In this Mormon Stories podcast series, John and Margi interview Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler to explore their experiences navigating progressive Mormonism.

In this series we discuss:

  • The moment when each panelist felt their faith become more complex/complicated.
  • What led to their decision to remain active in the Church after their faith was challenged.
  • Their comfort (or discomfort) with the “Mormon” label.
  • The most valuable aspects of the LDS faith for each of them, and how LDS activity impacts their lives.
  • Their social experiences in their wards as progressive Mormons.
  • How they approach Sabbath observance, and how they supplement their Sunday experience beyond what they experience at church.
  • Their observations regarding the health and vitality of the LDS Church in 2017.

Carol Lynn Pearson’s new book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy.

Jana Riess’ book, Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional For The Rest of Us.

Jana Johnson Spangler’s coaching practice at Symmetry Solutions.

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  1. Kris August 6, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    This was fantastic! What amazingly articulate, compassionate, thoughtful and brave women they are! I identified with so much of what each of them said. Thank you for your activism and for helping others, like me, muddle our way through this messy transition.

  2. K Card August 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Interesting question… What does it mean to be a Mormon? Doesn’t it come down to our “core beliefs? I was born a Mormon and will most likely die a Mormon. However when I get on the other side of the veil… I won’t be a Mormon because my “core beliefs” are much different!

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