In the fall of 2005, a group of Latter-day Saints dealing with issues around homosexuality and LDS faith discussed the need for something more than what was currently available for those who are committed to living the teachings of the restored gospel. In that conversation was sown the seeds for what later became North Star.
Later, in the summer and fall of 2006, some North Star organizers discovered a small community of faithful Latter-day Saints blogging about homosexuality. As they got increasingly involved in discussions with this community, the idea was born to have a group blog — similar to others in the larger LDS bloggernacle (ie, By Common Consent, Times and Seasons, Mormon Mentality, etc) — that would foster open and extensive discussion on homosexuality within the framework of belief in and commitment to the doctrines and ideals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
From there, Northern Lights was created by several established bloggers, and for nearly two years Northern Lights was an active force. As the result of a variety of factors, including emotional burnout around Proposition 8 in California in 2008 and the ensuing Christmas season and related haitus, the blog became less active and never quite recovered.
Now, in 2012, with the launch of a newly redesigned website, integrating the blog into our website, Northern Lights will be relaunching soon with new and returning faithful LDS bloggers to continue our exploration into issues related to homosexuality and Mormonism. Stay tuned!