A Gay Mormon Diaspora Exploring The Act Of Testimony And Belief In The Case Study Of Young Single Adult Mormons

Through the use of ethnographic investigation, personal interviews, and theoretical research, this paper seeks to understand the role of testimony within the community of young single adult Latter-day Saints of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It explores the way members with same-sex attraction have voluntarily removed themselves from the LDS community by assuming a diasporic identity, as well as how those members view themselves in regards to the Church and its doctrine. This paper argues that temporality is understood as being both static and fluid which allows church members, through ritualized acts, to move both backward and forward in time to moments of “rupture” and “forever.”

Keven Lewis