877-880: Brooke Bonham Miller and Josh Miller – Seeking Support from Spencer Fluhman and the Maxwell Institute in a Faith Crisis
March 14, 2018
I am incredibly honored and proud to release this important episode of Mormon Stories Podcast. It is an interview with Brooke Bonham Miller (Brooke’s Aunt, Robin Bonham, is on the LDS General Relief Society Board) and Josh Miller.
In this interview, Brooke and Josh:
1) Share the difficulties they faced during their Mormon faith crisis, leading to significant rifts in their marriage, eventually leading Brooke to “want to die”, and
2) They tell the story of a private meeting they had with Dr. Spencer Fluhman, head of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, in an attempt tp resolve their questions and doubts. In this meeting, Dr. Fluhman openly and directly acknowledges all of the major problems with LDS truth claims (e.g., plagiarisms in the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, the non-historicity of the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, Joseph Smith’s borrowing from Masonry to create the LDS temple ceremony, LDS General Authorities being deeply flawed men who are often 30 years behind the times on major social justice issues, the failings of the LDS church with regard to its LGBT members, etc.
While both Brooke and Josh were grateful for Dr. Fluhman’s time and candor, they left their meeting with him deeply disappointed at the vast discrepancy between the orthodox version of Mormonism (by which they are now judged and marginalized by surrounding family and friends) and Dr. Fluhman’s neo-apologetic version of Mormonism, which for them makes the LDS Church’s truth claims significantly less plain or precious.
I hope you will tune in to this episode, and share with family, friends, and church leaders.