Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Different Anniversary and Thankfulness
I've shared it here before, but I have a theory. The Holy Ghost is a spirit of truth. When someone bears their testimony of truth, if you're receptive, you'll feel it. Coming out is one of the bigger truths of your personality and existence. You may have been hiding it for years. I'm sure you were like me and it built walls between you and your loved ones and friends. That distance is painful and makes you feel lonely. When you are prompted to come out --and I think it is a prompting-- listen! My coming out to my parents was a spiritual experience for me. I shared the truth. The Holy Ghost responded. I am closer to my family than I have been in a very long time.
Pray to your Heavenly Father and ask him for the bravery to come out. Ask him for a prompting to know when the time is right. Then search for that opportunity. Don't procrastinate it. You'll want to say, "Oh, after the holidays. Or once I've graduated." Or whatever. God will prompt you, but it probably won't be when you expect or want. But have the bravery to act.
I wrote shortly about my experience here. I do not think that God wants you to remain closeted or in pain.
Aaron and my family have integrated wonderfully. He gets along so well with everyone. When we were first getting used to the idea, I told him that eventually I wanted it so that he could go to my family without me and feel perfectly accepted. I think we're nearly there.
So for this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for coming out, a loving family, a loving partner, a loving Heavenly Father, and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.