1124-1126: Spencer Nugent: A Jamaican Mormon Story
June 10, 2019
Spencer Nugent is absolutely one of the most talented and gracious humans I’ve ever interviewed on Mormon Stories Podcast. He also has a fascinating story.
Spencer, along with his parents and siblings, were the first Jamaicans baptized on the island into the Mormon church. Later Spencer’s family moved to Orem, Utah. Spencer attended UVSC and BYU, served a mission to San Antonio, Texas, and became an Industrial Designer. Spencer is a renaissance man of sorts. His many talents/interests include karaoke/music, art, travel, design, drawing, landscape architecture, teaching, etc.
After Spencer was married in the Salt Lake City temple and had two sons, he and his ex-wife eventually experienced a Mormon faith crisis and divorced.
Today’s episode will cover numerous topics, including:
His family’s conversion story in Jamaica, BEFORE the black priesthood and temple ban was lifted.
What it’s like to be an early part of a Mormon branch/district in the developing world in the 1970s and 1980s.
What it’s like to be part of “Mormon Royalty” (a pioneering family) in the developing world.
Mormon cultural imperialism/whitewashing,
Being black in the Mormon church,
Male eating disorders
Parenting, divorce, faith crises, and finding identity, morality, and community as a black, ex-Mormon divorced man in Utah.
You will not be disappointed hearing Spencer’s incredible Mormon story.