Joseph And His Family

This essay was inspired by two different young gay men (whose names happen to start with J) and their amazing families who, together, have taken up the banner and are fighting for Christ-like acceptance of all LGBT people.  It is dedicated to all the parents in LDS Family Fellowship who support each other while they share this battle in support of their LGBT children.



In the1820’s there was a young man (whose name started with J) who had a question.  There was much confusion in the land about this question.  Some were saying one thing was true, others were claiming another thing was true.  This young teen felt a special calling to discover the truth for himself and for others.

This young man studied and prayed.  This young man sought an answer and received it.  God knew this young man and knew he had a pure heart.  God also knew that this young man had a special calling,  God was preparing this young man to do great things, and so God prompted him in this time to seek the truth.

When this young man learned the truth, this young man knew he must bring this truth to his parents.  God had also paved the way for him.  God had blessed him with parents who could discern truth, even if the truth was hard or surprising.  These parents were also blessed with ability to know their son, and know he had a pure heart.  They also had been called.  They had been called of God to help their son weather a storm.  They had been called to help their son accomplish his great work.  The had been called to suffer their son’s persecutions.  They had been called to guide their son.

This family went forward and dedicated themselves to the calling God had given them.  Each of them played a crucial role.  The young man was chosen for this cause.  His parents were equally chosen for this cause.  They were given many trials to prepare them to fight opposition.  They were scorned by friends and neighbors.  But their unity, their love of Christ, and love for each other brought this family through the persecution, and through their many trials and prepared them for a great work, a work that only they could do.  And they emerged stronger than the strongest trees.  And they became an inspiration to many.  And they brought about the Lord’s work.

Almost 200 years later there was another young man (whose name started with J) with a question, and another period of confusion in the land.  And there was another family who was prepared to guide him and accompany him through a great work.

7 comments for “Joseph And His Family

  1. Meg Abhau
    June 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I cried the second time reading this too. What a treasure. So tender and beautiful. I love this.

  2. Wendy Montgomery
    June 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Absolutely beautiful, John. Thank you so much for writing this. It touched me deeply. When there is so much hate and negativity around us, words like this are truly the Balm in Gilead. Love you, my dear friend. 🙂

  3. Jake Abhau
    June 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    As Meg knows, I love a good analogy. And this one doesn’t disappoint. Very nice, indeed. And well written. Thank you.

  4. Wendy Montgomery
    June 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Apparently I’m losing my mind and have changed DANIEL’s name to John in my above comment. All those “J” names have gotten to me. So sorry, Daniel!

    • Daniel Parkinson
      June 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Hey…when you said “I love you, my dear friend” I knew you were talking to me. These are the moments where all the efforts are rewarded. Thank you.

  5. Vicki Johson
    June 7, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I want you to know how much I really needed this today. It means so much. My brain is tired from learning, my heart is tired from growing, and my eyes are tired from crying and laughing. May every part of me be renewed and strengthened so that I can learn more, keep growing, and never stop laughing or crying; and that goes for everyone else too.
    Thank you!

  6. Phil
    June 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This is (should be) every person’s story. How would it be if we all could be so honest with each other as both of these young men? One day the world will be a kind enough place where being honest doesn’t cause so much trouble and pain for us and our loved ones. Thanks Daniel for leading the way to creating a more kind and honest world.

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