Tune in today at 1pm MST to join John, Jenn and Maven, from Mormonism Live, for part one of Maven’s Mormon Story. Her story begins in rural Utah, next door to Fundamental Mormons, and later serving an LDS mission.

In part 2, join John, Jenn and Maven as we explore the Making of Maven. She takes us through her faith crisis and reconstruction with touching stories, beautiful insight and hope.

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  1. JG May 19, 2022 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    “I feel like the church instilled in her [his wife] to be deeply suspicious of me and their sexual drives. Now, that same suspicion is in bed with us every night. I hate it, and I wish we could just enjoy having sex without all the suspicion about who’s thinking what.” Quoted by Tina Schermer Sellers in Sex, God, and the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy.

  2. Judy Noall May 19, 2022 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing story of Maven’s. You are quite marvelous young woman. May the rest of your life be filled with all things good.

  3. Maui May 20, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Maven, thank you. I found so many relatable themes and valuable takeaways. Your story of remarkable. Thank you.

  4. Nan May 21, 2022 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Maven, you are such a gift to those who listen to Mormon podcasts. I’ve not even finished the first part, but wanted to share that I had the same experience when I covered my face with the veil. In fact, there was ( is) a large painting of a woman’s figure where I was working at the time I prepared to go to the temple. The figure in the painting was nude, had ample breasts and pubic hair, but her arms, legs and head were faded out. It bothered me very much that this woman figure was just a sexual thing, had no identity and also had no mind, no limbs, essentially no way to defend or protect herself. I submitted to the business leadership that She (It) needed to be taken down, but was dismissed as not understanding “good art”. The following week I went to the temple for my endowment and intimately understood the woman figure as I pulled the veil over my face.
    Thank you, Maven, for expressing our shared experience in such a meaningful way.

  5. Barbara May 22, 2022 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Maven, I thoroughly enjoyed both of your podcasts! They were both very informative, instrumental, and relatable to me. I am a current member of the LDS Church and have been since birth so over 60 years. I’m a divorced woman in the LDS church. With inactive children adult children. So I haven’t felt like I fit the mold for many years. So hearing your stories even though they differ from mine, it’s the LDS community and facade that I feel like I have to pretend to be at times, that affects me daily. So your bravery of putting your life out there in a podcast was very refreshing very articulate very informative and again honest. Thank you thank you for being who you are!

  6. Glenn May 24, 2022 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Maven – When you mentioned you didn’t want to be known as a virgin and went out of your way to give a false impression. Do you think that were on some level protecting yourself from something you didn’t want?

  7. Allie May 25, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Maven – I loved your story. Every word. Thank you for sharing, thank you for your vulnerability, and thank you for taking up space and giving a voice and an example to people (esp women) who feel like they aren’t allowed to do that. Wonderful interview.

  8. Dr. Sam Lyman May 25, 2022 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Maven. You are an amazing young woman and shared so important insights from your journey. May you continue to thrive and know you and your story are of value, even to those you might never meet. Thanks again, Sam

  9. Buraianto June 21, 2022 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Maven, excellent observation an vs information about Helen Mar Kimball. Thank you.

    Coincidentally, I had read Exodus 4:24-26 just a couple of days ago and recognized a parallel. The story, according to the notes of the NET Bible: Moses is struck deathly ill by God, and his wife correctly identified the reason as that Moses had not circumcised his son, against the commandment. So she cut off the son’s foreskin and threw it at the feet of Moses, whereon he was healed.

    The parallel is the idea that God curses us with illness due to disobedience, and heals is when we obey. This thinking is apparently well entrenched in Christian and Jewish thinking.

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