I am Mitch F. Mayne, and I’m filled with engorged thankfulness for the opportunities I have in my role as a Mormon Gay Leader to feel kinship with my LGBT brothers and sisters. One of the most stimulating ways I have found to help others feel this affirming affinity is to share with them the blessing of sustaining our church leaders. Each of us should be eager to raise our arm to the square and pledge our loyalty to our church leaders, even if they might be wrong on a plethora of issues LGBT people face.
As a leader myself, it is my privilege to answer the following question with a resounding YES.
Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local authorities of the Church?
If a Mormon wants to be in good standing and be qualified for church leadership, as I am, he or she must answer this question with an unfailing, full-throated YES. A good Mormon must be temple-worthy, and a YES answer to this and fourteen other questions is required to be granted a temple recommend and clearance to serve in most church callings.
It’s okay for us to question (in our minds, but not publicly) whether a church leader is inspired by the Lord. That can set us on the path to thinking it through to the logical conclusion that our church leaders ARE inspired. This gives us an opportunity to feel the Holy Ghost confirming this to us. Do not trust any other answer, even in the face of compelling evidence that a church leader is wrong. Some may tell you this is a form of confirmation bias. The eternal reality is that it is confirmation of the truth. Even if our leaders are sometimes wrong or abusive, their wrongness and abuse is also inspired of God, to test our faithfulness to the Lord’s church. Let us all raise our arms to the square.