New Video: Meagan Jackson

Meagan was born and raised a member of the Church in California. After a semester abroad and a full-time mission, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in psychology. She now works as a middle school teacher and loves every minute of it. When she’s not working, she likes to spend time writing music and traveling the world. In the last several years as Meagan has come to understand her feelings of same-sex attraction, she has learned that while it may be a part of her identity, the most important part of her identity is her knowledge that she is a daughter of God and a member of His Church. She wants to be able to reach out to others and strengthen them to find the peace the Savior can bring.

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New Video: Jordan Jantz

Jordan Jantz says he experienced sexual abuse and lived in a closet for the first 4 years of his life before being sold on the black market by his biological mother. Struggling to understand the effects of the abuse, Jordan grew up thinking his body was to be used at the pleasure of others. After spending years in the adult industry appearing in adult videos, working as an escort and prostitute, Jordan was visited by 2 LDS missionaries who taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ, changing his life forever.

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New Video: Mandi Marquardt

Mandi Marquardt is thankful for being raised in the Church, giving her a strong gospel centered foundation that has helped her through trying times. After serving a mission in Baltics speaking Lithuanian, she came home and got a Bachelors Degree in French. After struggling to reconcile her faith and her attractions, she's come to a greater understanding of the Atonement. As she has shared her story with others she's learned the sooner we learn to open up and try to understand each other, the sooner we can have the support we need to get through our trials. Mandi Marquardt currently lives in the Seattle area but is from West Point, Utah.

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The Voices of Hope Project is an initiative of North Star International, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization that serves as a place of community and resource for Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction as well as their family, friends, and ecclesiastical leaders. North Star serves those who desire to live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and values of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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