As a junior at Brigham Young University, John Gustav-Wrathall was struggling with his sexuality, he was suicidal, and devastated over the idea of leaving behind the Mormon Church, which had been his entire life.
“It was one of the most painful things that I have ever went through,” he said.
That year, he did leave the church and discovered himself over the next few years, finally coming out. Today, he is happily member to his husband and works with Affirmation, a group for LGBT Mormons.
“We as an organization don’t really prescribe for people how they need to make that reconciliation, but we do provide support and we’re a community,” said Gustav-Wrathall, now the senior vice president.