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Virginia Hinckley Pearce headlines Northstar Conference for Mormons experiencing same-sex attraction

FILE - Virginia Hinckley Pearce speaks on the Holy Ghost and covenant privileges at the 16th Annual Education Conference at Southern Virginia University on June 1, 2012. Hinckley Pearce headlines Northstar Conference for Mormons experiencing same-sex attr
FILE - Virginia Hinckley Pearce speaks on the Holy Ghost and covenant privileges at the 16th Annual Education Conference at Southern Virginia University on June 1, 2012. Hinckley Pearce headlines Northstar Conference for Mormons experiencing same-sex attraction
Nathaniel Sidwell

PROVO — Author and former LDS Young Women leader Virginia Hinckley Pearce will deliver a keynote address this week at the third annual conference of North Star International, an independent group that supports Mormons who experience same-sex attraction.

The two-day conference, titled "Upon the Rock of Christ," begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the Provo Marriott with a keynote address by Alonzo Gaskill, BYU professor of church history and doctrine and co-author of the recent Oxford University Press book "Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation," which he wrote with Stephen Webb, who died March 5.

Pearce will speak Saturday morning at 9. She served from 1992-97 as first counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the daugher of late LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Other keynote speakers are Clay Olsen, co-founder of Fight the New Drug, and Eve Tushnet, an openly gay and celibate Catholic author and blogger.

North Star's website says it is a resource for Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria who desire to live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and values of the LDS Church. It also provides a resource for family, friends and ecclesiastical leaders.

An opening social for the conference will be held Thursday night. For a full schedule, visit conference.northstarlds.org/2016-conference/2016-schedule.

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