YM, focusing on his mission, was tensely perched in the crow’s nest looking out for others who needed help in the open, turbulent sea. He knew his ship was taking on water but was distractedly unaware as to the severity of the leak: he was going down. A strong blast of wind caught the sails just right, and the mast buckled, throwing YM down to the deck and destroying the helm. Having noted the mobility of others’ ships, YM recognized that his situation wasn’t like theirs; they were progressing on their voyages while he had no mast, no sails, no helm, and was sinking; he was going nowhere fast. The storm tossed his ship back and forth, side to side, each wave bringing on more water and each gust of wind driving him in a different direction. YM decided to stop comparing his progress to theirs; he needed to act to save himself.
Mercifully, a nearby ship happened across YM’s course, and YM signaled this ship, which coincidentally specialized in ship repair. He met other sailors that had been in situations like his; they were in this together, and with concentrated effort they helped him anchor, patch, stabilize, and bail out the ship.
With time, the rough waters stagnated, the storm abated, and YM thanked his comerades as they sailed off into the light, misty rain. Their time together was short but vital. They had done all they could do to help. YM survived.
YM lacked food, fresh water, enthusiasm, and hope. He didn’t just want to survive; he wanted to thrive!
Another ship soon happened across YM; this one came bearing skilled carpenters. They gladly resupplied YM and helped repair his mast, helm, and vigor, and YM raised his anchor in the stagnant waters. These carpenters knew all about helms and their importance in navigating a course. Their carpentry had enabled many diverse voyagers before YM to successfully navigate the many turns in their charted courses. The carpenters didn’t prescribe a particular course for YM; they respected the beauty of a sailor’s intuition in choosing a direction for his ship, and they prided themselves in delivering this ability directly into the hands of each sailor. They even taught him a few things about navigating through different types of waters. He again thanked his newfound companions and friends, who all wished him well on his voyage as they departed into the mist.
Just as this second ship departed, a third ship appeared and approached YM. Just in time, it seemed, this third ship supplied YM with the final piece to continue his voyage: beautiful, broad, billowing sails. The sun finally broke through the mist, casting a large, vibrant rainbow on the blank canvases spanning the mast and cross-beam. YM’s face broke into a smile as a strong, directional breeze filled the sails with force and filled YM with hope for the future. YM decided to follow this third ship for a few leagues, as he enjoyed the company of his friends. They thrived. YM thrived.
YM reflected on the three ships that had aided him in his time of need. Each ship provided just what he needed in the precise moment he needed it. No single ship provided everything.
North Star International anchored YM in turbulent waters and stopped him from sinking.
Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA) at BYU helped YM regain mobility and helped him see the beauty and pride in the diversity of life voyages.
Affirmation — LGBT Mormons, Families, and Friends gave YM gusto for life and hope for progress and taught him how to thrive, not just survive.
Our voyages are too short to discard help, to close doors, to burn bridges, and to turn friends in similar experiences into enemies.
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, Is just to love and be loved in return.