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  1. Hi, just wanted to let you know how much this story meant to me – really appreciate the eloquent and thoughtful way they both expressed their pain, anger, growth and journey. We are in the UK so I don’t think I can vote for miss Utah but she’s the winner – virtual sash and crown on its way. Thank you all for your work and kindness. It is incredibly powerful and needed and you are all absolute warriors.

  2. Kayla: if I’m hearing you correctly, your high school boyfriend’s mother posed as a minor in order to induce you to send sexually explicit materials to her? That is a federal crime, particularly if she then shared those materials with others, which she evidently did. She could be prosecuted. Your case may be within the statute of limitations if you are interested in making a complaint. You may have a civil cause of action for damages as well.

  3. After being about 2/3 through this podcast, the name “Mikesell” kept bothering me. Maybe it is a common Mormon name, so I phoned an active member neighbor and she had also heard that name. She remembered that a family by that name, in their early 40’s had lived in our ward in western Idaho but after a time moved to an area where they had to drive a ways to get to another ward, in the same building as mine. II had talked to the husband some who eventually moved, I think, to Canada. This must have been some 15–20 years ago. Either a coincidence or just a common name, but one that made a real bit of history in our area.

    Another good podcast, John and I like hearing from Carrah and like her podcast, too.

  4. I agree with the comment by Marlbey. If this had been done to my child, I would want the perpetrator to face the consequences.

  5. Kelly and Kayla, thank you so much for your willingness to be vulnerable and share your journeys! I am currently going through my own faith transition and need all the support I can get. I too feel betrayed by the way the church has falsely portrayed its history. Does anyone have sources where church leaders or official church literature denied that Joseph Smith practiced polygamy? I know the gospel topic essay was the first official admission but were they denying prior to that or just remaining silent on the topic?

  6. Oh, also I want to publicly apologize for a lifetime of being judgemental toward LGBTQIA individuals and toward anyone who has not been part of my LDS church bubble, especially anyone who has chosen to leave. Podcasts like these are helping me become more accepting and Christlike even as I step back from the church.

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  7. Just wanted to comment on sealing between husbands and wives. My ex and I had a sealing cancellation so that he could be sealed to his current wife. I did not have to have a worthy member to be sealed to before this cancellation was completed. I am currently married but not sealed to anyone.

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