…the parched land shall become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water…(Isaiah 35:7)

Is the Boy Scouts of America Really Trying to Be Like the Church?

Scouting’s Different Direction

By Rex Goode


Categories: Personal,Same-sex Attraction

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Several weeks ago, the Boys Scouts of America announced that they were considering lifting the national organization’s ban on homosexual scouts and scout leaders, leaving the policy-making on the issue up to the local sponsoring organizations. At first, the announcement was met with accolades, but later faced opposition from conservative sponsoring institutions and local Scouting organizations.

Notable among those organizations was the Great Salt Lake Council, a preponderance of whose sponsoring institutions are units of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Though the Church itself declined to comment, the cultural influence of the members of the Church in the Council no doubt was at the heart of the push to urge the BSA to abandon its proposed changes.

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My Dog, the Scriptorian

Memorizing

By Rex Goode


Categories: Personal

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Barney and I Near Tanner Creek

Barney and I Near Tanner Creek

Today is high council Sunday and I am speaking as companion to a member of the high council in another ward, one of the joys of having a stake calling. I didn’t mean that sarcastically. I really do enjoy speaking, probably way more than I enjoy the administrative stuff.

For me, speaking in church is a something I look forward to. Never mind what the topic is today. That’s not what this is about.

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The Meaning of Pain

Telling the Story

By Rex Goode


Categories: Pain

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Xyla Faye Kelley

Xyla Faye Kelley

This month is the anniversary of my dear mother’s passing. She died April 6, 2000 of pancreatic cancer. I miss her very much and will always remember the lessons she taught me and the great friend she was to me.

I know that a lot of people would say that a mother should be a mother and not a friend, but I liked it that she was both. She was definitely a mom when she needed to be, but we did have such good times. She was funny, profound, and spiritual. (more…)

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The Parable of the Driftwood

Life Observations from a Day at the Beach

By Eric Chaffey


Categories: Faith,Issues,Perseverance,Personal,Same-sex Attraction

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IMG_0108I’ve always had a great love of the sea. To some extent I suppose it’s genetic at least on my mother’s side of the family.Sometimes  it feels really good to get away for a few hours. Sometimes I even learn a few things about myself or life in general while walking on the beach. This was such an occasion.  (more…)

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The Tipping Balance Tips

And Having Tipped, Moves On

By Rex Goode


Categories: Acceptance,Faith,Gratitude,Inspiration,Same-sex Attraction

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tippingI’ve seen a lot of people leave the Church, probably more than my share. I’ve known a lot of people with criticism for the Church over things that aren’t consistent with the person’s way of thinking. As the world changes, popular ways of thinking continue to diverge from the Church’s teachings. It seems that we will see more and more people leaving the Church over these things.

I don’t think anyone is completely immune to these pressures. I know that I struggle with my own perceptions that don’t entirely line up with at least the cultural aspects of what Mormons tend to be like and believe. (more…)

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Pansies Never Shun the Fight

…Of Flowers, Hymns and Faith

By Eric Chaffey


Categories: Issues,Perseverance,Personal,Same-sex Attraction,Support

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Wisdom and encouragement can sometimes come in unusual packages. Sometimes they can be great choruses or works of music created by some of the great composers. Sometimes, in words written by the saints and apostles of ages past as well as today. And sometimes from  an annoying ear worm or some very pretty flowers.  (more…)

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Teach the Gospel

What I Think Needs to be Said

By Rex Goode


Categories: Doctrinal,Inspiration,Same-sex Attraction,Service,Support,Tolerance

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Sermon_on_the_Mount_by_I.Makarov_After making somewhat of a nuisance of myself in How Silence Feels, people have wondered just what it is I think that local church leaders should be saying about homosexuality. I think it is an easy question, at least in my mind, but may be a little overwhelming for others. Then again, it’s a subject on my mind a whole lot more than it is on theirs.

Still, it’s a fair question, so I thought I’d give a little advice, not that anyone is considering taking it as far as I know. (more…)

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Hungry for Heaven

Where I Stand

By Rex Goode


Categories: Acceptance,Inspiration,Marriage,Perseverance,Personal,Same-sex Attraction,Tolerance

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No Big Secret

No Big Secret

It is no big secret.I’m a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, happily married, father of five, almost father-in-law of five, and grandfather of eight. I’m also gay, if that’s a word you don’t find too offensive. I’m strongly committed to my marriage and I love my wife.

When I write about this stuff on the internet, it has tended to create a bit of controversy about me. Most people like me. Some hate me. Some don’t even know I exist. Poor them.

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Testimony Alone

The Path of Conversion

By Rex Goode


Categories: Doctrinal,Inspiration,Same-sex Attraction

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Elder David A. Bednar

Elder David A. Bednar

I have found that it is difficult for some people to read about my experiences with the Boy Scouts of America and being released by the Church from my calling as a Scout leader because of my same-sex attraction. They find it difficult to fathom how I could write frankly about a situation that tells a story involving a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who felt strongly about men with same-sex attraction serving in the Scouting program.

Many Latter-day Saints feel that to present even the slightest negative view of a leader of the Church, much less a high leader of the Church, is bordering on apostasy. I am familiar with the sentiment. I’m aware of the concern that arises when it happens. I know that some of that concern has been for me. (more…)

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Avowed

Identity versus Behavior

By Rex Goode


Categories: Doctrinal,Personal,Same-sex Attraction,Tolerance

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If you have been following what I have been writing about the possibility of the Boy Scouts of America changing their policies regarding registration of gay members, you know that I had my own run-in with the policy. You also know that I hope they will change their policy. I don’t really have any way of knowing where I stand with other Latter-day Saints, but a clue to how the Church feels might be found in the Great Salt Lake Council’s announcement that they are asking the National organization to postpone the vote. (more…)

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

Never Really Alone

By Eric Chaffey


Categories: Inspiration,Perseverance,Personal,Poetry

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In 1945, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote a musical called Carousel. It was based on an earlier non-musical play by  Ferenc Molnár  called LiliomA number of well known songs came from that musical. One of them though is particularly inspiring and has been recorded by numerous artists and even been adopted as theme for a soccer club in Liverpool, England. The song is called, You’ll Never Walk Alone. I’ve heard it countless times and more than once it’s brought tears to my eyes.  (more…)

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Equal Before the Lord

Changes of Heart

By Rex Goode


Categories: Change,Personal,Respect,Same-sex Attraction,Support,Tolerance

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goodshepherdIn Taking the Plunge: A Leap of Faith, I wrote that I wasn’t as concerned about changing policies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Boy Scouts of America, as I was seeing the hearts of people change to be tolerant and loving towards those with same-sex attraction.

I realize that I left it fairly vague as to what changes I felt needed to be made in the attitudes and cultural practices of my fellow Latter-day Saints. The piece was long enough as it was and I had enough to say on the subject that I saved it for today. (more…)

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Taking the Plunge

A Leap of Faith

By Rex Goode


Categories: Personal,Tolerance

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Jumping Off of Lower Punchbowl Falls

My Friend Eric Jumping Off of Lower Punchbowl Falls

Many years ago, while serving as a Scoutmaster in a troop sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we backpacked up Eagle Creek Trail occasionally. It is and always has been my favorite piece of nature. From the first time I visited there in high school until I got too arthritic to handle it, I would seize any opportunity to go and enjoy its magnificent beauty.

It is a divine masterpiece of magnificent vistas, breathtaking waterfalls, and lush greenery that fills me with awe at God’s creativity. For me, the many memories of my time spent there mirror my memories of life. Life is a trail, filled with beauty, wonder, and sometimes danger. (more…)

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Nicer Than I Seem

Smarter Than I Look

By Rex Goode


Categories: Assertiveness,Personal,Respect

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I proposed to Barbara after watching The Ten Commandments on Easter in 1977. I new I was planning to do it, but the scene where Moses proposed to Sephora really clinched it for me.

After we got married, we watched it again and another scene caught her attention. It’s the scene where Rameses is telling Nefretiri that he intends to marry her and how she is going to obey him. What fantasy world was he living in? (more…)

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How Silence Feels

What It Is Like

By Rex Goode


Categories: Abuse,Same-sex Attraction,Sexuality,Tolerance

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silenceA good friend of mine suffered horrible abuse in his family of origin as a boy. He was not the only one in the family, but in his adult life, he is the only one in the family willing to talk about it. In fact, talking about it has earned him the disinheritance from some, anger from others, and forced silence from those that are still willing to include him in family functions. Those in the family who are willing to talk with him about it will not join him in talking with the others.

It was made clear to him that when he is at extended family functions, that any mention of the abuse will result in being asked to leave. Even those who are willing to admit it happened are unwilling to talk about it. (more…)

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