Finding My Self-Esteem in Affirmation Dominican Republic
My name is Luis Felipe Diaz. I live in San Francisco de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic. I was introduced to the Church in 2004 when missionaries knocked on my door. They had an appointment with my mother, but she was not home. Instead, I received the discussions and was baptized later that year.
Two years later, I served a full-time mission. I served in several cities and was a district leader and a zone leader. I do not regret serving Jesus Christ. If asked to serve again, I would. They were the best two years of my life.
I’ve known I was gay since I was little, but I was able to serve the Lord and was chaste. After some time, I came out to my stake president. At the conclusion of that meeting, he told me that we would need to meet with the stake council and that it was very likely I would be excommunicated. When the day for this meeting came, I did not go because the outcome seemed predetermined. When I received the letter informing me of my excommunication, I signed it. While I continued to attend church, I didn’t feel comfortable because I felt everyone knew about my ex-communication. I felt afraid.
I was introduced to Affirmation more than seven years ago through John Rodrigues, who was the first president of Affirmation Dominican Republic. Ever since I’ve attended all of Affirmation’s conferences and activities locally.
Affirmation has helped me to rebuild my self-esteem. I’m grateful for being a part of Affirmation. I am happy in my knowledge that Jesus Christ lives and that he is my Savior. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for which I served a mission for two years, is true. I hope things will change for the better and that we can have a space in our church.
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