I've recently had the wonderful and blessed opportunity to help launch a chapter of the Men Finding Peace support group/brotherhood here in East Idaho. I'm hoping it will cause more LDS gay/bi/SSA men in the area who are living their lives alone and scared and in secret to know they are not alone and there is a place for them where they can feel welcomed and loved and supported and encouraged.
Men Finding Peace is a group of men who share common goals and needs. It is a place where men can learn from other men what it means to experience SSA and simultaneously live a covenant life of faith. It’s a place where learning how others have found strength and resolve is explored with like men who share a common bond in brotherhood.
It’s a forum for healthy dialogue around what men are doing to live within the bounds the Lord has set, and thrive in a gospel centered life. This is a place where God’s grace and power in our lives is openly discussed without apprehension or apology, but without the intent to change or convert others. It’s a place where the opinions and experiences of others represent opportunities to learn and grow and where respect for our fellow man is considered sacred.
This is an open group where all men are invited to attend whenever our schedules allow without commitment in our already, over scheduled and busy lives. Where a man can attend without fear of being called on or called out, with the right to remain a silent observer for as long as they may wish.
This is a group where confidentiality is the only commitment we must make for admittance and participation. In this group, our personal safety is respected and upheld by everyone that attends.
Men Finding Peace is more than a social gathering of men who experience SSA or identify with what it means to be gay or bisexual. We value the power of community as a priority for finding strength and in building relationships that enrich our lives. Men need other men.
For some men that have never attended such a group with like men, just walking through the door requires great courage. We remember what it felt like and can never forget. For others, this group offers a place of service and mentorship in an environment where everyone has the desire to learn and grow together.
If you live in the East Idaho area, please come to a meeting and see for yourself what a wonderful and positive, safe place it is!