New Video: Craig Florence

Craig Florence is a CPA and currently lives in Las Vegas. Years ago he left the Church believing he couldn't belong because of his attraction to men. After realizing ward members, bishops and friends cared and loved for him regardless of his attractions, Craig decided to return to church. His journey back has been a difficult one, but the Atonement and love of the Temple has brought him a true sense of joy.

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New Video: Brent & Anissa Olsen

Brent's journey with same-sex attraction has resulted in damaged and repaired faith as he has learned to embrace same-sex attraction as a teacher in his life. When doubt and fear seemed to threaten their marriage, Anissa learned to walk with God as her source of strength. Now sixteen years into marriage, Brent and Anissa continue to grow in their love, faith and commitment to each other and to their growing family of four energetic boys. Brent works in human resources and enjoys singing and playing piano. Anissa is a full-time mother of four, loves long distance running and snuggling under a blanket for a good movie.

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New Video: Tyler Lefevor

Tylerís life as a graduate student in counseling psychology involves lots of reading and balancing demands from professors with precious free time. Outside of school at the University of Miami, he loves running, deep conversations about life, being in nature, and serving in the church. Through questions and struggles, same sex attraction has helped Tyler deepen his faith and develop a more authentic relationship with God. After denying the reality of same sex attraction for most of his life, Tyler has found that accepting and understanding same sex attraction has helped him recognize the importance of connecting with others and supporting each other on our path back to Heavenly Father. As a lifelong member of the church, his secret wish is to one day be the ward chorister.

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