Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young on Saturday addressed a group of gay Mormons.

Steve Young and his wife Barbara Young were the keynote speakers at the 32nd Affirmation International Conference, which ended Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Steve Young said that his goal “is to build bridges with my gay brothers and sisters. We need to see each other as Jesus sees us.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The Mormon couple made headlines in 2008 when they placed “No on Prop. 8” yard signs in front of their Palo Alto, California home in direct defiance of the church which strongly supported passage of the constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

Barbara Young, a Mormon convert, said at the time that she wanted to support her bother, who is gay.

She urged attendees to be “patient like Jesus.”

“One of the most beautiful things about this church is that it can evolve,” she said. “It may not go as fast as everyone wants, but it is evolving.”

Steve Young is a direct descendant of Brigham Young, a former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the first governor of the Utah Territory.