Ana Reading is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, and inspiring Mormons I’ve ever met. Born to a semi-functional family in Switzerland, Ana clung to Mormonism as a source of strength and comfort. Ana served an LDS mission in Ireland, went to BYU, married a devout American Mormon in the temple, had four children, sacrificed her career to live the Mormon dream, and served in high-level ward callings (while her husband Bill served twice as branch president/bishop).
Ana’s Mormon dream was disrupted when she began feeling unfulfilled and overwhelmed at church, and then ultimately learned about the church’s troubling historical past. Ana’s story concludes with struggles to survive a mixed faith marriage (facing Bill’s sadness and disappointment), reconstruct a relationship with her faithful children, and pursue a happy, healthy life outside of the church.
“Alright to Be You” is a collaboration song by electronic musician, Milocraft, and singer-songwriter, Angela Soffe. Raised in the LDS Church, both are returned missionaries, and each chose to leave the Church when faced with a faith crisis. In 2018 they founded the “Be Moved Project” to create music that helps people feel happy and connected. To hear more music or support the project by becoming a patron, please visit: www.angelasoffe.com
Part 1 – Clinging to Mormonism as a source of strength and comfort in her youth:
Part 2 – Inner resistance to patriarchy while still a believing member:
Part 3 – Cracks in her faith:
Part 4 – Mixed-faith marriage and hope for the future: