1520-1521: When High-Level Mormon Church Leaders Sexually Abuse: Matt and Stephanie Purcell
December 19, 2021
Matt Purcell is the grandson of Spencer Palmer, former BYU professor of religion, mission president, temple president, LDS church area authority, personal friend of Mormon Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, and likely recipient of the top secret Mormon church Second Anointing ritual.
In today’s episode, Matt tells his story of being one of several victims of sexual abuse by his grandfather. Matt is joined by his wife, Stephanie. Both share their Mormon stories, which include their faith journeys after discovering problematic Mormon church history.
In part two of our interview, Matt and Stephanie dive into the effects of infertility and postpartum depression, the wheels that started turning in their heads after the 2015 exclusion policy, and much, much more. We are so lucky to get to hear Matt and Stephanie’s journey and hope you enjoy Carah Burrell as your host on this epic two-part Mormon Story!