Article of the Week

Agency and Same-Sex Attraction
July 29, 2019
Article of the Week
Agency and Same-Sex Attraction
Author Ben Schilaty

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Ben Schilaty that was published in our newest issue, 58:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

This essay begins with the author’s twenty-six-hour drive from Tucson, Arizona, to Everett, Washington, seven years after he had come out to his parents that he was gay. He was miserable, and his life had become unmanageable. His parents assured him that they would love and accept him, no matter what he decided to do. During his visit in his parents’ home, he arrived at the decision that he would drink his own bitter cup and remain faithful to the covenants he had made. He makes clear in the essay that this is his own decision, not one he is recommending to anyone else. “I am not able to choose whether to have opposite-sex attractions, but I do have a multitude of other choices. As a gay Latter-day Saint, the choice I make again and again is to seek out God’s will for me and then to do it.”