General Conference

Sacred Grove

The long night and the rising sun

April 19, 2020 |

For those who believe that Joseph indeed saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and seek to partake of the restored gospel, we are subject to the whims of those who have been called to lead the Church and must find a balance in living a full and fulfilling life without risking our relationship with and activity in the Church that we believe is important.

Moving Train

Two Degrees off Center: Stop the Train, I Want to Get On

November 3, 2018 |

After listening to the opening session of conference, it seems the church is closing ranks even more, focusing on the active members, the covenant keepers, the faithful families, and ignoring even the inactives or others who don’t exactly fit the mold.

Photo of book, possibly the Bible, with a heart made from two pages.

Absolutely…NOT!

September 25, 2018 |

Absolutists don’t exist “in and of themselves.” As we come to the time of General Conference, we relativists need to listen carefully for those knife-edged messages that can slice the hearts of those most fragile among us and be vocal in saying, “I don’t think so.”

Two Degrees off Center: The Job Interview

September 17, 2018 |

All of us approach general conference in our own way, based on where we are and what is right for us. That’s between us and God or our higher power. Keep an open mind, and allow yourself the opportunity to discover something you didn’t know before that speaks truth to you. The source may surprise you.

2018-03-30 Pre-General Conference Fireside

Affirmation Pre-General Conference Fireside: Finding Our Whole Selves

March 30, 2018 |

As general conference approaches, Affirmation President Carson Tueller shares his belief that God wants us to find and be our whole selves, and that includes embracing ourselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

Carson Tueller

Affirmation Pre-General Conference Fireside and Live Stream

March 30, 2018 |

Affirmation President Carson Tueller will be speaking at this Pre-General Conference Fireside and Live Stream. A musical number will be performed by Aimee Olsen. Refreshments provided on location. Live stream details…

Screen capture from 3 Mormons: What it's like to be Gay and Mormon.

Video: What it’s Like to be Gay and Mormon

November 27, 2017 |

Gay Mormon activist Peter Moosman joined the hosts of 3 Mormons, a Youtube channel on LDS beliefs, to discuss what being a gay Mormon is like. In this episode, Peter shares his activism, coming out, and some ideas on how the Church can be a more inclusive place for LGBT Mormons. Peter is best known for his “Hug a Gay Mormon” sign he holds outside of General Conference.

LGBTQIA+ Mormons, Families and Friends Reactions to General Conference

October 16, 2017 |

You are the only one who has the right to choose your path because you are the only human who knows what you have been through. You deserve to listen to words from your faith tradition that affirm and lift you up and give you the strength to keep living and find your happiness. And you have the right to reject any words that do not.

Two Degrees off Center: Law and Disorder

October 16, 2017 |

I mentioned how much Elder Oaks’ talk hurt me and quoted many examples throughout his talk.  He finally said, “I didn’t like it either.”  Suddenly, I felt the burden totally lifted from me and replaced by hope.