In part two of her interview, Laurie opens up about her college years where she let alcoholism and drug addiction lead her away from activity in the Mormon church. Away from mormonism Laurie felt free to pursue romantic relationships with women. During this time she found herself in love with a wonderful women, a women who wanted to build a life with Laurie. Faced with an opportunity to settle down with a women Laurie had to confront her testimony of the LDS church and the nagging feeling that she should return to church activity where she could pursue a relationship with a man that would lead to a temple marriage. This video is rough and raw in it’s style and fitting of such an intimate and off-the-cuff exchange.
Laurie was born a Mormon in Las Vegas in the 1960s. She suffers sexual abuse and struggles with substance abuse as well as the conflict between her same-sex attractions and her LDS testimony. After choosing to sacrifice lesbian relationships for her religious convictions, she then falls in love with and marries a man, they have 3 children together, and are still married 20 years later. Laurie is the author of two books. The first, written under the pen name Erin Eldrich, “Born that way?” was published in 1994. Her new book “Reborn that way” was published in last year.
(The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the producers of Far Between but are reflective of some aspects of what it means to be homosexual and Mormon.)