This episode continues a series of conversations about parents and children communicating about changes in faith perspectives. Episode 146 featured faithful, committed Latter-day Saint parents whose children shared with them their movement away from their earlier firm beliefs in Mormon truth claims. This current episode also features LDS parents, this time, however, the parents are the ones undergoing a faith transition and are wrestling with (or have already) how much of that change to share with their faithful, committed Mormon children. The three parents featured here—Carey, Jeff, and Gail—have each approached these questions differently. We learn about their own faith journeys, their stories of sharing or not sharing with their believing children, how they approach(ed) these conversations, if their fears were realized or if they received wonderful, affirming responses, as well as if and how would they go back and change things, if they would want to.
This conversation is just a starter, with many perspectives and experience types not represented. Please listen and share your experiences below, or please contact host Dan Wotherspoon (see address below) about possibly being on a future episode. We are also currently looking for grown children who are still faithful Mormons to share their experiences of being on the receiving end of a conversation in which a parent has shared about their transitioning away from traditional LDS belief.
Note: This episode uses just first names (and one is a pseudonym) in order to add a layer of protection from web searches. However, all the panelists welcome anyone reaching out to engage them privately. If you’d like to get in touch directly with any of the participants, please contact Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon. He will put you in touch with them.
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