669-670: How U.K./BBC TV Star Alex Winters (CBeebies) Lost his Mormon Faith
November 10, 2016
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 Children’s channel CBeebies (the U.K. equivalent to Nick Jr or Disney).
Alex was raised as a devout Mormon in Wales, U.K., served an honorable mission, and was married in the London temple. Throughout his adult life Alex has served in several significant ward and stake callings including ward bishopric and stake high council. As his acting career developed, Alex was so popular as a media celebrity within the U.K. that the LDS Church offered him a major role in their “I’m a Mormon” PR campaign (which he declined for professional reasons).
Over the past year or two Alex developed questions and concerns about LDS church doctrine (e.g., November 2015 LGBT policy) and history (e.g., Joseph Smith’s treasure digging, seer stone use, polygamy and polyandry) which led to his loss of faith in Mormonism.