Hi everyone! SO I had the most amazing experience yesterday! I was walking along when I was suddenly grabbed on the shoulder. I turn around and there is the most adorable girl simply smiling at me. She then proceeded to ask if my name was Nathan and if I wrote on this blog. I said yes and she was SO happy to meet a writer on this blog and kept talking about how much it meant to her and to keep up the good work. So Mary (hope I spelled that right) you are incredible and I dedicate this post to you!
So I have a personal blog and I was recently asked the following question on my blog.
"“I’m a Mormon also, and although I’m straight, I’ve put a lot of thought into the church’s policy on homosexuality. What I’ve decided is that asking someone to give up the chance to love is even more than asking them to give up their life. It’s not quick, and it’s infinitely harder. The way I see it is that the celibacy policy asks homosexuals to put the love of God before the love of man in a more extreme form than straight members are. I do not judge those who choose to act upon their homosexual feelings because I know that if I felt for a girl the way I do about my boyfriend, I would have a very hard time not being with her. I’ve come to believe that those who are homosexual are some of the strongest people on earth, because they’re seated with one of the hardest trials (and even without the moral dilemma, being gay in this world comes with its hardships). I commend you for keeping God in your life in any way possible. I always admire that. You are strong.”
SO In response to this question I am just going to lay it out. I am a faithful member of the LDS Church and I love it. What is more important to me, however, is my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior. I have an incredibly strong testimony and no matter what happens with the church and my membership, my testimony can never be taken away from me. I have made up my mind that I will live the gospel principles and doctrines my entire life.
This being said, I want to get married. I want the family, the house, the pet dogs (I want to have 3 golden retrievers or labs, and yes I have names picked out) and I don’t see anything wrong with wanting these things. Everyone wants basic things in their life and I am no different.
I will remain a member of the church and follow it’s principles as long as I can. But when I eventually get proposed to, I will get married. I hope that at that point I can still remain a part of this incredible church but if I can’t be than I will accept it. I have heard of LGBT couples who have followed all the rules and done things by the book and who are allowed to still attend church and hold callings. They might not be able to do everything that they wish but if I could still raise a family in the church and have a calling and be worthy I would be incredibly happy.
That is a far ways away so I don’t worry about it too much. Right now I am focused on my family, my education, my career, and my friends.