Bravery Bulletin: They Fought my Battles
Bravery Bulletin blog posts acknowledge regular people behaving in ways befitting a disciple of Christ that are powerful in their quiet ease. Those spotlighted in the Bravery Bulletin are often chosen because of their gentle and seemingly simple acts toward LGBTQI/SSA issues and people.
I go to a very accepting ward. People know that I am gay and yet the bishopric still feels comfortable with me having a calling (FHE committee in the YSA ward). Today was fast and testimony meeting. A guy got up who is fairly new to the ward and said some things fairly disparaging about “bisexuals” and “gay people.” As I sat I felt a little vulnerable (which I am so blessed to rarely feel at church). I determined though, that I would go up after to say something, though I was struggling with what I should say. As soon as the gentleman said, “amen,” I went to stand up, but instead saw the president of the elder’s quorum, the first counselor of the EQ, and a member of the bishopric all stand up and head to the podium. The EQP, in tears, said that he was so grateful that his LGBTQ brothers and sisters come to church every week and that we are the unsung heroes of the church. Then the counselor in the bishopric followed by stating LGBTQ people would always be welcome and that many serve in callings around the world. He continued, stating that being gay isn’t a person’s “struggle” to be overcome, rather it is the church’s struggle to be more accepting. Finally, the counselor in the EQP reminded us that God doesn’t see our color, creed, or sexual orientation, but instead sees us as His children. I have never cried harder at church. I was so grateful today that my brethren in the gospel fought my battles for me. Times, they are a changing! Little by little, they are.”
— Todd Richardson