The past few days have been eventful in our family, especially in the lives of my wife and children still in the LDS faith, whom I love very deeply.
For those of you already in the LDS faith, you already know about the recent LDS revelation from God reversing the previous LDS revelation from God to exclude children of LGBTQ parents from full LDS fellowship. They now can be baptized and receive other LDS ordinances. You also are likely already familiar with President Nelson’s recent address about eternal families… that all families who do not subscribe to the LDS world view in this life (or possibly the next) will not be together forever. Though President Nelson’s words are in line with LDS doctrine, words of some past LDS prophets have offered far more hope, particularly to LDS parents with children who view the world differently.
Needless to say, tears have been shed in our home. But transcendent love has also buoyed us up and embraced us in the very sacred space that is our family.
I have been asked by many others in more private settings my thoughts about these recent events.
This is all I will say: I believe in God and that God is Love. I believe Love transcends every familial, ethnic, religious, sociopolitical and economic boundary. I believe Divine love can be found MANY places. I do not believe God is partially or completely confined to a specific cognitive construct, narrative, belief structure, sexual orientation, race, political party or nationality.
I have put in tremendous work, sweat, spiritual, cognitive and emotional labor and tears. This is where I have arrived. I realize there are many journeys. I try to respect everyone’s path.
If I am wrong, and fulfilling our purpose in life IS ultimately about getting the right answer, or being born with exposure to the correct cognitive construct, or having the right genetics, I will happily try to comfort fellow souls of the damned.
Jason Harris is a Neurologist/Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Dad and Husband who shares his experiences leaving the Mormon Church and reconstructing a new World-View. He believes all religions and scripture are man-made and believes there is Divinity in all of them.