Christopher Dean

BYU Student Christopher Dean is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Born in the LDS Church, Christopher struggled to reconcile his faith with his feelings of same-sex attraction. But after serving a mission in Milan, Italy, coming closer to God through scripture study and prayer and recognizing his need for male connection, Christopher is living a happy fulfilling life as an active member of the church. He loves music, martial arts, cooking and studying foreign Languages. Christopher currently lives in Provo, Utah.

Be sure to also read Christopher's essay, 'By Small and Simple Things.' Read here.

Kerry Harding
19 Feb, 2014

What a journey this has been for you, my friend! It has been an honor for me to be with you during this season of phenomenal growth and change and to watch your transformation from a life riddled with fear, guilt and shame into the confident, powerful son of God that you have become this year. This video is not the culmination of your journey but the beginning of its next phase -- a life of dedicated service to help your brothers and sisters who follow you to better understand how they, too, can reconcile their faith with their feelings. Thanks for adding your voice to the "cloud of witnesses."


J. Draney
19 Feb, 2014

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I have loved learning about SSA and how people like you are reconciling those feelings with our Savior. There are a lot of people in this world who don't understand healthy sexuality and healthy living in general. A lot of people who turn to addictions to cope with the things they face. Your testimony is inspiring to me and it encourages me to reconcile my life experiences with the Savior. Thank you for sharing your experience.


Brooke Harrison
19 Feb, 2014

Chris, you are such an inspiration, and I am so glad to call you my friend. This video and your friendship has helped me in so many way! Thank you. Your experiences and willingness to be vulnerable has opened my eyes


Michael Packham
20 Feb, 2014

Keep up the good choices, Chris. I cherish the day we spent together in the temple. As we keep those covenants God will lift us and guide us on the path that will bring us the greatest joy in this life and in the life to come.


Mike
20 Feb, 2014

Christopher, thank you. I am 55 years old and have lived with SSA pretty much all my life. Your story was an inspiration to me in many ways. I meant to watch only 10 minutes or so tonight, than get some badly needed sleep, but you caught my attention and held it all the way through. You are a mighty witness of God's love, and it thank you for it.


Rachael
20 Feb, 2014

Thank you SO much for sharing your video and essay. I was so uplifted by them.


Julio
21 Feb, 2014

Such a beautiful message! I love your video Christopher. You're so direct and honest about your feelings and your thoughts! I love it!!! So inspirational. I know many guys will benefit from it.


Brad Neff
25 Feb, 2014

Chris, thank you for your inspiring message of the importance of small and simple things, particularly in spiritual matters. We are grateful for your service on your mission, and how you helped our son become a better missionary. We are proud of you for being authentic and not letting SSA define who you are. You're an example of the importance of balance and spiritual perspective. If you ever need support or help, our Salt Lake home is always open to you. Love, the Neffs


Jason Hardy
4 Mar, 2014

This is great Chris. Thanks so much for sharing!


Daniel
10 Mar, 2014

Thanks for sharing Chris. You are a great guy, and I am inspired by your testimony.


Erik Thompson
17 Mar, 2014

Phenomenal! Way to go Chris! You are a brave man!


Michael
23 Jul, 2014

What an amazing story! Wish I had been that smart and strong when I was his age.


Caroline
24 Jul, 2014

We have never met, but we have mutual friends. I just watched the long version of the video and was hanging on every word. I'm so impressed with your commitment to your beliefs and your courage to stand up for them and also to speak out about your experiences. Thank you for being an inspiration.


Lori
17 Feb, 2015

Thank you, Chris, for having the courage to share your story. I'm grateful you have so many people who love you and support you. Keep the faith my friend. The Savior loves you.



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