It is a fact that there are some estimated 5,000 homeless young people in Salt Lake City. There are many more boys than girls. The majority of the young men have been disowned by their parents, due to the fact they are gay. Where do we have the right to be so judgmental of our children and think we are doing the "right " thing by shutting them out of our lives.
Some typical young men who have the world ahead of them to conquer.
But the word has just come down the way, that a young man wasn't able to work through his demons and he committed suicide. His family was OK with him, and helped him get into and through rehab, since he was dealing with his issues in an unhealthy way. But the small town (in the Jello belt) he lived in was not as kind to him. And he finally just could not handle things any more.
If this was a one-time occurrence, while tragic, it would be soon forgotten. But this is happening in our world, at least once a week. It seems that is how often this seems to be happening.
My mother was not raised as a Mormon, having converted after she married my father. One of the basic lessons she drilled into my head was that we are all children of our Heavenly Parents. We do not have the right to hurt or do things that would destroy them. If we are truly followers of God. It's so basic, I would think, but I guess others don't feel that way.
This is the main reason I feel so upset when I hear Church leaders condemn young people. You do not have the right to do that to any human being, based on sexual identity or any other factors.
Boy, do I sound like a liberal. But I am and my definition of God includes love for all of his children.
Excuse me, while I go to my room and cry.