For this epic episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, we travel to Davis, California to visit with the Purves family as they share their unique experience with a Mormon Faith Crisis. This interview continues our series exploring how a Mormon bishop, his wife, and their family could end up experiencing a Mormon Faith Crisis.
In this interview we cover:
– The goodness that Mormonism brought Scott Purves and Joanna Rudd Purves as youth, including a nurturing community and a sense of purpose
– Scott and Joanna’s decision to raise their family in orthodox Mormonism, culminating in the calling of Scott as Bishop in Davis, California (his home ward).
– The rewards and challenges of serving as a Bishop, and how the demanding service impacted Joanna and the rest of the family. This included several very challenging interactions with Scott’s then stake president.
– What made a Mormon Bishop (and his wife) question and then lose his/her testimony?
– What happens when a Mormon Bishop’s daughter comes out as lesbian while at BYU, and how does the family handle this?
– How did the Purves family rebuild and regroup to find joy and fulfillment outside of Mormon orthodoxy?
And so much more…
Also, this podcast continues in the Mormon Stories Podcast tradition set by the Paul & Lisa Hacking interview (with son Kyle Hacking) and the Leah Lewis Young and Cody Young interview (with daughter Brinley Young), wherein we include the family children as part of the interview. This interview includes INCREDIBLE insight and wisdom from Maddy Purves, Jake Purves, and Sophie Purves (love to Lilly Purves who had to work!).
Join us as this amazing and loving family becomes both strong and vulnerable to share the joys and challenges of their Mormon Faith Crisis!
Part 1 – Scott and Joanna Purves’ Mormon Upbringing:
Part 2 – Following the Orthodox Family Path, Scott Becomes Bishop at Age 29, Conflicts with Stake Leadership:
Part 3 – What Caused the Purves Family to Have a Mormon Faith Crisis, and How did They Cope?:
Part 4 – The Purves Family: Embracing a Gay Child, Healing and Learning to Grow as a Family After a Mormon Faith Crisis: