Singing sensation and latter-day saint, David Archuleta, revealed his struggles with his sexuality and being a member of the church on his Instagram post. “I like to keep to myself but also thought this was important to share because I know so many other people from religious upbringings feel the same way,” said David. “I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality.”

“I came out in 2014 as gay to my family,” he wrote. “But then I learned I somewhat have similar feelings for both men and women so identify as being bisexual. I’m still trying to figure things out as I also have learned I don’t have as many sexual desires and urges as most people which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself for marriage. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges.”

David also invited everyone to be more accepting in the church to those who are struggling with their sexuality. “There are people experiencing the same feelings of being LGBTQIA+. A lot of them wrestling to follow their beliefs that are so important to them as I have. [I don’t know] what to make of it and I don’t have all the answers. I just invite you to please consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself. I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the wrestle between being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith. There are more than you may realize going through that wrestle after all the misunderstandings that come with it. I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other.”

“I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created. If other people choose to live differently than what you’ve been raised to believe is right, please have compassion because it’s most likely been an exhausting journey for them to be ok with the feelings they have and never have been able to change. Perhaps they weren’t supposed to try and change the way they were created to be. Even if you’re left with so many more questions with faith and sexuality like me I believe being open to both questions and to faith is how we receive answers. God blesses those who ask. So let’s keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience.”

David Archuleta rose to fame when he appeared on the hit series Amerian Idol.



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