In part three of their interview, proud parents of two children, Ty and Danielle married in 2010 and currently live in Provo, Utah, where Ty is studying to become a marriage and family therapist. In 2004, Ty coauthored In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction and later in 2011, compiled the anthology Voices of Hope: Latter-day Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction. He is also the cofounder of the nonprofit organization North Star, a support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality. Within the context of prayer and meditation, Ty explains that he had reconciled his religion and his sexuality, and committed to and was ready to live a life of celibacy. However as Ty grew in his relationship with God, a new path began to emerge —Ty and Danielle dated, fell in love, got married in the temple, and started a family. They both admit that their experiences are atypical, but they also believe that their individual emotional, psychological, and spiritual paths that led to their marriage were inspired by Heavenly Father.
In this part of interview, the Mansfields discuss what dating looked like for them. Danielle’s sense of humor and Ty’s ability to let go of expectations allowed them to move forward; by living in the moment and letting the Lord dictate their path, they found their relationship on the path toward marriage. They credit good therapy and the experiences of others who have been in both successful and unsuccessful marriage relationships–especially those in mixed orientation marriages–as great tools as they have navigated their path. However, they find the most happiness and fulfillment in their relationship as they let it be what each of them needs it to be instead of trying to measure themselves by the success or failures of others.
(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.)