Donate Today and Help North Star Fulfill Its Critical Mission
North Star provides resources and a sense of community to Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction or who identify as LGBTQ, as well as their families, friends, and Church leaders. This effort is one of the most important works of these latter days.
This year alone we have presented at more than 30 firesides, 5th Sunday lessons, and leadership training sessions throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. We have rebuilt our website and launched a new one. We created new Facebook groups, began a Church leader outreach program, held our first Spanish-language fireside, and are building a Spanish-language website all in an effort to reach even more people. Our annual conference in March was the largest gathering to date.
North Star leadership has also been holding regular meetings with senior leaders of the Church, providing a valuable perspective and feedback on the needs of LGBTQ/SSA Saints, their families, friends and, especially, the needs of local leaders. North Star is impacting and changing the lives of thousands of Saints.
All of this work is performed entirely by a volunteer force and funded by your donations. We simply can’t do it without you. We have significant plans in the coming year, including our first-ever conference to be held in Latin America, several regional events throughout the US and UK, and training events for local leaders. But to do this, we sorely need funding.
In this season of thanks, we ask that you consider what North Star has done for you and all the work we are doing in this part of the Lord’s vineyard and donate anything you can to support our mission. Even the smallest donations make a big difference! Donations can be made here: https://northstarlds.org/give/donate/
Thank you for all you do to support this great work.
Bennett B. Borden
President, North Star International
Nearly two years ago, a new story project was announced at the annual North Star Conference – #TrueToHim. Those in attendance were excited at the prospect of compiling the stories of fellow travelers along the road to reconcile sexual orientation and gender identity with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal of that project was to invite as many as were willing to “join a growing chorus of voices and ‘cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1) -witnessing and testifying of the Savior, the power of His atonement, and the truthfulness of His church and the prophetic guidance of those who lead it.”
Many attendees sat in front of the camera to talk about how they were striving to be true to our Savior and the covenants they have made. While many voices were collected at that time, there are countless other individuals, living their lives courageously and quietly, making decisions on a day-to-day basis that are bringing them closer to their Father in Heaven by way of His holy Son.
North Star continues to be a place to share your voices. Some may choose to be public in their story while others will speak in confidential forums. Others still will hold these stories close to their hearts. No matter where our stories sound, they can be powerful sources of strength and testimony.
This month, you will find across the various forms of social media topical questions and quotes related to the #TrueToHim project meant to inspire, encourage, and build each other. Our voices can unite and ignite a fire that will light the way for those who are in the midst of their darkest moments, when fear threatens to win.
President Hinckley offered this blessing: “May God bless us all with the peace that comes from Him. May He bless us with thankful hearts and with the will to mingle together with respect one for another, uniting our efforts to the blessing of the communities where we are fortunate to live.”
We invite you to visit TrueToHim.org to listen and read these stories. If you would like to add your voice to this collection, visit the TrueToHim.org for information on how to do so.