A young Mormon girl’s courage has gotten the world’s attention after she ignored her church’s open hostility to the LGBTQ community and trusted her congregation and the church’s leadership to love her unconditionally — you know, like Jesus would have done. Unfortunately, she learned the hard way that right-wing Christianity is pure evil.
After finally earning her parents’ support, Savannah [last name withheld] shared her testimony with the congregation at their monthly Fast and Testimony meeting. She worked hard on what she would say, writing multiple drafts to ensure that everything was perfect — and it was beautiful:
I believe I was made the way I am, all parts of me, by my heavenly parents. They didn’t mess up when they gave me brown eyes or when I was born bald. They didn’t mess up when they gave me freckles or when I was made to be gay.
God loves me just this way because he loves all of his creations. I believe he made me this way because he loves all of his creations. I believe he made me this way on purpose. No part of me is a mistake.”
But when she began to speak of Christ’s love and how God believes she is perfect the way she is — that he would want her to be happy — church leaders decided it was time to humiliate her.
Her microphone was cut and she was told to sit down. But it didn’t end there. It was then explained that only “Christ-like” testimonies were allowed — you know, the guy who washed a prostitute’s feet and said everyone should love each other no matter what?
Fortunately, Savannah has something many young members of the LGBTQ community don’t have — parents who love and support her. Savannah’s mother said that when her daughter told her she liked girls, she assured her she loved her and that she is perfect as she is.
The Mormon church does not view same-sex attraction as a sin, but teaches that acting on it is. In other words, the LGBTQ community, in the eyes of the church, do not deserve to be happy.
“I want the Mormon Church to know that gay people are beautiful, they are just as good and whole as everyone else, and they deserve lifelong love,” her mother told HuffPo. “Savannah wants the Church to know that she isn’t bad, that God loves her, and she is gay because she was born that way. ‘Tough love’ won’t take the gay away. Christ would want us all to just love.”
Watch her beautiful testimony below:
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