Kristy and April sit together in Kristy’s Athens Georgia living room to share how they met and April’s story of leaving the church 10 years ago. They’ve been friends for 2 years ever since their daughters became *best* friends in the same school, and only a couple months ago did they find out both had ties to Mormonism. Neither’s countenance gave off particularly Mormon or ex-Mormon vibes (note: sarcasm)–we had no idea. While April doesn’t hide her Mormon roots, she says it just doesn’t come up very much outside the Jello Belt. April’s ancestors were Joseph Smith’s neighbors in Nauvoo, and she left the church after moving from Idaho to Florida as a teenager because she felt something wasn’t quite right about the church’s shame culture. For listeners who are wondering if they’ll ever stop thinking about the Church, or if they’ll always give off Mormon vibes when they’re ready to move on, April’s story provides hope as she’s created a new life for herself and her daughter here in Georgia, still maintaining a positive relationship with her parents too. She reports not thinking about Mormonism very often, 10 years later.