The Samaritan’s Party was all about healing for the victims and survivors of abuse in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and included a bishop’s apology from 30 current or still ordained bishops across the country for the church’s practice of one-on-one interviews conducted by untrained lay men and often including sexually explicit questions with underage children. The Samaritan’s Feast was the last day of Sam Young’s #hungerstrikeandspotlight and #templesidechat. He fasted for 23 days, besting Gandhi’s fast by 2 days, all for the victims. Not one apostle showed up, including the prophet Russel M. Nelson, but as participants washed each others feet free of the guilt, shame, and pain of their traumas in the church, you could almost swear Jesus himself was standing amongst them.
Our livestream coverage of Sam Young’s Protect LDS Children’s Temple Side Chat With An Apostle, hunger strike, and spotlight.
Standing by these warriors for the cause was an honor and a dream come true. Sam Young and McKenna Denson were phenomenal! There was some really great discussion by the group, since the apostle never showed or sent any church representation (shame on you, Soares). I openly tell a very small part of my story at the end. I felt it was important to get to some of the really sick questions and actions that have ABSOLUTELY happened to not only me, but the majority of girls I worked with as a beehive president and activist in my community.
This was by far the worst action by an outsider that happened today. A child in a wheelchair was attacked by a security guard for holding a sign a couple of feet over an arbitrary and unclear line, because she wanted to be in the shade in the awful heat of the day. He was waiting in the background for quite some time, looking for someone to attack, and decided to attack a child. in. a. wheelchair. She was visibly shaken and brought to tears. Sam Young stepped in and tried to rectify the situation positively, but I felt it was important to get her side of the story and validate what had just happened to her. I think that security guard should be absolutely ashamed of himself. There’s no excuse for that kind of behavior. That it happened right outside the Salt Lake City LDS Temple in Temple Square makes it even more atrocious.