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“I don’t have to lose in order for you to win. There’s room for everyone at our Savior’s table.”  –Mitch Mayne

“It matters less how quickly we’re moving, and more in what direction our feet are pointed.”  –Mitch Mayne, Progress not Perfection, November 2010

‘Kindness is kindness–regardless of the flavor.” –Mitch Mayne

“It takes a strong spirit to be gay in this life. It takes a remarkable one to be a gay Mormon. Never doubt for a moment that you are anything but remarkable. For that is how I view you, and most certainly how our Father in Heaven views you.”  –Mitch Mayne, The Cultural Hall Podcast, October 2011

“When people have a problem with you being gay, it’s nothing more than that: their problem. You have a choice where to focus your gifts of spiritual energy and emotional time. Don’t squander those gifts by taking on the problems of those who can’t–or won’t–see that it’s our similarities that bind us, not our differences that separate us.”  –Mitch Mayne

“Any life worth living is a life worth living honestly. No good ever comes from deceit–whether it’s to ourselves or others.”  –Mitch Mayne

“Hearts do change. Then minds follow.”  –Mitch Mayne

“Life’s just plain easier when you’re nice to people.”  –Mitch Mayne

“I don’t want pity. To pity me is to make me a victim. I want understanding. To understand me, is to love me as an equal.” –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“I don’t want tolerance. If I am tolerated, I am disliked or feared in some way. I want respect as a fellow striving child of God—an equal in His eyes.”  –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“I don’t want acceptance. To accept me is to graciously grant me the favor of your company. To accept me is to marginalize me with the assumption that I am less than you. I am your peer. I am neither above nor below you.” –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“I don’t want judgment. My path may be different than yours, but it is a plan built for me by a power greater than any of us. To judge me is to judge the designer of that path.” –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“I don’t want to be labeled as “afflicted” or “suffering” or “struggling.” I do not have an illness that requires my soul be mended. I want to be recognized, like you, as a whole person, just as my Heavenly Father made me. I have suffered no affliction by His hand; I have, however, suffered affliction at the hands of others, including my brothers and sisters in the gospel.” –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“I do not want to be viewed as a mistake. My path on this Earth was prescribed uniquely for me, just as yours was for you. It was designed to give me the experiences I need to grow as a child of my Heavenly Father. To view me as a mistake is to view Him as a maker of mistakes.”  –Mitch Mayne, You know who I am, September, 2009

“Thinking for ourselves can make us pretty unpopular. That’s maybe even more of a reason to try it out on occasion.”  –Mitch Mayne

“I always endeavor to live my life by what I understand my Savior’s will for me to be. That just makes more sense to me than letting someone else’s will run it.” –Mitch Mayne

“Just because someone throws their fear and judgment my way doesn’t mean I have to catch it.”  –Mitch Mayne

“There is no place my Savior’s will shall take me where His love cannot protect me.”  –Mitch Mayne

“Healing is a process. Over time, the good moments outweigh the bad. We may never forget the pain, but eventually we remember how to laugh.”  –Mitch Mayne

“I am my Father’s son. I am exactly as He made me, and exactly where I am supposed to be.”  –Mitch Mayne, Oakland Stake Farewell Talk, August 2011

“I am just an ordinary man, in extraordinary circumstances. And as such, a man who is willing to bring that experience to bear to help others in my situation.” –Mitch Mayne, Oakland Stake Farewell Talk, August 2011

“I believe every single one of us is equal in the eyes of our Savior, regardless of orientation, ethnicity, gender, or any other markers we use as humans to define differences between ourselves and others. As such, I don’t believe it is ever my job to criticize, condemn, or mock another. My job, as my Father’s son, is to walk beside you as you learn the lessons life is intended to teach you; to celebrate your joys with you, and to lend you a hand when you stumble. The true spirit of love we have for one another is kind, patient, and doesn’t demand its own way. It doesn’t scold, condemn, or criticize. I am most certainly an imperfect human, but I think this is the spirit our Savior wants us to strive to achieve throughout the human family. It is certainly the spirit I endeavor to bring to my life–and most certainly my faith.”  –Mitch Mayne, Modern Mormon Men, August 2011

“I don’t need anyone’s apology to be happy. Forgiveness is something I do for myself.”  –Mitch Mayne

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