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  • Gay Mormon Teen Forced to Carry Backpack Full of Stones to Make Her Straight

    Lesbian Recounts 8 Months of 'Reparative Therapy' Torture in Utah

    A lesbian Mormon teenager was forced to wear a backpack full of stones for 18 hours a day as part of an effort to make her straight, she reveals in a new book. 

    When Alex Cooper, now 21, came out to her Mormon parents in 2009 at the age of 15, they first kicked her out, then decided they were going to "fix" her.

    They took her to the home of fellow Mormons Tiana and Johnny Siale in St. George, Utah, where Cooper was subject to eight months of captivity and torture, according to her book, Saving Alex.

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    The Siales, who had no licenses or training in counseling, would force Cooper to stand facing a wall holding a backpack full of stones so she would "feel the burden she was carrying by choosing to be gay."

    "I felt angry, indignant, determined to find a way out," Cooper writes. "Then the loneliness settled in." 

    The Siales told Cooper: "Your family doesn't want you. God has no place for people like you in His plan." She developed sores on her shoulders and cramps in her back. Cooper attempted suicide and repeatedly tried to escape, but when she was caught, the Siales allegedly beat her. 

    "I came to my feet in front of him," Cooper writes. "He made a fist and punched me in the gut, knocking the wind out of me. I doubled over and choked for breath."

    Cooper says visitors to the Siales' home in heavily Mormon St. George knew about the abuse, but did nothing to stop it.  

    Finally, the Siales allowed Cooper to attend a local high school, where she discovered the Gay-Straight Alliance. She was introduced to a Salt Lake City attorney, Paul Burke, who fought for a year to obtain a court order barring her parents from forcing her into reparative therapy. Cooper was the first openly gay teenager to win such legal protections in Utah.

    Cooper, who now lives as an out lesbian in Portland, Oregon, and is no longer a practicing Mormon, ultimately chose not to prosecute the Siales. 

    “As long as I was sitting in a courtroom looking at them I couldn’t move on with my life, and that’s what I needed to do,” Cooper said of the Siales in an interview with Publishers Weekly

    She has also reconciled with her parents, saying she believes they were only doing what they felt was right, and following the tenets of the Mormon faith. 

    "I think that's what a lot of parents are under the impression of, that they're doing the best thing for their child," Cooper told The Salt Lake Tribune

    "I don't blame my parents," Cooper told KUTV. "I am able to share my life with them, and it's awesome."

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which once conducted shock and vomit aversion therapy on homosexual members at Brigham Young University, no longer advocates so-called "reparative therapy." However, it still teaches that gay sex is sinful, and in November the church unveiled a policy declaring same-sex couples "apostates" and barring their children from being baptized. 

    More than 30 young LGBT Mormons reportedly have committed suicide in the wake of the policy. 

    In response to Cooper's book, the Mormon church issued a statement saying it "denounces any therapy that subjects an individual to abusive practices," according to KUTV. 

    "We hope those who experience the complex realities of same-sex attraction find compassion and understanding from family members, professional counselors and church members," LDS spokesman Eric Hawkins said.  

     

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    • commented 2016-03-19 15:22:49 -0400
      Christian, While You’ve Been Busy Bothering Gay People… | john pavlovitz

      http://johnpavlovitz.com/2015/09/01/christian-while-youve-been-busy-bothering-gay-people/

      Homophobic Christian,

      I see how angry you are, how consumed you are, how relentless you are, how myopic you’ve grown, how bitter you’ve become—and it saddens me.

      It grieves me deeply to see you doing what you’re doing; what you’ve been doing.

      I’m not sure how you ended up thinking that this was somehow your most noble calling or what good you believe you’re accomplishing or exactly what your end game is, but I hope you hear me because I am telling you in respect and with compassion and in love:

      You’re wasting daylight here.
      You’re squandering precious breaths.
      You’re fighting a battle that you can’t win and weren’t asked to win anyway.

      Changing someone’s sexual orientation is simply not your business.
      It’s out of your jurisdiction.
      It’s way above your pay grade.
      It’s far beyond your control.

      And yet Christian, because there is so much that is within your control, here is some unsolicited, but hopefully useful advice for you with whatever precious, fleeting moments you have left on this planet:

      Stop spending so much time and energy trying to make gay people “not gay”—it isn’t going to happen.

      Instead, try spending that time and energy, making:
      hungry people not hungry,
      hurting people not hurt,
      lonely people not alone,
      victimized people not victimized,
      invisible people feel seen.
      bullied people feel protected.
      grieving people feel comforted.

      Those things you actually can accomplish and Jesus did explicitly call you to them.
      He states that this is his business and so it should be yours.
      Love is the language he commands you to speak.
      This is how he said he would determine your love for him; not by the signs you hold,
      the insults you hurl, the coldness you deliver, the relationships you sever, the protests you mount, the havoc you wreak. 

      Just look around you.
      Possibility for goodness is everywhere.
      It’s right in front of you.
      You’ve been given this time and space and your heartbeat all as priceless gifts.
      Don’t miss the chance to use them and don’t waste them.

      There are hopeless situations that you can step into, blessings you can provide, people you can care for, paths you can beautifully alter, healing you can accomplish, prayers you can answer, wounds you can mend, kindnesses you can extend—right now.

      The question is, do you really want any of that or are you married to this ultimately fruitless cause that is doing nothing real but damage?

      The clock is ticking.
      The sun is fading.
      Time is wasting.
      People are waiting.

      Christian, do something worthy.

    • commented 2016-03-18 10:45:36 -0400
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      Gotta LOVE Alex — thank you.
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    • commented 2016-03-18 09:58:14 -0400
      Dear Alex and to whom all else is involved,

      I read your article about what your parents put you through and I am praying for you and wanted to share my testimony about how Jesus freed me from the deception of lesbianism from Satan and how Jesus saved me.

      Jesus found me and loves me! Freed from bondage, Alive in Christ! 

      I wanted to write about my amazing experiences and my love for our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 

      I have always believed in God since I can remember and grew up in Church and went to Sunday School and vacation Bible school and always felt at home. Then when I was a teenager, I just stopped going to Church but never stopped believing in God. I went to Church very rarely since and then over ten or so years ago, I had an awakening. I was doing all kinds of things against God and a lot of the things I knew were wrong but I was in rebellion.  A lot of my sins were sexual sins.

      The Lord allowed me to see what I would be facing if I didn’t turn to Him and turn over my life and sins to Him. He allowed me to see a demon and that hell is a real place and that I would be there if I didn’t stop what I was doing. I didn’t realize what I was doing as far as needing to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and stop doing what I was doing. I knew things I did was wrong but I didn’t know the extent of what my sin was doing. I didn’t even know that in a marriage, certain sexual things were wrong.  I didn’t realize that I was breaking God’s heart. I turned right to Jesus and proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I went back to the church I grew up in and got down on my knees and cried out to Jesus and prayed and He was my Lord and Savior. 

      So Jesus was my Lord for about ten years but I still was missing something. As the years went by, I was slowly doing things against God because I never completely surrendered my will to Jesus. Even though my sin wasn’t to the same extent, it was all equal in God’s eyes. I also felt depressed for so long because of my ex-boyfriend leaving me back in 2002. Then in 2011, I felt like I had nothing left to live for when my grandmother passed away. I prayed to Jesus that I just want Him to bring me home as well because I didn’t belong here. I lost my grandmother who was a second mother to me and like a best friend. 

      I just felt so lost and as time went on from when I first turned to Jesus, until September 2014, I got caught up in all kinds of sins, I didn’t realize again, about complete surrender to The Lord. Mostly sexual sins I was doing which included lesbianism. I didn’t realize again, that I was breaking God’s heart. And I also didn’t realize that I was losing my salvation. 

      And then an amazing thing happened, a miracle happened. I was at the gym in September 2014, and while on the treadmill, The Lord put on my heart to live for Him. An incredible feeling. The Lord speaking to me in my spirit. Then I prayed that I want to live my life for Jesus and that I give Him my whole heart and soul and everything of me. I wanted Him to lead my life and me not live for myself anymore. 

      That day, after leaving the gym, I was at a stop light. There was a truck in front of me. In huge painted letters, read “The way maker” and underneath, “Jesus will make a way.” There are no words. Jesus came into my heart. The next day, I saw a license plate that said I’ll return for you in an abbreviated way. 

      Shortly after, one day I was worshiping and praising and I felt His presence come upon me and I’ll never forget it. I have also felt the fire and the water. The baptism by fire and the living water. It was so amazing and incredible and I knew at that moment that He loves and forgives me my sins. I just want to worship and praise Him for eternity and be with Him, The Father and The Holy Spirit in God’s Kingdom for eternity. 

      It wasn’t until I completely surrendered my will to Jesus that I felt the overcoming of the Holy Spirit. 

      So when I gave my life to Jesus, in September 2014, the sinful desires that were in me, from Satan, were no longer there. Satan put the desires in me, but Jesus took them away. When I felt the overcoming of the Holy Spirit, I was never feeling so alive and free. And when we have the Holy Spirit, we don’t want to sin at all. I was dead in my sins but now I am alive in Christ. Here on earth, we will have temptations but I don’t want to sin anymore. And I want to share with you this truth that The Lord has shown me and many others to know to share with others. Satan put all kinds of stuff in my mind but Jesus freed me from that bondage. Jesus also showed me this scripture: 

      1 Corinthians 6:9-11 
      9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 

      I was dying spiritually and breaking God’s heart but I was washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I care about everyone and want no one to be deceived by the enemy and that’s why I’m sharing what I’ve been through and how Jesus freed me and His truth to share with others in love. I know not everyone will receive or accept but after what I’ve been through, I can’t not share. I pray and share God’s truth in love and how He’s changed me and freed me from Satan’s bondage and saved me. And we are all in bondage by Satan in some way until we give our lives to Jesus. Denying Jesus as Lord and Savior is being in bondage by Satan. 

      Before I gave my life to Jesus, all my sexual immorality was taking me further and further away from God. And I also want to share, talk about and inform about one of my biggest sins I was caught up in before Jesus freed me and about how he freed me. Especially now after what the SCOTUS did back in June. And share an amazing testimony from a woman who was caught up in this deception even more than I was, and Jesus lead me to this testimony on YouTube that I included below. And this is not about hating people, this is about hating the sin, which Christ died on the cross to save us all from. And this is something I was caught up in before I gave my life to Jesus. 

      Romans 6:20-23 
      Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ 
      20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

      I am writing you because I am being greatly led by the Holy Spirit to share this truth in love and I don’t want anyone to be deceived. Satan put lesbianism in my mind for over the course of years. And it was taking me further and further away from God. But when I gave my life to Jesus, I was freed from Satan’s bondage. I was caught up in all this stuff and I realized recently that to not share God’s truth (after what happened to me) in a loving way and let people just go on and do their own thing thinking it’s okay is being hateful and basically saying to people that you don’t care if they’re separated from God for eternity. 

      There’s a right way and wrong way to go about things. 

      It’s wrong to hold up signs that says God hates gays or to completely disown a family member. God loves us all so much but He hates sin and we also are to hate sin. I was loving my sin but I was also breaking God’s heart. God is leading me and everyone who is truly following Him, to share the truth in a loving way and pray for the people to come to Jesus. We don’t support or celebrate sin but pray for the people to come to Jesus. 

      This horrible law by SCOTUS this past June is an attack by Satan on God’s plan. 

      Romans 1 in addition to other places in God’s Word shares that God has given people over to their sins. We have turned our backs on Him as a nation and world and He has given people over to their sin. It’s all in God’s Word, The Holy Bible. I want no one to be deceived. That’s what Satan does. He puts whatever he can into people’s minds to keep us away from God. He wants to drag us down to where he is. 

      I am praying for everyone. Our living God, our living Lord and Savior, Jesus, our Heavenly Father, is holy and He does NOT make anyone gay or lesbian or transgender or bi. 
      When you read all of God’s Word, The Holy Bible and are filled with The Holy Spirit, God makes it very clear that He doesn’t make anyone that way. Satan is the true enemy of our souls and doesn’t want us to be with Jesus and he knows only Jesus saves and he lies and deceives and puts confusion and perversions in people’s minds. I was included but Jesus freed me from Satan’s bondage. 

      Satan put in my mind that deception he does with thousands and thousands of people, to be with the same sex but The Lord freed me and showed me the truth. If I were to be in unrepentant sexual immorality which includes homosexuality, then I would not spend eternity with Jesus because our bodies are supposed to be temples for The Holy Spirit. Light and dark cannot live in us at the same time. A person cannot be LGBT and a true follower of Jesus at the same time. Don’t be deceived by Satan (who also makes people believe in evolution to keep people away from God) which is what the devil wants. Jesus will free you from Satan’s bondage if you let Him, like He did for me. 
      Please watch the video below from this woman who was a gay activist and how Jesus freed her just like He freed me. 

      Please seek Jesus and He will free you like He freed me. This whole LGBT lifestyle is not from God, it’s from Satan. We need to share the truth in a loving way and pray for these people to be free of Satan’s bondage. And the most loving thing we can do is share the truth in a loving way and pray.  Not encourage sin but encourage these people to come out of this destructive lifestyle. I care about people and want no one to be deceived by the enemy. Satan is attacking God’s plan by putting all this stuff in people’s minds. 

      So no longer am I being led by man, I am being led by God, through the Holy Spirit and I share this with you so you might also be free in Christ and have the amazing love and peace and joy that only He gives.

      The truth is we are all in a fallen world, all broken and born with a sinful nature, all in a spiritual battle, and all in need of Jesus who is the only one who can free us from Satan’s bondage. This is why it’s so very important to stay very close to Jesus and be in His Word. No matter what sin Satan has us trapped in, whether drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultry, pornography, drugs, or any other sin, we have a Lord and Savior, Jesus, who will break those chains when we turn to Him. We need to proclaim Jesus’ freeing power whenever someone is struggling with something and pray for them. Jesus freed me from Satan’s bondage and He will do the same for anyone and everyone who will let Him. 

      When we completely surrender our will to The Lord’s and want to truly follow Him, the Holy Spirit comes in and lives in us and helps us to be more and more like Christ. We are being hateful when we encourage ANY sin instead of praying for the people. When Jesus was on that cross, He said Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. So we also pray because chains from Satan need to be broken. Satan has so many people trapped in bondage of pornography, drugs, homosexuality, lesbianism as he did with me, alcoholism and any other sin. Jesus will free us when we turn to Him and let Him free us. 

      If we all opened our hearts and seek Him with our whole heart, he will come. He will come. He wants us all to be with Him. He loves us and wants us to turn to Him and trust in Him so He can free us. I just wanted to share this and He is leading me to share this with you and I wanted to share these couple scriptures: 

      Matthew 7:7 
      Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.… 

      Psalm 37:4 
      Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.… 

      It’s so amazing how your life will change when you start living your life for Jesus. All the time you hear about people’s lives changing when they turn to God and people having these experiences like feeling His presence or seeing Jesus or an angel or Heaven. It’s not just a coincidence. He comes to those who are really thirsty for Him and want the love, peace and righteousness that He is. Jesus, God The Father and The Holy Spirit are love itself, peace itself and righteousness itself. He wants us to be with Him in His kingdom for eternity. We just need to believe in Him and open our hearts and put everything in His hands. 

      I surrender everything to Him and I never have felt so free and alive. Now that He is leading my life and I am no longer living for myself, it’s so amazing and I just want to be with Him. I realize I do have a purpose in my life and everything good is because of Jesus. He knows every single thing about me and I am learning more and more about Him by reading The Bible. He is the true friend anyone can ever have. I am so happy to have Jesus as my Lord and as my Savior. He loves me and died on the cross for me. He died on the cross for all of us because He loves us all so much. I can never give enough thanks and praise and worship to Him for what He did for me, for us. He saved my life and I live my life for Him and I just want to be there with the saints and angels in Heaven praising, worshiping and singing to Him for eternity. There are no words for how much I love Him and how grateful I am to Him. 

      I have cried tears of joy for Him loving me and being with me and I truly can never have a better best friend. Jesus is my true best friend. I love Him above all, He is above all. I love you so much, more than anything, Jesus! You are the reason I am here and I am nothing without you! 

      I have all this love and it’s Jesus, our Lord and Savior that I give it all to! 

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=uQGA-n4JyOY 

      I thank you and pray that you also turn to Christ.  Give Him your whole heart and He will make you complete.

      Joy

    • commented 2016-03-18 07:11:39 -0400
      I will pray because I know the truth as many do know and Satan has thousands and thousands of people trapped in bondage.  It’s a lie from Satan that a person is born gay or lesbian or in the wrong body and can be a LGBT Christian.  Satan doesn’t want us to be with Jesus.  I will keep praying.  Satan is the true enemy of our souls and he is putting all this stuff in people’s minds.  It’s all in God’s Word.  Please seek Jesus and He will free you like He freed me.

       The most loving thing we can do for any child, teen, or adult is share the truth in love and pray.  And if you read my previous post below, I put that there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things. The right thing to do is share God’s truth in a loving way and pray for them. All sin in equal in God’s eyes but Jesus will free us from any bondage when we come to Him with repentant hearts like He did for me.

      Not encourage sin but encourage these people to be free of Satan’s bondage.  Jesus wants to free everyone and He will when we turn to Him and surrender our will.

      Please watch this video:

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=uQGA-n4JyOY 

    • commented 2016-03-17 22:23:47 -0400
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      I look forward to reading the book, learning how Alex transitioned from suffering under her parents, their religion, and the Siales, to her release and awareness of herself as a free and self-initiated whole person.
      .
      This is why GSA Gay-Straight Alliances are critically important in school — because parents and society are NOT supportive ( take note, Kentucky ), and children are amazingly innocent and trusting of the most horribly abusive adults.
      .
      Alex Cooper’s website is full of helpful resource pointers
      .
      http://savingalex.org/

      Thank you, Alex.
      __________
      .
      ( This is not about YOU, [ Joy Teets ], thankfully. )
      .

    • commented 2016-03-17 09:50:12 -0400
      Joy Teets, What have you got from Jesus Himself condemning gays? Or did he not say anything, and you’re just quoting the letters of a man who was a fanatic bully before his conversion? Letters arbitrarily picked by the Roman Catholic Church and King James in an attempt to control the uneducated masses?

    • commented 2016-03-17 09:13:54 -0400
      It wasn’t until I completely surrendered my will to Jesus that I felt the overcoming of the Holy Spirit.

      So when I gave my life to Jesus, in September 2014, the sinful desires that were in me, from Satan, were no longer there. Satan put the desires in me, but Jesus took them away. When I felt the overcoming of the Holy Spirit, I was never feeling so alive and free. And when we have the Holy Spirit, we don’t want to sin at all. I was dead in my sins but now I am alive in Christ. Here on earth, we will have temptations but I don’t want to sin anymore. And I want to share with you this truth that The Lord has shown me and many others to know to share with others. Satan put all kinds of stuff in my mind but Jesus freed me from that bondage. Jesus also showed me this scripture:

      1 Corinthians 6:9-11
      9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

      I was dying spiritually and breaking God’s heart but I was washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I care about everyone and want no one to be deceived by the enemy and that’s why I’m sharing what I’ve been through and how Jesus freed me and His truth to share with others in love. I know not everyone will receive or accept but after what I’ve been through, I can’t not share. I pray and share God’s truth in love and how He’s changed me and freed me from Satan’s bondage and saved me. And we are all in bondage by Satan in some way until we give our lives to Jesus. Denying Jesus as Lord and Savior is being in bondage by Satan.

      Before I gave my life to Jesus, all my sexual immorality was taking me further and further away from God. And I also want to share, talk about and inform about one of my biggest sins I was caught up in before Jesus freed me and about how he freed me. Especially now after what the SCOTUS did back in June. And share an amazing testimony from a woman who was caught up in this deception even more than I was, and Jesus lead me to this testimony on YouTube that I included below. And this is not about hating people, this is about hating the sin, which Christ died on the cross to save us all from. And this is something I was caught up in before I gave my life to Jesus.

      Romans 6:20-23
      Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
      20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      I am writing you because I am being greatly led by the Holy Spirit to share this truth in love and I don’t want anyone to be deceived. Satan put lesbianism in my mind for over the course of several years. And it was taking me further and further away from God. But when I gave my life to Jesus, I was freed from Satan’s bondage. I was caught up in all this stuff and I realized recently that to not share God’s truth (after what happened to me) in a loving way and let people just go on and do their own thing thinking it’s okay is being hateful and basically saying to people that you don’t care if they’re separated from God for eternity.

      There’s a right way and wrong way to go about things.

      It’s wrong to hold up signs that says God hates gays or to completely disown a family member. God loves us all so much but He hates sin and we also are to hate sin. I was loving my sin but I was also breaking God’s heart. God is leading me and everyone who is truly following Him, to share the truth in a loving way and pray for the people to come to Jesus. We don’t support or celebrate sin but pray for the people to come to Jesus.

      This horrible law by SCOTUS this past June is an attack by Satan on God’s plan.

      Romans 1 in addition to other places in God’s Word shares that God has given people over to their sins. We have turned our backs on Him as a nation and world and He has given people over to their sin. It’s all in God’s Word, The Holy Bible. I want no one to be deceived. That’s what Satan does. He puts whatever he can into people’s minds to keep us away from God. He wants to drag us down to where he is.

      I am praying for everyone. Our living God, our living Lord and Savior, Jesus, our Heavenly Father, is holy and He does NOT make anyone gay or lesbian or transgender or bi.
      When you read all of God’s Word, The Holy Bible and are filled with The Holy Spirit, God makes it very clear that He doesn’t make anyone that way. Satan is the true enemy of our souls and doesn’t want us to be with Jesus and he knows only Jesus saves and he lies and deceives and puts confusion and perversions in people’s minds. I was included but Jesus freed me from Satan’s bondage.

      Satan put in my mind that deception he does with thousands and thousands of people, to be with the same sex but The Lord freed me and showed me the truth. If I were to be in unrepentant sexual immorality which includes homosexuality, then I would not spend eternity with Jesus because our bodies are supposed to be temples for The Holy Spirit. Light and dark cannot live in us at the same time. A person cannot be LGBT and a true follower of Jesus at the same time. Don’t be deceived by Satan (who also makes people believe in evolution to keep people away from God) which is what the devil wants. Jesus will free you from Satan’s bondage if you let Him, like He did for me.
      Please watch the video below from this woman who was a gay activist and how Jesus freed her just like He freed me.

      Please seek Jesus and He will free you like He freed me. This whole LGBT lifestyle is not from God, it’s from Satan. We need to share the truth in a loving way and pray for these people to be free of Satan’s bondage. Not encourage sin but encourage these people to come out of this destructive lifestyle. I care about people and want no one to be deceived by the enemy. Satan is attacking God’s plan by putting all this stuff in people’s minds.

      So no longer am I being led by man, I am being led by God, through the Holy Spirit and I share this with you so you might also be free in Christ.

      The truth is we are all in a fallen world, all broken and born with a sinful nature, all in a spiritual battle, and all in need of Jesus who is the only one who can free us from Satan’s bondage. This is why it’s so very important to stay very close to Jesus and be in His Word. No matter what sin Satan has us trapped in, whether drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultry, pornography, drugs, or any other sin, we have a Lord and Savior, Jesus, who will break those chains when we turn to Him. We need to proclaim Jesus’ freeing power whenever someone is struggling with something and pray for them. Jesus freed me from Satan’s bondage and He will do the same for anyone and everyone who will let Him.

      When we completely surrender our will to The Lord’s and want to truly follow Him, the Holy Spirit comes in and lives in us and helps us to be more and more like Christ. We are being hateful when we encourage ANY sin instead of praying for the people. When Jesus was on that cross, He said Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. So we also pray because chains from Satan need to be broken. Satan has so many people trapped in bondage of pornography, drugs, homosexuality, lesbianism as he did with me, alcoholism and any other sin. Jesus will free us when we turn to Him and let Him free us.

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=uQGA-n4JyOY

    • commented 2016-03-17 09:00:28 -0400
      Where the rocks in her backpack magic? Did they even think to have her put them in a hat? I am pretty sure from watching South Park that rock magic only works if you place them in a hat, and then stick your head in.

    • commented 2016-03-17 08:42:45 -0400
      @joy Teets, first off, hilarious name. Second, you are free to practice whatever religion you want, but you can’t force others to believe as you do. There is no god, no devil, heaven or hell. Those are all man made constructs to have dominion over man and rule with the threat of ever lasting death in the fiery pits of a man made hell. I personally believe that you can be saved from your delusions, as I have. But you can go on with your life with your head in the clouds for all I care, just don’t try to force your brand of religiosity onto those who don’t believe or have differing beliefs. Your Jesus never said one word about homosexuals, according to your buy bull. It’s not even mentioned in the big 10. But he did say something about judging others, which you have done.

    • commented 2016-03-16 23:20:32 -0400
      Ghastly.

    • commented 2016-03-16 22:27:47 -0400
      That’s a shame that she was tortured like that by a religious cult. Mormons can be very cruel and apathetic when in a group especially. they’re views are archaic and inhumane… I can go on and on with personal experiences of cruel harassment, vile prank calls while I was coming out in high school .

    • commented 2016-03-16 20:33:29 -0400
      Joy Teets, You say, “The truth is we are all in a fallen world,” – That may be the mythology that you choose to believe, but it is not “The truth” -just because you want to believe a religion and God invented by man, does not mean that you can or should be able to oppress others with your beliefs.

    • commented 2016-03-16 18:49:58 -0400
      The truth is we are all in a fallen world, all broken and born with a sinful nature, all in a spiritual battle, and all in need of Jesus who is the only one who can free us from Satan’s bondage. This is why it’s so very important to stay very close to Jesus and be in His Word. No matter what sin Satan has us trapped in, whether drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultry, pornography, drugs, or any other sin, we have a Lord and Savior, Jesus, who will break those chains when we turn to Him. We need to proclaim Jesus’ freeing power whenever someone is struggling with something and pray for them. Jesus freed me from Satan’s bondage and He will do the same for anyone and everyone who will let Him.

      When we completely surrender our will to The Lord’s and want to truly follow Him, the Holy Spirit comes in and lives in us and helps us to be more and more like Christ. We are being hateful when we encourage ANY sin instead of praying for the people. When Jesus was on that cross, He said Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. So we also pray because chains from Satan need to be broken. Satan has so many people trapped in bondage of pornography, drugs, homosexuality, lesbianism as he did with me, alcoholism and any other sin. Jesus will free us when we turn to Him and let Him free us. We need to pray because only Jesus frees us from bondage and only Jesus saves.

    • commented 2016-03-16 17:40:04 -0400
      Ari Takalo: Accepting someone does not mean you love and support their decisions especially if you think their decisions are wrong. My kids make plenty of mistakes. I still love them. I am not arguing the fact that these parents screwed up. They did — big time. You can’t “chase” the gay out of anyone.

      I disagree that being chaste whether hetero or homo sexual is against biology.

      I am 100% OK with accepting gay people in my life plain and simple. There are those in my life that are. If they are good people, I don’t care who they do.

    • commented 2016-03-16 17:23:29 -0400
      Chad Fisher:
      The gay teens ARE NOT should not be chaste just because someone wishes them to be and they should not be. To be chaste because they want to wait, sure. To be chaste because they think they aren’t ready, sure. The be chaste because gay sex is “icky”, hell no. If people can’t accept a sexually active gay person, they have no right say they are accepting of gays, because they are not. They aren’t okay with gays, since they pressure gays to suppress their normal sexual behavior. Attraction is normal, desire is normal, having sex is a normal part of life. For gay person that means having lots of icky gay sex.

      People Deal with it, Mormon church deal with it, their parents deal with it and don’t any of them show faces around people before they have learned to be civilized and decent human beings. If parents or church can’t accept the gay teen as they are, those people have no right to hold parental or any other rights over the persons.

      Being a permanently chaste gay is as normal as being permanently chaste hetero sexual. It simply is not gonna work. Biology is far more powerful than any man made religion.

      This “Oh we accept chaste gays” is a thin and meaningless smoke screen and cop out to hide the fact that Mormons are simply not okay with accepting gay people. Which means Mormon religion can go to hell in my books. Parent who lets their religion be more important than the well being and caring of their child has no right to be a parent. Child comes first before everything, before faith, before religion, before ideologue, before politics, before everything.

      Frankly any child ordered to any of these “corrective treatments” by their parents should be emergency sheltered and fostered by Child Protective Services and the parents custody rights revoked. It is pure and simple child abuse and torture and there is no making it sound any nicer. The child’s well being becomes before the parents faith. State has duty to protect a child even from their own parents.

      Thankfully in the and the parents in this case seemed to choose, that their child is more important than their faith, which is the only thing any decent parent can choose.

    • commented 2016-03-16 15:07:58 -0400
      Deanna Long: Incorrect. Gay members of the Church who are chaste can still hold temple recommends. Please see example of the gay Executive Secretary: http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/sltrib/news/52486958-78/mayne-gay-lds-ward.html.csp

    • commented 2016-03-16 14:58:06 -0400
      Chad Fisher: Where the Church stands:
      The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Between Packer and Kimball, it seems pretty clear that yes, the Mormon church is against homosexuality and not just because of the sex outside marriage aspect.

    • commented 2016-03-16 14:52:15 -0400
      Religion is poison. I am glad she has kept her positive spirit. I wish the Siales were in jail though and far away from any other children.

    • commented 2016-03-16 14:42:11 -0400
      I feel horrible for this teen. This is not love.

      What this article got wrong and left out is not only does the LDS Church believe gay sex is sinful, they also believe any sex outside of marriage is sinful. The article makes it appear that the “gay sex” is the issue when really “sex outside of legal marriage between a woman and man” is the issue..

    • commented 2016-03-16 14:28:25 -0400
      So much for magic underwear! lol!

    • commented 2016-03-16 14:05:18 -0400
      I wish she had taken the rocks out of that backpack and stoned those f*cking people with them,

    • commented 2016-03-16 13:41:32 -0400
      Time to start executing the idiots that bully, harass, torture, assault and murder glbt people.

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