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October 27, 2021

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KwestSeptember 12, 2021

Love it, beautifully stated. Thank you for taking the time to write this article.

Victor LundquistSeptember 12, 2021

Thank you for the in-depth reasoning of what it means, as a teacher, to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. Hopefully all of your colleagues at Church sponsored teaching entities will see the wisdom of this piece and understand what Elder Holland meant about pride flags being decisive. Thank you for writing and posting this.

Ornella Maria BrennaSeptember 11, 2021

Thank you for your clear and decisive exposition of what is right and what is not. The Lord loves us as we are, but lovingly urges us to be better than what we are, possibly "the best", that is, daughters aware of his love for him and eager to be as he is. As well reported in Helaman 12: 27 He shows us our weaknesses so that we can be humble, and if we are humble and have faith in Him, our weaknesses are transformed into strengths for us. Whatever our weaknesses are.

Newell HarwardSeptember 9, 2021

Beautifully stated. Great article.

ShaunaSeptember 9, 2021

Fantastic--thank you so much for taking time to articulate some complicated, but well reasoned, pointed but loving thoughts. I would love to be in your class and would love to have my 2 BYU college students sit in with you as well Satan is the master of false dichotomies, false premises and therefore false arguments. Thank you for taking aim at some of those swirling around the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the LGBT community. as you say, it should go without saying, but as Elder Holland pointed out, hasn't always, that if one is a disciple of Christ then one loves everyone--not necessarily their behavior, standards, opinions (including mine) etc, but loves each person as a Child of God. That premise should lead to true "safety" and light

Ann StruthersSeptember 9, 2021

This was a wonderful, well written article. I loved it and pray that we may all follow these principles and ideas. Thank you for using your teaching skills in the Lord's way.

ShaneSeptember 9, 2021

Absolutely beautifully said! These are the feelings of my heart! As a previous Bishop in my ward, these are the feelings I felt and I hope every member knew. That they were safe and I was there to love them and teach them. I still feel that way towards all I come in contact with. It hurts me when I am accused of being something I am not, yet I am not offended but grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. If we pray to see others as they do, we will be so much the better for it. Thank you for this and for this Teachers great courage and faith!

Haze K.September 9, 2021

Love this article. The ideas of "you are safe" vs I will teach and push you intellectually are great. As a Latter-day Saint with several gay co-workers that I care about, the explanation about displaying the pride flag or not is perfect. To me, the pride flag is very divisive. If I don't display it, I must be someone who hates LGBT+ people. This is not true. I can love people without agreeing with their choices. I can be a conservative politically with liberal friends. I can be friends with exercise fanatics, but prefer a good book and snacks for myself. Thanks for putting into words some of my feelings.

Harold RustSeptember 9, 2021

Well written. As I pass by numerous "I Believe" banners along my street every day I find myself asking the question: Why is it that my neighbors feel the need to post a sign stating to the world that in their eyes they are a good person? Is that what it takes to prove you are a good person--a sign stating that? I like all my neighbors (well, one of them has treated me quite rudely---but he is not one posting a sign anyway) but I've never felt it would help them realize that by my putting up a sign to say, "I like each of you neighbors". The only genuine way to do that is to rake up leaves along our street well beyond my own front yard or take over a treat when I learn one has just moved in or helping fix a front gate. Do that enough and no sign is ever needed; do that never and no sign is sufficient to genuinely convince them you really do like them.

Duane BoyceSeptember 9, 2021

Very well said. It's the kind of statement every CES faculty member should be able to make. I devoutly hope they can.

Barry H.September 9, 2021

Excellent article. Well said; both courageous and kind at the same time.

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