Identity is a strange thing.
Ultimately, we are all… humans, right? Like, we are all people. And then, after that, identity breaks itself down into a billion different sub-components (of varied importance): preferences, month of birth, gender, religion, hair color, whether or not we like cilantro. You know, stuff.
I think cilantro tastes like topsoil. Stop judging me.
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Most of these sub-components are not who we are. In the sentence “Josh is human,” you cannot replace the identifier “human” with something like “Josh is allergic to cats” and have it serve as a nominative equivalent. “Allergic to cats” describes Josh. “Human” identifies Josh. READ MORE »
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The last few years have been witness to a remarkable LDS cultural shift in the conversation around homosexuality. 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; only inappropriate indulgence in thought or behavior is) as well as a notable shift in our cultural attitudes. We’re becoming much more open and loving toward others wherever they may be in their journey of faith (or lack thereof), even as we continue to embrace our own faith in the Savior and the doctrines of the restored gospel.
One of the shifts that I’m most pleased to see (and to be a part of) is the increase of voices of those who understand the experience of homosexual attraction firsthand who are both speaking up in the cultural conversation around sexuality, as well as embracing and sharing their faith in the restored gospel of Christ. READ MORE »
Last month we noted that North Star would soon be relaunching our blog, Northern Lights. Well, that time is now!
Starting this evening, we’ll have a daily stream of posts our team of bloggers.
With the May launch of our newly redesigned website, integrating the blog into our website (the blog previously resided at the URL LDSLights.org), we’re now formally relaunching Northern Lights with new and returning faithful LDS bloggers to continue our exploration into issues related to homosexuality and Mormonism. READ MORE »
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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. READ MORE »
The new Deseret Book publication addressing same-gender attraction (including one essay with a transgender story), Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction–An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays, has now been released in both softcover and eBook formats.
The book includes essays by several men and women in our North Star community, including:
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The following article in the BYU Daily Universe, “A legacy of compassion: Lehi couple says goodbye to firesides for Latter-day Saints with same-gender attraction,” is a worthy tribute of the love and tireless efforts of Fred and Marilyn Matis, who for almost 7 years have been hosting firesides for individuals and families dealing with same-gender attraction, first in their home and most recently in their local chapel. Fred and Marilyn have been and continue to be an invaluable presence in the North Star community.
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