“We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other.”

(Marjorie Pay Hinckley)

Long overdue honest social media.

"My heart aches for my son and the choices he faces..."

"I have thought a lot about the lives that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) children are faced with. 

"I realized there is so much we just don't understand. I don't think it is as simple as ‘just keep your covenants’ as many will profess.

"My heart aches for my son and the choices he faces. Will he ever marry and have the companionship of a spouse? Will he be able to be a father? Will people love and be kind to him, or treat him with disdain and scorn? Will he have to worry about his family having to choose between him and and others? What about the eternities? Will he be denied that because of who he is? Does he know how wonderful he is? Does he see the value he holds in the Lord’s eyes? How does it feel to have the church you grew up with not accept you, and worse yet condemn you?

"As moms we want to protect and help our children, but I find myself feeling very helpless at times. A friend introduced me to a song by Mark Shultz; it came at a time when I really needed to hear its message. Take a listen and then I'll tell you a little more about my experience.

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"I became familiar with this song and loved its message, but I will never forget the time I attended a Time out for Women conference a couple of years ago when one of the musical artists was Dallyn Bayles. As he came out on stage and began to sing, I immediately recognized the music.

"Yes, it was Mark Schultz’s, “He's My Son.” In the very moment the lyrics, "Can you hear me? Am I getting through tonight?” rang in my ears, I heard in my heart the response, “Yes, I hear you. I am aware and I am here." Needless to say I sobbed through the rest of the song. I realized my Heavenly Father knew the prayer of my heart—that I was concerned for my son—and He answered me in such a way as I could not deny it.

"Now if you know much about music, you know that it is not always a simple task to take someone else song and sing it in a live performance. You have to obtain rights, pay royalties and so forth, and it usually takes a long time.  The ground work for this answer for me was laid long before that night I would sit in that auditorium. Through his performance, Mr. Bayles brought an answer to prayer in a very familiar way for me. Many of my prayers have been answered through music, but none quite as powerful as  this. 

"This song helps remind me that sometimes I just have to turn it over to the Lord, as He is my son’s Father first. It comforts a mother’s aching heart for her child.

"No, It is not the solution to the problems of this mortal life, but it was an answer of comfort that our Heavenly Father loves ME—that He loves all of us. He  loves our children, just as they are. He understands and will give us comfort and guidance as we seek it. 

"If I could take this trial away from my son I would, but we would not be the family we are today because we have been blessed to have him in our family. We have been blessed to have our eyes and hearts opened to so many others just like him, who are beautiful children of God."