On October 15th, the 2011 Washington D.C. Mormon Stories Conference was held in the home of Greg and JaLynn Prince.  In this presentation:

  • John Dehlin discussed the motives behind Mormon Stories
  • Steve Kovalenko delivered a presentation on why he left the LDS Church,
  • Chelsea Shields Strayer who explained why she stays in the LDS Church


  1. Trevor October 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Chelsea’s “Why I Stay” talk has me fascinated by the idea of building my house on a foundation that is composed of my actual spiritual gifts, as opposed to the spiritual gifts of others, or the spiritual gifts I’m supposed to have. Just a great thought. :)

    • Beentheredonethat January 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Whenever I post on ANY topic, religious or otherwise, I tend toward the negative.  In my actual living of life, I think I’m pretty conservative, but more than ready to try something new.  Boy, have I tried a lot of new things in life.  At age 19, I tried Mormonism.  Stuck with it for thirty years or so, then gave up in complete frustration over the hypocrisy, secrecy, lies, pompous self righteousness, superstition . . . . .  Today, I’m way past caring about whether or not the Mormon Church is the true church.  It isn’t.  There is no such thing as “the true church.”  Face it, people.  All the energy spent on analysis, rationalization, logic (sic), historical studies, whatever, is nonsense and a total waste your time and society’s time.

  2. Kayla October 25, 2011 at 1:58 am - Reply

    So great! Thanks for posting the talks from these conferences so that everyone can enjoy them! I loved every message.

    • Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 2:25 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kayla!!!!

  3. Eric October 25, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Again, I’m not an emotional person at all, but I cried during each of these three talks.  You must be doing something right. 

    • Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 9:58 am - Reply

      :) Thanks, Eric!

  4. Elder Vader October 26, 2011 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I want to echo John’s thoughts about rather than leave the 99, thinking of the 1 as expendable.  Those were good thoughts, and I metaphorically was saying ‘amen’ to everything there. 

    • Anonymous October 26, 2011 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Thanks….Elder. :)

  5. Jackuk1 October 30, 2011 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Enjoyed this so much. It looks like these conferences are going from strength to strength. Can’t wait till we hold one here in the UK…

    • Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Amen, Jack!

  6. Seven of Nine November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Steve Kovalenko thank you so much for sharing the analogy of the boat!  I too am grateful for the boat that got me across the river but I’m across the river and don’t need it any more.  I’m not going to burn the boat for others that may need it, I’ll just leave it as I found it.

  7. Addy Moreno February 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I absolutely loved your stories and would like to join your community.
    My name is Addy Moreno and I live in Mesa Arizona.
    My e-mail is addyrm@gmail.com

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