After over 1,000 hours of interviews, it is fitting to finally feature the story of Nan Parkinson McCulloch—John’s Mom.
I am so super proud to release this Mormon Stories Podcast with my brilliant, wise, strong, courageous, still-believing, 84 year old mother. Other than the fact that I dearly love this amazing woman, perhaps my favorite aspects of this interview are how my dear Mom models:
1) Thoughtful, nuanced Mormon faith, including a willingness to either: a) believe differently than Mormon orthodoxy, b) say “I don’t know,” or candidly admit c) “That is not important to me,”
2) Unconditional love for her non-believing children (“Relationships are more important than beliefs.”), and
3) Direct, candid, respectful dialogue with a disbelieving family member (even when I push her a bit).
I hope you enjoy this interview, and I hope that you are as inspired by this brilliant, beautiful, amazing woman as I am.
In Part 1 of our time with Nan, we learn about her mother’s experience growing up as the daughter in a polygamous family, and we discover the Mormon Church of her youth and her life growing up in Preston and Franklin, Idaho. We also reminisce on her love of the culture and arts that her Mormon community brought into her life, including and especially road shows and plays that she wrote and directed for her local community.
In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview with Nan, John and Nan discuss her eventual divorce and remarriage, her faith evolution, her reflections on John’s podcast and on his excommunication, and on her beliefs about life after death.
Part 1 – Nan recollects the Mormon Church she grew up with:
Part 2 – Nan reflects on her personal evolution in the Mormon Church:
Part 3 – Nan shares her thoughts on John’s faith journey: