Går det att vara aktiv medlem i kyrkan och leva i ett homosexuellt förhållande? Tydligen går det på sina håll. Bethany Roth lever sedan 15 år tillbaka med sin partner och båda är aktiva medlemmar i Jesu Kristi Kyrka av Sista Dagars Heliga. Min tanke när jag läser Bethanys inlägg i Mormon building bridges är att paret kanske lever i ett avhållsamt samboförhållande? Jag vet faktiskt inte, men församlingen och biskopen, församlingsföreståndaren i kyrkan känner till att kvinnorna har ett förhållande.
Here is my response to those who think there is no place for queer folk in the church:
Please note exhibit 1: There’s a place for me. There’s a place for me and my partner. I serve as the Secretary in my ward YW program. I’ve held the stake calling of Camp Nurse at our 2 stake YW camp for three years. Everybody knows I have a partner. We’ve been together nearly 15 years. She joined the church 11 months ago with full disclosure. I am at total peace about how the issue affects me. I trust that whatever challenges, delays, or frustrations my partner and I face will result in useful experiences and broadened perspective. If I have to wait a minute for a temple marriage then that’s fine. If I have to wave my little irritating “Hug a Mormon Homo” flag for a while, then fine. If I get asked about my worthiness, then I’ll happily answer their questions. If a church leader treats me badly, then I’ll pray about it and respond as inspired. If Sunday school is all about how marriage is between a man and woman, then I can offer my story and testimony to liven up the discussion. My eternal progression is not limited by these challenges. I’m done being afraid. I don’t have to be afraid anymore because I now trust that God is holding me gently. Jackie and I are happy. We are active, gay, Mormons.
Life is love school, LGBT issues are just another means to challenge us to figure out how to love a bit more… from both sides of the coin. Injustice is marvelously effective at teaching compassion, humility, patience, endurance, and faith. I am grateful for the 14 years of pain my partner and I have endured. It has made us very, very soft. It hurts a lot less to hit a wall if you are soft. I now understand how even in the most poignant moments of confusion, oppression, and grief, one can say… ”All is well!” Källa: MBB.141018.