First, here is what we're going to be up to this weekend. If you're in the Portland area, we'd absolutely love it if you came to meet us.
Join the Beaverton Stake Presidency for a Fireside Panel Discussion and Question/Answer Session on Same-Gender Attraction
Adults - Saturday, February 23rd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. @ Beaverton Stake Center: All the wards have now had a joint Priesthood/Relief Society presentation on the subject of same-gender attraction. This fireside is a follow-up to those Sunday discussions and will feature a panel discussion with a question/answer session. The panel consists of a father and his son (now an adult) who experiences same-gender attraction. They will discuss the family dynamics of the son’s coming out. The son, who is now married, and his wife will discuss how they are making their marriage work. Another panel member is an active member of the church and former Elder’s Quorum president who will discuss the challenges he faces in his sojourn through life. The final member of the panel is a recent convert to the Church who has experienced same-gender attraction his whole life. He will discuss how he has been able to make the changes necessary to live the standards of the gospel.
Most all of us have been touched by someone we know who experiences same-gender attraction. This panel discussion will prove to be a very informative and timely discussion related to the Church’s stand on this issue and the practical aspects of living the gospel. Parents of youth may want to attend the adult fireside to determine if they feel it would be appropriate for their youth (ages 12 – 18) to attend the youth fireside the next night.
Youth (ages 12 – 18)– Sunday, February 24th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. @ Beaverton Stake Center: If you and your parents feel it is appropriate, please join us for this fireside which will include the same presentation by the Stake President as was given to the adults, followed by the same panel discussion as listed above. Your parents are welcome to attend with you.
Can I just say? It's so incredible to be involved in this discussion in a stake. I'm so appreciative to the Beaverton Stake Presidency for allowing this fantastic opportunity. We already had a panel discussion with their stake leadership which was wonderful. These steps are an incredible way to help members become more conversant in this issue. I hope other stakes will follow suit!
Second, it's time to ask FFAQ questions!! (I was late in my FFAQ response last time and just got it up yesterday, but it's already time to vote on next Friday's. So that I can answer it the next Friday. And then have a vote the next. And thus it will continue, so on and so forth, into perpetuity. Because I'm really good at consistency, you see.)
Anyhow, if you have a question you've been itching to ask, please leave it in the comments. If you see a question that you want answered, post "ditto" as a reply. The question asked that gets the most dittoes will be what I answer next week.
1. If you've asked a question in the past that didn't make the votes, try it again. Several of the questions so far have been asked more than once before they won.
2. The earlier you ask, the more time you have to get dittoes. Voting closes tonight at 12:00.
3. Questions that get dittoes tend to be relatively short, well written and clear.
4. Don't be afraid to post questions. Even ones that get relatively few votes have often inspired later blog posts. I do read them all (of course), and it's good for me to see what people are wondering about.
All right, we're off to Portlandia. May your weekend be merry and bright and filled with awesome.