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Mormon Stories podcast is an attempt to explore and build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

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    979: Experiencing Sexual Assault as a Missionary - Camille and Maddy Pt. 4

    Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Camille and Maddy about experiencing rape/sexual assault as a Mormon missionary.

    Trigger warning: This episode discusses rape and sexual assault. Please practice self care, and use discretion regarding who else listens in.

    In these important episodes, we will cover Camille’s sexual assault during her mission to Mexico, Maddy’s sexual assault while on a mission in Bolivia, and how the LDS Church handled the aftermath of these traumatic experiences. Camille and Maddy also share their thoughts on how the LDS Church can improve their handling of sexual assaults and importantly, why they decided to go public with their stories now.

    Also discussed throughout these episodes is the missionary cultural belief of obedience to mission rules results in protection from the Lord, even in the most war-torn and violent areas in the world.  We talk about the feeling of invincibility and protection that Camille and Maddy felt before their assaults, and how their sexual assaults affected their faith in both LDS Church leadership, and in God.


  • Posted on 12 Sep 2018

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    978: Experiencing Sexual Assault as a Missionary - Camille and Maddy Pt. 3

    Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Camille and Maddy about experiencing rape/sexual assault as a Mormon missionary.

    Trigger warning: This episode discusses rape and sexual assault. Please practice self care, and use discretion regarding who else listens in.

    In these important episodes, we will cover Camille’s sexual assault during her mission to Mexico, Maddy’s sexual assault while on a mission in Bolivia, and how the LDS Church handled the aftermath of these traumatic experiences. Camille and Maddy also share their thoughts on how the LDS Church can improve their handling of sexual assaults and importantly, why they decided to go public with their stories now.

    Also discussed throughout these episodes is the missionary cultural belief of obedience to mission rules results in protection from the Lord, even in the most war-torn and violent areas in the world.  We talk about the feeling of invincibility and protection that Camille and Maddy felt before their assaults, and how their sexual assaults affected their faith in both LDS Church leadership, and in God.


  • Posted on 12 Sep 2018

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    977: Experiencing Sexual Assault as a Missionary - Camille and Maddy Pt. 2

    Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Camille and Maddy about experiencing rape/sexual assault as a Mormon missionary.

    Trigger warning: This episode discusses rape and sexual assault. Please practice self care, and use discretion regarding who else listens in.

    In these important episodes, we will cover Camille’s sexual assault during her mission to Mexico, Maddy’s sexual assault while on a mission in Bolivia, and how the LDS Church handled the aftermath of these traumatic experiences. Camille and Maddy also share their thoughts on how the LDS Church can improve their handling of sexual assaults and importantly, why they decided to go public with their stories now.

    Also discussed throughout these episodes is the missionary cultural belief of obedience to mission rules results in protection from the Lord, even in the most war-torn and violent areas in the world.  We talk about the feeling of invincibility and protection that Camille and Maddy felt before their assaults, and how their sexual assaults affected their faith in both LDS Church leadership, and in God.


  • Posted on 12 Sep 2018

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    976: Experiencing Sexual Assault as a Missionary - Camille and Maddy Pt. 1

    Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we interview Camille and Maddy about experiencing rape/sexual assault as a Mormon missionary.

    Trigger warning: This episode discusses rape and sexual assault. Please practice self care, and use discretion regarding who else listens in.

    In these important episodes, we will cover Camille’s sexual assault during her mission to Mexico, Maddy’s sexual assault while on a mission in Bolivia, and how the LDS Church handled the aftermath of these traumatic experiences. Camille and Maddy also share their thoughts on how the LDS Church can improve their handling of sexual assaults and importantly, why they decided to go public with their stories now.

    Also discussed throughout these episodes is the missionary cultural belief of obedience to mission rules results in protection from the Lord, even in the most war-torn and violent areas in the world.  We talk about the feeling of invincibility and protection that Camille and Maddy felt before their assaults, and how their sexual assaults affected their faith in both LDS Church leadership, and in God.


  • Posted on 12 Sep 2018

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    975: Jill and Katie Searle - Responding to Tragedy with Grace and Resilience Pt. 2

    Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast for an incredibly powerful story on dealing with tragedy with resilience and grace. Jill and Katie Searle are a mother/daughter pair.

    Jill Searle's story includes:

    • Being raised LDS and serving a mission.
    • Entering into a mixed-orientation marriage as a lesbian woman.
    • Having several children.
    • Leaving the church, and finding a committed, long term partner (they were married 5 different times...incredible story).
    • Allowing and even supporting her children to remain active/faithful LDS as a lesbian, ex-Mormon woman, all while the church was waging war on committed LGBT relationships.

    Katie Searle's story includes:

    • Being raised Mormon by an orthodox Mormon father and two lesbian ex-Mormon mothers.
    • Marrying her husband, Nathan Williams.
    • Co-founding with Nathan a globally successful magazine, Kinfolk.
    • Facing the excruciating decision to terminate a pregnancy at 6 months.
    • Dealing with the discovery that her husband, Nathan, is gay, and struggled with alcoholism, while pregnant with their second child.
    • Deciding with Nathan to end the marriage.
    • Coping with a religious faith crisis through all this.
    • Rebuilding a life and raising her daughter, Vi, as an ex-Mormon single mother.

    This is an amazing story of responding to tragedy with grace and resilience.


  • Posted on 07 Sep 2018

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