For this new series entitled “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Mormons from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders — with the intent of exploring their faith transitions, and focusing (where relevant) particularly on their thoughts and feelings around having been handed the now questionable “Lamanite” identity.
In this episode we interview Vania Moore, and cover the following:
- Vania’s upbringing in the LDS Church in Brazil, and her desire to serve an LDS mission.
- Vania’s thoughts about the label of “Lamanite,” how she never felt it applied to her, and why.
- Her first marriage, life as a Brazilian true-believing Mormon, and her subsequent divorce.
- Her immigration to the United States America in search of a new life for herself and her children, cleaning homes in Sandy/Draper, after working as a manager in Brazil.
- The cultural differences of the LDS Church in Brazil vs. in Utah.
- Her 2nd marriage to a true-believing LDS church member.
- How her ongoing struggles with Mormon perfectionism, anxiety, depression, and suicidality were resolved in conjunction with her Mormon faith crisis.
- How Vania and her believing husband make their mixed-faith marriage work today.
Vania’s YouTube channel where she explores different truth claims of the church in Portuguese can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/vaniasccott