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In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions, John interviews Brynne Thomas Gant — author of the article titled, “They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave the Church Alone,” in order to explore the impact of this saying held by many orthodox believers. https://medium.com/@brynnetg/they-can-leave-the-church-but-they-cant-leave-the-church-alone Part 1 http://traffic.libsyn.com/mormontransitions/MormonStories-760-BrynneThomasGant.mp3 Part 2 http://traffic.libsyn.com/mormontransitions/MormonStories-761-BrynneThomasGant.mp3

In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions, John and Margi reflect back on their 13 years of experience as semi- and non-believers and provide their advice on how to successfully navigate activity in the LDS Church.  Some of the topics discussed are: Advice on how to determine whether church attendance is a healthy

This episode is a recording of Dr. John Dehlin’s goodbye presentation to Cache Valley Oasis – a secular support community formed in Fall of 2015 in Logan, Utah. In his presentation (recorded May 21, 2017), John shared reflections of “lessons” he has learned over the course of 13 years as a Mormon/Post-Mormon activist. http://traffic.libsyn.com/mormontransitions/MormonStories-751-JohnDehlinLessonsLearned.mp3Podcast: Play

On July 7-8, the Open Stories Foundation is having a Mormon Stories retreat in Dallas. Topics will include navigating a faith transition, healthy relationships, and communication with believers.  We are trying to finalize registration for this event by Thursday, 6/15. Share with your friends! WHO: Progressive Mormons, Transitioning Mormons, Post-Mormons, Mixed Faith Couples (believing and

In this episode of Mormon Stories, Margi and John share and discuss their ideas in creating a family culture.  Margi uses the metaphor of a “tower” with 5 building blocks to show their cumulative effect. These building blocks are: Values — the foundational layer Embodiment — the living of those values Ritual — the framework

027-028: Healthy Marriage

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, John and Margi have a discussion with Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST about forming a foundation for marriage that withstands change.  They also discuss guiding principles to maintaining successful relationships. In Part 1, John, Margi and Natasha discuss: Differentiation: the constant tension between “me” and “we” in marriage Respect/friendship

In this episode John and Margi interview four individuals who are transgender and either active LDS or former LDS.  Our panelists for this interview are Kimberly, Ann, Emmett, and Augustus.  We discuss: What it was like growing up in the LDS Church What effect bullying and life in the “closet” had on them How the

As part of our series on meetings with Mormon General Authorities, we interview Lance and Nicki Miles. Lance and Nicki’s story four-part story has so many compelling (and epic!) components, including: The death of Nicki’s dad at 13 years old, bonding her to the church. Sexual shame in the teenage years and into their missions. Lance’s

In this episode of Mormon Stories, we interview Noah Rasheta — the Executive Director of the Foundation for Mindful Living and host of the Secular Buddhism podcast.  This meaningful and compelling interview covers: Noah’s early life as an orthodox Mormon believer and his struggle with the thought that with all of the good in the

Panelists Wendy & Thomas Montgomery and Daniel Parkinson delve into topics related to Utah’s escalating suicide crisis and the feeling of despair that many LDS LGBT individuals experience. Part 1: In this episode, the panel discusses appropriate guidelines when discussing suicide and work to identify possible correlates unique to Utah and the broader LDS LGBT

SUPER honored/proud to release my latest interview with Heidi Nielson Packard and Dr. Josh Packard. This powerful, informative, and in-depth interview covers: Heidi and Josh’s very orthodox Mormon upbringing and early years as Mormons. For those interested, Heidi’s brother is Christian Nielson, who is married to Stephanie Nielson of the NieNie Dialogues blog (sister to Courtney Clark

In this two-part episode, Dr. John Dehlin and his wife Margi hold a panel discussion with Kristin Marie, Michelle Ross, Paul Smith, and Ryan Stott.  The panel navigates topics that include sexuality/purity messaging for the youth of the church, its impacts, and suggestions for approaching sexuality in healthy ways. Part 1: The panel discusses the purity

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