LDS Ward Welcomes Gay Couple

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The struggle of homosexuality isn’t a new thing in the Church. There are members struggling with same-sex attraction that choose to leave the bosom of the Church and share their lives with their chosen partners. However, what’s not quite as normal is to see a same sex couple choose to get divorced in order to gain the full blessings of the Gospel.

Courtney and Rachelle are one of those couples. While Courtney grew up in the Church, her struggles with her sexuality—and the wonderful woman she met—led her to leave the Gospel and marry her partner. After a few years, Courtney realized she missed Church, and she and Rachelle started seeing the missionaries and attending meetings. The nonjudgemental members, missionaries, family, and Church community gave them love and acceptance. The Spirit gave them peace. And the love of God gave them strength. Even if that strength and peace meant divorce:

“It all came together for me that the reason I met Courtney wasn’t for us to get married; it was so that we could do this together and so that I could be introduced to this gospel.”

The two ended their Splitting the Sky interview by testifying of the Gospel:

“The only thing that truly matters is your relationship with your heavenly Father and truly taking advantage of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Nothing else matters.”

Rachelle and Courtney, though a rare case, are not the only ones out there choosing to put Christ and the Gospel first. Becky and Bennett Borden, before they married each other in the temple, spent 20 years in same-sex relationships with other people. Both examples show us that the Atonement of Christ can heal all wounds and lighten all burdens.

Allison Weber grew up in the Great Plains of northeastern Colorado, decided to see some mountains, and went to Provo, Utah where she got her BA in English at BYU. Afterwards she did some writing and traveling, and then went to Minnesota State University for a Masters in Technical Communication. Now she freelances as a writer, works on her novel, runs regularly and travels when the mood strikes

  • momsaid

    They made their own choices, without coercion. They gained a testimony of the Law of Chastity and the Plan of Salvation, and they had the option to act upon it. No one tore them apart, as evidenced by the video showing them side by side, still friends, frankly discussing their journeys of Faith.

  • momsaid

    What a beautiful story! A speaker in Stake Conference reminded us that answers don’t come instantly, but they require time, patience, effort and consistency. Once you decide to follow the Lord’s teachings about eternal relationships, you can better feel the Holy Ghost’s still, small voice. These ladies made a journey of their own free will, without force or shame. They are an example of strength. If they can overcome their challenges to this degree, I believe that I can undo the wounds of depression and fear that have plagued my life, for as they said: You are not alone.

  • how can i comment and make any improvement as these sisters are full of love and charity.
    I love and thank you for your testimony of Christ and the reality of His precious guidance

  • This tragic. More lives wrecked by religion.