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So often, discussion of doctrine, particularly related to homosexuality, becomes academic in its characteristics. For so many believers, God is found in a book–in the Bible–and the inclination is to scour the words of the book for evidence with which to bolster the preferred argument. But the scriptures were not meant for argument, but to settle arguments–to settle them with the one great power all human beings can harness. Not priesthood, not the gift of the Holy Ghost, but love with its many names: empathy, compassion, kindness, and charity.

Our discussion of homosexuality and the plan of salvation should not feel academic, but human. Any discussion that doesn’t encompass, include, and represent what is most valuable and vulnerable in God’s children will remain unsettled; there is no greater evidence than the human soul.

Tyler Glenn’s recent video clip provides a window into the raw suffering of the souls in our Mormon LGBTQ community. As you watch this, put aside your scriptural arguments for a minute. Feel this in the depth of your being, and, if you are heterosexual like me, live for a few moments in a world in which there is no space for you in God’s plan.

After all, that’s what Glenn is asking for–for space in God’s plan.

For space in our pews.

We are God’s hands. Reach out. Reach up.

My name is Tyler Glenn. I’m a singer in a band and I make my own music. I am gay, I’m 32, and I struggle weekly to find my place in this world because, for so long, I struggled to find my place in God’s plan.

Dear Russel Nelson,

You spearheaded this policy in November, and you and your colleagues claim to speak directly to and for God. As his mouthpieces on this earth today, you have yet to respond to the confusion, chaos, and disruption that you’ve caused so many current and former members of your church, both queer and straight alike. You’ve had months, and a public conference, satellite broadcasted to the world in April. And you have yet to give light to the actual darkness that so many of your members are living in. Currently.

Russel Nelson—and for that matter, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—you claim that this policy is of God. I came to know God through your church. I served a mission and I converted people to this plan. This plan has no space for me. This plan is flawed. There is either no God or God isn’t speaking to you. Maybe it’s both. But you have a responsibility to speak to us. Since you speak to him and claim that he gives you revelation, I beg of you and plead with you to change this doctrine. This should be the biggest concern. Your church is literally bleeding.

Russel Nelson, and the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there’s blood of your members on your hands. Please don’t let this be a summer of more gay suicides. Please make a space for your gay members. Please tell them they are okay and they are made in the image of God and they are not flawed. Please stop telling them that they are abnormal. Please, please, please, how many more? How many more?

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  (I Corinthians 13:8-10)

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