(part 1 of 2 ) Sixteen years into their marriage, Mikeal and Mandi Jensen have a keen awareness of what exactly it means to be in a “mixed-orientation marriage” and they do not hold back in sharing how they feel about it. When they first married, though they were both aware of Mikeal’s homosexuality, they felt they were exceptional in their depth of friendship and ability to communicate their way through the inevitable difficulties they would face in such a marriage. Over the years, they have constantly been reminded of how little prepared they actually were for the marriage and yet, also, how much their love for one another has empowered them to work through the tough times. In this part of the their conversation, the Jensens describe, as best they can, what they see as being at the heart of the difficulty of being in a mixed-orientation marriage– the unmet need to be fundamentally desired by their spouse. They also describe their process of accepting the paradoxes of their relationship and how they try to allow them to mold them into better, more emotionally and spiritually intelligent individuals.

Watch part 2 of their interview HERE.

(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 today.)