I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a Advanced Faith-Based Certified Life Coach. You don’t have to be a member of my church to work with us. In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to coach people who are questioning their beliefs or have left the church. If you’re looking for someone who understands the doctrine, the culture, and how it impacts your challenges, you’re in the right place.
I have been married for 30 years and we have been blessed with 6 kids (1 son, 5 daughters). Our son came out in 2012. I have walked this journey personally so I know the emotions that you experience when your child comes out as LGBTQ.
Because of my experience, I know how hard this experience can be doing it alone. Once I hired a coach for myself it made all the difference in my ability to navigate these new waters.
This is why I became a certified coach through the Life Coach School in 2019 and received advanced level certification in faith-based coaching with Jody Moore in 2020. I have coached hundreds of families on all of the nuances that come with becoming an LGBTQ family.
We created this community because we know exactly what you need. Community, understanding, guidance, support - all the things that we wish we had when our child came out. The tools to help us support our child without losing our faith.
My husband Kenn and I live in Salt Lake and have three amazing grown children and a brand new son-in-law. We are a regular LDS family.
As the mother of an LGBTQ child and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have learned to rely on the Lord and trust the inspiration I've received. My goal is to keep all of my children connected to their Savior and to teach them to face life with courage and confidence in who they are, children of God.
I learned this growing up in my own LGBTQ family. My oldest brother, Preston, was gay. Raising a gay child in the '70s and '80s, my parents were on their own to navigate what it meant to be an openly gay family in the church. It was not easy and neither they nor my brother felt supported. But they did the best that they could.
In 2017, my brother took is own life. At the same time, my oldest son was starting his own painful process of coming out. My brother's painful life was a total gift to me. Through the good and the bad, the sad and the joyful, I learned what I needed to know to raise a healthy, gay son.
Because of the journey that I have been on, and the blessings that have come to our family because of our LGBTQ child, I wanted to do more to help other LGBTQ families, wards, and leaders support these most precious children of our Heavenly Parents. Lift and Love is that help.
The Lift+Love Foundation, Instagram account @liftandloveorg, and website www.liftandlove.org are for the sole purpose of supporting, teaching, and empowering LGBTQ + LDS families.