1569: From Mormon Prepper to Ex-Mormon – Emma Pt. 3
March 30, 2022
Join John and Jenn as they discuss with Emma what it was like coming out as queer while attending BYU, losing her faith in the Mormon Church, and facing rejection from some of her orthodox family members.
Since the founding of Mormonism, there has been a core belief in the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ (thus the “Latter-day” portion of the Church’s official name). But over the past few decades, there has been an increasing trend towards “end times preparedness.” Ultra-orthodox Mormons sell their assets, move to rural areas, attend “Prepper” conferences (like “Preparing a People”), build fortresses, deny healthcare and education to their children, and stockpile food/weapons/ammunition, etc.
This movement is benign for a few but, for many, it leads to extreme behavior, divided families, financial ruin, a host of charlatan “prophets” who prey on this mentality (e.g., Julie Rowe), and, in some cases, murder (e.g., Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow story).
See Part 1 and Part 2 of this series with Emma, who was raised in the Mormon “Prepper” movement.