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 option for you and your family
  • Living the “Law of Tithing” in a way that is meaningful to you
  • Focusing on teaching lessons about truths that resonate with you, and less on the topics that trouble you as they most likely will be covered many other times
  • How to respond to inquiries about your activity status from fellow ward members
  • Setting boundaries and expectations when given a calling
  • Protecting your children by having an open discussion after church that allows them to safely process and talk through the information
  • Building social credit in your ward to spend thoughtfully when the time arrives
  • Advice on how to ethically navigate the temple recommend interview
  • Answering the question “can you be honest and ethical in staying?”


Tuesday, 06 June 2017 / Published in Blog, Community, Healing, Health & Wellness, Podcast

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.

Monday, 05 June 2017 / Published in Blog, Events

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 non-believing).

WHERE: Dallas, TX (we will send the retreat venue address to all registered participants)

WHEN:  Friday and Saturday (July 7th & 8th) 9am – 5pm. Dinner/Social will be on Friday night.  Saturday night will be a “fireside” where registrants and members of the public are invited to attend.

COST: This retreat cost is $275 per person OR $550 per couple. Meals included.

If  you are in need of a scholarship please email us at

To donate to our scholarship fund please click here.

To register click here.

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 that integrates those values into your schedule
  • Tradition — opportunities to celebrate that cement values
  • Home Environment — the space and “vibe” that reflects values

We want to hear your ideas — do you have experience using any of these building blocks in creating a family culture?  Leave a comment below!