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The following was written by Christy Kane PhD, CMHC for LDS Living. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

As we seek to minister in the Lord’s way, it means we seek to minister in love, not judgement. There is a lot we do not understand about human sexuality and its genetic components but this much we do know regardless of how one identifies sexually: what is needed is love and a desire to be understood. Our Savior has set the perfect example in the fact that He met people where they were and gently invited them to come to Him that they might know His truths, His love, and His acceptance.

Here are a few ways we can extend that love and acceptance as well:

1. Recognize and rejoice in our similarities.

First, we can realize that those who identify their sexuality as different than heterosexual are more like those who identify as heterosexual than different. For example, regardless of our sexuality, we all desire to feel included, needed, wanted, listened to, and understood. We all need appropriate human contact, touch, and connection.

2. Take the time to listen.

I make it a point when I see my friends whose sexuality is different than mine to give them a hug, to tell them how much I love and care about them. I take the time to listen to both the joys and challenges in their lives as they take time to listen to mine.

3. Be mindful of LGBTQ brothers and sisters as you prepare lessons.

When I teach a lesson, whether in Sunday School or Relief Society, I am mindful of those who will be in my class, so I strive to direct the lesson in such a way that all may feel included. For example, a lesson entitled “How to love your husband” may exclude those who do not have husbands, whereas the title “How to build Christ-like relationships with those around us” will include all.

To read the full article on LDS Living, CLICK HERE.