Staying spiritually centered helps me retain humility–for me, as an imperfect human humility is a slippery thing to grasp, and must be held gently and practiced with diligence.
Genuine humility reminds me that I don’t need to have all the answers. It means my Savior speaks both to–and through–each of us. Humility allows me to open my mind to views I once stubbornly resisted; I can release prejudices and identify with my fellows without requiring they be just like me. No longer compelled to criticize those around me, I am freed from the compulsion to criticize myself. The punishing voice that I once used to condemn myself and others is still. And in the silence, I can listen to myself and those around me and learn inclusion, forgiveness, and my Savior’s unconditional love.
When I am still enough to listen, I learn of God.
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.