Wendy Williams Montgomery wrote: From my husband, Thomas:
I have no doubt that the policy, which is an extension of Proclamation Doctrine, is completely not of God. This week Elder Neil Anderson and Elder Whitney Clayton came and 'trained' the local leaders. In a nutshell, they are not to tolerate 'distractions' to their wards and to reinforce the Proclamation as the only acceptable path at every turn.
Last night, I got a call from a terrified, young trans man that his Bishop has called him in for a 9 pm meeting. This is on the heels of the 'training' this Bishop just received. (The Bishop is aware that this youth had attempted suicide as recent as October.)
The spirit told me to jump in my car and get there as fast as I could. I found that young trans man collapsed in the gutter in front of the Bishops house just afterward.
Dragon Dads - we have a mandate from God above to minister to these kids. There will be multiple generations of these kids being born in the Church and it is going to take 20-40 years before the Church comes around. Until then, we are the safety net. We are the ones listening and hearing God's promptings - because the TBM members have chosen to close their ears and hearts to the matter. It is inconceivable that they could be wrong and causing harm.
We can beat our hands bloody in vain trying to change the Church, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon. But we can reach these kids. Whether you decide to minister to these kids by staying or going, find a way to make a different in the lives of these LGBT Mormon kids. It is life and death (We are aware of 34 deaths via suicide of LGBT Mormon youth since Nov. 5th. Ages 14-20.)
EDIT: Wendy went on to report that she has been contacted by families of 34 LGBT Youth who have taken their lives since the policy. she commented that she did not solicit this information, and these are only the cases that have been brought to her attention. The age range was 14-20, average age of 17. I personally believe there are other cases we don't know about.
The post gained some traction online, enough to pike the Deseret News' interest. Today, they published an article about it: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8656 ... tml?pg=all
I'll quote the part from a church spokesperson:
I have nothing to say right now. Shed a few tears over this already. I'll come back later.The LDS Church responded Thursday to an unverified report about suicide deaths among Mormon LGBTs.
"We mourn with their families and friends when they feel life no longer offers hope," senior church leaders said through a spokesman.