Mormon Stories - LDS

This episode begins our series on “Losing the Lamanites” where we interview people from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders with the intent of exploring their faith transitions—especially their thoughts and feelings on the identity of “Lamanite” being given to them.

 

Vania Moore was raised in the LDS Church and has recently experienced a faith transition.  In this episode, we explore:

 

*Vania’s upbringing in the LDS Church and her desire to serve an LDS mission

*Her thoughts about the label of “Lamanite” and how she never felt it applied to her, and why

*The cultural differences of the LDS Church she noticed having been raised in Brazil and then immigrating to Utah

*Her marriage and subsequent divorce

*Immigrating to America in search of a new life for herself and her children

*How her struggle with anxiety and depression immediately subsided after she decided to leave the LDS Church

*Her remarriage to a true-believing member of the LDS Church and how they make their mixed-faith marriage work

*Vania’s YouTube channel where she explores different truth claims of the church

Direct download: MormonStories-747-VaniaMoorePt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm MST

This episode begins our series on “Losing the Lamanites” where we interview people from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders with the intent of exploring their faith transitions—especially their thoughts and feelings on the identity of “Lamanite” being given to them.

 

Vania Moore was raised in the LDS Church and has recently experienced a faith transition.  In this episode, we explore:

 

*Vania’s upbringing in the LDS Church and her desire to serve an LDS mission

*Her thoughts about the label of “Lamanite” and how she never felt it applied to her, and why

*The cultural differences of the LDS Church she noticed having been raised in Brazil and then immigrating to Utah

*Her marriage and subsequent divorce

*Immigrating to America in search of a new life for herself and her children

*How her struggle with anxiety and depression immediately subsided after she decided to leave the LDS Church

*Her remarriage to a true-believing member of the LDS Church and how they make their mixed-faith marriage work

*Vania’s YouTube channel where she explores different truth claims of the church

Direct download: MormonStories-746-VaniaMoorePt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm MST

In this episode John Dehlin (OSF Chief Executive Officer, Board Member) and Craig Woodfield (OSF Board Member, Finance Committee Chair) review the successes of the Open Stories Foundation for 2016.  Items discussed include:

  • The OSF's longstanding commitment to financial transparency.
  • The incredible growth of OSF podcasts in 2016.
  • The emergence and success of a new retreats/workshops initiative to support Mormons experiencing a religious transition.
  • A review of the newly released financial statements.
  • Compensation of OSF staff and OSF podcasters.
  • A discussion of the Mormon Transitions project.

SUPER grateful for all the questions submitted by OSF donors and listeners.

Please email any additional questions to: openstoriesboard@gmail.com.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-745-OSF2016Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm MST

In this episode Margi Dehlin shares an essay she recently wrote named "Broken Open."

Direct download: MormonStories-744-MargiBrokenOpen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm MST

Concluding our series on Transgender/Intersex issues within Mormonism, we interview London Flynn.  London discusses her transition from male to female as a post-Mormon teen, including:

*Her desires and behaviors she wanted to take part in as a child, but was not free to express

*Achieving the Eagle Scout award as a teen, but feeling disconnected from the other boys

*Her fears of “coming out” when she began to study the methods others were subjected to as a way to “correct” gender confusion

*The different milestones in her transition and how her family, friends, and institutional leaders have responded

*Her hope and vision of the future

Thank you London for sharing your beautiful story and for helping all of us understand more the transgender experience within Mormonism!

Direct download: MormonStories-743-LondonFlynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm MST

In this episode, John, Margi, and Natasha Helfer Parker discuss guiding principles to maintaining successful relationships

Direct download: MormonStories-742-HealthyMarriagePt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am MST

In this episode, John, Margi, and Natasha Helfer Parker discuss forming a foundation for marriage that withstands change

Direct download: MormonStories-741-HealthyMarriagePt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am MST

In this episode of Mormon Stories, we continue our series on Transgender/Intersex education within Mormonism by interviewing Alex Autry.  Alex discusses his transition from female to male as a post-Mormon teen, including:

  • His early feelings and experiences with gender as a child
  • His upbringing in the LDS Church and feelings of disconnection while involved in Young Women’s activities
  • The constant desire to receive the Priesthood along with all the other boys
  • How his strong and orthodox testimony served as a barrier to confronting his gender identity
  • The feelings of relief when his family and schoolmates accepted his identity
  • Leaving the LDS Church along with his family
  • His beliefs now and his vision for the future

We are grateful to Alex for sharing his unique story and for shining a light on the transgender experience within the Mormon context!

Direct download: MormonStories-740-AlexAutry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm MST

In this episode John and Margi interview four individuals who are transgender and either active LDS or former LDS. Our panelists for this interview are Kimberly, Ann, Emmett, and Augustus. We discuss:

*What it was like growing up in the LDS Church
*What effect bullying and life in the “closet” had on them
*How the panelists see transgender people fitting (or not) into LDS Church doctrine
*“Trans-erasure” in the Church where lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities receive more focus and attention; therefore, transgender issues are less understood
*How they were treated when they attended church as their authentic selves
*Things they would like the Church to address with their transgender members

We thank our panelists for sharing each of their unique stories and for bringing light to the Mormon transgender experience!

Direct download: MormonStories-739-TransgenderPanel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am MST

Part 4: Kimberly shares the impact her transition had on her Mormon life, and shares her vision of the future

Kimberly Anderson is a self-actualized woman who has made the change from living for 45 years as a Mormon man to living openly as a woman. Before her transition, she lived, worked, and thrived for decades as a spouse, parent of two children, faithful Mormon, professional photographer, and university professor (BYU, UVU, Snow College).

Kimberly has a BA and an MFA from Utah State University, has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally as a professional photographer, and has work in various collections throughout the Intermountain West. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University, Snow College and Utah Valley University. She is the founder/photographer for the Mama Dragons Story Project which was recently featured on Mormon Stories Podcast.

This interview kicks off a 4-part series on Transgender/Intersex education within Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-738-KimberlyAndersonPt4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03am MST