On faith -- Guest post from Chantel Jones

This week on the blog is going to be super awesome.  We have an amazing guest poster who was willing to talk about their faith and being LGBT.  In honor of pride month I am posting what she shared with me.

Image Courtesy Cassie Boca https://unsplash.com/search/church?photo=rXBdJOQzMHI

Image Courtesy Cassie Boca https://unsplash.com/search/church?photo=rXBdJOQzMHI

Hi I am Chantel I am 33 years old I have a wife and five kids, and one Son-in- law. I love blogging and dressing up all the time. When I saw the invite to write for this blog I know what I was going to do, so here it is.

There is a song in the LDS (Mormon) Church, it goes something like this. “I belong to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints I know who I am, I know Gods Plan.” I know who I am I am a child of God, and I am special. I am a Transgender woman and I am always so happy when I am able to be me.

I have always been a member of the LDS church and I know God loves me, and I love studying the scriptures, but it has not ever been easy. I only told two people in my family who I am, because my family was really big in to the church and if I ever told them they would have kicked me out. So I told my Step-mom because I know she would and does love me for who I am, and my step-sister because she is not a member of our church which really has nothing to do with anything.

Growing up in the church was sometimes hard, because I grow up in a small town, but I was not born in that small town, so I always got picked on, so it would have only been worse if the kids know that I was really a girl, and the girls that I went to church with were really good at judging you.

Now a day it is still hard, that things come out about how we should treat people but belong to a church that has bad feeling towards people like you and me, it is not very Christ like. As I close there is only one thing that keeps me going and I want to share with you.

I know who I am, I am a daughter of God, and that is all that matters. It is hard some times that others think but in the end, it really only matters what God and I feel towards each other. It is the same for you everything is between you and God.