Episode 5: North Star’s Women of Worth Conference and Spouse Experiences
FEATURING PARTICIPANTS AND ORGANIZERS OF THE WOMEN OF WORTH CONFERENCE
North Star was founded with the hope of fostering spiritually supportive community and of connecting people with people within a believing Latter-day Saint environment, so that individuals dealing with issues around same-sex attraction—including family members and friends—could help and support one another in living true to their faith and value systems as Latter-day Saints. It was founded not simply with the intent of being a resource unto itself, but rather of empowering individuals to create and share their own resources to help educate themselves and their family, friends, and Church leaders as they strive to become integrated more fully and lovingly into the Church community.
The Women of Worth Conference is one of the first examples of the fulfillment of that mission.
One of the means created to accomplish this is North Star’s Online Discussion Groups, one of which is specifically for spouses of men and women who experience same-sex attraction. As the women of the Spouses group discussed the dearth of helpful resources for spouses, they decided to create their own. Together, they discussed and planned and made the choice to be proactive in taking care of their own needs as wives and as women, volunteering to share their own experiences as presenters, as well as inviting professionals who have spent much of their careers assisting individuals and couples with similar stories.
Part 1: Planning the WOW Conference
Part 2: Attending the WOW Conference
Part 3: Kathryn’s Story: Being Married to a Transgender Husband
Part 4: A Conference Sneak Peak
As a bonus feature (Part 4), we’ve included, as a sample of past conferences, an address given by Laurel Cramer (pseudonym), wife of Steven Cramer, author of The Worth of a Soul: A Personal Account of Excommunication and Conversion, in which she talks about their 50-year marriage and her choice to stick by her husband through the years of his struggle with sexual addiction in the first years they were together. (1h 5m)
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