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August 18, 2022

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GarthSeptember 3, 2017

I have been so inspired. So touched. Thank you.

JaeAugust 29, 2017

These women make me want to do and be better! Thank you for sharing their courage and testimony!

DEAugust 28, 2017

Thank you for sharing. Your story has reminded me that I'm not alone. May the Lord continue to bless you.

DeanaAugust 28, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It couldn't have been easy; and yet, I see the beautiful light in your eyes and the strong testimonies that you have shared with us. I am deeply touched and inspired by your messages. You will be a comfort and a strength for many who are struggling. I am going to copy what you said, "what God wants for us is so much more than what we want," and put it on my mirror. It will help me to be a better person and more Christ-like. Bless you for your courage and beautiful testimonies!

PhilzeyAugust 25, 2017

Great story-- Great faith -- Loved this

JKWilsonAugust 25, 2017

How inspiring. You make me want to have the courage to be a better person. Thank you for sharing your incredible story.

DavidAugust 25, 2017

Your story just helped solve something I have been struggling with for a very long time. The amazing thing is that our trials are completely unrelated yet fully related when it is all boiled down to the understanding that his plan for our lives is better than our plan for our lives. Letting go of expectations that may be holding us back from his greater good for us is what you taught me. I thought my expectations were righteous but I now see that His plan exceeds my understanding and I need to let go and have faith that He knows me better than I know myself. I will forever cherish this story. Thank you for bearing your hearts with us.

HalAugust 25, 2017

I had a dear coworker who joined the church with her adult brother some years ago. Her brother had been gay his entire adult life, but gave up his lifestyle in order to join the LDS church. This wonderful man died of AIDS a few years later as a result of his previous lifestyle, but following his baptism, he had received his temple blessings and was true to his covenants to the end of his life. I equate this good man's decision to join the church and leave behind his previous life to that of my pioneer ancestors who were disowned by family and friends and sacrificed all to join the church and follow a loving Heavenly Father's commandments to live the life that would bring them joy and salvation in this life and in the world to come.

S CAugust 25, 2017

Wow! I was brought to gut wrenching tears at your raw and real story! We do need other people to help us reach our full potential and each of us falls short many times during our extremely varied journeys, but that never makes any of us bad people. We're just people on different roads, traversing to the same destination, often taking detours along the way. Some bring heartache, some-joy, and all teach us something of value that we need to learn. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You have opened my mind to accepting my shortcomings and reaching out to others...not in the "I know better and will tell/show you how to do it right" but as the "I love you and will just keep loving you where you are" kind of help! I need this reminder today and every day!

Cynthia SchroederAugust 24, 2017

I'm in tears and in awe of you two beautiful women! Thank you for sharing your story.

BrandonAugust 23, 2017

I wish more Mormons understood how to TRULY fellowship people like that. I wish more Mormons would LOVE others like Christ. To often our approach to sharing the gospel is "I know the Book of Mormon is true you need to change everything you are and start living right..."

Mark KershawAugust 23, 2017

Thank you for having the courage to share your journey with us. It was genuine, humbling and powerful. You have given me better insight into how I can be more thoughtful, loving and inclusive with all of God's children.

charlotte bassettAugust 23, 2017

these young ladies are living the law of sacrifice. Stay strong and never forget you are a beautiful daughter of your father in heaven.

CarolineAugust 22, 2017

I especially was touched by Courtney's acknowledgement of her feeling of longing ( I think she said being "pulled") for the Church in her life again, and both of their sincere reading of the Book of Mormon, and their contrite sacrifice putting God first-- well, everything about their story was moving and inspiring. Their love for the Savior is exemplary and I know He will continue to bless them. It gives me hope for the lost lambs in my life who have different challenges but the same need for light and truth.

Debbi M.August 22, 2017

I cannot even imagine your courage and strength in taking your journeys. Beautiful and awe-inspiring. I was hoping somewhere you will share some details, maybe a different forum, on topics of how you now address same sex attraction, which I assume did not magically go away with your decisions. Maybe you are still figuring that out?

CosetteAugust 22, 2017

Words cannot express my feelings. Thank you for your courage and example of faith. Amazing women who trust God when you really can't see what lies ahead. I know His plan for us is far greater than what we can even comprehend and you say that so well in your words and actions. Thank you again.

PauletteAugust 22, 2017

Thank you. Your journey of faith inspires me to better live my beliefs.

JWAugust 22, 2017

So powerful. Thank you for sharing.

Susan NelsonAugust 22, 2017

you two beautiful people - such faith, such love for our Savior and Heavenly Father. It must have been so hard for you to give up want you really wanted. You are and will be so blessed. I love you.

LindaAugust 22, 2017

Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate your trials and though mine are different, your story has helped me see through Christ's eyes better. I really connected to your comment that what we want for ourselves isn't has great as what God has for us. Thank you

EveAugust 22, 2017

Wow! Such powerful testimonies!

LindaAugust 22, 2017

Thank you for sharing your story. I have been greatly touched by your journey. I have also been taught and humbled. I was especially moved by your comment when you said that what God wants for you is so much more than what you want. Your story has made me want to be a better person in so many ways. Thank you

Merrill ClarkAugust 22, 2017

Very powerful.



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