787: Parent of Mormon Missionary is Not Allowed to Contact Son in Houston Hurricane

Mormon Stories Current Events, Missionary Work 14 Comments

In this mini-episode of Mormon Stories, we interview John O’Conner—father of a Mormon missionary in the path of Hurricane Harvey (Houston).  John had an email exchange with his son’s mission …

746-747: Losing the Lamanites – Vania Moore (Brazil)

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, International, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Race, Top 12 Race 10 Comments

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, …

727-730 Nicki and Lance Miles’ epic Mormon transition and their meeting with Elder Marlin K. Jensen

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Women & Feminism 42 Comments

As part of our series on meetings with Mormon General Authorities, we interview Lance and Nicki Miles. Lance and Nicki’s story four-part story has so many compelling (and epic!) components, including: …

648: Missionaries Pt. 6: Jacob – Sent Home Early for Cuddling with Zone Leader

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Missionary Work 37 Comments

Jacob realized he was gay only a few months before he left for his LDS mission. He served in the San Jose, Costa Rica mission from August 2012 to September 2013. …

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 57 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 …