Each year, Affirmation honors one of its own with the Mortensen Award, an award that recognizes: someone who is dedicated to the goals of Affirmation and has worked toward achieving them; someone who has shown outstanding leadership and service; someone who is a self-starter and a motivator of others; someone who is making a difference in the lives of others. Learn about all those who were nominated and their contributions.
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It is only then when we touch the pain that we are in a position to be able to mourn. To be able to enter that second covenant. To mourn with that person. It is only then that we can truly comfort. That we can be good friends… Only then, when we understand the pain, can we offer words of comfort that reach deeply. And only then can we take upon ourselves the name of Christ.
It’s not enough to stand on the periphery and wait for God to come to you. Like Jared and the sacred stones, we have to show initiative, energy, and courage in fighting our way through the throngs to ensure our sacred encounter with God. We have to break down walls, some of which may be of our own creation.
Read a report of the first Affirmation Europe conference that was held in June this year. People attended from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. “Never have I witnessed such beautiful vulnerability. With each word uttered I received revelation that God indeed loves every one of his children.”
Affirmation members from across the country and from all walks-of-life came to Fort Myers, Florida last week to participate in workshops, discussions, social events and spiritual edification. Some of us were looking for answers to life’s toughest questions. Others just needed a friend. Whatever life story was shared, the heart felt plea from Affirmation leaders and the few members whom trod familiar paths was to be authentic and be yourself.
By Carson Tueller
When I really need to be inspired, I don’t usually look to the world-level inspirers. When it really counts. I go to the inspirers of my everyday life.
There is a reason that LGBT Mormon testimony meetings are so powerful. It is because we have had to wade through rivers of doubt and climb mountains of rejection to know what we know. When we choose to put Gospel principles to the test, we must fight gravity, push against the current.
As I have educated myself about the Transgender (Trans) community, things seemed to fall into place in my head and heart. For the last several years as I have been in more inclusive spaces, it has helped me feel more comfortable with who I am, with what I need to do to feel right in my body and with admitting to myself and all the people in my life that I am Transgender myself.
The intersection of Mormonism, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression is often very difficult to navigate and Affirmation conferences provide a safe place for people to find a community of support wherever they may be in their journey. “This is the Place” to celebrate our lives, our spirituality, and our heritage; a place to be fully authentic and at home as LGBT and Mormon.