David Archuleta, Stephanie Nielson headline North Star conference for Mormon LGBT

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  • JkeithC Richland, WA
    March 21, 2018 10:26 p.m.

    Tread carefully brothers and sisters. All people on Earth are God's children and our brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

  • Kevin Surrey, BC
    March 19, 2018 8:17 a.m.

    If there is any confusion about the LDS Church's stand on gender and marriage one only needs to read the Proclamation on the Family. That document has not been altered in any way and is a standard that hangs in many LDS homes. There are no easy answers for people who identify as LGBT and striving to live all the church standards. However, love, tolerance, and acceptance will go a long way in mortality. Heavenly Father and the Saviour are in change and love everyone. They have an eternal plan that includes people who identify as LGBT. Endure to the end is something we all need to do.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2018 6:40 p.m.

    @Karen R. Houston

    "Pretty sure all the signs already point to acceptance in mainstream society. It's those with certain religious views about LGBTs that are now up against it. And I suspect that the passing of a generation is going to take care of much of that."/

    Well most every generation finds previous generations rather unenlightened. While I expect changes in understanding regarding gay issues, the fact that most social justice warriors rely heavily on bullying in order to pressure people into believing things that clearly are not true (i.e. gender is fluid, men and women are the same, etc.) one can expect current fashionable intolerances to not last forever and the future may not bring the same understanding that current zealots piously expect.
    As a homosexual, I appreciate groups such as Northstar who dare confront gay orthodoxy, which is heavily steeped in dishonesty, hypocrisy and intolerance.

    "But maybe by "mainstream society" you were referring to Utah-based LDS society."
    As opposed to Baptist/evangelical based TX/OK society? (Which s also the epicenter of religious based anti-Mormon sentiments)
    The condescending criticism is ironic

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 18, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    @Gildas
    You wrote:
    " I am free to love anyone and everyone and to marry one person of the opposite gender."

    I know many LGBT have been in love when someone and then marry somebody of the opposite gender. But even the church is advising against that for the harm to all parties involved..

    Bountiful Guy
    The law of chastity is very old, you are right. But in the XXI Century certain religious denominations do not apply it equally as they refuse to recognize SSM. Sorry to have troubled you, I hope this statement is more clear for you.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 18, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    @Gildas;

    Just as you are free to love & marry someone of the opposite gender, I am free to love and marry someone of the *same* gender. That too, is not going to change.

    @BG;

    The "law of chastity" applies BEFORE marriage; it says nothing about gender.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    March 17, 2018 10:11 p.m.

    Baccus0902

    You imply that the church's position on chastity has everything to do with SSA. Perhaps you could enlighten us with the time table that shows that the LDS Church's position on chastity came about after the LGBT fight for legitimacy came into being? I'm am 100% sure that you will find that the Law of Chastity came into existence long beforehand. So for you to claim that Church policy has everything to do with SSA is simply wrong. It is about the Law of Chastity that has been around long before you were even thought of by your parents. The Law of Chastity has not changed.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    March 17, 2018 5:03 p.m.

    I am free to love anyone and everyone and to marry one person of the opposite gender.

    That's not going to change.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 17, 2018 1:01 p.m.

    @ Bountiful Guy
    You Wrote: ".... In truth, the church expects all those not married to someone of the opposite gender to refrain from such relations. All are held to the same standards of chastity. It has nothing to do with same SSA."

    Yes, but is not the same. See...couples of the opposite gender that are attracted to each other can fulfill their love through marriage and be not only accepted but encouraged to do so. In other words, it has everything to do with SSA.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 17, 2018 6:36 a.m.

    @ axle

    "I think If the LGBT community wants to make strides in becoming more accepted in mainstream society..."

    Pretty sure all the signs already point to acceptance in mainstream society. It's those with certain religious views about LGBTs that are now up against it. And I suspect that the passing of a generation is going to take care of much of that.

    But maybe by "mainstream society" you were referring to Utah-based LDS society.

  • Phil K Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2018 5:57 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to attending this for the 5th year in a row. We need a place to discuss issues specific to ourselves, and it helps prepare for General Conference. It is nice to not be alone and be able to live our truth, and we do not (need to) deny ourselves in order to fulfill living the Gospel.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    Baccus

    "The LDS Church as many other churches consider the celibacy required on Catholic Priest unnatural to our human condition. Yet, expects that faithful LGBT Saints do exactly that. No option but the full denial of their nature."

    You take the Church policy out of context, but it fits your narrative to do so. In truth, the church expects all those not married to someone of the opposite gender to refrain from such relations. All are held to the same standards of chastity. It has nothing to do with same SSA.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    March 16, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    The Mormon church given time will make inclusive LGBT members. Those members who have spoken against LGBT people will need to apologize one day for their bad conduct, the same as when they were against Blacks, promoted American Indians as Lamanite Hebrews, supported polygamy and other past believes that have changed with the progress of time and learning. It is best to be tolerant and kind and not have to apologize.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 16, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    I love the scriptures, particularly the words of Jesus.

    When I see what the church ask from their LGBT members, Matthew 23:1 - 5 fills my mind:
    "23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe,[a] that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. "

    Even though the LDS Church has been evolving and demonstrated some compassion toward LGBT still has a long way to go.

    The LDS Church as many other churches consider the celibacy required on Catholic Priest unnatural to our human condition. Yet, expects that faithful LGBT Saints do exactly that. No option but the full denial of their nature.

    I hope this type of conferences may guide the conversation to the finding of the truth and the understanding that most Christians have mixed the 10 commandments of Moses, the Higher Laws of Jesus, with interpretations of men based on their personal a/o cultural biases.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 16, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    For one wanting to live gospel standards, there is only one conference needed. It happens in April and October. It covers all challenges, sins, transgressions and anomaly's.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    March 16, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    I think If the LGBT community wants to make strides in becoming more accepted in mainstream society than they need to drop the name calling and accusations of ignorance, evil, hate, and hypocrisy leveled at anyone who even hints at having a differing opinion or accidentally uses the wrong terms or language. Have open dialogue with people, educate, but this tactic of trying to scare people is really oppressive and makes it hard to sympathise with the cause.
    I really respect those people that accept religion and standards in their lives and for those that are LGBT and wish to follow the Mormon faith I support them wholeheartedly.

  • logan334 Fairfax, VA
    March 16, 2018 2:26 a.m.

    I hope that LDS LGBT members will understand the "faith affirming" does not need to mean "self denying." Living within the LDS teachings on gender and sexuality, especially as it relates to LGBT members, can be harmful.

  • wilocrek Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    Kinda figured that Imagine Dragons singer would be headlining but I guess he has a different agenda...