I am saddened by Bruce Hafen's remarks this weekend at the Evergreen Conference. Several years ago, I went with a mormon friend to a few of these meetings for support for his feelings of same sex attraction. His Bishop suggested he start to attend these meetings. He did not want to go alone, I told him I would go with him. I met some wonderful people, who were struggling with same sex attraction in the mormon church. I say, struggling because Evergreen believes you can be turned from those attractions.
My friend enjoyed the meetings with those who are struggling with same sex attraction. He felt that he was not alone. However, it did not help qwell the feelings. He felt more like a failure because he was not able to overcome the feelings.
My friend did not find healing in Evergreen only more confusion and struggle. I think acceptance is the answer. Accepting ourselves and who we are, and finding peace within ourselves, regardless of what other people think.