year 2020 is going out with a bang for my family and me.
Although we are in shock, we are comforted by the knowledge that she will be held in the arms of Christ and her husband. My grandma was the pillar of our family. She held us up as the Schleicher family. She was our strong foundation and kept us together like a sturdy structure when the winds of life threatened to blow us apart.
Although I miss my grandmother, and feel her loss within my soul, today I choose to follow her example and be a pillar within the structure she built. She taught me to be strong and I hope to follow her example.
During this time, I look to the Savior Jesus Christ, as He is the one who gives hope, the one who knows how I feel in my loss and shock, the one who knows how to succor me and my family as we celebrate the wonderful long life of our grandmother.
I will remember you each day as I continue on this journey and choose to emulate the good you shared while on this earth.
Marie Claire Rival Schleicher. I love you! ♥️♥️♥️
Who is Dennis? Why Would a Gay 🏳️🌈Man Become a Latter-day Saint?
I am an openly gay man who feels nothing but love from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was told my entire life-God rejected me. And was going to hell-merely for my sexual orientation. I needed to change my entire persona-become straight.
This left such a bad taste in my mouth about organized religion in general. I refused to attend any church for many, many years. It was Latter-day Saints who taught me that Heavenly Father loves ALL of His children. Regardless of their sexual orientation. We are all children of God, and we should leave judgment to the Savior. It is not our place.
I am “Elders Quorum First Counselor, Ward Mission Leader,” with only 11 convert baptisms. Fireside and devotional speaker, who is humbly grateful to be a full temple recommend holder.
Working as an LDS Literary Agent 🖊 representing authors. 📚
Spending the morning at the temple with 20+ Gay, LGBTQ, and full temple recommend holders doing a session was incredible. I’m actually lost for words. This is further proof that you can be gay and enter the House of the Lord.
For those who say that you cannot be gay in a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints. Tell them. Tag your friends. Share our love for all. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Who is Dennis? Why Would a Gay 🏳️🌈Man Become a Latter-day Saint?
I am an openly gay man who feels nothing but love from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was told my entire life that God rejected me and I was going to hell merely for my sexual orientation. I needed to change my entire persona and become straight. This left such a bad taste in my mouth about organized religion in general that I refused to attend any church for many, many years.
It was Latter-day Saints who taught me that Heavenly Father loves ALL of His children, regardless of their sexual orientation. We are all children of God, and we should leave judgment to the Savior. It is not our place. We are asked only to love.
I am “Elders Quorum First Counselor, Ward Mission Leader,” with only 11 convert baptisms. I’m humbly grateful to be a full temple recommend holder.
Soon, I will be an LDS Literary Agent 🖊 representing good, clean, authors. 📚
Temple time! I must be honest because I know some of you will relate. For a few months, I didn’t go. Why? I didn’t feel worthy-NOT because I did anything wrong or that I wasn’t worthy. It was more self-doubt, listening to others, or thinking 🤔 because I am gay, that I shouldn’t be a full temple recommend holder. 🤷🏻♂️How wrong could I be? When I enter the temple this past week. I’ve been hugged by dozens, welcomed with open arms, and greeted by so many who said: “Dennis we love you.” ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
If you were questioning your worthiness, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve been, know you’re not alone. Then it’s time for you to attend the “House of the Lord.” Bring honor to your Ancestry.
👉Most important lesson; “don’t let fear or the adversary dictate your feelings of self-worth.” 🙏🏻
Let’s All Love Boldly – Embracing Your LGBTQ Friends
Others outside our church feel I don’t fit the mold to be a full temple holder. Others assume I don’t deserve holding a calling working with missionaries. Others believe I am not going to last-leave our church.
I’m exhausted with people questioning my worth, I’m exhausted justifying to others that I am worthy to be a full temple holder. I’m exhausted with people who have left our church constantly questioning my motives. Questioning why would you join the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? My answer is simple; I couldn’t imagine living without this gospel.
My mom wrinkled her nose. “They are all going to hell. This is so disgusting.”
I looked over at her and stopped myself from rolling my eyes. “Really? You think that’s disgusting?”
“Yes, I do. They’re going to hell. It’s in the Bible.” She stopped and stared hard at me. “You’re gay, aren’t you.”
It was a statement, not a question. I hesitated, but I had nothing else to say.
“Yes.” “I knew it!” she burst out. “I always knew it! Your father is going to be livid when he gets home!” I wasn’t there when he got home.
My mother wasn’t the only person to figure it out.
Two weeks later, Dennis was attacked by 5 boys at his school.
Through those experiences and so many others, Dennis was determined. “In so many ways, I decided to be a survivor, not a victim, and to use the journey of my life as a source of inspiration to help others in similar situations.”
In 2014, Dennis, who had grown up a member of the Congregational church, was church hopping. It also happened to be the year that he met members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) for the first time. In his own words, Dennis says:
I had never met a member of the Church except for the poor missionaries who had my door repeatedly slammed in their faces. So I was shocked that my sexual identity didn’t seem to bother these Mormons I worked with.
From that point on, Dennis learned more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He visited the Sacred Grove with friends, attended sacrament meeting, met with the missionaries, and studied the Book of Mormon.
I had been studying the Book of Mormon for only thirty days. I didn’t understand everything, nor did I need to. It’s not a book you read one time—you read and ponder it every day, and through constant scripture study you will gain further knowledge and insight.
Roadblocks, challenges, trials, tribulations—whatever you want to call them, we’re all going to have them. It’s a fact of life. It’s what we do when we’re faced with them that matters. We can give up and be defeated. Or we can use them to grow and become stronger. I believe and know in my heart that God is there for every one of us.
Dennis now serves as a ward mission leader, assisting sisters and elders throughout New England to better understand how to work with the LGBTQ community, creating a better understating amongst all people.
To contact Dennis or schedule him for a speaking engagement, visit his website (dennisschleicher.net/contact). Purchase his book, Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ, at Deseret Books.
Reviews for Is He Nuts?
“As an active Latter-day Saint mother of an openly gay son, I was moved by Dennis’s story and the pure love of Christ. A must-read for all who are seeking to walk in the shoes of another.” ~ Becky Mackintsoh
“I devoured this book the day after it arrived. I am now passing it on to my teenage children to read.”
“His experiences and testimony are truly a light in this world and I believe his story will help many both in the LDS church and out of it.”
“This book is revolutionary, groundbreaking, transformative and much needed for anyone looking for a great story.”