Episode 31 provided a solid first framing of many of the issues faced by Mormon young single adults—of which group, some 80 percent are becoming inactive at least for a period of time, and many are deciding to leave the church altogether. This episode follows up on that discussion, but focuses on hearing the voices of those in this age group themselves, hearing in their own words about their spiritual journeys, their experiences in singles wards, the messages that are being taught from the pulpit, in classes, and through interactions with church leaders, and the ways these messages are being received. It also brings into clearer focus young single Mormon adults’ sexuality and the messages about sex they are hearing and wish they would hear.
In this podcast, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and LDS family therapist and Mormon Stories contributor Natasha Helfer Parker engage in a far-ranging discussion with two Mormon young adults, Kayla Woodring and Cam Davis, as they share their experiences and thoughts about the church, its emphases, and how they’d like to see leaders, members, and gospel messages become more affirming as they negotiate the challenges that come during this pivotal time of life. We welcome you to join in the conversation below!