2013 Spring Fireside

Speakers Laurie Campbell and Michael Samuelian both spoke of the Savior’s Atonement for each of us, which was the theme for this fireside.

Michael Samuelian

Michael Samuelian

SPEAKER

Laurie Campbell

Laurie Campbell

SPEAKER

With regard to the topic of homosexuality, Laurie Campbell is probably better known as Erin Eldridge. That’s the pen name she used in the early 1990s for the first book ever published by Deseret Book on the issue, entitled Born That Way? Even though she's been busy raising three children with her husband and creating websites for various clients, she finally finished her new book, Reborn That Way. Because of her participation in the LDS Church's website, www.mormonsandgays.org, she also started a blog titled MormonsAndGays.blogspot.com.

David Peterson

David Peterson

MUSICAL NUMBER — “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul”
Accompanied by John Sargeant

Sister Campbell shared her personal experience with same gender attraction and her return to the Gospel. The Lord wants people who are willing to sacrifice. Sister Campbell had to realize that she loved the Savior more than she loved her lifestyle and her same-gender relationship. She reflected on the sacrifice she made to come to Christ and the strength she found by following the Spirit. Because of the difficulty of the journey, she has been strengthened and molded. Sister Campbell expressed the joy and peace she feels in knowing she’s now living the life God wants her to live. She values her life and her family so much more because of the high price she paid for them. Hers is a personal example of what the Atonement can do for each of us. It takes work and effort, but that’s how we come to know our Savior.

Brother Samuelian spoke about the last days of our Savior’s life. When Lazarus died, Jesus knew He would raise him from the dead. Still, He wept with Mary and Martha because they were weeping. He hurt because they hurt. The Savior feels our sorrows. When He was on the cross, the Spirit withdrew from Him so He could know how it would feel for us to be without the Spirit. He can succor us because He has felt our pains. If we don’t leave Him, He won’t leave us. The miracle of the Atonement is that it changes us to not only return to the Lord’s kingdom, but to feel at home when we’re there. We’ll belong there because we’ve been cleansed by His sacrifice for us.

The messages of this 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. He is the way home.

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