Dolores Eccles Fine Arts Center
South 700 East
St George, Utah 84770
Richard 'Papa' Ostler, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shares Christlike principles to love, understand, and support God’s LGBTQ children. Richard became connected to our LGBTQ friends while serving as a YSA Bishop (released in 2016). He is founder of listenlearnandlove.org, a Latter-day Saint LGBTQ resource center. The event is not affiliated with the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The event is in St. George, Utah and is free and open to the general public (generally 18 and older); however, registration is required. The event is at the Dolores Eccles Fine Arts Center in the Concert Hall (South 700 East, St George, Utah 84070). Register for free tickets at eventbrite.com (search Richard Ostler).
"Richard Ostler does a great job of demonstrating how you can be both a committed Latter-day Saint and support/love God's LGBTQ children. I encourage you to attend his presentation." -- Steve Young
LDS Living Article: http://www.ldsliving.com/-You-Can-Be-an-LGBT-Ally-and-a-Faithful-Member-of-the-Church-Says-Former-YSA-Bishop/s/88315
My name is Richard Ostler and am a native of Salt Lake City. I have degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (business). I married by best friend and eternal companion Sheila Juergens of Houston, Texas in 1990 and we are the parents of six children and two grandchildren and live near Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. I believe deeply in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and want it to work for a wider group. I served as a YSA Bishop in the West Valley City/Magna area of Salt Lake (released in 2016) and met some of the finest people I will ever know.
In addition to meeting with wonderful active members of our Ward, I reached out and connected (mostly via social media) with many of our inactive members and their non-member friends. Over time, many felt comfortable meeting with me and sharing their stories. Through hundreds of interviews and ‘listening to understand’, I was able to ‘see’ the Church from the eyes of those on the outside. Many feel the Church is their ‘spiritual home’ but feel uncomfortable attending for a variety of reasons such as work-in-progress testimonies, concerns about church history, feeling unworthy because of past or current sin, don't fit the cultural mold, role of women, are LGBTQ and/or feel God's LGBTQ children should be more welcomed in our congregations, etc.
My focus this event, from a deeply believing/committed Latter-day Saint, is to help all us better understand, respect and support God's LGBTQ children as taught by President M. Russell Ballard 'Mormon leaders, along with the rank and file, need to listen to and understand what LGBT members are feeling and experiencing (Nov 2017 BYU Devotional).'
With love, Richard 'Papa' Ostler