In 1 Peter, we are encouraged as Christians to always be ready to give voice to “a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). This past weekend, I was given an opportunity to do just that when I shared reflections from my spiritual journey as part of the Sunstone Northwest Symposium. I feel strange releasing a Mormon Matters episode that isn’t a panel discussion (so please forgive me and know that we’ll be back to our regular type of programming again next week!), but I have chosen to do it because in these remarks I share some of the reasons I’m able to give when asked, as often happens, about how I even knowing what I know about LDS history and doctrinal inconsistencies and various other issues and sources that can cause great pain manage to stay optimistic and feel my spirit fed while committed to remaining an active Mormon. For what it’s worth, then, this episode contains some of themes that make up my answer to that sort of query. Many parts of the story I tell and some of my reflections will be familiar to long-time listeners, but hopefully they flow here in a way that helps them feel new.