In the past, while I was presenting and defending my stance on homosexuality in various internet forums, there probably isn’t my position that caused greater outrage among proponents of gay sexuality than the one I’m going to present here today.
I’m bringing this topic to the attention of readers of this blog for a good reason. I believe that yesterday’s release of the first in the series of interviews with faithful Mormons about same-sex attraction proves my position. And I’m sure that new interviews that are in the pipeline for the release will make that position even stronger.
Something special and unique
There probably isn’t a soul that frequents the North Star web site who doesn’t know that the interview is part of the Voice(s) of Hope project at www.ldsvoicesofhope.org, which is an extension of Ty Mansfield’s book of the same name. It is hopefully a successful attempt to gather at least one thousand video and written testimonies of gay Mormons who strive to conduct their lives in accordance to standards of the Restored Gospel proclaimed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As it is widely known, the Church teaches that any sexual behavior outside traditional marriage – which is one man and one woman bonded in a holy matrimony – is not acceptable to our Heavenly Father.
As I was watching the first interview and listening to the words of Blake Fisher, a 25-years-old student at Brigham Young University and a fellow North Star sojourner, I couldn’t help but to conclude that I was witnessing something special and unique. I was witnessing brand new perspective in the universe of gayness slash homosexuality slash same-sex attraction.
A faithfulness of a brother
That new perspective consists of a testimony that integrity of a soul is worth any sacrifice. He is a witness that whatever circumstance, a brother can be faithful to a brother so much so that his “faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death” (D&C 121:44). In Blake Fisher’s case, that faithfulness hasn’t been tried to the point of fall. But even when if it had been – as it will be seen in future interviews and future testimonies of those who tasted gay sexuality – it could have been fully restored and made whole through the precious blood of our Savior.
I believe there is love and appreciation between two men or two women not *aside* but *beyond* sexual intimacy. I also believe there is no greater respect and affection for a friend or a stranger than to say: “I feel strong attraction towards you. Nevertheless, I would rather cease to exist than to behave in any other way but within limits that God has set.”
New and important revelations
Brutal faithfulness, brutal honesty and brutal sincerity in difficult matters pays off depending on the level of their difficulty. The more one has at stake while trying to be right and proper, the greater reward (as well as responsibility).
The outrage that I mentioned at the beginning of this post is caused by my assertion that only by means of the Mormon doctrine, new and important revelations about the meaning and the purpose of same-sex attraction can be obtained. I’m confident that in times ahead, Mormons will make key contributions in greater understanding of what we know as homosexuality.