Enjoy listening to or watching the Testimony / Spiritual Story Sharing meeting from the 2014 Affirmation Conference. Almost 400 LGBT Mormons, family members, friends and church leaders attended. Consider sharing with your family, friends and church leaders.
By the Affirmation Executive Committee
Despite the struggles and rejection many of us have experienced in our home wards and stakes, many of us have testimonies of the Gospel and want to participate in the work of building the Kingdom of God both in and beyond the Church.
Many of us come to General Conference wondering if there’s a place for us in the church, and yearning for church leaders to speak to the doubt, pain, confusion and fear so many of us feel. Here are our take-aways from the 2014 October General Conference.
It’s hard to imagine it’s been two weeks since we gathered together for our annual conference in Salt Lake City. What a wonderful opportunity we had to be together in the spirit of friendship and acceptance. Thank you for adding your presence and love. As you encounter challenges in the coming year, remember the spirit you felt during this conference to help you move forward with confidence and joy in your life.
Join us for our semi-annual virtual discussion following the LDS Church General Conference. Berta Marquez will be facilitating the call with a panel of guests. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 5-6 p.m PT / 6-7 p.m. MT / 7-8 p.m. CT / 8- 9 p.m. ET. Access information available now.
By Tom Christofferson
Some may have already decided that they no longer desire to participate; some may be taking an approach of listening on tenterhooks, dreading the moment when they have to grit their teeth, knowing that the longest addresses are only twenty minutes, most are fifteen or twelve. In order to listen, we need to free our minds and hearts of a focus on past challenges and wounds in order to enable ourselves to be fully present to hear and feel what will be said.
By Randall Thacker
The choice of what you do with what you hear is yours. It’s a great blessing to know that we are “free to act for ourselves and not be acted upon.” We can choose what we listen to or not listen to, what we feel is of value to our spiritual growth and what is not. We can blend our own spiritual experiences with what is said and then figure out what we will take and what we will leave behind using our agency and personal revelation.
On Friday, September 26, 2014, Affirmation received an Ally Award at Equality Utah”s Annual Gala in downtown Salt Lake City. Randall Thacker, Affirmation President, and 15 other Affirmation Leadership Team members were there to receive the award. A beautiful video about Affirmation was shown to the audience of almost 2000 and is available here.
By Emric Delton
What happened next was very unexpected. How could the same people that were oppressed and discriminated against, feel so strongly about preserving their faith tradition? How was I the one frustrated with Cognitive Dissonance and not they? Here it was, right in front of me, that humble gathering of latter-day-saints I had grown up with and grown to love. This was the church family I knew.
The 2014 Affirmation Annual Conference was covered by both print and television media in Utah, but also as far away as Sweden. Coverage emphasized continuing growth of Affirmation; increasing participation in the conference by youth, straight family members and Church leaders; and a yearning on the part of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons to find ways to simultaneously affirm their faith and their sexual and gender identities.