Katharine Matis Adams

Katharine served in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission and graduated from BYU in Music, Dance, Theater. While at BYU she performed with the Young Ambassadors, traveling throughout Southeast Asia and North Africa. She married Christian but 5 years later, he died of heart complications. They have three beautiful, energetic girls. Christianís experience with same-sex attraction and her brotherís public suicide have given Katharine an opportunity share her belief that same-sex attraction is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesnít have to define a personís life and can offer valuable experiences and lessons, if one is open to them.

Katharine's story is also included as an essay, "For Time and All Eternity," in the book
Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction ó
An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays
, p. 326

5 Mar, 2013

Thank you Katharine for sharing your story. You are an example of Christ-like love, respect, and understanding. The stigma, shame, and silence surrounding same-gender attraction need to be broken through love, empathy, and understanding. Thank you for being a voice of hope and a voice for changing hearts and culture. I hope Stuart's story will be a catalyst for needed dialogue in the congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Michael Packham
5 Mar, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing these tender feelings and insights. Your experiences and testimony are a voice of hope for me and for my family.

2 Apr, 2013

An angel! This is a powerful woman! Looking beyond the weakness...risking...God must be proud of you and everyone who knows you must feel honor

24 Apr, 2013

Katharine, you will be blessed

27 Apr, 2013

Thank you for sharing your story. I've felt a lot of strength from it as I deal with my own SSA. You are an inspiration to not only me, but to a lot of people. Thanks for being a ray of hope.

Frank W. Hays
30 Sep, 2013

Katherine, How can I show the love and gratitude to you, your parents, and Stuart. I have spent my life living in "Quiet Desperation". I have tried to live in both worlds so to speak, but new the "gospel, plan of salvation was true" Spent 6 years in the USMC denying SSA and suffering from it. Went on a mission at 28. Came "Home" thinking I'd marry and had put it behind me. Dated a wonderful "sister" who had 5 daughters, felt compelled to tell I was "Gay". It was so difficult, but followed the spirit. Her ex-husband she met at BYU, serving in a Bishopric, left her when she was having their 5th daughter because he was gay. We remain good friends. I've felt the "shame" throughout my life. Tried to take my life. Still battle that and depression etc.

29 Jan, 2014

Thanks for sharing your story. My son has ssa and it has been a very difficult trial. I know you all are here "for such a time as this". The light is being shed very brightly on this challenge. Hearts and minds are changing rapidly towards compassion and understanding because of brave souls such as you.

24 Feb, 2015

Of all the testimonials I have watched thus far, yours has touched me the most. I hope more people learn to be as kind and compassionate as you towards those of us who struggle with SSA. Thank you for being the person that you are!


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