Latter-day LGBTQ+: Melissa Heaton

June 23, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes Melissa Heaton* knows she’s been pansexual for a while. She describes that as being attracted to people based on who they are, not based on their outward appearance or gender. Personally, Melissa feels that people don’t take her sexuality seriously when she is in a relationship with a male, and that outsiders might assume she’s […]

Latter-day LGBTQ+: Preston Jenkins

June 16, 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes Preston Jenkins, a junior studying public relations at UVU, was the second of nine kids in his LDS family. Preston knew that he was born gay. When he hit puberty, he couldn’t relate when other boys were talking about girls. “[Being gay] is just one piece of the big puzzle that is Preston Jenkins,” he […]

Latter-day LGBTQ+: Kendra Hamblin

April 30, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Kendra Hamblin’s coming out story is quite unique. During the general conference in fall 2017, a semi-annual broadcasted meeting for LDS members, President Dallin H. Oaks spoke on a topic that was hurtful to her. In his talk, Oaks said that Latter-day Saints needed to reject anything that doesn’t fit their standards, listing same-sex marriage […]

Latter-day LGBTQ+: Daniel Little

April 19, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes Daniel Little, a sophomore studying political science, was born in St. George and has lived in Highland most of his life. After returning home from his mission in New York City Feb. 2019, he began attending UVU during the summer semester. Daniel was raised in a strong LDS family, and has chosen to stay even […]

Latter-day LGBTQ+: Connor Smith

April 15, 2020

Reading Time: 9 minutes Connor Smith* spends many mornings praying in his car, putting his head on the steering wheel, looking up at God and just talking to him. Connor describes his relationship with God as very close. He enjoys telling Heavenly Father about his day, and talking to Heavenly Father like his old friend. Currently, Connor is in […]

Latter-day LGBTQ+: Katie Brown

March 28, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes Katie Brown* was sitting in sacrament meeting when the controversial 2015 policy was read. It hurt to hear, and she was immediately horrified and frustrated. Even though she had emotionally checked out of the church years before, she still continued attending for her family. “I had just seen the country tell me that my future […]