Lindsey Johnson Snider was raised LDS and attended BYU-Idaho from 2012-2016. She experienced a shift towards progressive/liberal Mormonism in 2013, which coincided with a faith crisis. Later, Lindsey became the editor in chief of the BYU-Idaho student newspaper called “The Scroll,” and worked for the paper until the end of 2015. During her time with “The Scroll” Lindsey wrote many controversial editorial and opinion columns, which both changed some hearts and minds on progressive issues, and also upset/angered some orthodox Mormons. Lindsey’s tenure with the paper included a meeting with the dean of the BYU-Idaho religion department, wherein all BYU-Idaho religion professors were told to be more respectful of those in their classrooms who may be part of the LGBTQ community.

After leaving BYU-Idaho, Lindsey and her husband lost their first baby girl at 23 weeks due to premature labor. This experience caused much grief for Lindsey and her husband, and ultimately brought her 5 year faith crisis to a head.

Today we will be discussing Lindsey’s story, going into depth on the good/bad/ugly of attending BYU-Idaho, along with Lindsey’s faith journey and her experiences with grief.


“One” is a song by singer/songwriter Mindy Gledhill off her new album “Rabbit Hole” — an album chronicling the heartaches and discoveries of her Mormon Faith Crisis.  You can purchase her album on iTunes or by visiting


Part 1 – Choosing BYU-Idaho:

Part 2 – Intellectual Awakening:

Part 3 – Faith Crisis at School:

Part 4 – Faith Journey after BYU-Idaho:


Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Part 4

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  1. Duane Waite January 31, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I don’t remember every secular class starting with a prayer when I was at “Ricks.” Is this a recent change?

    • Patrick Collier January 31, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      When I was at BYU-Idaho it was about 50-50. It really depended on the professor if we had a prayer or not. Some of my professors (mostly in my religion classes) even had us start with a hymn along with the prayer.

  2. Maggie Rayner February 3, 2019 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I was impressed with Lindsey (at approx. 1.50) setting out the issue of consent, which I’ve rarely, if ever, heard identified so clearly.

    • David February 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply


      Could you specify minute mark of which of the download of that which you are talking about?

  3. Maggie Rayner February 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm - Reply


    In Part II, early into this section, Lindsey talks about writing opinion pieces for The Scroll. In particular, one on dating. She mentions the negative response she received from men at BYU, when she wrote that after saying no to a date, it wasn’t okay to keep coming back five or six times, to show up at her door with flowers, and to stare meaningfully at her in sacrament meeting. (sorry I screwed up on reading the timing mark on the tape for this)

    This specifically caught my attention as in other interviews men mention not taking no for an answer and believing it was okay to continue trying until they got what they wanted, one even acknowledging his behavior as stalking in a joking manner.

  4. Johnna Ferguson February 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Hi, John Dehlin says in the part 1 he’ll put up a link to the Bell Hooks pdf, and in part 2 he says he’ll put up a link to personal blog post about why she walked out of her religion class.

    I found Bell Hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody

    I would also love to read the blog post titled something like Why I Walked Out of My Religion Class Today. Link please?

  5. Johnna Ferguson February 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

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