- Church Updates Official ‘Mormon and Gay’ Website (LDS Newsroom)
"Even though I still don't understand everything, I know that I don't have to. All I am asked to do is love as God would love."
- Church Updates Resources Addressing Same-Sex Attraction (Church News)
“The hardest part of the journey is the two words gay and Mormon coexisting,” said Roger Sanchez, a member of the Church who began experiencing same-sex attraction at the age of nine.
“There were many sleepless nights spent crying to my Heavenly Father for help. … I couldn’t tell anyone because if that ever came out, I would not know how to survive on my own. I assumed I would be alone if they knew the real me.”
- New Mormon and Gay website features series of videos from LDS Church members (LDS Church News)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of videos in conjunction with the re-launch of its site for gay Mormons.
The new website has a new name and can be found at Mormonandgay.lds.org. The site will now be recognized as part of the official website of the LDS Church and will house new content.
- LDS Church’s new ‘Mormon and Gay’ website wins cheers and some jeers for ignoring controversial policy (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Much has changed for gays and lesbians since 2012 in the U.S. and many parts of the world — same-sex marriage is legal, for starters — so the LDS Church decided it was time to redo, revise and reboot its website addressing that population.
Among the biggest changes? The letter "s."
The previous site was known as "Mormons and Gays" — as if those two groups were separate or even opponents. The one that launched Tuesday is "Mormon and Gay," signaling the notion that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be — and are — both.
- Church History Museum Announces New Online Exhibit, “From Plates to Pages” (Church News)
The Church History Museum launched a new online exhibit titled From Plates to Pages: Writing and Reading the Book of Mormon today.
The exhibit, available on the museum’s website, is the final installment of a 2016 series intended to enrich viewers’ personal study of the Book of Mormon with selections of artwork from the Church History Museum art collection.
- The Mormon Pacific Historial Society studies the Tongan Mission centennial (Deseret News - Utah)
Emeritus General Authority Elder John H. Groberg shared lessons and insights from his more than 60 years of service to Tonga, the Pacific islands and other international areas as the keynote speaker on October 21, 2016, at the Mormon Pacific Historical Society’s (MPHS) annual conference.
Elder Groberg — who served as a young missionary in Tonga from 1954–1957, Tongan Mission president from 1966–1968 and later as a General Authority in the islands — spoke during the opening session of the historical society conference, which focused on the formal centennial of the Tongan Mission (1916-2016).
- Southern Virginia University Offers amnesty to sexual abuse victims (World Religion News)
What happens when a student or employee comes forward to report sexual harassment? Are they taken seriously? Does the victim get justice? The sad reality is, not often. Cases where students and employees have been forced to keep silent about being sexually abused are not uncommon. Often these students are even dismissed from their schools or employee victims are fired.
- Meet the Mormon candidate set to give Trump a run for his money (World Religion News)
One person’s loss is another’s gain. Nothing showcases this fact more clearly than the leaps that conservative independent presidential candidate, Evan McMullin, is making in the presidential race. Contesting from Utah, McMullin was once an unknown, seemingly insignificant contender in the elections who would be eclipsed completely by Donald Trump. Figures are telling a different story today with the tables having turned completely against Trump.
- 4 Reasons Mormons Are More Skeptical Of Trump Than Other Religious Conservatives (NPR)
"There isn't a simple answer when it comes to Mormons and Trump," Stephanie Fowers said. "We are so torn right now that hardly anyone I know will even mention his name anymore because it's too depressing."
That makes her just another disenchanted voter in the endless slog that is Campaign 2016. Fowers, a writer from Cottonwood Heights, Utah — and a Mormon — said that among the Mormons she knows, she sees a lot of indecision.