by Roxana Lopez, Vice President, Affirmation Argentina
I am grateful to our Heavenly Father for putting in my way brothers and sisters like me, and letting me feel in my heart pleasant experiences with family, friends and acquaintances. For many years and with much hope, I have dreamed of being able to share my humble testimony without evading or hiding who I am. I live in Argentina. I was born in the province of Tucuman but I grew up in Buenos Aires. Now I am 45 years old and am a lesbian and a Mormon. I love working in Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends. The task has not been easy but I am convinced that it is not only good but also what is right and a responsibility I cannot shirk.
Over the last 5 years in Affirmation Argentina I have known LGBT Mormons begging to be helped, listened to, and included. We want to be in the Church because despite everything we know, we want to fulfill gospel principles and follow our Lord Jesus Christ. I have always shared my testimony that the Lord loves us as we are. We should not fall into the mistake of abandoning ourselves to vices, so that the world can snatch away our peace and the blessings we’ve received, or that we fail to achieve. Please remember that we don’t know why we are this way, though there must be some good purpose, although neither the prophet nor our either leaders know yet either. Each of us is of immeasurable worth.
Talking with my bishop has helped me tremendously to carry on my personal growth, because he believes in me, my values and my responsibility. His invitation to follow the Lord is sincere and I feel it in my heart. We are not a threat to anyone. We are here because we believe in Jesus and follow him, and we also believe that families can be together. I leave these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.