I was recently graced by the presence of a young man in a situation where we had the opportunity to have a pretty good sized conversion.
While in the interest of getting to know each other, he happened to confide in me of a challenge he faces. That of homosexuality. This young man had been faithfully doing his best to fulfill a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, when his companion stole a peak at his journal, and discovered this about him.
After being sent home, this young man felt frustrated and confused. We talked about this same church’s doctrine, of the reality of him having an eternal and divine nature, which includes gender. We have always existed, and have always been either male, or female.
I told him that his spirit, who he really is, has been male. I helped him understand that this particular trial was not him, but his fallen body.
I exorted him to not let his body defeat him, but to overcome and be victorious.
I told him that he, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, could change the nature of his body, so that it wouldn’t trouble him in this way anymore.
I also told him that he could have the true desires of his heart, that of family, as he had related to me. I gave him proper praise for choosing not to act out on his bodily trials, and I believe and hope I made a good difference for him.
It was nice to meet this individual’s acquaintance, and give counsel I felt was appropriate. God speed friend.