Sam Young lived as an orthodox Mormon for several decades, including a full term as an LDS bishop and many years as a stake high counselor. After stumbling on the LDS Gospel Topics Essays and learning about Joseph Smith’s polyandry, the Book of Abraham translation problems, etc. — and specifically after the LDS Church November 2015 policy change regarding LGBT members and their children — Sam experienced an LDS faith crisis.
Over time, Sam developed his own method for expressing concern about LDS policy and administrative problems — he decided to begin living the Law of Common Consent as found in Doctrine and Covenants 26, which to him means that during every ward, stake and general conference Sam will be voting opposed when asked to sustain the LDS first presidency and the quorum of the 12 apostles. Sam is also inviting other LDS church members to consider a similar approach if they object to recent policy and administrative changes. Sam’s blog can be found here.
This interview includes Jamie Hanis Handy and Sam’s 85 year old mother, Bertie, who recently resigned her church membership over similar concerns to Sam.