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Helping LGBTQ/SSA Churchgoers Feel Welcome in an LDS Environment

If you’re a straight member of the LDS Church, slip off your shoes for a minute and step into someone else’s. Imagine that you identify as same-sex attracted, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Here’s what that might look like. You came out publicly a few days ago, and you initially feel empowered. You’ve received an outpouring of support online and within the LGBTQ community. You still cling to your testimony of the LDS Church. You remain a worthy temple-recommend holder. You’ve mustered the courage to step into hazy territory: reconciling being same-sex attracted/LGBTQ with your faith in the LDS gospel.

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