I think Heavenly Father wants us to love and appreciate our bodies. Concepts like chastity and modesty were never meant to be used as the chains we beat ourselves with.
I want this idea to be true that gay and straight members of the Church are held to the same standards. I think being held to the same standards would help us see each other as equals, and treat each other as such. But I don’t think we’re there yet. In fact, I think there are some double standards to be addressed.
I hope we realize how unfortunate it is when people make broad assumptions about others based on labels. Doing so is very easy, and frankly it’s an injustice to the broader narrative of the individual because it dismisses everything that can’t be encapsulated into a single word.
Now that we understand what it means to protect the solitude of our partners, let’s explore what it means to be truly close.
Pushing us toward marriage without teaching us what it means to have a good relationship feels like being blindfolded at the start of an obstacle course.
My concern is that statements like “I know the Church is true,” are more about chasing doubts away than they are about authentic belief.
There are aspects of a Faith Crisis, mine in particular, I wouldn’t wish on anyone. There are, however, aspects of a Faith Crisis that I would. A Faith Crisis can either be the end of one’s spirituality or the gateway to a more mature, robust, and dynamic spiritual life.
I began research for this article the day before the death of President Thomas S. Monson. My notes and thoughts took on a whole new meaning to me once I heard he passed away. My heart goes out to those grieving the loss of this truly exceptional person.