Readers of this book, however, should not expect to find a comprehensive or objective treatment of the subject of homosexuality. There is one clear agenda here, and one only: insistence that gay Mormons must accept the currently incomplete LDS theology of homosexuality and resist, for the duration of their lives, any indulgence of homosexual attractions.
No other alternative or information source is even mentioned. Those interested in a truly comprehensive understanding of the subject should not confine their reading or their trust to this book. As a bishop in California, I dutifully lead our ward in the Prop 8 fight. A month later my wife and I were stunned to have our wonderful son confide to us that he suffers from Same-Sex Attraction. Deeply stunned, the SSA topic became real and very personal. Although we felt isolated and alone, we were determined to stand by our son and together find LDS based answers. I am especially appreciative to the author and compiler, Ty Mansfield, for being courageous enough to use his real name and story and to show a successful gospel based path for those looking for hope in living a Christ centered life while dealing with SSA.
This is a must-read book for any Latter-day Saint. At the very least, we all know someone who struggles with same-sex attraction or a gender issue. This book gives guidance and hope for those who want to live the gospel and be valiant in their testimony of Jesus Christ but are struggling with these challenges or with those of someone they love, which can be almost as overwhelming. Because I don't struggle with this challenge myself, this book gave me very helpful insight into understanding others who do and what I can do to "bear one another's burdens.
I can't wait to buy this for friends with struggling family members and friends who serve in Bishoprics who deal with these issues. Thank you for this amazing resource! Voice s of Hope is an insightful book; I highly recommend it to anyone dealing with unwanted SSA same sex attraction , anyone dealing with trials of any kind, and all the members of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Undoubtedly, this book will help those in leadership positions understand this particular issue better.
It is a helpful tool, which will educate members of the church, on the challenges of being a member that is attracted to their own sex; as well as the attitudes of some LDS people with unwanted SSA. The book equips us to understand other and ourselves better. The contributors in the book bring hope to LDS wanting to live a life in harmony with the restored gospel while dealing with SSA.
It show it is possible to live the gospel and fulfill our purpose on the earth no matter the innate or learned sexual nature. The experiences of those in the book touched my heart and brought me a better understanding of the trials and issues members of the church are facing. Whether, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender this book helps and shows us there is a way to hang on to the gospel in the midst of turmoil. The authors 'voice' reminds us of the power of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.
It shows the successes of some who are striving to live a life in harmony with and according to the gospel of Jesus Christ- while dealing with unwanted SSA; it shows us the hope of remaining faithful to that gospel no matter the level of difficulty. Within its pages, the reader is brought to remember that it is possible for ALL the children of God, to enjoy ALL the promised blessings reserved for those that overcome the tests, temptations, and trials of earth-life. No matter which trials we have we can come out victors through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, by taking hold of the atonement and living the gospel.
There are a great many members who deal with unwanted SSA and none is alone in their trial. I hope by reading the book many will recognize themselves, find truth, and gain the courage to be among those who overcome the world and themselves and are counted among those who are full of truth, light, and charity. I also highly recommend the book by the same author, "In Quiet Desperation" also a 5 Star read! I love this book and am so grateful for everyone that contributed. It is a must read for every latter-day saint that wants a better understanding of how to help those who are affected by same gender attraction.
Not only is it an inspirational voice of hope to all those who are affected by SGA, but it is a message of the atoning power of Jesus Christ for all people, no matter what they are dealing with. It is a great resource for family, friends and church leaders that want to help as well as those who deal with it firsthand. My wife and I first read "In Quiet Desperation" a number of years ago and commented to each other at the time, that it was the finest treatise on the Atonement that we had ever read and have recommended it to family and friends regardless of the nature of their struggles and challenges in life.
It was, therefore, with great anticipation, that I began reading Ty's latest work, "Voice s of Hope. I was so moved, often to tears, at the depths of despair that some had reached, and at the same time, felt to rejoice with them at the hope and assurances they had found in being true to their divine nature and to covenants made. As I finished the book, I felt lifted I felt inspired by the hope discovered by these men and women of faith, not unlike those described by Paul, who "not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off In all of life's challenges we have a very real and living hope, even the Hope of Israel, our Savior and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Of Him this book bears a sure and certain witness. My sincere gratitude to the compiler, the contributors, and its publisher. I love this book! I love the frank, compassionate voice that comes through in all of the writing. I love the courage with which the authors teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wish everyone I know would read this book. Individuals who experience SSA, my family, friends, priesthood leaders, everyone can benefit from the principles discussed and the love shared in this book.
I can say that for myself, a single reading is not going to be sufficient. There is so much truth and valuable insight packaged in there, that I will study and re-read. Thanks to all those involved in this moving work.
As a 24 year old who struggles with SSA personally, I know first hand the pain, loneliness, self-hatred, and feelings of inadequacy that come with this struggle. After reading Voice s of Hope, I now know that Im not alone in all of this. Ty has truly been guided and directed in compiling this masterpiece that allows new venues of hope, peace, self-love, and competency.
For the first time in my life deep, deep wounds are starting to heal. Although I know its just the beginning, and many, if not most, of my feelings of anger and inadequacy reside, it was this novel that has sprung me on the road to recovery. A sense of worth and purpose, although still a seed, has finally been instilled in my soul, and for the first time, I have heard a Voice of Hope. The struggles were difficult to talk about with anyone, but I knew there had to be others who were going through the exact same internal battle as I was.
I just couldn't find it. I had the opportunity to read the manuscript not long before publication.
Every single story was completely unique from mine, but every single one resonated within me and I heard the trials and joys that other people experiencing SSA went through. This is the book I needed while growing up and feeling alone and never had. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone experiencing SSA or to anyone who knows somebody who does. It's very literally exactly what I had been praying for my entire life. One does not need to experience same gender attraction to read and relate to this book. Whether it's a spouse, child, or friend, one can read this book, understand the trial that is same sex attraction.
One can feel the spirit testify of the simple Gospel truths that are born testimony of again and again in this book.
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True stories are told by real men and women who experience this attraction. I encourage all to read this book, if only to soften your heart or achieve a greater understanding of this issue. Come unto Christ and reflect on your own life as you read Voices of Hope. You will find an increased vigor to better yourself and judge a little less, and love a little more. God Bless. I happen to know the compiler of Voices of Hope This book has been a long time in the making, so I had the opportunity to read most of the manuscript before it went to press.
I read all of the essays when Ty and I were engaged. I thought I understood a lot about same-gender attraction, especially as experienced by those of the LDS faith, but this book totally changed the way I understand this issue and so many of our friends. Reading the personal essays humanized and personalized the issue of same-gender attraction for me, so that any lingering questions I had about SGA dissipated.
My testimony of the Savior and the Atonement were strengthened as I read about the peace and healing experienced by so many whose lives have been touched by this issue. This book changed my life. I am so grateful that it exists for the way it helped me understand this issue on a much deeper and more compassionate level.
I had just given this book to a good friend whose brother deals with SSA. My friends brother called me three weeks prior saying he was planning on taking his life. He felt that SSA was a curse God had sentenced him to live with the rest of his life alone and without hope. Through reading of this book, I have learned how others have been blessed as well. While reading this book I have come to meet many if not all of these authors both in word and in person. I have felt their spirit and know that they do have a testimony of Christ and the wounds which he bore so that all our wounds can be healed.
May Christ's voice of hope come to you while reading these words as they have to me. I hope many, like my friend and his brother, can come to find the peace and gratitude I have felt by reading these words.
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May all who read this book learn how have the courage and compassion to share His Love with those who feel all alone in this world. These "voices" brought so much clarity, understanding and love toward not only those who struggle with same gender attraction but toward all people. As these contributors shared thier insights and testimonies I was lifted and strengthened in my own testimony of the Savior and his infinite love for all of us. I am so grateful to have read this book and recieved the blessings that have come to my life through understanding this sensitive topic more fully.
Those who have shared their own personal stories are true heroes and will bless the lives of those who read this book. To my great delight, there was our dog in the back of the car—lively, well, and ready to bound out of the car and into the arms of our little boy. I asked the animal control officer where he had found our dog.
There, right in front of my house, was a dog that fit the description you had given me on the phone. The dog responded when I called her name. I know that the Lord answers sincere, tender, childlike prayers. Heavenly Father wants children to know He is there early in their lives so they will continue to trust in Him as they grow to maturity.
Have you prayed to the Lord for inspiration? Do you want to do right or do you want to do what you want to do whether or not it is right? Do you want to do what is best for you in the long run or what seems more desirable for the moment? Have you prayed? How much have you prayed? How did you pray?
Have you prayed as did the Savior … or did you ask for what you want regardless of its being proper? I am honest. I am sincerely desirous of doing right. I know you can see the end from the beginning. You can see the future. You can discern if under this situation I present, I will have peace or turmoil, happiness or sorrow, success or failure. Tell me, please, loved Heavenly Father, and I promise to do what you tell me to do. Are you courageous enough to pray that prayer?
One way to pray sincerely is to learn to formulate sincere and heartfelt questions and humbly take them to the Lord. Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it? To pray sincerely means we intend to act on the answer we receive. However, before he even asked his simple question, he received much more than what he had ever hoped for. I rejoice in this glorious answer to a simple and sincere desire for knowledge by the boy prophet, Joseph Smith!
Monson, illustrates the vital importance of responding promptly to impressions from the Spirit. Before leaving home that night, he had received a phone call informing him that an older member of his ward was ill and had been admitted to the hospital for care. Could the bishop, the caller asked, find a moment to go by the hospital and give a blessing? The busy young bishop explained he was just on his way to a meeting but he would certainly go by the hospital afterward.
The stake president was speaking! Running the full length of the corridor on the fourth floor of the hospital, the young bishop saw a flurry of activity outside the designated room. He vowed at that moment that he would never fail to act upon a prompting from the Lord. He would immediately follow the impressions of the Spirit wherever they led him.
Monson who does not understand the frequency, the repetition of those kinds of spiritual promptings in his life and his absolute loyalty in responding to them.
Tuning Our Hearts to the Voice of the Spirit
And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures; for His words are spoken through His prophets. When I was 20 years old, I was wrestling with a difficult decision and could not seem to get an answer to my prayers. One night my father came home late from a Church meeting and noticed my bedroom light was on. He sat at the edge of my bed and asked if he could help, sensing my struggle. I poured out my heart to him. He suggested that I turn to the scriptures to guide my decision, offering specific passages that I might ponder and pray about.
I followed his inspired counsel and searched the scriptures. After some time and continued earnest effort, I was blessed with an unmistakable answer to my prayer. I had offered my best thinking and decision to the Lord and sincerely asked for a confirmation of that decision and felt a quiet, peaceful assurance deep in my heart. In order to increase our ability to hear the voice of the Spirit, we would all do well to fast for 24 hours each fast Sunday and freely give our fast offering to help those in need.
President Harold B. Try it this year. Live the law of fasting perfectly. But we do need to give our best efforts to living worthily. Worthiness seems to be a small price to pay in order to open the windows of heaven. As we keep our covenants and worthily partake of the sacrament , we are promised that we will always have the Spirit to be with us.
Recognize that revelation from the Lord is a sacred trust. But it takes a lot of courage to act when directed as an answer to prayers. When my husband and I were engaged to be married, we had lengthy discussions about our future together. What should we do about school? When should we have children? What career would provide for the needs of our family and allow us to serve in the Church?
Because we believed in the counsel given by a living prophet who taught that we could have children while we were getting an education and work all at the same time, we moved forward in faith. My husband ended up working three part-time jobs while he was going to school to allow me to begin my new career as a mother and nurturer. That course was in direct opposition to the logic of the world, even at that time. He was assigned to be the junior companion to President Ezra Taft Benson at a stake conference in which a new stake president was to be called.
I said I had not received that inspiration yet. However, we were inspired to ask three worthy priesthood holders to speak in the Saturday evening session of conference. Moments after the third speaker began, the Spirit prompted me that he should be the new stake president.
I looked over at President Benson and saw tears streaming down his face. Perhaps some of you have had a similar experience to that which our six children have had as they have searched for worthy eternal companions. Some of those experiences required years of patiently waiting and moving forward in faith. At times the heavens even seemed closed to them as they prayed. Oaks taught:. Many people do not understand this principle. They believe that when they are ready and when it suits their convenience, they can call upon the Lord and He will immediately respond, even in the precise way they have prescribed.
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She struggled for months over this difficult trial. She found comfort as she prayed fervently for understanding in a simple poem that has become a favorite. It was recently quoted by President Monson. Or send some answer far more blest. Like most of us, my mother is still seeking to put her trust in His will and His timing. As you are sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit, one of two things will certainly occur at the appropriate time: either the stupor of thought will come, indicating an improper choice, or the peace or the burning in the bosom will be felt, confirming that your choice was correct.
When you are living righteously and are acting with trust, God will not let you proceed too far without a warning impression if you have made the wrong decision. Consider carefully a few prophetic warnings given in our day. Some music is spiritually very destructive. It is far more dangerous than you may suppose, for it can smother your spiritual senses.
And our dear prophet, President Thomas S. Why tune our hearts to the voice of the Spirit? What blessings come as we do so? I have just returned from the Philippines, where I have seen the aftermath of the super typhoon Haiyan. I heard the experiences of our beloved brothers and sisters in the Philippines as they testified of being guided by the Spirit in the very moment of need so they knew what to do and where to go. I heard them tell of moving forward in faith at times when the path was not clear.
I heard stories of young missionaries, sisters and elders alike, following promptings that led them to physical safety in the midst of a world falling apart all around them. Of all the gifts our Heavenly Father could have chosen to bestow on His sons and daughters as we leave the waters of baptism , He chose to give us the gift of the Holy Ghost.
His communication to our spirit carries far more certainty than any communication we can receive through our natural senses. Brothers and sisters, as you are well aware, the great and spacious building, filled with those who mock and ridicule and point fingers of scorn, is all around us. The voice of the world is loud, unrelenting, persuasive, and persistent. Unless we learn to tune our hearts to the voice of the Spirit and refine our ability to seek, receive, and act on personal revelation, we are on shaky ground at best.
We need the voice of the Spirit to guide us away from all that is filthy, foolish, vulgar, violent, selfish, and sinful. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity.