How does the North Star mission statement apply to issues related to gender identity?
The North Star mission emphasizes moving from solitude to community to ministry as individuals mature in their growth and understanding of their particular life journey. Starting with solitude, an individual draws close to God and studies gospel truths, seeking individual revelation regarding how to address issues related to gender identity or the experience of gender dysphoria. After finding some major life answers, the individual can then move towards the community, building a positive and uplifting support network of family, friends, Church leaders, and perhaps even professionals who will support the person in living his or her values. Individual conversion and conviction are very helpful to knowing who to pick as friends and supports in the community, and that is why it is always first. After a person is personally strengthened, and has nurtured self and others through the development of a healthy and faith-affirming support system, then he or she is able to engage in ministry. This ministry is where someone reaches out to others, attempting to draw them upward and help them on their way. When we are strengthened, we are to strengthen our brethren. When we turn to Christ to experience healing, we then reach out to become a healing presence in the lives of others and in the world around us. These processes take a long time, even years, and isn’t perfectly linear. There is no rush to find all of the answers. It is important to be patient with yourself and others as individual answers are revealed, your friends and family grows along with you, and you and your support system are then able to reach out and help others. This is a life journey. Few if any have the answers to their gender dysphoria within a few years of seriously examining the issue. This takes time, study, thought, struggle, prayer, discussion, failure, hope, and the passage of lots of time to reach the point of ministry. Believe that it can get better as you work step by step to understand what the Lord expects of you in this experience.