I am truly humbled and honored to release my recent Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck – three phenomenal humans and dear friends – as they share with us their personal navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episodes include:
- The potentially toxic combination of religious orthodoxy and perfectionism within Mormon families,
- Supporting your adult child with an eating disorder,
- The reality and dangers of spousal abuse and marital rape,
- Supporting your adult child in a divorce, vs. forcing your adult child to remain in an abusive marriage due to societal or religious pressures, and
- Navigating a faith crisis as parents while your children remain orthodox believers.
This interview follows in the tradition of my interviews with a) Paul, Kyle, and Lisa Swain Hacking, b) Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young, c) Scott, Joanna, and Maddy Purves, d) Donna and Michael Showalter, and e) Jared, Gwen, Madison, and Taylor Lusk – wherein we interview parents along side their children.
I am incredibly proud of this authentic, powerful interview.
I hope you find value in it.
Part 1 – Dave and Keri reflect on their Mormon upbringing, up to their marriage and raising Alyssa:
Part 2 – Alyssa reflects on her upbringing, as well as her experience with an eating disorder while attending BYU:
Part 3 – Dave and Keri share how cracks developed in their faith, while still-faithful Alyssa was suffering through an abusive marriage:
Part 4: Alyssa shares how she escaped her abusive marriage:
Part 5 – The Witbecks conclude the interview by giving a current status update on their spirituality and path forward: