I served as a YSA Bishop in the West Valley City/Magna area of Salt Lake (released in 2016) and met some of the finest people I will ever know. In addition to meeting with wonderful active members of my Ward, I reached out and connected via social media (mostly via the private messaging features of FB and Twitter) with many of our inactive members and their non-member friends. Over time, many felt comfortable meeting with me and sharing their stories. Through hundreds of interviews and ‘listening to understand’, I was able to ‘see’ the church from the eyes of those outside of active Mormonism. Many feel Mormonism is their ‘spiritual home’ but feel uncomfortable attending for a variety of reasons such as work-in-progress testimonies, concerns about church history, feeling unworthy because of past or current sin, don't fit the cultural mold, role of women, are LGBTQ and/or feel our LGBTQ friends should be more welcomed in our congregations, etc.
These posts, from a deeply believing/committed Mormon, are designed to address some of the more complicated issues in Mormonism to help all of us love, understand and minister in a more effective way to all of Heavenly Father’s children .... and to give better tools for our younger members working thru 'stuff' and to feel forgiven. These links are either to a post on my public Facebook page or articles that deal with similar topics.
These are my thoughts only. Much love, Papa Ostler ❤
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