Again, it is important to understand that we all travel different paths in life.
No path is more correct than another and we should never judge a person for the path that he or she travels.
Some people would classify all life choices of gay and lesbian people into a term called the “gay lifestyle.” There actually is no “gay lifestyle” any more than there is a “straight lifestyle.” Everyone has the ability to create his or her own lifestyle.
Be very cautious about accepting counsel from anyone who would tell you that a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other classification automatically makes him or her destined to live a certain “lifestyle”.
Even among those who decide to continue activity and participation in the Church (in whatever degree) many have found great satisfaction in attending worship services in other churches and synagogues.
Some may even choose to attend gay friendly churches or synagogues.
It can be both fortunate and unfortunate that local leadership in the Church is administered by everyday people.
Agency The principle of agency, or the ability to make one’s own choices for his or her life, is a God-given gift (2 Nephi ).
It can be unfortunate when leaders have had little or no experience dealing with gay and lesbian Church members or when leaders say or do unkind things because they lack understanding.
For this reason, each person will have unique experiences with their sexual orientation and their membership in the Church.
A listing of gay-friendly religious groups and churches (including those that have an LDS theme) is listed in the Resources section of this booklet.
Some people also testify that they have found a greater degree of spirituality outside organized religions than what they experienced while they were involved with one.