Thursday, 20 July 2017 / Published in Blog, Events, Healing, Podcast, Raising Children

In this episode of Mormon Stories/Transitions, John and Margi interview the brilliant Dr. Julie DeAzevedo Hanks about her article titled “30 Questions Nobody Asks My Husband at Church.”

John, Margi, and Julie focus on the powerful cultural messages about gender, potential, life decisions, and worth that are broadcast in the questions we ask.  During the interview, cultural assumptions are challenged in some of the questions from Julie’s article:

  • Did you know that you are a son of your Heavenly Mother?
  • What does your wife do for a living?
  • Who’s watching your kids?
  • Why are you getting a graduate degree?
  • Will you go home and change? Your clothes are distracting the sisters.

…and many more.


Dr. Hanks is hosting a Women’s Workshop in Salt Lake City on July 26, 2017.  Information for that event can be found here

Dr. Hanks is also presenting at this year’s Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium on July 29 at 9:00AM with her subject “The Shame with no Name:  Identifying and healing aspirational shame in Mormon women.”  Information for this can be found here

And finally, you can learn from Dr. Hanks alongside John at our Mormon Stories Mixed Faith Marriage Retreat on 8/11-12 in Salt Lake City.  Event details are located here.


Thursday, 13 July 2017 / Published in Blog, Church, Inspiration, Podcast, Spirituality

In these episodes of Mormon Transitions, John and Margi interview Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler to explore their experiences as they navigate progressive Mormonism.

We cover important topics such as:

  • Each panelist’s experience when their faith became more complex and whether they would self-describe as a Mormon
  • What made them choose to remain engaged in the Church
  • What the most valuable aspects of the faith are to each of them, and how they inform and impact their life
  • Their social experience in their wards and whether they feel alone or among many others who are navigating a middle-way
  • How they approach Sundays and whether they have supplemented their Sunday experience with anything that would be helpful to share with our audience
  • Whether they observe a decline in the health and vitality of the Church


Carol Lynn Pearson’s new book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy

Jana Riess’ new book, Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional For The Rest of Us

Jana Johnson Spangler with Symmetry Solutions


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Monday, 26 June 2017 / Published in Blog, Healing, Podcast, Spirituality

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.

Part 1

Part 2

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?”