Circling the Wagons Story Sharing Meetings are conducted in the tradition of Mormon testimony meetings. The microphone is open for all attendees to share their thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Those who currently identify with the Mormon faith tradition, those who identified with it in the past and all others are encouraged to share regardless of level of belief, life–decisions, church activity, or sexuality.
Hollie Hancock opens this Story Sharing Meeting with the assertion that “nothing lasts unless it can be expressed in terms of the human spirit” and observes that the day’s conference has demonstrated the capacity of the human spirit to love, forgive, and share. She challenges attendees to “Be you – bravely. Be the voice. Stand up and be you… even in the face of conflict, [even] in the face of contention. You have a voice and your voice matters. So be you, bravely.”
Attendees speak about their personal life–experiences and Hollie ends with an acknowledgement of the thread of grief and suicide among LGBTQ/SSA Mormons. She recommends Dr. Caitlin Ryan’s Family Acceptance Project pamphlet as one of the many available resources for those who are currently struggling.