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  1. An amazing series of interviews. Thought I would just listen to one hour of them today. Ended up listening to them all.

  2. Daniel (Wayne) and Alex,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I just listened to the whole thing. You guys seem so down to earth and authentic. The way you described your views on life and religion fall right in line with my own. I guess it’s somewhat narcissistic of me to say I love the way you think. 🙂

    There have been some events in our faith journey that were so scary to anticipate, but then turned out for the better. One was coming out to our family, the other was talking with our children, and the other was going on Mormon Stories to share our story with the world. I was afraid for my business and friendships. So, I can only image how you must of felt to put yourselves out there. I’m so glad we did it, and if only one person was affected by it for the better then it was worth it. I’m sure your story will touch the lives of thousands who need to know they are not crazy. I think you both are very brave for sticking your necks out.

    Truly this will be one of those epic episodes. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. Many lives will be changed for the better.

  3. Seriously wonderful interview. My husband and I have been studying church history, beginning with polygamy, since the summer of 2017, and this interview touched me so deeply. We are still slowly figuring out how to be authentic with our family and friends and neighbors and church community. We live in Kaysville, UT, in the thick of it. Our youngest child passed away of a birth defect in Oct 2008 when he was 5. He survived low birth weight, NICU procedures, and cleft lip surgeries. He was such a joyful, darling child. It was the most traumatic thing to lose a child. It is what keeps me connected to heaven, to Source, to belief in a Higher Power. There are no words to describe how your interview touched me this week. Thank you for your vulnerability, openness, and love, and for your inspiring music. I teach piano, and one of my students played Demons at my Popular Recital last month. She was fantastic! Music is my passion! We loved “Love Loud”! We love Imagine Dragons! Thanks for your inspiration to the world and for doing this interview with John. We look forward to whatever Imagine Dragons does next! And we know we can make it through to the other side of our faith transition because of interviews like this. Thanks again. Hugs.

        1. Penni Daun Eads! You were my first piano teacher: Logan, 1984! So sorry to hear about your son. I would love to catch up with you, but perhaps not so publicly. Maybe John/Mormon Stories could get us in touch with each other through our e-mails (if you consent, of course.). I guess it is pretty likely that you don’t remember me, since I’m sure you had a lot of students, but I certainly remember my early piano lessons.

  4. The quote the MTC president shared is originally from Eleanor Roosevelt. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” I first heard it 20-some years ago, and I’ve often quoted it myself. 🙂

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