Any lgbtq students (or others) feeling trauma right now, please know that you are loved. I am so impressed by your goodness. I have had many tearful conversations with lgbtq students who are making the best of trying circumstances and it’s heartbreaking. 1/
We have recently heard in General Conference that we should be stone catchers, not stone throwers. I understand, because of my son’s experiences and because of many of you who have been open and vulnerable, that you have to deal with stone throwers every day. 2/
You deserve so much better. As it says in 2 Nephi 26:33 “all are alike unto God”. As Elder Ballard said at a BYU devotional, “We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing.” Are we doing that? 3/
Ballard continues, “Certainly we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord.” Are we doing that? 4/
Elder Cook has said “Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion, and outreach.” I ask, in the words of the hymn, “Have I done any good in the world today” to show love to lgbtq people? “If not, I have failed indeed”. 5/
If ever Jesus wept, I am certain that He weeps when lgbtq people are mistreated by people who have taken on His name. You deserve better. You are loved. You are important. All of you, just as you are and unconditionally. /end/
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