717-720: Heidi and Josh Packard’s Mormon Transition

Mormon Stories Community, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Transitions, Marriage & Family 31 Comments

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 …

709-710: MormonLeaks Founders Ryan McKnight and Scott K. Fausett

John Dehlin Apologetics, Church History, Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories, Joseph Smith, Polygamy 10 Comments

In this two-part episode we interview the founders of MormonLeaks – Ryan McKnight ant Scott K. Fausett.  According to the MormonLeaks web site: MormonLeaks™ is a non profit media organization …

706: Women of a Certain Age (WOCA)

John Dehlin Community, Ex-Mormon Stories, Top 10 Women, Women & Feminism 8 Comments

We are a group of women 40+ with longer life experiences. We are grandmothers, mothers, aunts, single, divorced, widowed or married. We are LGBT friendly and feminists! Many of us …

701-704: Kim Sandberg Turner, Founder of WOCA – Navigating a Mormon faith transition as a grandparent

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Johns Favorites, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Mormon Transitions, New Listeners, Top 10 Women, Women & Feminism 29 Comments

Kim Sandberg Turner is the founder of Women of a Certain Age (WOCA) – a network of support communities for 40+ post-Mormon women.  In this four part episode, Kim discusses: Part …

697-699: Celebrating the Life of Grant Palmer

John Dehlin Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith 13 Comments

In this three-part interview, we honor Grant Palmer, former LDS seminary/institute instructor, and author of “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins” – which provides a plausible explanation for how the …

693-696: Nadine McCombs Hansen – Progressive Mormon Pioneer

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Progressive Mormonism, Top 10 Women, Women & Feminism 22 Comments

Nadine McCombs Hansen has been championing progressive causes within Mormonism for over three decades.  Some of her efforts include: Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment as a Mormon mother, including interactions …

678-679: Lance Allred – First Deaf Player in the NBA

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Polygamy, Top 10 Polygamy 22 Comments

Lance Allred’s Mormon story is fascinating for so many reasons. He is the grandson of assassinated Mormon fundamentalist prophet Rulon Allred. He was born deaf, and stands 6’11” tall. He …

673-674: Jesse Stay – Former LDS Church Social Media Lead

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories 114 Comments

Jesse Stay worked for three years as leader of the LDS Church’s social media initiatives. He was the first LDS Church employee with the name “social media” in his title.  His …

669-670: How U.K./BBC TV Star Alex Winters (CBeebies) Lost his Mormon Faith

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, International 93 Comments

As part 3 in our series on Mormons in the U.K. we interview BBC TV Star Alex Winters – who worked for seven years as a presenter on the BBC …

667-668: Stephen Bloor – The British Bishop who Lost his Faith, was Excommunicated without a Disciplinary Council

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, International, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 33 Comments

In this two-part episode we interview Stephen Bloor. Stephen discusses his experiences growing up as a Mormon in the U.K. including serving an LDS mission and being married in the …

663: A Very Rough, Unplanned, and Informal First Discussion about Mormon and Post-Mormon Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Sexuality, Top 8 Sexuality 108 Comments

On a recent trip from New Jersey to Vermont with Mormon Therapist Natasha Helfer Parker and Dr. Gina Colvin we decided to have a rough, unplanned, unrehearsed, and VERY informal first …

662: Elna Baker’s Mormon Transition

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Elna Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir.  She is also a contributor to the podcast This American Life. …

661: Abby Huntsman and Carrie Sheffield and their Transitions Out of Mormonism

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As part of the 2016 Mormon Transitions New York Retreat we interview journalists Abby Huntsman and Carrie Sheffield.  In this interview they discuss their transitions out of Mormonism. Carrie’s interview with …

653-656: Omar and Nancy Kader – The Journey of a Palestinian Boy Raised in Utah and His Amazing Wife

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Politics, Race, Top 12 Race, Women & Feminism 51 Comments

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit …

650-652: One Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Mormon Transition

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In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include: Living as an orthodox …

647: Missionaries Pt. 5: Rose Sorenson – Becoming an Atheist as a Missionary

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work, Women & Feminism 66 Comments

Rose Sorenson was raised in a devout LDS household (Idaho Falls, ID), but began having doubts as a 12 year old. Although she continued to struggle with perfectionism and doubts …

646: Missionaries Pt. 4: Tre Shortland – Tormented over “Self Abuse”, Disillusioned by Uninspired Mission Leadership

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work 79 Comments

Tre Shortland was raised in Oakland, CA as a bi-racial Mormon (Filipino mother and New Zealander/Maori father). While he was very committed doctrinally to Mormonism, he was not crazy about Mormon …

645: Missionaries Pt. 3: Mike Woodruff – Gay, Abused on Mission, PTSD, Early Return

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Missionary Work 59 Comments

Mike Woodruff knew that he was attracted to men by age 14. After consulting with his LDS bishop, he was told that his “same-sex attraction” would “resolve itself” once he …

644: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 2: Depression, Faith Crisis, and Suicidality

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work, Top 15 Mental Health, Women & Feminism 26 Comments

Todays interviewee was a graduate of Dartmouth University and a regular listener to Mormon Stories podcast when she decided to serve an LDS mission in 2012. Towards the latter half …

643: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 1 – Josh Tesch and Facebook

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work 73 Comments

Joshua Tesch served in the California Roseville Mission from 2013 to 2015. When the LDS church introduced the use of Facebook and iPads to missionaries, Elder Tesch was asked by …