The Phoenix chapter of a Mormon gay rights group held a candlelight vigil on Friday to remember victims of suicide, The Arizona Republic reported.

About 40 members of the Phoenix Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Coalition for Mormon Action gathered across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (the Mormons) Mesa Temple as the church celebrated its 31st annual Christmas Lights ceremony.

The event raised awareness for The Trevor Project, the California-based non-profit that runs the nation's only 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth, and Phoenix Affirmation, a local gay group that lobbies for greater acceptance from the Mormon Church.

The members snuffed out their candles to remember gay Mormons who had committed suicide.

Bobby Parker, a Mormon who came out gay late in life, said he had considered several times taking his own life.

“When I first came out I was sent out for reperative therapy to change me back to a heterosexual,” he said.

Parker added that his group hopes “that there is just more tolerance among Mormons for gays.”

The Mormon Church recently softened its stand on being gay. An updated guidebook says gay men and lesbians are accepted in the church, so long as they remain celibate.