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Richard Ostler: "How I Became an LGBTQ Ally Serving as a YSA Bishop"

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Richard Ostler, known to many as "Papa" Ostler, will be joining us at the Hearth on September 17th, 2017 at 7pm! Richard previously served as a YSA Bishop and will share his experience of being ‘called by God’ to begin his journey of outreach to the LGBTQ community as an Ally, his feelings about his LGBTQ brothers and sisters, as well as his thoughts on the future of the Church’s relationship with its LGBTQ members.

Many of you may already be familiar with his Facebook posts, where he has written eloquently about the great need for LBGTQ outreach. His posts have reached a large audience and resulted in an increase in love and understanding. Richard describes himself as "a deeply believing/committed Mormon who wants to help all of us love, understand and minister in a more effective way to all of Heavenly Father’s children." A typical week sees him serving both as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple, as well as volunteering at the Encircle House (an LGBTQ youth/family resource center) in Provo, UT. You can visit to read his previous posts/articles.

Richard Ostler is a native of Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (business focus). He is married to Sheila Juergens and they are the parents of six children and two grandchildren. He currrently lives near Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City.