Last night, after a long day with Nolan (3) that’s a lot of energy right there, how have we not bottled up 3 year olds energy and gotten rich? I also spent a wonderful afternoon at the Pride festival grounds here in Phoenix, AZ setting up the Hugging Booth for the weekend. The weather is warm and brilliant sunshine this weekend, it will be perfect for a weekend full of hugs, smiles, and yes celebrating because that is what we do at a Pride festival. After this day I came home and my home was filled with more energy as some really great people I know from our ALL Arizona group were at my home to create posters for marching in the Pride parade this Sunday, April 3, 2016.
There was a new friend sitting in my living room, Amber. Christian was chatting away with her and I am pretty sure Amber got to my home when MJ was gathering up the 3 children she used to nanny to take them home and my son Carlin was collecting my grandsons, I was on my way home from Phoenix. This scene might have been overwhelming for Amber but she was taking it all in stride and I get home and ask if she is walking with us on Sunday in the parade. She tells me that she doesn’t know and has come with one of the young women in her ward, which is a group of Mormons who go to church together and that she came because this young woman that she teaches asked Amber to bring her to my home to make signs for Sunday’s Pride parade. CAN YOU IMMAGINE? So I quickly realize this is the opportunity I dream of, have a captive audience with someone who also goes to my religion and wants to know about Mormons Building Bridges.
I was exhausted and gave Amber just a couple of details and then showed her our Mormons Building Bridges website because there she could find out the answers at her own pace and most importantly the pictures there of Pride parade and Pride festivals tell the story of why this mission is so important to me. I also thought I’d write this for anyone else who is curious to go at their own pace and figure out why I am so passionate that I have turned practically my entire life into promoting my mission with MBB. Below is our Mormons Building Bridges mission statement and here are some photos that tell the story of marching in Pride with us and hugging at festivals with us, no words needed.
MBB Mission Statement:
In accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mormons Building Bridges is a community of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all those who identify as LGBTQI and those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. The MBB community asserts that all our sisters and brothers are inherently worthy of love and belonging in our homes, congregations, and communities – no matter where their life path may take them. We base our efforts on the testimonies of gay, transgender, and straight Latter-day Saints who all seek a Christ-centered life as their authentic selves. The Mormons Building Bridges community is not a movement built around a single leader – instead it is a community for thoughtful dialogue and innovation that is available to all LDS people as they approach the question of how to help LGBTQ/SSA people to thrive. Any Mormon who wants LGBTQI/SSA people to feel that they are loved and belong, is a Mormon building bridges.