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I am Mormon with same gender attraction (outside the church, usually referred to as "gay"). Many people think that's a contradiction. It's think that's part of the purposes of God for me and the role I play in the Plan of Salvation. (Which will be explained more on this website.) Because I know that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, I do not think or feel that the Church excludes me because of my same-gender attraction. Although, I cannot deny that culturally, it can be a challenge for me with other Latter-day Saints since there are not a lot of other Latter-day Saints with same gender attraction. In fact, I'm sure you don't see a lot of openly gay Latter-day Saints around and people always tell me that the Church hates gays (especially living in California). I hope that living my faith to the best of my ability would tell people that my Church does not hate anybody with same gender attraction. I love to go to Church and be involved. It has been a passion of my life for a very long time. I think other than the fact that it's probably the most awesome Church I know of so far (and I've been to plenty and learned about a lot more). On top of that, it's also the Lord's one true church on earth. However, I think all the other churches we have out there are mostly great, with wonderful teachings, and I'm sure all of them have really good intentions in bringing people to God and more!
I wasn't really searching when I was about 17. But my friend, who wasn't LDS, invited me to church with her one Sunday. It started there. Eventually, I got my answer. Now, I know, without a doubt, that God lives. He is our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is my Savior and he heads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, lead by a living prophet on earth. We have a prophet of God back on earth once more to bring us into the Millennium - when Jesus Christ comes again. I want to tell everyone that. I hope anybody reading this will give my word some thought.
Attending Church services had helped me to remember the Lord and my commitment to obey His commandments. It definitely helped me to be a better person as I interact with the Saints and try to be more like my Savior.
Praying, to me, is just like talking to my Heavenly Father. Just as I can't imagine not talking to my loved ones everyday, so can I not bear not pray at least once a day to my Heavenly Father. I pray pretty much all the time. Every time I see something beautiful - a scenery, a wholesome relationship that people has, things that I'm so grateful of - I will always say a pray to thank my Heavenly Father for His wondrous gifts in my life and His marvelous Plan of Salvation. Hard times? Of course I do get them. But because of prayers - my ability to communicate with the Great God of Heaven who is my Heavenly Father - they just seem so much easier to bear. I am grateful for prayers in my life. -
God gives us everything we have including our talents and gifts. Therefore, it should be used also for His reason - since He had allowed you to have them in the first place. As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have any paid clergy, the gifts and talents which the members has is used in running His church. They're not just for running His church. We can also use these gifts and talents we have by encouraging, building and uplifting others - in songs we sing, words we say, things we do and things we have. Also, we can redirect the glory we get, to Him who gives us all that is good. Just like our Savior Jesus Christ did.
Knowing the Plan of Happiness or the Plan of Salvation has helped me to know my Savior better, His role and the role that I play on this earth. It gives me hope. It gives me love for the people around me. It makes my family makes sense - if you know what I mean. There is a reason for everything. There is a reason why I'm writing this. There is a reason for my existence. I love the Plan of Happiness.
Most people out there think that living my faith is to go to church very Sunday. While that is true, in my beliefs, it is also very important to keep the sabbath day holy and apart from the world. That's all I do to live my faith. Haha! Not really. I love to pay tithes. Just 10% of my income that I wouldn't have if I haven't been blessed with it, goes to the Lord's church. I don't make much so I wish I can give more than what my 10% is. Of course, there's a great benefit to that - it's tax deductible! LOL I love the gospel! I think the gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses so much more than just the Bible, the scriptures and the Church. It's about why I'm here on here and why I should love the people around me. It's about my family and my life. It's definitely about making this world a better place. "We love thy law, we will obey" - LDS Church Hymn book, #113, Our Savior's Love I love the laws of my Heavenly Father and I strive each day to best obey His laws.