Matt Purcell is the grandson of Spencer Palmer – former BYU professor of religion, mission president, temple president, LDS church area authority, personal friend of Mormon prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, and likely recipient of the top secret Mormon church Second Anointing ritual.
In today’s episode Matt tells his story of being one of several victims of sexual abuse by his grandfather – who served at some of the highest levels of Mormon church leadership. Matt is joined by Stephanie, his wife. Both share their Mormon stories, which include their faith journeys after discovering problematic Mormon church history.
In part two of our interview, Matt and Stephanie Purcell dive into the effects infertility and postpartum depression took on them, the wheels that started turning in their heads after the 2015 exclusion policy, and much, much more. We are so lucky to get to hear Matt and Stephanie’s journey and hope you enjoy Carah Burrell as your host on this epic two-part Mormon Story!
**Trigger warning on this episode***
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- Matt and Stephanie’s Instagram
- Books authored by Spencer Palmer
- Tom Phillips Mormon Stories interview on second anointing
- HANS AND BIRGITTA MATTSSON Mormon Stories
- Patriarchal blessing website
- “Educated” Tara Westover book