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Two Degrees off Center: The big picture

April 13, 2020 |

A prophet is sometimes as clueless as we are. We don’t know why God asks us to do something that makes no sense, but we have faith that we’ll understand somewhere down the line, because that’s how faith usually works.

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Two Degrees off Center: The new norm

March 23, 2020 |

The anchor in each of our lives, whoever it is, who’s there when the times get tough, who helps our boat stay afloat and stop rocking so much in the storm until things calm down again, and who assures us that it will.

BYU Provo Honor Code March by Jacob Payne

Not so fast: Honor code changes not so black and white

March 13, 2020 |

There is no mention in Church policy of any prohibition of any form of physical intimacy for unmarried couples of any sexual orientation outside of abstaining from sexual relations. It’s not unreasonable that living a chaste and virtuous life at BYU would mean anything different than what has been expected of students their whole lives as active and worthy members of the Church.

A Peculiar People

Two Degrees off Center: A peculiar people

March 13, 2020 |

How do I handle this anger I’m feeling and still be authentic?  How do I bridle these passions, and channel this anger so I can feel Christlike love again?  The Lord and I talked it over quite a bit in the past week, and I’ve found an answer.  It’s not everyone’s answer, but it’s mine.

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Honor code no longer discriminates between same-sex and straight couples

February 19, 2020 |

BYU released an updated honor code, removing all references to homosexuals or same-sex relationships. Instead, the code now calls for students to, “Live a chaste and virtuous life, including abstaining from any sexual relations outside a marriage between a man and a woman.”

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Two Degrees off Center: Three little words

February 13, 2020 |

Seeing things from the point of view of the other guy (or church, or government, or political party, or LGBTQ group) doesn’t mean we have to totally agree with them, convert, and join their side, but it does give Christlike love a fighting chance in this world.

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Two Degrees off Center: When no one’s looking

January 13, 2020 |

There seems to be more rules at the intersection of LDS and LGBT than just about any other place on the map — the list seems endless. it’s reassuring to know that there’s Someone in the middle of the intersection of LDS and LGBT who’s directing the traffic, and He knows every driver and pedestrian there, where they’ve been and where they’re headed.

Gay Mens Chorus Washington DC Temple Visitors Center

Gayety at the temple: Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs at D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center

December 18, 2019 |

A single concert is only one step forward in a longer process of change and healing. In truth there is still a long way to go for the LGBT community can truly feel accepted and have a sense of belonging in the Church. Love is what we have in common, expressed in the voices of the chorus and reflected in the rising joy and hope in the hearts of everyone in the audience.

Adam and Sunny Smart

When personal beliefs on LGBTQ issues and sustaining leaders clash: A missionary’s story

December 16, 2019 |

Adam’s stake president recommended him for his mission and Salt Lake issued the call with their blessing, fully knowing Adam’s privately held views supporting same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights. After two months, Adam returned home from his mission over an ideological clash between his mission president who didn’t feel him worthy of a temple recommend because of these views, and his hometown stake president who did.