I am looking for a set of 20-30 post-Mormons and progressive Mormons to interview on Mormon Stories Podcast who would consider themselves to be thriving after leaving Mormonism (or Mormon orthodoxy). Not flawless….not perfect…..just thriving.
When I say thriving, I mean overall healthier and happier than when you were active in the church.
These are the questions I want to ask you:
- What parts of the Mormon experience were most important or useful to you?
- What doctrinal or theological parts of Mormonism did you believe that were most important to you?
- What spiritual experiences did you have as a Mormon that sealed your orthodox commitment to the church?
- How did you lose your faith in Mormonism (or Orthodox Mormonism)?
- What parts of Mormonism were harmful to you?
- How do you now explain the spiritual experiences that you had as an Orthodox Mormon?
- What was transitioning out of Mormonism (or Orthodox Mormonism) like for you? What was most painful about it? What was most healing or joyful about the transition?
- In what ways did church leaders or members make your transition more difficult?
- Were there church leaders or members who were helpful to you? If so, how?
- What resources were most helpful in your transition out of Mormonism (or Orthodox Mormonism)?
- What significant mistakes did you make in your transition?
- How has your leaving Mormonism affected your family relationships, friendships, job, neighbor relationships, social life, etc.?
- How have you navigated communication and relationships with believing family and friends? Any tips to keeping those people in your life?
- Which (if any) of your former Mormon beliefs/behaviors have you retained after your faith crisis?
- In what ways have your beliefs/behaviors changed after your faith crisis?
- What aspects of your life are better after Mormonism (or Orthodox Mormonism)?
- What is your life still missing? In what ways could your life still be improved without Mormonism?
- What final advice would you give folks who are transitioning?
- (Optional) If you have remained active or semi-active in the church as a non-believer or semi-believer, why do you remain active? What have been the hardest parts about remaining active? How have you made it work? What have you enjoyed about remaining active?
If possible, I would like to have some diversity in my interviewees in terms of age, race, geographic location, personality type, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, parent status, etc.
If you would like to be interviewed for Mormon Stories Podcast for this series, please email me the answers to these questions in outlined, bulleted form to: email@example.com. Please put “THRIVE Interview” in the subject heading.
Since I cannot interview everyone, I will choose the most compelling, relevant, and/or diverse outlines to interview. I plan to record the interviews over the next 6 months. Please be thoughtful. Take your time to write something powerful and helpful to others.
Even if you are not chosen immediately for an interview, I am hopeful that you will benefit from this exercise. Also know that I will likely share your outline or story in some way (possibly in book form, possibly in video or audio form). More on this later.
I am excited about this. And please spread the word for any thriving individual or family that you know.
– John Dehlin