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Mormon therapist Jodi Hildebrandt is in jail along with “8 Passengers” mother Ruby Franke under allegations of child abuse. Jodi Hildebrandt is the founder of ConneXions Classroom – a program created to help Mormon couples, parents, and families “transform your mental health and relationships.”

Jessi Hildebrandt (they/them) is Jodi Hildebrandt’s niece and outlines a deeply disturbing history with their aunt Jodi Hildebrandt.

Please join us for Jessi’s story.

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  1. Susan September 9, 2023 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Wow. Jessi is brilliant. What an articulate, insightful person.
    What a profound discussion. What a clarifying mind.

  2. Carol Weinmann September 10, 2023 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Jessi, I was deeply moved by your story today. You are a beautiful girl, your internal beauty also shines through in a great way. Your ability to articulate your experiences shows you are very intelligent and wise beyond your years. Today you have helped so many people and I’m sure anyone who watches this podcast will learn on many different levels. Your future is bright, you now have the support you needed all along. I’m excited to see how your life progresses, I hope you will give updates from the to time. I’m rooting for you. Take care Jessi!

  3. Timmy Tim September 10, 2023 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    John, why do you minimize the incidence of porn/masturbation (aka referred to as p/m below) in mormon youth (particularly males)?

    I rarely hear you refer to frequent p/m behavior in a mormon context. You usually act as if the vast majority of mormon male teens only engage in p/m on a monthly basis. I do not think that is accurate at all. And of those who do it on a monthly basis, what % of them are “white knuckling” to arrive “worthy” at their next bishop interview?

    If I am correct, what words should we be using to describe the p/m compulsion? Just compulsion? Or is it an addiction?

    I know you’ve covered the topic of guilt and shame contributing to compulsive behavior……so I know you are aware of p/m compulsion in mormonism. But maybe you are minimizing the incidence of said compulsion?

    • Kimo September 14, 2023 at 12:14 am - Reply

      My impression is that the “monthly” reference is not saying that Mormons masturbate monthly. I think that the point is that the Church considers engaging in such activity even as infrequently as once a month to be an addiction. The Church considers to be an addiction ANY repeat engagement — irrespective of frequency — to be an addiction.

      For those who aren’t Mormons or Mormon-adjacent, the “p/m compulsion” isn’t that, I think. My take on it is that Mormon leadership is absolutely obsessed with sex. I don’t know why, but Mormon kids are marinated from birth in the idea that sex is badbadbadbad and wrong and even THINKING about sex — as we all do — is a sin. “if a man even LOOKS at a woman to lust after her, he has already committed adultery in his heart” and “sexual sin is second only to murder” — this stupidity causes such repression that it’s permanently damaging. Don’t get me started on “The natural man is an enemy to God.”

      Of course, combining parents’ always being convinced that you are even thinking of sex with being told over and over that any thought about sex is an addiction, with being interrogated ALONE by a man you barely know, who also holds a position of power and authority over your eternal salvation, forces kids to think they are going to be sent to Outer Darkness for masturbating (almost like you KILLED someone!) and also to hide what comes naturally — and that causes all sorts of internal horrors.

  4. D Thornton September 10, 2023 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand the title of this episode. Isn’t Passengers 8 Ruby’s deleted gig and Connexions Jodi’s gig with Ruby? Ruby is not mentioned at all in this episode.

  5. Timmy Tim September 11, 2023 at 9:58 am - Reply

    So much of this is reminiscent of the vallow/daybell case.

    I don’t wish to be insensitive to victims, but the manipulation, pervasive beliefs about how to deal with children’s sins/evil, duct tape, etc smacks of how lori abused and murdered her own children and manipulated/abused other people around her.

    I’m grateful that Jessi is a survivor. Thank you for your strength and for your story, Jessi. I hope you continue to pursue your path!

  6. Christine Waugh September 11, 2023 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Blessings to this remarkable, intelligent, beautiful young woman. I would be honored to have you as my daughter, keep that wonderful personality that shines through your soul.

  7. Laurel September 11, 2023 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    A nonbinary term for a nephew or niece is nibling! :) Not sure if that is important to Jessi, or if they simply prefer they/them for pronouns. If they prefer nibling, you might consider updating the title and description of the podcast. Otherwise all gooood. I am a proud auntie of a nibling so I had to learn that term, hehe.

    • Maven September 11, 2023 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      I LOVE the term “nibling” and use it when referring to my nieces and nephew. I think it sounds cute! Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Trisha Paul September 12, 2023 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    So grateful for this platform that allows these stories, the truth, to be told finally. This interview was so well done and depicts the harm and connection there is in all of this to the lds church and culture. Thank you to both of you.

  9. cl_rand September 13, 2023 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Oh my word, what an impressive young woman! A memoir of her story would absolutely be incredible.

  10. Emma September 13, 2023 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I was really touched deeply by jessie. She’s not only beautiful on the outside. She’s beautiful on the inside–such wisdom, compassion, and honesty.
    for a person that’s been through the hell she has.(so horrible)—yet . She’s vulnerable and open and so honest.

    — just the opposite of most of the Mormon women

    you are wonderful, talented and smart and beautiful. I’d be proud to call you my granddaughter!! you have so much courage and strength.

    Youre awesome
    Yeah PNB !!! love Oregon

  11. Jan Frederickson September 18, 2023 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    This may sound counterintuitive coming from a 78 year old woman. Whatever you decide to do, do it for yourself first. If you can’t be there for yourself… you cannot be there for another. Your story is very powerful. When you get to be my age, you will be full of gratitude for all of the pain, challenges, and experiences. Thank you for sharing YOU.

  12. Stephenie Laravel n September 20, 2023 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Thank you Jessi. I learned so much from you. Your love, wisdom, strength and perspective are mind-blowing. I have been processing leaving mormanism and my own upbringing for many many years and you just articulated so many things I have never been able to figure out in my own mind. I will be taking notes next time I listen! 😁 This podcast will help so many individual and hopefully be a force in disrupting many problematic systems that have been allowed to harm countless lives. Jessi, Thank you.

    John, please keep at it. You are like no other.

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