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Featured Articles from August 2013

Faithful LDS members attend fireside on same-sex attraction

Members of North Star International addressed an audience of young LDS men and women Saturday about hope and healing for Mormons who experience same-sex attraction. The fireside comes on the heels of two major Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, stimulating widespread curiosity about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ official stance on homosexuality. The LDS Church heavily promoted Proposition 8, a legal measure defining marriage as between a man and a woman, in California in 2008.  >>MORE

Mormons Building Bridges expands outreach, brings LGBT and LDS communities together

“Kyle Daniels is part of a new generation of gay Mormons who, instead of leaving their childhood church, look for ways to integrate into congregations as adults. It’s not easy. Daniels joined others in a friendly chat between LDS Church members and gay Utahns in a Salt Lake City Main Library conference room this week.”  >>MORE

Pope Francis calls for inclusion of gays in society, saying he has no right to ‘judge’

“Pope Francis on Monday continued to recast the Catholic Church’s image by focusing on its inviting, merciful aspects, this time shocking a planeload of reporters by saying of homosexuality: ‘Who am I to judge?’ ‘If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?’ the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said in a remarkably candid and off-the-cuff news conference en route to Rome from Brazil. ‘They shouldn’t be marginalized.'”  >>MORE

Gay, lesbian evangelicals increasingly speaking out

“But what has been largely missing from the mainstream media coverage of all the lobbying, placard waving and rhetoric on that day in Grapevine, Texas, was one fact that should have been inescapable. Rather than representing another episode of slippage in a very long culture war, as some religionists claimed, or a ‘step in the right direction,’ as some gay advocates defined it, BSA in reality reintroduced and reinforced some of its century-old core values and nailed those colors firmly to the mast in an unmistakable message. And it was that reaffirmation of principle, plainly restated in the Membership Standards Resolution, that enabled some of scouting’s traditional supporters – including America’s largest sponsor of scouting, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – to back the new membership policy.”  >>MORE

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Rick Hall is 57 years old, a Registered Nurse by profession, and the father of two beautiful daughters, and grandfather of four. Rick has been married to Julie Hall for 32 years. Rick attributes that to the incredible power of the Atonement. Says Rick, “Through my journey the Savior has literally embraced me, loved me, walked with me and carried me. He lives!”   >>MORE

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Logan admits he doesn’t have everything figured out but he recognizes incredible blessings in his life and knows that the Lord has a plan for him…   >>WATCH

Audio for Summer Fireside available

This fireside’s speakers were Brother Nathan Gibbons who has worked for many years as a therapist, and Brother James Merrill who serves on North Star’s Executive Committee. The messages were messages of hope and healing…  >>MORE

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Jeff found that his past mistakes did not preclude him from God’s plan of happiness for him to have a joyful future….  >>WATCH

Featured Articles from June 2013

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When people familiar with our organization are asked, “What is North Star?”, they will often respond first by saying we’re an online support organization for people affected (personally or otherwise) by same-sex attraction or transgender issues. We, of course, are much more than that. We sponsor conferences, firesides, and devotionals, and help connect people with energy to each other to get great things done. We provide a vehicle for bearing testimony of the truths of…   >>MORE

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Mandi was born in Davis County, Utah. She grew up in the Church and gained a deep and personal testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, of the Book of Mormon, and of the Prophet Joseph Smith at the young age of 11. This foundational testimony of the gospel has become the core of her life. Mandi attended various colleges and universities in the State of Utah studying French and Political Science…   >>MORE

Bill & Louise Seger

Bill Seger grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, studied music at Youngstown State University and served in the US Navy as an Air Traffic Controlman. His religious conversion became one of the most important single events in his life, serving as a catalyst for the paradigm shift that led to his ability to manage his same-sex attraction. He has since learned that the initial guilt, hurt, anger, and frustration could be transformed for a grand purpose—to guide him back to be with Him in the eternities. He is grateful for life’s lessons, his journey, and the ability to recognize, accept and choose the way out…  >>WATCH

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Growing up in New Jersey, Matt learned the importance of a personal testimony of the gospel. He served a mission in Texas and later married in the temple. His life has always centered on the Savior despite learning to understand and live with same-sex attraction. After his divorce he continued his quest to better understand its intersection with the gospel plan. Today, he truly loves who he is and is grateful for family and friends that inspire and help him become the man he wants to be…   >>WATCH

Women of Worth Conference

Having just finished up the Sixth Annual Conference on April 19-20 of this year, this 4-part episide of the Voices Podcast features the remarkable work of these women. We’ll release each part one at a time. In Part 1, Ty Mansfield interviews Tanya Bennion and Megan Dahlgren, two of the original oranizers of the conference, as well as Tera Brown, a 2011 participant who has come back the last two years to help organize succeeding conferences. They discuss the past, present, and future of the Women of Worth Conference and what women get of the experience… >>MORE

Audio for Spring Fireside available

The Spring Fireside was a huge success, with record numbers and a beautiful spirit. Speakers Laurie Campbell and Michael Samuelian both spoke of the Savior’s Atonement for each of us. The messages of the fireside were of light and hope, not only as it applies to same gender attraction, but as it applies to our individual challenges and relationships with our Savior….  >>MORE

Women of Worth Conference Report

During the final check-out of the conference, the comment that was repeated over and over was how incredibly grateful they were to have found so many new ‘sisters’ to walk this journey with. Participants have always bonded in the past, however, this year was different. This year the conference was completely experiential in nature and took place in a remote hunting lodge two hours outside of Salt Lake City…  >>MORE

The Hands of the Fathers

“As a father, I wonder if I and all other fathers could do more to build a sweeter, stronger relationship with our sons and daughters here on earth. Dads, is it too bold to hope that our children might have some small portion of the feeling for us that the Divine Son felt for His Father? Might we earn more of that love by trying to be more of what God was to His child?” –Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (“The Hands of the Fathers,” April 1999)…   >>MORE

Featured Articles from May 2013

Owning Our Stories, Living Authentically and Standing as Witnesses

Over the course of the last few years there has been a remarkable shift in the conversation we’re having around homosexuality in LDS culture. While core doctrines of the Church with regard to the appropriate bounds of sexual expression have not changed (and will not change), there has been a clarifying and nuancing of Church teachings (i.e., sexual attraction or temptation is not a sin—it’s simply part of the broad range of human experience we’re…  >>MORE

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Yefrey was born in Colombia in November of 1984 in a town called Arauca which borders Venezuela. At age one his family moved to Bogotá where they lived until 1988. In 1988 Yefrey’s father was made the Colombian ambassador to Italy so the family then moved to Rome. Yefrey has lived in Rome ever since, except for a 2 year internship he did in New York City after obtaining his law degree…  >>MORE

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Michael spent 34 wonderful years teaching music in Utah’s public schools. He and his first wife, Joanne, reared eight children resulting in 33 grandchildren. After Joanne lost a 12-year struggle with Alzheimer’s, Michael remarried a beautiful and articulate woman who graciously eats his culinary creations, admires his watercolors, encourages his family history research and supports him through the ongoing emotional challenges that his same-gender attraction presents. After his excommunication and subsequent rebaptism later in life, Michael is a living testament that the Atonement’s healing power is worth any sacrifice….  >>WATCH

Ty Mansfield to participate on HuffPost Live discussion on mixed-orientation marriages

North Star Executive Committee member was recently invited by the Huffington Post to participate in a 30-minute HuffPost Live Google Hangout chat discussion on mixed-orientation marriages (MOMs) with Amity Buxton, veteran and respected researcher on MOMs, founder of the Straight Spouse Network and author of Unseen, Unheard: The Journey of Straight Spouses; Carren Strock, author of Married Women Who Love Women; and Juliet Jeske, a New York-based comedian, actress and writer, and a featured voice on the Straight Spouse Network, sharing the story of her ex-husband who came out as gay years into their marriage…  >>MORE

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Northwestern Political Science major Philip Keeve converted to the LDS Church as a college freshman. Between his education, jobs, music, and moving around the country as a student of politics, health, and law, he puts family, friends, and faith first. The outdoors, quality time with amazing people of all stripes, and the Spirit’s influence have all worked to bring Philip happiness, help, and hope. The many blessings bestowed upon him have inspired him not to blend in, but to blend out…  >>WATCH

The Self-Acceptance Project

The 2nd Great Commandment articulated by the Savior was to “” (). Shame, low self-worth, and lack of compassion and charity for ourselves should be the first area of serious address for anyone seeking healthy resolution to sexual or gender identity concerns. Starting March 4, 2013, Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company, has sponsored a weekly conversation with modern luminaries on spirituality, psychology, and creativity to explore insights and practices for living with a sense of your own fundamental worthiness. That collection, The Self-Acceptance Project, includes hour-long interviews with respected thinkers such as Harville Hendrix, Brené Brown, Parker Palmer, Geneen Roth and more. Registration is free and interviews can be watched or listened to online or downloaded to a personal devise to listen to elsewhere….  >>MORE

“A Community Conversation: Breaking the Silence on Suicide”

On Thursday, Apr 25, 2013, KSL 5 News presented a 30-minute, commercial-free conversation about suicide, which has been one of Utah’s biggest problems with 2013 trending to be a record year. “A Community Conversation: Breaking the Silence on Suicide” profiled personal stories and discussed what parents need to know about preventing suicide in their families and how to safely have this important conversation with their children, as well as what children would say to their parents on the issue. Conversations can be viewed online. ..  >>MORE

Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America

Following a compromise proposal from the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youths to join local troops, while continuing to exclude gay leaders, the Church, the nation’s largest Scouting sponsor, issued a statement that it is “satisfied” with the BSA’s plan. “While the church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change,” said the statement on the Church’s newsroom site, “we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain ‘among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.”…  >>MORE

LDS convert Jordan Jantz offers winder of life of abuse, abandonment and homosexuality in new book

Jordan Jantz, a dear friend and supporter of many in the North Star community, shares his story of abuse, abandonment and homosexuality in a just-released memoir, Out of the Closet, Into the Light. Leaving his old life behind, Jordan came to know and understand God’s love for him, as well as discover his own part in the eternal plan. But this book isn’t just about his Christian conversion and lifestyle change€¦ It’s about everything he was, everything he is, and everything he is on his way to becoming. Simply put, this is the story of his journey from the painful, cold darkness into the light. The book can be purchased in both hardcopy and electronic formats….  >>MORE

The Church’s Position on Gays in the Boy Scouts

Yesterday I read something so disturbing that it made me sad for hours. I had to stop reading it and walk away. It was a statement by someone posted on this website that read simply, “I’m so glad my boys are out of Scouts now. I would not want my little boy in the same troop as a gay 10 year old boy.’… It depressed me for hours that this person is out there representing my religion and all that I hold dear. I knew I had to say something…  >>MORE

Scouts, Saints and ‘sexual orientation’

The big questions—and big gamble—are these: Can BSA acknowledge youth on the basis of “sexual orientation’ without fueling even more politicization from within, and can the LDS Church acknowledge innate “same-sex attraction’ without fueling the appearance of inconsistencies in church doctrine?…I wonder if these two beloved institutions…understand that they cannot be passive about matters that only serve to energize their opponents, especially matters unsupported by evidence in science or medicine?…  >>MORE

Featured Articles from April 2013

Creating the Voices of Hope Project

On May 20, 2012, I came home from running errands and, there, among the stack of mail, was a copy of LDS Living magazine whose cover featured a smiling young couple with one of the cutest little boys I had ever seen. There was something riveting about the man in the picture. I thought at the time that he looked kind. He looked happy. He looked genuinely good. As my eyes shifted to the accompanying headline, I remember literally feeling so shocked that I stopped breathing for a second…  >>MORE

Latest issue of BYU Studies includes review of Ty Mansfield’s Voices of Hope

In the most recent issue of BYU Studies Quarterly, Allen E. Bergin, a highly esteemed Professor Emeritus of Psychology at BYU, and his wife Marian, a retired clinical social worker and program director in behavioral medicine at Utah Valley Hospital, wrote a decidedly positive review essay of Ty Mansfield’s Voices of Hope: “This unusual, beautifully conceptualized book features personal accounts by nineteen men and women…   >>MORE

Meridian Magazine features the Voices of Hope Project

“Voices of Hope has a singular focus on assisting those individuals who desire to live in harmony with the teachings and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding marriage and sexual expression. Its power stems from the collection of simple, heart-felt video testimonies of diverse men and women who share their stories of how they have reconciled their homosexuality with the gospel and to ultimately come to a place of happiness and peace.” …   >>MORE

Ty Mansfield interviewed for Mormon Book Review podcast

Voices of Hope compiler, Ty Mansfield, recently did an interview with Kirk Caudle, host of The Mormon Book Review podcast, about his book and the recently launched website expansion of the book Kirk also talked with Ty about his spiritual path, homosexuality and identity, and possibilities for Mormons who experience same-sex attraction and who desire to stay in the Church…   >>MORE

Featured Articles from March 2013

Downloadable 2-page handout aiming to prevent suicides: “Protecting our Gay/SSA Youth”

Jim Smithson, a Salt Lake City resident, retired social science researcher, and father of a gay son, put together a 2-page handout with the hope of combating youth suicides: “Early in our crash course, my wife and I became aware of the alarming number of suicides among gay/SSA youth. No one knows the rate exactly, but several studies show it’s much higher than it is for ‘straight’ kids. And we can probably all agree that even ONE suicide is too many, especially if it’s a kid in our family, ward or neighborhood. But that’s the terrible reality. And it demands that we all of put our other differences aside so we can work together to protect our gay kids.” …  >>MORE

"Sunday Will Come"

“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.” ~ Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (“Sunday Will Come,” Ensign, Nov 2006)…   >>MORE

In the News: Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding, and Hope

In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, the Church recently launched a website, ‘Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction’ (, which features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged topic…   >>MORE

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Joining North Star’s Executive Committee as Vice President of Fundraising, Harding will continue in his capacity as Director of the Voices of Hope project as well as overseeing fundraising initiatives and other special projects…   >>MORE

New video addressing 12 common myths and misconceptions about what the Church teaches about homosexuality

Reo Garn, a dear friend of many in the North Star community and one of the producers of the Voices of Hope Project, has has for years felt a deep empathy for the experiences of gay and lesbian Mormons and has recently produced a couple videos for the public addressing questions and concerns about the topic that are common within the LDS community

AMCAP/FAR SSA Conference Video Online

On November 17th, 2012, AMCAP and FAR co-sponsored a special conference, ”Same-Sex Attraction: Reconciling Faith and Feelings,” which explored homosexuality withini the context of LDS faith and religious practice. The conference consisted of two panel discussions, on which several members of the North Star community were invited to participate.   >>WATCH SESSON 1   >>WATCH SESSON 2

Elder Bednar: “That We Might Not… Shrink”

In a recent CES devotional, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in eternity.” Elder Bednar told of visiting this couple in the hospital, being asked to give a priesthood blessing, and asking the husband an unplanned but inspired question. “If it is the will of our Heavenly Father, do you have the faith not to be healed?”…   >>WATCH

LDS Church Statement on SB 262, a proposed Utah statewide non-discrimination bill

SB 262, a proposed bill within the Utah legislature that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, died after passing the house and before being voted on in the Senate. The following video describes more about the bill and the role The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints played in it…   >>MORE

Featured Articles from February 2013

“Never Give Up!”

What is the appeal of denying our power over our own lives, why do we fear the ability to choose for ourselves? There is a comforting absolution in saying, “I can’t.” I have felt it often and even succumbed to it at times. But if that surrender is not tempered with the wisdom to know the difference between the things we can and cannot change, that absolution comes at a terrible price…   >>MORE

Where homosexuality and Mormonism collide

Recently on Crosscurrents, we aired a profile of Oakland’s Mormon Temple – an aesthetic icon in the city – and a place that’s very special to a man who was married there.”Also, it is a place where a temple marriage can be performed, a marriage performed in a Mormon temple is not said to be ’til’ death do you part, but also to carry on into the eternities,” Jay Pimentel said in the piece.

Katharine’s Voice of Hope

Katharine is the sister of Stuart Matis, a young man who took his life on the steps of a stake center during a heated political campaign surrounding Proposition 22 in 2000. She is also the wife of Christian Adams, a man who experienced same-sex attraction and who passed away in the fall of 2008 after a heart attack…   >>WATCH

Josh and Lolly Weed’s Voice of Hope

Josh & Lolly Weed, a marriage and family therapist in the Seattle, Washington area who last year made a news media splash when he and his wife opened up about their story via a blog post that went viral…   >>WATCH

Blake’s Voice of Hope

The website’s premier next month will be comprised of both highlight and full-length video versions of 18 individuals’ stories along with narrative essays from a dozen others…   >>WATCH

Loving as God Loves

“Mormon explicitly taught, that this love, this ability, capacity, and reciprocation we all so want, is a gift…given by God to the ‘true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.'” ~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland…   >>WATCH

Famous motivational speaker to start anti-bullying campaign in Utah

Internationally-renowned motivational speaker Nick Vujicic has chosen Utah as the place to begin his national teen suicide and teen bullying prevention campaign. Vujicic discussed the idea with Gov. Gary Herbert during his last visit to Utah. Pastor Greg Johnson with Standing Together helped organize the events that will occur March 7 – 9. “Many times, suicide is a derivative of the teen bullying we are seeing nationwide,” Johnson said…  >>MORE

Featured Articles from January 2013

Mormon church in talks on statewide law to protect gays from bias

Attorneys for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in quiet discussions with leaders of Utah’s gay and lesbian community, trying to hammer out language for a statewide ban on housing and employment discrimination that the church could support. Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, opened a bill file on Thursday — the last day to request attorneys draft legislation — titled Housing and Employment Amendments and will sponsor the legislation should an agreement be reached…   >>MORE

The Power of Choice

What is the appeal of denying our power over our own lives, why do we fear the ability to choose for ourselves? There is a comforting absolution in saying, “I can’t.” I have felt it often and even succumbed to it at times. But if that surrender is not tempered with the wisdom to know the difference between the things we can and cannot change, that absolution comes at a terrible price…   >>MORE

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Four years ago, I was just returning from being disfellowshipped from the Church and feeling incredibly alone. I knew I wanted to stay with my family and remain in the church, but I felt so isolated, lonely, and unsure of my ability to forge the daunting course ahead. I didn’t know another soul that was gay and active in the Church, much less gay and married…   >>MORE

Features from December 2012

It Is Better to Receive Than to Give

During the Christmas season I have often heard the words, “It is better to give than to receive.” This began in my childhood as my parents attempted to instill in my heart a charitable instinct which they hoped would overcome greedy desires, and I believe they succeeded. For most of my life I’ve been more occupied by which gifts I would bestow upon my loved ones than interested in what they might give to me…   >>MORE

LDS Church launches new SSA Website:

This website is a collection of conversations; conversations with Church leaders, conversations with Church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives.   >>MORE

Behind the Voices

There is a unique spirit and energy present at the Voices of Hope video shoots, and the recent filming sessions held on the weekend of November 16-18 were no exception. Several of the participants, and even some of the crew, of this project share their experience encountering this special atmosphere, as well as what they’ve done to prepare for their interview, and some of the emotions they felt as they told their stories… >>MORE

Featured Articles from December 2012 (Under construction)

Featured Articles from November 2012

New Research Challenges the Consensuson Same-Sex Parenting, But Does It Matter?


Clarifying North Star’s Position on Changing Orientation

Recently a Salt Lake Tribune blog post entitled “New schism surfaces among gay Mormons” was published. In it, a quote was attributed to North Star’s President, Steven Frei. The quote did not reflect the full context of his or North Star’s position. Given that a few other organizations have made statements on reparative therapy or other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), some have wondered if North Star had also changed or amended its position on…   >>MORE

Ep. 3: Reflections on Wagons Circled

This edition of the Voices Podcast features Ty Mansfield moderating a panel discussion of participants and attendees of the recent Circling the Wagons conference in Salt Lake City. After a brief introduction to the history and purpose of Circling the Wagons, the panel discusses the events leading up to the conference and the controversy surrounding North Star’s participation. They also touch on how their stories and addresses were received and the warm response extended to North Star’s representatives by the organizers and attendees of CTW…   >>MORE

Trial of Your Faith

"…His trial of faith: feelings of same-sex attraction. He wrote me recently: ‘I am promised in my patriarchal blessing that I will have my own family someday. Whether that will occur in this life or the next, I do not know. But what I do know is that I don’t want to do anything that will jeopardize the blessings God has promised both me and my future posterity…"   >>MORE

Voices of Hope Project releases promo video

North Star’s Voices of Hope Project is fully under way. The following is the official introduction/promo that will be included as part of the website. Watch and share with others you think may be interested in participating or helping with financial support!  >>MORE

Leadership Council Bios Added

Meet some of the members of the North Star Leadership Council. This group of leaders is open to committed Latter-day Saints who sustain the doctrines and teachings of the Church and who feel a sense of mission around strengthening and educating members of the Church with regard to same-gender attraction and related issues…   >>MORE

Lessons in Unconditional Love

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there were a great many people who did not want me to be here today, let alone be participating, let alone be one of the keynote speakers at Circling the Wagons.Yet here I am. Here I am standing here, talking to you.There are several reasons why I have chosen to do this. I hope this talk illustrates them fully…   >>MORE

A Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology?

Lately we have seen the emergence of a “gentle dissent” among some of the membership of the LDS Church concerning Church doctrine on marriage, complete with a peaceful march on Temple Square in June. …   >>MORE

Featured Articles from October 2012

Gazing at North Star

I just joined North Star a few months ago, and I’m so grateful to be onboard. Since I have a fresh perspective, I thought I’d make a few observations about the organization and why I think so highly of it. First and foremost, I’ve been impressed with how strongly I have felt the Spirit when I’m actively involved with North Star…   >>MORE

Ep. 2: llebpmaC eiruaL

This episode of the Voices podcast is an interview with Laurie Campbell, the most recent addition to the North Star Executive Committee. Using the pen name Erin Eldridge, Laurie wrote a book about her experiences with same-sex attraction entitled Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction. Laurie shares her journey of once living a lesbian lifestyle and her journey to peace and resolution in the gospel…   >>MORE

New Transgender Spouses Group

We’ve desired that individuals and families dealing with this unique issue would feel they are an integral part of the North Star community. We are now, for the first time, adding the TIGI Spouses online support group specifically for the spouses of those who experience gender incongruence and have invited Kathryn, who has agreed to serve as moderator of this group, to provide a bit of a personal introduction…  >>MORE

LDS Living gives exposure to Voices of Hope Project

The idea for Voices of Hope was born when Kerry Harding, who had struggled as an leader in the Church on how to help those dealing with same-sex attraction, noticed that rarely were online resources about SSA faith-promoting or commandment-encouraging. He sought to create a voice for those experiencing SSA that would encourage them to live the gospel…   >>MORE

Featured Articles from September 2012

Multi-stake Leadership Training Held in Ogden, UT

On August 25th 2012, there was a ten stake training held at the North Ogden Coldwater Stake Building on Same Gender Attraction, led and conducted by Elder Lynn Summerhays, the Area Authority Seventy. This training evolved out of a proposal to the North Ogden Coldwater Stake President by a member of North Star…   >>MORE

Navigating the Labyrinth Surrounding Homosexual Desire

There is a labyrinth surrounding homosexuality that is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. More and more it seems the two sides are talking past each other. I think understanding the difference between having same-sex attractions and having homosexual desires is key to understanding how to navigate this labyrinth…   >>MORE

Report on 3rd Annual Fall Fundraiser

The annual North Star Chili Cook-off was an undoubted success this year, accomplishing its two-fold purpose to strengthen community and to raise funds. North Star members and their families met together at Murray Park on September 1st, some individuals traveling cross-country to participate. Although the weather threatened to disrupt the event, every activity progressed without a problem…   >>MORE

Report on Annual Leadership Retreat

North Star International was pleased to hold its annual Leadership Retreat on September 1st in Murray, Utah. We were excited to welcome new members, while also reconnecting with members from previous years. This retreat is held annually in an effort to collectively brainstorm for upcoming North Star events and projects. There was much to discuss at this year’s conference…   >>MORE

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