I just finished reading “That We May Be One” by Tom Christofferson
Quick Take: Excellent read. Tom Christofferson shares his experiences as a gay man both inside and outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tom Christofferson's book takes its title from 3 Nephi 19:23 & 29, where Jesus Christ prays that his people “may be one.” He uses this as the backdrop to describe his experience as a gay man in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Exploring a topic that can be unsettling and confusing to many members of the church.
The first half of the book is largely biographical. He discusses his family, his upbringing, how he left the church, and then his decision to return 20 years later. The 2nd half of the book is devoted to a discussion of the value the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring into anyone’s life, and how the church will be much stronger with everyone involved.
I especially enjoyed:
1. His views on how we can make the church a more welcoming place to everyone.
2. The honesty with which he testifies of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and at the same time describing the hurt his faith can bring to his fellow LGBTQ members.
I believe we could all benefit from reading this insightful book.
*Tom Christofferson is brother to Elder D. Todd Christofferson.
**KSL also made a 30 minute documentary around the book as well.
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