(part 2) Wilum, 60, is a self-described punk rock, exhibitionist, gay Mormon. After serving a full-time mission, Wilum came out to his family then attended therapy to “become heterosexual.” Wilum was ultimately excommunicated and later returned to the church but not without butting heads with local church leadership.  In part two of his interview, Wilum explains that between edgy photographs, make-up, his YouTube channel, and a novel with erotic themes, it was clear he was not quite the run-of-the-mill church-goer.  In a different cultural climate, he had been excommunicated while still a virgin, and he left the church very angry.  But eventually, Wilum could not deny what he’d felt and found in the Church.  He calls himself “naturally rebellious” and insists being righteous is a lot of work for a punk like him, but he couldn’t deny the return of a testimony and decided that even if he is a freak, and even if he were excommunicated again, he’d keep going.  While he thinks God’s plan doesn’t have a place for homosexuality, he hopes he’s gay forever and doesn’t know what that means for his spiritual future.  But in the meantime, he has no interest in sex and honors his religion by keeping the commandments.  “I’m here, I’m queer, I’m LDS: get used to it.”

by Jay Jacobsen

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(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.)