Mormon Stories - LDS (general)

SUMMARY: While I am pleased to finally see extensive news coverage of Mormon Bishop/Stake High Councilman Steven Murdock’s voyeurism story, I feel strongly that the reporters are missing the most important part of this story: basically, that Mormon church leadership explicitly knew of Bishop Murdock’s history of sexual harassment as early as 2017, but chose to ignore the reports, kept him in as bishop for several months after the firing, and eventually “promoted” Steven Murdock to the Stake High Council in spite of at least three different direct reports regarding his pattern of behavior.

The following report comes from personal interviews with over 20 individuals who have personal relationships with Steven Murdock, either as friends, co-workers, neighbors, or ward/stake members.

Direct download: MormonStories-1168-VoyeurBishop.mp3
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Presented at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

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Presented at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

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Anthony shares the feedback he received from his Mormon Story

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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1164-AnthonyMillerPt6.mp3
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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1163-AnthonyMillerPt5.mp3
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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1162-AnthonyMillerPt4.mp3
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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1161-AnthonyMillerPt3.mp3
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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1160-AnthonyMillerPt2.mp3
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Anthony Miller is widely known across post- and progressive- Mormon internet communities for his thoughtful contributions on faith, spirituality, religion, scripture, and relationships. Anthony has presented at multiple Sunstone Symposium sessions in the past and at this Summer's Thrive Conference where he gave a presentation titled "Growing Beyond Grief" which we hope to feature on a future episode of Mormon Stories / The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis. Anthony has also given past interviews with Gina Colvin's A Thoughtful Faith and appeared on multiple episodes with Bill Reel and Allan Mount (linked on Anthony's blog) unpacking the Gospel Topic Essays.

On these episodes with Mormon Stories, we hope to dig deep into Anthony's personal Mormon story including:

*What he calls his "literal faith" in the truth claims of the Mormon Church, including using his patriarchal blessing as the literal guidebook for the choices and direction he pursed in life
*How his faith began to unravel after he discovered the LDS-published Gospel Topic Essays
*How he sought community and healing during his faith crisis, including the founding of a Mormon Spectrum group
*How he deconstructed his past beliefs and is reconstructing a sense of spirituality after his faith crisis

....and so much more.

We hope our listeners will draw from Anthony's rich experience in learning to navigate a mixed faith marriage, communicating across faith and belief, reconstructing a sense of spirituality after a faith crisis, and creating support communities for people inside and outside the edge of Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1159-AnthonyMillerPt1.mp3
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Presented by John Dehlin at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

http://thrivebeyondmormonism.org

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Presented by Christian Moore at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

http://thrivebeyondmormonism.org

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Presented by Natasha Helfer Parker at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Presented by Margi Dehlin at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

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What could cause one of the Mormon church's "best and brightest" women to lose their faith in the church? 

For part 2 of today’s interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear how an east bench, Provo, Utah Mormon mother, former Relief Society President, former Stake Young Women’s President, and BYU employee navigated her Mormon faith crisis.

- This story includes the gripping account of what happened when they asked Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to heal their son of his gayness.

- It also includes Donna's touching experiences as a Relief Society President.

- We also learn about the impact of the November 2015 LGBTQ policy on Donna, Michael and her family - along with the 2019 policy reversal.

Direct download: MormonStories-1154-DonnaShowalterPt5.mp3
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What could cause one of the Mormon church's "best and brightest" women to lose their faith in the church? 

For part 2 of today’s interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear how an east bench, Provo, Utah Mormon mother, former Relief Society President, former Stake Young Women’s President, and BYU employee navigated her Mormon faith crisis.

- This story includes the gripping account of what happened when they asked Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to heal their son of his gayness.

- It also includes Donna's touching experiences as a Relief Society President.

- We also learn about the impact of the November 2015 LGBTQ policy on Donna, Michael and her family - along with the 2019 policy reversal.

Direct download: MormonStories-1153-DonnaShowalterPt4.mp3
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What could cause one of the Mormon church's "best and brightest" women to lose their faith in the church? 

For part 2 of today’s interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear how an east bench, Provo, Utah Mormon mother, former Relief Society President, former Stake Young Women’s President, and BYU employee navigated her Mormon faith crisis.

- This story includes the gripping account of what happened when they asked Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to heal their son of his gayness.

- It also includes Donna's touching experiences as a Relief Society President.

- We also learn about the impact of the November 2015 LGBTQ policy on Donna, Michael and her family - along with the 2019 policy reversal.

Direct download: MormonStories-1152-DonnaShowalterPt3.mp3
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What could cause one of the Mormon church's "best and brightest" women to lose their faith in the church? 

For part 2 of today’s interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear how an east bench, Provo, Utah Mormon mother, former Relief Society President, former Stake Young Women’s President, and BYU employee navigated her Mormon faith crisis.

- This story includes the gripping account of what happened when they asked Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to heal their son of his gayness.

- It also includes Donna's touching experiences as a Relief Society President.

- We also learn about the impact of the November 2015 LGBTQ policy on Donna, Michael and her family - along with the 2019 policy reversal.

Direct download: MormonStories-1151-DonnaShowalterPt2.mp3
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What could cause one of the Mormon church's "best and brightest" women to lose their faith in the church? 

For part 2 of today’s interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear how an east bench, Provo, Utah Mormon mother, former Relief Society President, former Stake Young Women’s President, and BYU employee navigated her Mormon faith crisis.

- This story includes the gripping account of what happened when they asked Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to heal their son of his gayness.

- It also includes Donna's touching experiences as a Relief Society President.

- We also learn about the impact of the November 2015 LGBTQ policy on Donna, Michael and her family - along with the 2019 policy reversal.

Direct download: MormonStories-1150-DonnaShowalterPt1.mp3
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For part 1 of today’s interview with Donna and Michael Showalter, we will hear the story of the Showalter family’s Mormon journey, which includes living in very conservative Provo, Utah, Michael coming out as gay, and Donna’s journey to fully accept/embrace/love/celebrate Michael.

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For part 1 of today’s interview with Donna and Michael Showalter, we will hear the story of the Showalter family’s Mormon journey, which includes living in very conservative Provo, Utah, Michael coming out as gay, and Donna’s journey to fully accept/embrace/love/celebrate Michael.

Direct download: MormonStories-1148-MichaelandDonnaShowalterRedactPt1.mp3
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Should the Mormon Church Conduct Worthiness Interviews for 8-11 Year Old Children?

Earlier this week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a marketing research survey inquiring from members about the idea of lowering the age of youth interviews with clergy from age 12 to eight.

Today we have assembled an all-star panel to discuss whether or not this is a good idea. Panelists include:

- Natasha Helfer Parker (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Sex Therapist)

- Roger Hendrix (former Mormon Bishop, Stake Presidency Member, Mission President, and CES Director)

- Sam Young (founder of Protect LDS Children and Protect All Children)

- Joelle Casteix ( leading global expert, advocate and spokesperson for survivors of child sexual assault and institutional cover-up. Joelle has considerable experience fighting the Mormon church in state legislatures in support of sexual abuse victims )

Direct download: MormonStories-1147-ChildrenInterviews.mp3
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In this episode of The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis licensed marriage and sex therapist and active Mormon Natasha Helfer Parker shares with us a more effective approach to masturbation and pornography for both teens and adults.

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In this episode of The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis licensed marriage and sex therapist and active Mormon Natasha Helfer Parker shares with us a more effective approach to masturbation and pornography for both teens and adults.

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In this episode of The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis licensed marriage and sex therapist and active Mormon Natasha Helfer Parker shares with us a more effective approach to masturbation and pornography for both teens and adults.

Direct download: MormonStories-1144-HealthySexualityPt1.mp3
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On 6/30/2019 Mormon Bishop Jared Lusk attended a Mormon church disciplinary council in the Farmington, New Mexico stake on the charges of apostasy. His "sins" included:
 
1) Losing his Mormon faith after reading the Mormon church's own Gospel Topics essays, which discussed topics such as : a) discrepancies in the multiple accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision, b) Joseph Smith's polygamy and polyandry, c) concerns about the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, etc.
 
2) Writing publicly about his loss of faith on Facebook, and
 
3) Supporting Mormon Bishop Sam Young's efforts to protect Mormon children from sexual abuse.
 
During the disciplinary council Jared's Mormon Stake President read the charges of apostasy, including several of Jared's Facebook statements. Then, Jared's wife, Gwen, along with two of their daughters (Taylor and Madison) testified on Jared's behalf. Then Jared provided his own response to the charges.
 
At the close of the disciplinary council, Jared's stake president twice asked Jared explicitly if he would agree to stop commenting on social media about his disbelief in fundamental Mormon truth claims. Both times Jared told his stake president that he would NOT stop expressing his disbelief on social media - explicitly defying the counsel of Jared's priesthood leadership (which in and of itself is ground for apostasy).
 
In a somewhat unexpected and heretofore unheard of act in the modern area, Jared was informed by his Stake President that he has been Disfellowshipped for Apostasy.

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Join us today on Mormon Stories Podcast as Allan and Kattie Mount share with us their top tips for thriving as a Mormon mixed-faith couple. Allan and Kattie Mount co-host the “Marriage on a Tightrope” podcast which is focused on supporting Mormon mixed-faith couples. This presentation was first delivered in Salt Lake City at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference

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Join us today on Mormon Stories Podcast as Allan and Kattie Mount share with us their top tips for thriving as a Mormon mixed-faith couple. Allan and Kattie Mount co-host the “Marriage on a Tightrope” podcast which is focused on supporting Mormon mixed-faith couples. This presentation was first delivered in Salt Lake City at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference

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Join us today on Mormon Stories Podcast as Allan and Kattie Mount share with us their top tips for thriving as a Mormon mixed-faith couple. Allan and Kattie Mount co-host the “Marriage on a Tightrope” podcast which is focused on supporting Mormon mixed-faith couples. This presentation was first delivered in Salt Lake City at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference

Direct download: MormonStories-1140-MountsPt1.mp3
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For today’s Mormon Stories Podcast episode we are interviewing Kattie and Allan Mount (co-hosts of Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast) about:

1) how they have navigated their mixed-faith Mormon marriage,
2) what it has been like to start a podcast to support others in a mixed-faith marriage, and
3) what tips they have for Mormon mixed-faith married couples.

Direct download: MormonStories-1139-MountsPt3.mp3
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For today’s Mormon Stories Podcast episode we are interviewing Kattie and Allan Mount (co-hosts of Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast) about:

1) how they have navigated their mixed-faith Mormon marriage,
2) what it has been like to start a podcast to support others in a mixed-faith marriage, and
3) what tips they have for Mormon mixed-faith married couples.

Direct download: MormonStories-1138-MountsPt2.mp3
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For today’s Mormon Stories Podcast episode we are interviewing Kattie and Allan Mount (co-hosts of Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast) about: 

1) how they have navigated their mixed-faith Mormon marriage, 

2) what it has been like to start a podcast to support others in a mixed-faith marriage, and 

3) what tips they have for Mormon mixed-faith married couples.

Direct download: MormonStories-1137-MountsPt1.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1136-LusksPt6.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1135-LusksPt5.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1134-LusksPt4.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1133-LusksPt3.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1132-LusksPt2.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Jared, Gwen, and Madison Lusk. This episode is a continuation in our series highlight former Mormon bishops and their families who have experienced a faith crisis. Jared is set to be excommunicated on June 30th, 2019 for apostasy (details below).

The Lusks live in Farmington, New Mexico. Jared and Gwen were raised as devout Mormons, married in the Jordan River temple, had 6 children, and established a successful dental practice in Farmington, NM. Jared and Gwen devoted their lives to the Mormon church for 45+ years, including Jared serving as bishop from 2008-2013, and Gwen serving in multiple callings.

Jared’s faith crisis was triggered in 2015 when he began reading the LDS Gospel Topics Essays. Jared and Gwen experienced a mixed faith marriage for a few years. In April of 2018, while being released from a stake calling, Jared shared with his stake president and one of the counselors details regarding his faith crisis. The stake president immediately took Jared’s temple recommend away, and then released Gwen from her calling and took her temple recommend away a few weeks later. Madison (18) resigned from the church in April, 2019.

After Jared began expressing public support for Sam Young and the Protect LDS Children movement, along with expressing public feelings about the church’s truth claims, Jared was summoned to a disciplinary council. Jared faces excommunication on June 30th, 2019 at 6pm at the Farmington, NM stake center.

This is their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1131-LusksPt1.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Tonya Guest. Tonya will be sharing with us her story, which includes experiencing a Mormon faith crisis, expressing a public statement on social media - specifically regarding issues of women and the church - and then having her bishop question and shame her publicly for what she shared. We will also be discussing Tonya’s attempts to discuss the issue with her stake president, and we will read stories/experiences from others with similar experiences.

Direct download: MormonStories-1130-TonyaGuest.mp3
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Join us now for today's Mormon Stories Podcast episode as we interview ex-Jehovah's Witness Amber Scorah about her new book: "Leaving the Witness: Exiting Religion and Finding a Life." Building off of our previous interview with former Jehovah's Witness, Lloyd Evans, we continue to discover the parallels between the JW Movement and Mormonism, particularly surrounding the struggle to form a new identity after leaving the religion. In this interview Amber shares her experience leaving her religion. From the book's abstract:

"Amber's loss of faith culminated in her own personal apocalypse, the only kind of ending possible for a Jehovah's Witness.

Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Amber was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery--with no education or support system. A coming of age story of a woman already in her thirties, this unforgettable memoir examines what it's like to start one's life over again with an entirely new identity. It follows Scorah to New York City, where a personal tragedy forces her to look for new ways to find meaning in the absence of religion. With compelling, spare prose, Leaving the Witness traces the bittersweet process of starting over, when everything one's life was built around is gone."

Direct download: MormonStories-1129-AmberScorah.mp3
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In this episode, we talk with Crystal Escobar about her new book: My Life as a Wannabe Balanced Mom, specifically how she has navigated both motherhood and being a business entrepreneur. Those familiar with Mormon Stories Podcast will recall our earlier episodes with both Crystal and her husband Sean that detailed Sean's experience as a victim of sexual abuse and also detailing their journey out of Mormonism. Today's interview will expound on Crystal's experience as she learned to balance motherhood with her other life's interests, and how she rebuilt her idea of motherhood outside the paradigm of the Mormon Church.

We will also be joined by a few of her readers in the second part of the interview.

Direct download: MormonStories-1128-CrystalEscobarPt2.mp3
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In this episode, we talk with Crystal Escobar about her new book: My Life as a Wannabe Balanced Mom, specifically how she has navigated both motherhood and being a business entrepreneur. Those familiar with Mormon Stories Podcast will recall our earlier episodes with both Crystal and her husband Sean that detailed Sean's experience as a victim of sexual abuse and also detailing their journey out of Mormonism. Today's interview will expound on Crystal's experience as she learned to balance motherhood with her other life's interests, and how she rebuilt her idea of motherhood outside the paradigm of the Mormon Church.

We will also be joined by a few of her readers in the second part of the interview.

Direct download: MormonStories-1127-CrystalEscobarPt1.mp3
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Please join us now for our Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Spencer Nugent. Spencer, along with his parents and sibling, were the first Jamaicans baptized on the island into the Mormon church. Later Spencer’s family moved to Orem, Utah. Spencer attended UVSC and BYU, served a mission to San Antonio, Texas, and became an Industrial Designer. Spencer is a renaissance man of sorts. His many talents/interests include karaoke/music, art, travel, design, drawing, landscape architecture, teaching, etc.

After Spencer was married in the Salt Lake City temple and had two sons, he and his ex-wife eventually experienced a Mormon faith crisis and divorced.

Today’s episode will cover numerous topics, including Mormon cultural imperialism/whitewashing, being black in the Mormon church, Spencer’s mission, male eating disorders, parenting, divorce, faith crises, and finding identity, morality, and community as a black ex-Mormon man in Utah.

Direct download: MormonStories-1126-SpencerNugentPt3.mp3
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Please join us now for our Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Spencer Nugent. Spencer, along with his parents and sibling, were the first Jamaicans baptized on the island into the Mormon church. Later Spencer’s family moved to Orem, Utah. Spencer attended UVSC and BYU, served a mission to San Antonio, Texas, and became an Industrial Designer. Spencer is a renaissance man of sorts. His many talents/interests include karaoke/music, art, travel, design, drawing, landscape architecture, teaching, etc.

After Spencer was married in the Salt Lake City temple and had two sons, he and his ex-wife eventually experienced a Mormon faith crisis and divorced.

Today’s episode will cover numerous topics, including Mormon cultural imperialism/whitewashing, being black in the Mormon church, Spencer’s mission, male eating disorders, parenting, divorce, faith crises, and finding identity, morality, and community as a black ex-Mormon man in Utah.

Direct download: MormonStories-1125-SpencerNugentPt2.mp3
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Please join us now for our Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Spencer Nugent. Spencer, along with his parents and sibling, were the first Jamaicans baptized on the island into the Mormon church. Later Spencer’s family moved to Orem, Utah. Spencer attended UVSC and BYU, served a mission to San Antonio, Texas, and became an Industrial Designer. Spencer is a renaissance man of sorts. His many talents/interests include karaoke/music, art, travel, design, drawing, landscape architecture, teaching, etc.

After Spencer was married in the Salt Lake City temple and had two sons, he and his ex-wife eventually experienced a Mormon faith crisis and divorced.

Today’s episode will cover numerous topics, including Mormon cultural imperialism/whitewashing, being black in the Mormon church, Spencer’s mission, male eating disorders, parenting, divorce, faith crises, and finding identity, morality, and community as a black ex-Mormon man in Utah.

Direct download: MormonStories-1124-SpencerNugentPt1.mp3
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On this episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, we travel to Davis, California to visit with the Purves family as they share their unique experience with a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this interview we cover:

  • The goodness that Mormonism brought Scott and Joanna as youth, including a nurturing community and a sense of purpose
  • Scott and Joanna's decision to raise their family in Mormonism, culminating in the calling of Scott as Bishop
  • The rewards and challenges of serving as a Bishop, and how the demanding service impacted Joanna and the rest of the family
  • What made a Mormon Bishop question and then lose his testimony?
  • What happens when a Mormon Bishop's daughter comes out as lesbian and how does the family handle that?
  • How does the Purves family rebuild and regroup to find joy and fulfillment outside of Mormon orthodoxy?
  • And so much more...

Join us as this amazing and loving family becomes both strong and vulnerable to share the joys and challenges of their Mormon Faith Crisis!

Direct download: MormonStories-1123-PurvesPt4.mp3
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On this episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, we travel to Davis, California to visit with the Purves family as they share their unique experience with a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this interview we cover:

  • The goodness that Mormonism brought Scott and Joanna as youth, including a nurturing community and a sense of purpose
  • Scott and Joanna's decision to raise their family in Mormonism, culminating in the calling of Scott as Bishop
  • The rewards and challenges of serving as a Bishop, and how the demanding service impacted Joanna and the rest of the family
  • What made a Mormon Bishop question and then lose his testimony?
  • What happens when a Mormon Bishop's daughter comes out as lesbian and how does the family handle that?
  • How does the Purves family rebuild and regroup to find joy and fulfillment outside of Mormon orthodoxy?
  • And so much more...

Join us as this amazing and loving family becomes both strong and vulnerable to share the joys and challenges of their Mormon Faith Crisis!

Direct download: MormonStories-1122-PurvesPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

On this episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, we travel to Davis, California to visit with the Purves family as they share their unique experience with a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this interview we cover:

  • The goodness that Mormonism brought Scott and Joanna as youth, including a nurturing community and a sense of purpose
  • Scott and Joanna's decision to raise their family in Mormonism, culminating in the calling of Scott as Bishop
  • The rewards and challenges of serving as a Bishop, and how the demanding service impacted Joanna and the rest of the family
  • What made a Mormon Bishop question and then lose his testimony?
  • What happens when a Mormon Bishop's daughter comes out as lesbian and how does the family handle that?
  • How does the Purves family rebuild and regroup to find joy and fulfillment outside of Mormon orthodoxy?
  • And so much more...

Join us as this amazing and loving family becomes both strong and vulnerable to share the joys and challenges of their Mormon Faith Crisis!

Direct download: MormonStories-1121-PurvesPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am MDT

On this episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, we travel to Davis, California to visit with the Purves family as they share their unique experience with a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this interview we cover:

  • The goodness that Mormonism brought Scott and Joanna as youth, including a nurturing community and a sense of purpose
  • Scott and Joanna's decision to raise their family in Mormonism, culminating in the calling of Scott as Bishop
  • The rewards and challenges of serving as a Bishop, and how the demanding service impacted Joanna and the rest of the family
  • What made a Mormon Bishop question and then lose his testimony?
  • What happens when a Mormon Bishop's daughter comes out as lesbian and how does the family handle that?
  • How does the Purves family rebuild and regroup to find joy and fulfillment outside of Mormon orthodoxy?
  • And so much more...

Join us as this amazing and loving family becomes both strong and vulnerable to share the joys and challenges of their Mormon Faith Crisis!

Direct download: MormonStories-1120-PurvesPt1.mp3
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In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode we interview Liz Layton.  Liz has experienced much accomplishment and tragedy in her life as a millennial post-Mormon.  This includes becoming a professional dancer for the Utah Jazz, but also includes the loss of her orthodox Mormon faith, two divorces, and the death of two of her siblings due to suicide.

Direct download: MormonStories-1119-LizLaytonPt4.mp3
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In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode we interview Liz Layton.  Liz has experienced much accomplishment and tragedy in her life as a millennial post-Mormon.  This includes becoming a professional dancer for the Utah Jazz, but also includes the loss of her orthodox Mormon faith, two divorces, and the death of two of her siblings due to suicide.

Direct download: MormonStories-1118-LizLaytonPt3.mp3
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In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode we interview Liz Layton.  Liz has experienced much accomplishment and tragedy in her life as a millennial post-Mormon.  This includes becoming a professional dancer for the Utah Jazz, but also includes the loss of her orthodox Mormon faith, two divorces, and the death of two of her siblings due to suicide.

Direct download: MormonStories-1117-LizLaytonPt2.mp3
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In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode we interview Liz Layton. Liz has experienced much accomplishment and tragedy in her life as a millennial post-Mormon. This includes becoming a professional dancer for the Utah Jazz, but also includes the loss of her orthodox Mormon faith, two divorces, and the death of two of her siblings due to suicide.

Direct download: MormonStories-1116-LizLaytonPt1.mp3
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Join us now as we discuss Part 2 in our series of parenting after a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker, Margi and John Dehlin provide some overarching principles to guide post-Orthodox parenting. We also take your questions and comments to guide the flow of the episode.

Direct download: MormonStories-1115-ParentingPt4.mp3
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Join us now as we discuss Part 2 in our series of parenting after a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker, Margi and John Dehlin provide some overarching principles to guide post-Orthodox parenting. We also take your questions and comments to guide the flow of the episode.

Direct download: MormonStories-1114-ParentingPt3.mp3
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Join us now as we discuss Part 1 in our series of parenting after a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker, Margi Dehlin, and John Dehlin provide some overarching principles to guide post-Orthodox parenting. We also take your questions and comments.

Direct download: MormonStories-1113-ParentingPt2.mp3
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Join us now as we discuss Part 1 in our series of parenting after a Mormon Faith Crisis.

In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker, Margi Dehlin, and John Dehlin provide some overarching principles to guide post-Orthodox parenting. We also take your questions and comments.

Direct download: MormonStories-1112-ParentingPt1.mp3
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In February of this year, the Truth & Transparency Foundationreleased an audio recording made by Sean Escobar as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples. The story of the abuse and its impact has now made national news, spurred by the continuing coverage of The Truth and Transparency Foundationas it was revealed that even though the abuse was reported to LDS Church authorities, Sterling was not excommunicated, but went on to work as a professor at Brigham Young University and produce many LDS Church films.

Since the release of the audio recording by TTF, Sterling has since pled guilty to separate charges of child sex abuse in Utahand is currently awaiting sentencing.

In this interview, we share the complete audio recording of Sean's confrontation with Sterling, and then we process how the abuse affected Sean's life, including the fallout related to sharing the audio recording with The Truth and Transparency Foundation including the discovery of more victims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1111-EscobarMormonAbusePt2.mp3
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In February of this year, the Truth & Transparency Foundationreleased an audio recording made by Sean Escobar as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples. The story of the abuse and its impact has now made national news, spurred by the continuing coverage of The Truth and Transparency Foundationas it was revealed that even though the abuse was reported to LDS Church authorities, Sterling was not excommunicated, but went on to work as a professor at Brigham Young University and produce many LDS Church films.

Since the release of the audio recording by TTF, Sterling has since pled guilty to separate charges of child sex abuse in Utahand is currently awaiting sentencing.

In this interview, we share the complete audio recording of Sean's confrontation with Sterling, and then we process how the abuse affected Sean's life, including the fallout related to sharing the audio recording with The Truth and Transparency Foundation including the discovery of more victims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1110-EscobarMormonAbusePt1.mp3
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Join us today on Mormon Stories as we interview both Sean and Crystal Escobar to learn about their faith journey out of Mormonism. Sean recently made national newswhen he revealed a recording he made as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples.

This portion of the interview focuses on Sean and Crystal's faith journey and will include themes such as:

  • Their Mormon background including their experiences in the church as youth and as missionaries
  • How guilt and shame from transgressions as a youth impacted Sean's mission and outlook on life
  • Sean and Crystal's difficult experiences with the repentance process affected their early marriage
  • How discovering a calling Sean had received was uninspired by his priesthood leader greatly shook his faith
  • How Crystal's experience with Mormon Stories helped her be more empathetic towards Sean's struggles with his faith and church leadership
  • How leaving the LDS Church has caused a new awakening in their marriage and family as they reevaluate their relationship, their parenting, and their new moral code for living

...and so much more.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-1109-EscobarFaithJourneyPt4.mp3
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Join us today on Mormon Stories as we interview both Sean and Crystal Escobar to learn about their faith journey out of Mormonism. Sean recently made national newswhen he revealed a recording he made as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples.

This portion of the interview focuses on Sean and Crystal's faith journey and will include themes such as:

  • Their Mormon background including their experiences in the church as youth and as missionaries
  • How guilt and shame from transgressions as a youth impacted Sean's mission and outlook on life
  • Sean and Crystal's difficult experiences with the repentance process affected their early marriage
  • How discovering a calling Sean had received was uninspired by his priesthood leader greatly shook his faith
  • How Crystal's experience with Mormon Stories helped her be more empathetic towards Sean's struggles with his faith and church leadership
  • How leaving the LDS Church has caused a new awakening in their marriage and family as they reevaluate their relationship, their parenting, and their new moral code for living

...and so much more.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-1108-EscobarFaithJourneyPt3.mp3
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Join us today on Mormon Stories as we interview both Sean and Crystal Escobar to learn about their faith journey out of Mormonism. Sean recently made national newswhen he revealed a recording he made as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples.

This portion of the interview focuses on Sean and Crystal's faith journey and will include themes such as:

  • Their Mormon background including their experiences in the church as youth and as missionaries
  • How guilt and shame from transgressions as a youth impacted Sean's mission and outlook on life
  • Sean and Crystal's difficult experiences with the repentance process affected their early marriage
  • How discovering a calling Sean had received was uninspired by his priesthood leader greatly shook his faith
  • How Crystal's experience with Mormon Stories helped her be more empathetic towards Sean's struggles with his faith and church leadership
  • How leaving the LDS Church has caused a new awakening in their marriage and family as they reevaluate their relationship, their parenting, and their new moral code for living

...and so much more.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-1107-EscobarFaithJourneyPt2.mp3
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Join us today on Mormon Stories as we interview both Sean and Crystal Escobar to learn about their faith journey out of Mormonism. Sean recently made national newswhen he revealed a recording he made as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples.

This portion of the interview focuses on Sean and Crystal's faith journey and will include themes such as:

  • Their Mormon background including their experiences in the church as youth and as missionaries
  • How guilt and shame from transgressions as a youth impacted Sean's mission and outlook on life
  • Sean and Crystal's difficult experiences with the repentance process affected their early marriage
  • How discovering a calling Sean had received was uninspired by his priesthood leader greatly shook his faith
  • How Crystal's experience with Mormon Stories helped her be more empathetic towards Sean's struggles with his faith and church leadership
  • How leaving the LDS Church has caused a new awakening in their marriage and family as they reevaluate their relationship, their parenting, and their new moral code for living

...and so much more.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-1106-EscobarFaithJourneyPt1.mp3
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We're excited to finally bring on Bryce Blankenagel of the Naked Mormonism Podcast to Mormon Stories! His preparation, thorough research, and absolute brilliance are on display as Bryce gives us the context surrounding the Solomon Spaulding Manuscript Theory of The Book of Mormon—even including some of the apologetic arguments against the theory. Bryce concludes the interview with his personal take on the veracity of the theory. Tune in!

Direct download: MormonStories-1105-BryceSpauldingTheoryPt2.mp3
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We're excited to finally bring on Bryce Blankenagel of the Naked Mormonism Podcast to Mormon Stories! His preparation, thorough research, and absolute brilliance are on display as Bryce gives us the context surrounding the Solomon Spaulding Manuscript Theory of The Book of Mormon—even including some of the apologetic arguments against the theory. Bryce concludes the interview with his personal take on the veracity of the theory. Tune in!

Direct download: MormonStories-1104-BryceSpauldingTheoryPt1.mp3
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John provides a monologue, giving commentary on the excommunication of the Young family and what it means for questioning Mormons in the modern Church

Direct download: MormonStories-1103-YoungExcommunicationPt6.mp3
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Leah and Cody describe their feelings after learning they have been excommunicated for running an online support group for questioning Mormons, and for speaking openly about their doubts

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A recording of the disciplinary council convened on April 14, 2019

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Leah and Cody are told by their Stake President to cease providing an online support group for questioning Mormons

Direct download: MormonStories-1100-YoungExcommunicationPt3.mp3
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Leah and Cody meet with their Stake President to express frustration over a lack of resources for questioning Mormons

Direct download: MormonStories-1099-YoungExcommunicationPt2.mp3
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Leah and Cody describe the events leading up to their disciplinary council

Direct download: MormonStories-1098-YoungExcommunicationPt1.mp3
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John Larsen and John Dehlin spent years publicly deconstructing the LDS Church. But now they’re wondering, what can they build “from the ashes?” What is their role in the post-Mormon community beyond the “addiction to anger” and toward doing the difficult work of community building? Join us for this joint release with the Sunstone Podcast!

Direct download: MormonStories-1097-SunstoneJointRelease.mp3
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In this edition of Mormon Stories Podcast, Margi Dehlin turns the tables and asks John all the questions—focusing on what surprised John about his excommunication process, what the best and most difficult parts of running Mormon Stories and The Open Stories Foundation are, what are some regrets he has, what keeps him up at night, what his motivations are behind his parenting and relationships, along with much more!

Direct download: MormonStories-1096-MargiInterviewsJohnPt2.mp3
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In this edition of Mormon Stories Podcast, Margi Dehlin turns the tables and asks John all the questions—focusing on what surprised John about his excommunication process, what the best and most difficult parts of running Mormon Stories and The Open Stories Foundation are, what are some regrets he has, what keeps him up at night, what his motivations are behind his parenting and relationships, along with much more!

Direct download: MormonStories-1095-MargiInterviewsJohnPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

On 4/4/2019 at 9:00AM MST, the Mormon Church officially reversed its November 2015 LGBTQ policy - which declared same-sex marriage an act of apostasy, and which excluded the children of LGBTQ Mormon couples from baby blessings and baptism. These changes came in spite of Russell M. Nelson declaring the November Policy to be "revelation" in early 2016. Today we will be discussing what the changes mean to Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1094-LGBTQPolicyReversalPt4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm MDT

On 4/4/2019 at 9:00AM MST, the Mormon Church officially reversed its November 2015 LGBTQ policy - which declared same-sex marriage an act of apostasy, and which excluded the children of LGBTQ Mormon couples from baby blessings and baptism. These changes came in spite of Russell M. Nelson declaring the November Policy to be "revelation" in early 2016. Today we will be discussing what the changes mean to Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1093-LGBTQPolicyReversalPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm MDT

On 4/4/2019 at 9:00AM MST, the Mormon Church officially reversed its November 2015 LGBTQ policy - which declared same-sex marriage an act of apostasy, and which excluded the children of LGBTQ Mormon couples from baby blessings and baptism. These changes came in spite of Russell M. Nelson declaring the November Policy to be "revelation" in early 2016. Today we will be discussing what the changes mean to Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1092-LGBTQPolicyReversalPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm MDT

On 4/4/2019 at 9:00AM MST, the Mormon Church officially reversed its November 2015 LGBTQ policy - which declared same-sex marriage an act of apostasy, and which excluded the children of LGBTQ Mormon couples from baby blessings and baptism. These changes came in spite of Russell M. Nelson declaring the November Policy to be "revelation" in early 2016. Today we will be discussing what the changes mean to Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1091-LGBTQPolicyReversalPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm MDT

On March 24, 2019, we held an evening to honor and celebrate Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters Podcast. As a part of this event, John interviewed Dan for a joint Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters Podcast release. Topics discussed in the interview included:

*An update from Dan on his experiences and insight as a mentor for progressive Mormons attempting to stay faithfully engaged in Mormonism
*Dan’s insight on the latest changes/improvements made by the LDS church
*Dan's announcement of a few exciting and important new projects
*Questions from our live audience as well as expressions of gratitude for what his work has meant to many listeners over the years

Direct download: MormonStories-1090-DanWotherspoonCelebrationPt3.mp3
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On March 24, 2019, we held an evening to honor and celebrate Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters Podcast. As a part of this event, John interviewed Dan for a joint Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters Podcast release. Topics discussed in the interview included:

*An update from Dan on his experiences and insight as a mentor for progressive Mormons attempting to stay faithfully engaged in Mormonism
*Dan’s insight on the latest changes/improvements made by the LDS church
*Dan's announcement of a few exciting and important new projects
*Questions from our live audience as well as expressions of gratitude for what his work has meant to many listeners over the years

Direct download: MormonStories-1089-DanWotherspoonCelebrationPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am MDT

On March 24, 2019, we held an evening to honor and celebrate Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters Podcast. As a part of this event, John interviewed Dan for a joint Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters Podcast release. Topics discussed in the interview included:

*An update from Dan on his experiences and insight as a mentor for progressive Mormons attempting to stay faithfully engaged in Mormonism
*Dan’s insight on the latest changes/improvements made by the LDS church
*Dan's announcement of a few exciting and important new projects
*Questions from our live audience as well as expressions of gratitude for what his work has meant to many listeners over the years

Direct download: MormonStories-1088-DanWotherspoonCelebrationPt1.mp3
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Concluding our interview with Lloyd Evans, we focus on his journey from devout Witness youth to outspoken ex-Witness activist and atheist. Lloyd shares the circumstances leading to his "awakening" with startling honesty and reveals how the heartbreaking loss of his mother played a profound role in keeping long-held doubts suppressed.

Lloyd is the founder and senior editor of JWsurvey.org—a website that promotes freeness of thought among Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is also author of “The Reluctant Apostate,” a book that chronicles his experiences growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and his journey to freedom from Watchtower indoctrination. His wildly popular Youtube channel “John Cedars” hosts a range of videos aimed at dissecting the various teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as new developments in the religion.

Direct download: MormonStories-1087-LloydEvansPt4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am MDT

Concluding our interview with Lloyd Evans, we focus on his journey from devout Witness youth to outspoken ex-Witness activist and atheist. Lloyd shares the circumstances leading to his "awakening" with startling honesty and reveals how the heartbreaking loss of his mother played a profound role in keeping long-held doubts suppressed.

Lloyd is the founder and senior editor of JWsurvey.org—a website that promotes freeness of thought among Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is also author of “The Reluctant Apostate,” a book that chronicles his experiences growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and his journey to freedom from Watchtower indoctrination. His wildly popular Youtube channel “John Cedars” hosts a range of videos aimed at dissecting the various teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as new developments in the religion.

Direct download: MormonStories-1086-LloydEvansPt3.mp3
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Continuing our interview with Lloyd Evans, we focus this portion of the interview on Lloyd’s experience living as a Jehovah’s Witness—drawing occasional parallels between those living life as Mormons and those who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Lloyd is the founder and senior editor of JWsurvey.org—a website that promotes freeness of thought among Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is also author of “The Reluctant Apostate,” a book that chronicles his experiences growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and his journey to freedom from Watchtower indoctrination. His wildly popular Youtube channel “John Cedars” hosts a range of videos aimed at dissecting the various teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as new developments in the religion.

Direct download: MormonStories-1085-LloydEvansPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am MDT

Mormon Stories Podcast is excited to interview Lloyd Evans—founder and senior editor of JWsurvey.org—a website that promotes freeness of thought among Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is also author of “The Reluctant Apostate,” a book that chronicles his experiences growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and his journey to freedom from Watchtower indoctrination. His wildly popular Youtube channel “John Cedars” hosts a range of videos aimed at dissecting the various teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as new developments in the religion.

In this portion of our time with Lloyd, we focus on the history of the Jehovah Witness movement to provide a foundation for our future discussion on what it is like to be a Jehovah’s Witness as well as his experience leaving the religion behind.

Direct download: MormonStories-1084-LloydEvansPt1.mp3
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Join us now for this Mormon Stories Podcast episode, wherein John Hamer offers his theory as to how the Book of Mormon was created.

Direct download: MormonStories-1083-JohnHamerBOMPt2.mp3
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Join us now for this Mormon Stories Podcast episode, wherein John Hamer offers his theory as to how the Book of Mormon was created.

Direct download: MormonStories-1082-JohnHamerBOMPt1.mp3
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After over 1,000 hours of interviews, it is fitting to finally feature the story of Nan Parkinson McCulloch—John’s Mom.

In Part 1 of our time with Nan, we learn about her mother’s experience growing up as the daughter in a polygamous family, and we discover the Mormon Church of her youth and her life growing up in Preston and Franklin, Idaho. We also reminisce on her love of the culture and arts that her Mormon community brought into her life, including and especially road shows and plays that she wrote and directed for her local community.

In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview with Nan, John and Nan discuss her eventual divorce and remarriage, her faith evolution, her reflections on John’s podcast and on his excommunication, and on her beliefs about life after death.

Direct download: MormonStories-1081-NanParkinsonMcCullochPt3.mp3
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After over 1,000 hours of interviews, it is fitting to finally feature the story of Nan Parkinson McCulloch—John’s Mom.

In Part 1 of our time with Nan, we learn about her mother’s experience growing up as the daughter in a polygamous family, and we discover the Mormon Church of her youth and her life growing up in Preston and Franklin, Idaho. We also reminisce on her love of the culture and arts that her Mormon community brought into her life, including and especially road shows and plays that she wrote and directed for her local community.

In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview with Nan, John and Nan discuss her eventual divorce and remarriage, her faith evolution, her reflections on John’s podcast and on his excommunication, and on her beliefs about life after death.

Direct download: MormonStories-1080-NanParkinsonMcCullochPt2.mp3
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After over 1,000 hours of interviews, it is fitting to finally feature the story of Nan Parkinson McCulloch—John’s Mom.

In Part 1 of our time with Nan, we learn about her mother’s experience growing up as the daughter in a polygamous family, and we discover the Mormon Church of her youth and her life growing up in Preston and Franklin, Idaho. We also reminisce on her love of the culture and arts that her Mormon community brought into her life, including and especially road shows and plays that she wrote and directed for her local community.

In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview with Nan, John and Nan discuss her eventual divorce and remarriage, her faith evolution, her reflections on John’s podcast and on his excommunication, and on her beliefs about life after death.

Direct download: MormonStories-1079-NanParkinsonMcCullochPt1.mp3
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In this episode we will interview Don Casias Anderson regarding the 12+ years he worked as Sr Vice President of Patron & Partner Services for FamilySearch for the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics we will discuss today include: 

- The process for name extraction, and the challenge to find enough names for temple work. 

- The use and occasional re-use of ordinance names for temple work. 

- The tendency to harvest names of famous people to do their temple work. - The controversy around the performance of ordinances for holocaust victims. 

- Concerns around the ability to prevent temple work from being done for those who do not desire the work. 

- The Mormon genealogy industry. - How FamilySearch handles the history of deceased church leaders. 

- His interactions with LDS apostles during his work there. 

- His own story/faith journey. 

- And much, much more! 

Direct download: MormonStories-1078-DonAndersonCasiasPt4.mp3
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In this episode we will interview Don Casias Anderson regarding the 12+ years he worked as Sr Vice President of Patron & Partner Services for FamilySearch for the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics we will discuss today include: 

- The process for name extraction, and the challenge to find enough names for temple work. 

- The use and occasional re-use of ordinance names for temple work. 

- The tendency to harvest names of famous people to do their temple work. - The controversy around the performance of ordinances for holocaust victims. 

- Concerns around the ability to prevent temple work from being done for those who do not desire the work. 

- The Mormon genealogy industry. - How FamilySearch handles the history of deceased church leaders. 

- His interactions with LDS apostles during his work there. 

- His own story/faith journey. 

- And much, much more! 

Direct download: MormonStories-1077-DonAndersonCasiasPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

In this episode we will interview Don Casias Anderson regarding the 12+ years he worked as Sr Vice President of Patron & Partner Services for FamilySearch for the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics we will discuss today include: 

- The process for name extraction, and the challenge to find enough names for temple work. 

- The use and occasional re-use of ordinance names for temple work. 

- The tendency to harvest names of famous people to do their temple work. - The controversy around the performance of ordinances for holocaust victims. 

- Concerns around the ability to prevent temple work from being done for those who do not desire the work. 

- The Mormon genealogy industry. - How FamilySearch handles the history of deceased church leaders. 

- His interactions with LDS apostles during his work there. 

- His own story/faith journey. 

- And much, much more! 

Direct download: MormonStories-1076-DonAndersonCasiasPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am MDT

In this episode we will interview Don Casias Anderson regarding the 12+ years he worked as Sr Vice President of Patron & Partner Services for FamilySearch for the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics we will discuss today include: 

- The process for name extraction, and the challenge to find enough names for temple work. 

- The use and occasional re-use of ordinance names for temple work. 

- The tendency to harvest names of famous people to do their temple work. - The controversy around the performance of ordinances for holocaust victims. 

- Concerns around the ability to prevent temple work from being done for those who do not desire the work. 

- The Mormon genealogy industry. - How FamilySearch handles the history of deceased church leaders. 

- His interactions with LDS apostles during his work there. 

- His own story/faith journey. 

- And much, much more! 

Direct download: MormonStories-1075-DonAndersonCasiasPt1.mp3
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As part of the Mormon Stories "Truth Claims" initiative, today I will be reading the essay on Joseph Smith's involvement in Folk Magic and Treasure digging.

This is the first of several essays we will be releasing, with an accompanying billboard and series of interviews with historians.

Direct download: MormonStories-1074-TreasureDiggingEssay.mp3
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We recently visited Provo, Utah and were treated with a live interview and performance featuring Mindy Gledhill, including acoustic renditions of many songs from her brand new album "Rabbit Hole." Listeners of Mormon Stories Podcast may remember our earlier interviews with Mindy and we were very excited to get an update on her faith journey, and to hear the inspiration behind her latest project.

Her new album, appropriately entitled "Rabbit Hole", is the breathy confessional of a rapt soul who slipped down the curious tunnel of experience, landed in a hall of locked doors, and refused to be contained. In "Rabbit Hole," Mindy confronts the challenges of life—all its unfulfilled expectations, sudden detours, and existential wounds—and presents us with a silver lining through bouncy rhythms and ballads of unabashed optimism. In spite of life’s crucibles and crises, she reassures us that everything is going to be alright, and that “To be upside down is a fine way to be.”

Direct download: MormonStories-1073-MindyGledhillPt2.mp3
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We recently visited Provo, Utah and were treated with a live interview and performance featuring Mindy Gledhill, including acoustic renditions of many songs from her brand new album "Rabbit Hole." Listeners of Mormon Stories Podcast may remember our earlier interviews with Mindy and we were very excited to get an update on her faith journey, and to hear the inspiration behind her latest project.

Her new album, appropriately entitled "Rabbit Hole", is the breathy confessional of a rapt soul who slipped down the curious tunnel of experience, landed in a hall of locked doors, and refused to be contained. In "Rabbit Hole," Mindy confronts the challenges of life—all its unfulfilled expectations, sudden detours, and existential wounds—and presents us with a silver lining through bouncy rhythms and ballads of unabashed optimism. In spite of life’s crucibles and crises, she reassures us that everything is going to be alright, and that “To be upside down is a fine way to be.”

Direct download: MormonStories-1072-MindyGledhillPt1.mp3
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Continuing our discussion with preeminent Joseph Smith historian Dan Vogel, we dive deep into explaining the authorship of the Book of Mormon including these topics:

  • The credibility of the Book of Mormon Witnesses
  • Theories around Entheogens (Hallucinogenic substances) and the founding of Mormonism
  • Kinderhook Plates
Direct download: MormonStories-1071-VogelBOMMagicalPt2.mp3
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Continuing our discussion with preeminent Joseph Smith historian Dan Vogel, we dive deep into explaining the authorship of the Book of Mormon including these topics:

  • The credibility of the Book of Mormon Witnesses
  • Theories around Entheogens (Hallucinogenic substances) and the founding of Mormonism
  • Kinderhook Plates
Direct download: MormonStories-1070-VogelBOMMagicalPt1.mp3
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Continuing our discussion with preeminent Joseph Smith historian Dan Vogel, we dive deep into explaining the authorship of the Book of Mormon including these topics:

  • Nephi/Moroni confusion
  • Book of Mormon Geography and the Hill Cumorah
  • Limited Geography Theory
  • The Nahom apologetic defense of The Book of Mormon
  • Instances of Chiasmus
  • Blake Ostler’s “Loose Translation” or Expansion Theory
  • The Movement of the modern Mormon church in 2019 to refer to The Book of Mormon as a “revelation” instead of a “translation”
  • Joseph’s motivations and pious fraud theory
  • Dan's theory on Joseph Smith’s polygamy
Direct download: MormonStories-1069-VogelBOMRevelationPt2.mp3
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