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  1. I enjoyed all 4 interviews. I wish in some ways I could have had her experiences. I marvel at people like this…how quickly they learn…even in hard ways. The acceptance of they are in manifested in who they become. They only change when the change is for good. I admire this woman so much!! Politics aside, I hope you will be my sister.

  2. Anastasia has a very sharp mind and her story is very interesting, but even I had to laugh when she said that she hasn’t been to Church for fours weeks now and that her faith crisis only started in November.

    What’s next for Mormon Stories, are we going to see a live feed of a faith-transition-in-progress as they read the CES letter for the first time?

  3. Loved this interview!

    Anastasia named a historical novel in Part 1 (I tried to write it down… something that sounded like Blugok of Masarem Norgrita right after she mentioned Shevchenko… any way to find out what that book is in English, if there is a translation?)

    Thanks for a great Mormon Story!

  4. John, Anastasia,

    Please share your thoughts on the truth.

    You say that the church provides identity, community, the meaning of life.

    But all of it is based on the foundation of falsehoods, not truth. The good things it gives members are on shaky grounds. At any moment, a believer can stumble upon the CES letter and descent into the world of pain and hurt. And the cause of this suffering would be the same teachings which gave the person meaning and identity just the day before.

    Wouldn’t it be better for you, John, and for you, Anastasia, to set a goal of bringing as many people out of the church as you possibly can and arranging a soft landing for them?

    You say that the church brings poor Ukrainians into the prosperous US and gives people education opportunities for cheap. But all these charitable deeds come with strings attached; it is not charity for its own sake. To be given these chances in life, a person has to believe falshoods. Two credits out of five in the educational program you praise have to be the courses of religion, which teach falshoods.

    Anastasia, you say that your mother has fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher, and she is excellent at it. But what does she teach? Bible, LDS doctrine, etc.? Falshoods.

    You had a good time being a missionary. What did you proselytize on your mission? Falshoods.

    I have a strong intuition that truth is very important in these matters, that ultimately everything positive the church does will be spoiled by the falsehoods at its foundations.

    What do you think?

    Best wishes.


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