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Join us for this extra special Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Thomas & Cici Stokes (@big.crick.music on TikTok) as we hear the story of their faith journey, and listen to some of Thomas' original music that helped them heal throughout their faith transition.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1486-StokesPt2.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:18pm MDT

Join us for this extra special Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Thomas & Cici Stokes (@big.crick.music on TikTok) as we hear the story of their faith journey, and listen to some of Thomas' original music that helped them heal throughout their faith transition.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1485-ThomasCiciStokesPt1.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:14pm MDT

Parallel to the LDS Church’s shifting position regarding homosexuality, there have been new crops of faithful gay public figures who are held up by the church as role models on how to be a faithful gay member of the church. As the LDS Church has softened its stances and opened the window for “righteous celibacy,” gay public figures in mixed-orientation marriages have lost popularity and a more nuanced breed of celibate role models has emerged E.g. Charlie Bird and Ben Schilatty.

In this episode we discuss how these public figures enable the perpetuation of harmful church rhetoric and spiritual trauma towards the LGBTQ community, and explore some possible solutions that could help ignite positive change in the church.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1484-TheGayMormonReformation.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:50pm MDT

How many of Joseph Smith’s revelations were a success and how many have the church needed to redefine overtime? Today we are honored to have John Larsen in studio for an epic breakdown of Joseph Smith’s revelation for the “Lamanites”, calling Elders to preach to the Native Americans and the subsequent ramifications of Latter-Day Saint teachings for Native American people.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1483-JohnLarsenLamenites.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:43pm MDT

Lauren Rogers is our guest today for this epic two-part Mormon Stories interview. After suffering through a restrictive diet, harassment, and medical neglect on her Mormon mission to Chile, Lauren found herself permanently disabled as she made her way back home to the US.

In part two, Lauren also tells us about the same-sex attraction she repressed throughout her life as a devout Mormon and descendant of Brigham Young, eventually leading to an extremely fascinating exit from the church and a wildly eye-opening description of how she continues a healthy relationship with her husband.

It’s a gripping story from start to finish! Even Lauren’s shelf breaker and realizations about God might be a first-ever for Mormon Stories! We hope you’ll resonate with Lauren’s incredible, epic story!

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Direct download: MormonStories-LaurenRogersPt2.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 12:30pm MDT

Lauren Rogers is our guest today for this epic two-part Mormon Stories interview. After suffering through a restrictive diet, harassment, and medical neglect on her Mormon mission to Chile, Lauren found herself permanently disabled as she made her way back home to the US.

In part two, Lauren also tells us about the same-sex attraction she repressed throughout her life as a devout Mormon and descendant of Brigham Young, eventually leading to an extremely fascinating exit from the church and a wildly eye-opening description of how she continues a healthy relationship with her husband.

It’s a gripping story from start to finish! Even Lauren’s shelf breaker and realizations about God might be a first-ever for Mormon Stories! We hope you’ll resonate with Lauren’s incredible, epic story!

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Show Notes:

  • Lauren’s Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@exmo_mom_?lang=en
  • Ted Lyon MS episode: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/missionary-sexual-assault/
  • Gospel topics essays: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/essays?lang=eng
  • Matt Harris Mormon Stories episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmjj2kbxFnQ
  • Eldon Kartchner - https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/eldon-kartchner-mixed-orientation-marriage/
  • Josh and Lilly Weed: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/josh-and-lolly-weed-on-their-love-story-mixed-orientation-marriages-and-ldslgbt-issues/
Direct download: MormonStories-LaurenRogersPt1.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

In this episode, we sit down with therapist Natasha Helfer and discuss a few of the negative messages people raised in religious conservative community may have been conditioned to believe about sex.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1480-NatashaHelferHealingFromShame.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

We are starting a new series on Mormon Stories Podcast dedicated to reporting on current events. Today Carah and John will be discussing the recent announcement that the Mormon church has agreed to pay out $250 million dollars to help settle all current and future BSA-related sexual abuse claims.

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Direct download: Mormon_Stories-1479-BoyScoutSexualAbuseSettlement.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:26pm MDT

Join us as we continue with part 2 of our interview with Camille Jones where we discuss her employment with the LDS church, the role of women in the patriarchal church employment system, and what eventually caused her to lose her faith in Mormonism.

A huge ‘thank you’ to Camille for being brave enough to tell us her story! Camille’s journey is a fascinating one to say the least!

Show notes:

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Direct download: MormonStories-1478-CamilleJonesPart2.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:45pm MDT

Are Mormon missionaries who lead tours at historic church sites like those across upstate New York told to teach false information about the church’s founding? Mormon Stories producer and co-host Carah Burrell takes the reins for her second episode as lead interviewer of our guest Camille Jones as we talk with her about serving in Palmyra, New York at the LDS church’s visitor center.

In part one of our two-part interview with Camille, we discuss the narrative the church wants to be forwarded about the church’s founding versus what Camille wishes she would have known while volunteering as a full-time missionary. We cover topics from the golden plates, to the Hill Cumorah, and more. Camille also discusses the confusing and uncomfortable advances older Mormon men have made on her throughout her teen years.

This eye-opening experience highlighted the power imbalance between Mormon men and women, a theme that carries on into part 2 where Camille discusses being employed by the church.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1477-CamilleJonesPart1.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:40pm MDT

Today's Mormon Stories episode we are joined by Margi Dehlin as we continue discussing how to communicate with believing family and friends about losing your faith.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1476-MargiDehlinTellingLovedOnesPt3.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:35pm MDT

Join Margi and John Dehlin as we continue our discussion of different approaches to telling loved ones about your loss of faith.

This episode is part of the new "Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis" project on Mormon Stories Podcast - where we will regularly share tips and tricks for navigating a Mormon faith crisis, and healing and growth after a faith crisis, on the podcast.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1476b-TellingLovedOnesAboutFaithLoss.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:30pm MDT

Join Margi and John Dehlin as we discuss different approaches to telling loved ones about your loss of faith.

Please share questions, lessons you've learned, and suggestions in the comments below.

This episode is part of the new "Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis" project on Mormon Stories Podcast - where we will regularly share tips and tricks for navigating a Mormon faith crisis, and healing and growth after a faith crisis, on the podcast.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1476-TellingFamilyAboutLossOfFaith.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 2:20pm MDT

Are you looking for friends and community after leaving Mormonism or organized religion? The THRIVE initiative seeks to do just that - provide events, content, and community for people leaving Mormonism and/or organized religion.

Prior to the COVID outbreak, considerable momentum was made with THRIVE in the organizing of events for post-Mormons, and in the formation of live, face-to-face communities. THRIVE leaders Jeni and Clint Martin are now excited to announce several new exciting THRIVE initiatives which include:

- A revamped website with new functionality.
- A THRIVE events calendar to keep you informed of upcoming events.
- Instructions for how you can organize your own THRIVE events.
- An "in -person community locator" to help you find a local, face-to-face support communities, and
- Instructions for creating your own face-to-face community if one doesn't exist in your area.
We will also discuss future plans for THRIVE.

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THRIVE WEBSITE:
https://www.thrivebeyondreligion.com/

Online groups/resources:
WACA (Women of a Certain Age)
Faith Journey Meetups fb group
Ex Mormon Reddit
Mormon Stories facebook group
Mormon Enlightenment facebook group
Mormon Spectrum

Faith Crisis Resources:
https://www.mormonstories.org/faith-crisis-resources/

Natasha’s events
https://www.symmetrysols.com/events
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Direct download: Thrive2021.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 1:15pm MDT

In our final segment with Laura Schnell, she describes her faith deconstruction, responds to criticisms, and expresses the immense beauty she’s found rediscovering her own voice as a post-Mormon woman.

Show notes and links:

Direct download: MormonStories-1474-LauraSchnellPt3.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 10:11am MDT

When we left off with Laura Shnell at the end of part one, Laura had decided to pursue a career in the LDS Church Education System as a seminary teacher. In this episode, we hear her describe the inappropriate interactions from her mentor, the great lengths Laura went to for her Spanish speaking seminary students, and the sexism she faced as a woman working for CES.

Show notes and links:

Direct download: MormonStories-1474-LauraSchnellPt2.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 9:08am MDT

In part one of this exciting three part interview, Colombian immigrant and former Mormon seminary teacher, Laura Schnell, shares her very unique Mormon story. Laura left South America with her mother and sister in the 90s to Queens, New York, and remembers her time in their small Spanish speaking LDS branch with fondness.

In this episode, she discusses her step-dad joining the family, her time in India with BYU’s International Development Program, and the road she took to choosing a career in the Church Educational System and meeting a friend of the podcast, Marc Oslund. 

Show notes and links: 

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Direct download: MormonStories-1472-LauraSchnellPt1.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 4:15pm MDT

Join me as I take question and suggestions from our listeners!

Direct download: MormonStories-1472-ListenerUpdateQuestions.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 3:41pm MDT

Have you ever found yourself reacting in unhelpful ways to the distress that accompanies a religious faith crisis (or life in general)?

Margi Dehlin has spent two decades supporting and/or coaching Mormons in faith crisis, post-Mormons, and women experiencing significant life transitions.

As part of a new series on Mormon Stories Podcast providing free coaching support to transitioning and post-Mormons, Margi will share her general approach to managing the emotional distress that often accompanies a religious faith crisis. Her framework will be based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a cutting-edge form of mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Direct download: MormonStories-1471-MargiDehlinStayingGrounded.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 12:08pm MDT

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