This episode was recorded as part of the January 2012 Mormon Stories regional conference held in Houston, Texas dedicated to the  topic of “Maintaining Positive Relationships Through Empathy and Dialogue.”

  • Part 1: John Dehlin talks about the costs and benefits of having difficult conversations about Mormonism with family and friends.
  • Part 2: Dan Wotherspoon delivers a presentation called: “Make Love AND War!: Maintaining Positive Relationships During Faith Transitions—A Spiritual Framing.”  For an extended version of this presentation, click here.



  1. Chelsi Archibald March 6, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Just when I’m about to let myself get downtrodden, I listen to another MoSto podcast and I’m back in the game! Thanks a million John Dehlin :)

  2. Sophia March 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Very enjoyable Mormon Stories! Thanks for your efforts. I appreciate every word of this presentation. Very Faith affirming.  

  3. eskimopie March 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    thankyou John.

  4. Anonymous March 7, 2012 at 6:25 am - Reply

    It’s so fun to relive that great weekend in Houston.  Thank you John and Dan for everything you do.

  5. Jeralee March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    John and Dan,  Great stuff, thank you!  John, your message about sharing with those close to us is important, thanks for your message and encouragement.  Tricky stuff for sure!
    Dan, you always touch a place in my heart with your approach.  These podcasts that speak with a positive tone are so very valuable to me!

  6. Andrew Arthur Marsh March 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I have never been a true/traditional believer of religion, despite being a Catholic who went to Catholic school for most of my life.  I honestly wonder what that feeling is like.  It’s not envy, it is itching curiosity.   Just a reflection after listening to John describe his childhood faith.  That stuff packed a punch.  

  7. Larrin March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I enjoyed the podcast, and like the discussion about the importance of sharing who you are with other people. However, I was a bit disappointed that there was so little about HOW to discuss those things with friends and family members. Maybe I just didn’t listen close enough. 

    • Anonymous March 9, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Larrin – Coming in the next few episodes. Just hang on!

  8. Lee Prince March 11, 2012 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Can someone present for Scrupulosity with only avoidance behaviors (never pray, read scriptures, attend temple, etc.)? 

    • Anonymous March 11, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Lee – Yes.

  9. New2podcasts March 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be easier if the church corporation published a mormonad with a picture of Elder Jack Nicholson saying : My dear brothers and sisters , You can’t handle the truth!

  10. Spencerpeacock March 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    great stuff. I am in need of this now as my mom blindsided me with a direct question which made it so I had to come clean about how I no longer believe. It’s been pretty rocky these past few weeks and I know that things will not be the same…but I have hope that space left over from our lost religious connection will be replaced by a new and more authentic relationship. 

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