1473-1475: Facing Sexism as a Female Mormon Seminary Teacher – Laura Schnell
September 8, 2021
Part 1: A Colombian Immigrant Mormon Story – Laura Schnell (episode #1473)
In part one of this exciting three part interview, Colombian immigrant and former Mormon seminary teacher, Laura Schnell, shares her very unique Mormon story. Laura left South America with her mother and sister in the 90s to Queens, New York, and remembers her time in their small Spanish speaking LDS branch with fondness.
In this episode, she discusses her step-dad joining the family, her time in India with BYU’s International Development Program, and the road she took to choosing a career in the Church Educational System and meeting a friend of the podcast, Marc Oslund.
Part 2: Facing Sexism as a Female Mormon Seminary Teacher – Laura Schnell (episode #1474)
When we left off with Laura Shnell at the end of part one, Laura had decided to pursue a career in the LDS Church Education System as a seminary teacher. In this episode, we hear her describe the inappropriate interactions from her mentor, the great lengths Laura went to for her Spanish speaking seminary students, and the sexism she faced as a woman working for CES.
Part 3: Mormon Seminary Teacher Leaves the Church – Laura Schnell (episode #1475)
In our final segment with Laura Schnell, she describes her faith deconstruction, responds to criticisms, and expresses the immense beauty she’s found rediscovering her own voice as a post-Mormon woman.