30 years today I appeared on my first of many national 🎞🎥🎙 and international talk shows. 📽At that time, I never thought or couldn’t imagine the path He would put me on. You may not know the path He has for YOU. It is with great faith and love for Him that we all must trust. Trust that He will guide us all down a path of faith, hope, and love for all.
🎤I had no idea how many people actually watch Sally Jessy Raphael. Nor did I think about that new invention called the VCR. 📼
I was naive enough to genuinely believe that nobody I knew in real life would ever find out.
It went viral without the internet. ☎️📞🖥
I’ll never forget the guest who appeared at my side as I told my story. She was Mary Griffith, the mother of Bobby Griffith, who was an all-American boy…and he was gay. 🏳️🌈 He was faced with an irresolvable conflict in that his mother and her faith taught him that to be gay was wrong and he couldn’t accept who he was.
His mother, who had been very militant in her faith and had prayed hat her son would be “healed” from homosexuality, was traumatized by his suicide.
🎤 By the time we appeared on TV 📺 together. She had transformed herself into a national crusader on behalf of gay and lesbian youth.
Then, my parents did not speak to me because I’m gay. Now conversations are turbulent as their biggest concern is I will come home with multiple husbands. 🤦🏻♂️
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.
When you think about the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a few things typically come to mind. Members of the LDS faith send out their young men and young men to do missionary work around the world. They read a book called The Book of Mormon that was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. What the LDS faith is also known for very heavily is the travels and struggles of the pioneers.
The pioneers were latter-day saints who were constantly mocked and driven from their homes throughout various states. Because of this constant persecution, these pioneers traveled to the west side of the American continent.
When we talked with Dennis Schleicher about his book Is He Nuts? Why A Gay Man Would Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he talked about his special connection to the pioneers.
In his early days of learning about the LDS faith, Dennis was introduced to the history of the pioneers and their struggles and persecution. Their experiences brought him to tears because he could relate to the persecution he had gone through in his life for being a member of the LGBTQ community.