BYU SSA Group Releases New Anti-Suicide Video

Inspired by the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the recent General Conference, the Understanding Same-Gender Attraction group at BYU has produced a new video aimed at preventing suicide. The video, entitled Just Be There, featured interviews with individuals who considered or attempted suicide, in part because they had a same-sex attraction.

The group also surveyed some 100 LGBT students at BYU to determine the prevalence  of suicide, and discovered that 74 percent had considered suicide and 24 percent had attempted it.

But while the survey had led the group to sponsor a workshop about preventing suicide, it didn’t seem like it was enough. “The real push came from LDS General Conference,” said Adam White, the group’s president. “Having an apostle saying he had suffered from depression opened up the opportunity to talk about mental illness.”

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LDS Scout Leaders Face Felony Charges for Toppling Rock Formations in Goblin Valley

Claiming they were worried that a rock formation was unstable and could fall and hurt some one, three LDS scout leaders on a trip to Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park knocked over the formation — and filmed themselves doing it. The video was posted to Facebook, leading Utah State Park authorities to explore charges.

“It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences,” said spokesman Eugene Swalberg, “This is highly, highly inappropriate,” he said. “This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting.”

The man who pushed over the formation has identified himself as Glenn Taylor. He was one of the leaders of an LDS Church-sponsored scout troop on the trip, along with Dave Hall and Dylan Taylor. Hall filmed Glenn Taylor pushing over the formation while Dylan Taylor watched.

The incident has garnered national attention, and may have further implications for Glenn Taylor, because he had filed a personal injury lawsuit over a 2009 car accident, claiming he injured his back and had to “endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life.” Now the woman he sued is questioning how disabled Taylor is, given his ability to push over the rock formation.

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