Drafts #2 & #3

I SO don’t want to alienate those who have found nothing but rancor within the church, however truth is truth, and we discovered peace in it- just as the scriptures, prophets, and others on this path have promised.  I guess I can’t have it both ways.

So here goes.  There are two versions- similar to each other.

“The years since we filmed with Far Between have been full of healing, growth, finding wisdom and goodness.  We were determined to pursue the path of healing together, allowing space for our individual journeys, but always with an eye to the whole.

During the past couple of years we have been working together on remodeling a home.  The demolition, clean out, fixing and re-fixing unseen problems and the long, arduous and sometimes impossible process of building, finishing and polishing became indicative of the work we were doing on our relationship.  Old wounds, unseen fears, unproductive habits and thought processes all had to be opened, honored, learned from and worked through all while we were building and polishing the attributes that had always served us.  Our friendship and emotional connection as well as our ability and willingness to communicate were the strengths that only grew stronger as we traveled the healing path.

What we learned was that our healing would truly take hold and our marriage would thrive when we understood the power in our union- that the doctrine of Eternal Marriage exercised through our temple sealing contained blessings and strength previously unseen and definitely not previously understood. Through many tender mercies, and after many hours spent in fasting, prayer, and gospel study, we began to see our true potential as a couple and as a family.

We don’t know why we have been so blessed.  We feel as it states in Mosiah 27:29, “I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.” Our days have been full of enlightenment, peace and contentment.  We see each other differently.  We see sexuality differently.  The struggle is still very present, but the way we approach it has changed. We approach it together- in the power God grants to couples who actively seek Him. It is both humbling and exhilarating. We very much look forward to the future.

We pray peace and contentment to all who walk this path.  We dearly love the brothers and sisters we have met on this journey- those we currently walk with and those with whom we have parted ways. We honor all paths. We are forever grateful for those relationships and the richness they have brought to our lives.

Mikeal and Mandi Jensen”

AND Version #3:

“The years since filming our Far Between segment have been very quiet.  We are still married and still have three great kids.  But roots in the gospel have grown deeper and more profound.

We have learned that our healing would truly take hold and our marriage would thrive when we came to understand the power in our union- that the doctrine of Eternal Marriage exercised through our temple sealing contained blessings and strength previously unseen and definitely not previously understood. Through many tender mercies, and after many hours spent in fasting, prayer, and gospel study, we have begun to see our true potential as a couple and as a family.

Our days have been full of enlightenment, peace and contentment.  We see each other differently.  We see sexuality differently.  The struggle is still very present, but the way we approach it has changed. We approach it together- in the power God grants to couples who actively seek Him. It is both humbling and exhilarating. We very much look forward to the future.

Mikeal and Mandi Jensen”

I hope we are getting closer to the final product.

 

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