Remaining spiritually centered is a matter of inner stability. For me, controlling and managing people and events to my liking is not the pathway to spiritual peace. If I keep my focus on myself and my journey, and let my Savior take care of the rest of the universe, things always seem to work out for the best (even if they don’t look the way they would if I were writing the script).
A key component in this is remembering that the word ”no” is a complete sentence. I don’t need to justify my decision to maintain my spiritual peace to anyone. Other people, places, and things still act in ways I think are harmful, but with my Savior’s guidance I can maintain my own course no matter which winds are blowing, or which waves are washing over me.
Staying focused on my journey + turning the outside world over to my Savior = spiritual peace.
I am Mitch Mayne. I am an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint.
I was raised in Idaho, and baptized into the Mormon Church when I was eight. I left the church for many years, due in large part to my parent’s divorce. In my mid-20s, I returned to the church of my own accord, knowing full well that I was gay, and that someday I would have to find a way to reconcile my sexual orientation with my faith.
For many years, I was fractured: I believed I was a man with a foot in two worlds, and that I belonged in neither. But as I’ve grown in my testimony of my Savior and my confidence in who I am, I’ve come to understand myself as a man with a foot in two worlds–who very much belongs in both. From August 2011 through November of 2013, I served as the executive secretary of the bishopric of the Bay Ward within the San Francisco Stake.
I currently remain an active, happy and whole gay Mormon–just the way I am.