852-857: Family Ties – Doug, Laurie, Julie, and Jerry’s Mormon Faith Crisis/Transition
January 16, 2018
In this special episode of Mormon Stories, we travel to Southern California to interview 2 couples—Doug & Laurie and Jerry & Julie about their Mormon faith crisis and transition. The couples are connected in that Laurie and Julie are sisters, and Doug and Jerry served in the same LDS mission together.
This is a super fascinating story in that each grew up as faithful, orthodox Mormons and both couples were living what they considered to be the “Mormon dream” until Doug began to have a faith crisis that he endured silently for years. Suffering alone and feeling unable to share his doubts with anyone, he finally opened up to his wife Laurie and they carefully navigated a mixed-faith marriage for some time. Seeking support, Doug and Laurie reached out to Jerry and Julie to share their questions and struggles and we learn how each began a faith journey they did not expect.
Important topics we cover:
What the Church meant to each as they were in it
What caused them to doubt and question
What was hard and difficult about the faith crisis
The mistakes and successes they discovered while navigating their faith crisis
How they shared their faith crisis with their children
How they “came out” about their beliefs to others, including ward members and leaders
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