1373: Zelph on the Shelf – 5 Years of Laughter, Wisdom, Healing, and Growth
December 19, 2020
Zelph on the Shelf is one of the most successful YouTube channels in history dedicated to exploring Mormonism in thoughtful and entertaining ways.
Five years ago I sat down with Samantha Shelley and Tanner Gilliland to discuss their loss of faith as “Mormon Millennials.” That episode was extremely well-received at the time, and was highly influential in the journey of tens of thousands of Mormons, including Tyler Glenn (lead singer of Neon Trees).
Today’s episode with Tanner and Samantha will be in there parts:
Part 1: Samantha and Tanner discuss the evolution and impact of Zelph on the Shelf over the past 5 years.
Part 2 (My favorite part): Samantha and Tanner discuss how they have healed and grown over the past 5 years in many of the domains most salient to transitioning Mormons, including: creativity, community, identity, mental health, spirituality, sexuality, finding meaning/purpose in their lives, and in thoughts about death and the afterlife.
Part 3: We end this interview by discussing Tanner and Samantha’s perspective on the recent Mormon apologetic content released by FAIRMormon, featuring controversial apologist Kwaku El.
I found Samantha and Tanner to be incredibly thoughtful and wise, and am confident that you will thoroughly enjoy this episode.