MHH67: LGBT Policy Reversal, Honor Code Stories & Rumors

Michael Smith returns with his irreverent interruptions to discuss the recent LGBT Exclusion Policy Reversal that was announced. We also introduce a VERY important Instagram account that is raising awareness in an area Colleen passionately advocates to change, the BYU Honor Code office! And lastly, since it is the very weekend of LDS General Conference, please enjoy some hopeful conference rumors! Don’t miss the bonus content with Michael, which you get a teaser of in this episode! Head on over to Patreon to catch all the videos from this episode!

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MHH66: Sunstone Event Spotlights

This week I have three Sunstone interviews for you! First, John Hamer and I discuss his involvement in the Community of Christ, which used to be the RLDS church. Next, David Dixon, who is a foundational member of the Phoenix area ExMormon groups, discusses his own physical and mental recovery from Mormonism, and Kent Belliston tells a few fascinating stories of his experience working in the Church Office Building in SLC in the 90s. I hope you love these stories as much as I did! Sunstone is so fun! I’d love to meet you at Sunstone this summer, July 30th to August 3rd. If you’ve never attended, it is a fabulous experience, often called MormonCon. All the scholars, names, and personalities you’ve heard of come to share their unique and amazing work and ideas. Hope I see you there! As always, head on over to Patreon/Mormon Happy Hour to watch the full-length videos of these interviews. 

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MHH65: Secular Lent with Gina Colvin

Gina Colvin and I make a case for Secular Lent as she teaches me about her own Lent practices and what she has learned during her deep dives into what Lent is all about. We share our own thoughts on what spirituality means to us as we have left Orthodox Mormonism behind. Be inspired by Gina’s philosophical views of the Liturgical year, the meaning behind each season, and the beauty within the rituals and meditations. What does fasting mean? Why may it be important even after we have left religion behind?  As always, please enjoy the full video of this conversation on Patreon, just search Mormon Happy Hour or follow the links in the show notes. Gina Colvin also invites you to join her on March 30th in SLC as she hosts “Farewell to God: A Lenten Retreat” something that sounds a lot like a KonMari to God! Details in the show notes.

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MHH64: Just the Tips: Advice to Transitioning Mormons

Michael Smith shares 5 Tips for Transitioning Mormons, and they are…helpful? No, really, they are…and they are also snarky, hilarious, and full of latent Priesthood Authority! We explore topics such as self-care, relationships with believers, boundaries, and advice for moving forward. All advice comes with a side of light-mindedness and loud laughter. Please enjoy the full video of this conversation on Patreon, just search Mormon Happy Hour or follow the links on the website.

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MHH63: First Time Drinking Tips for Fresh PostMos

Are you new to the world of alcohol? Does it overwhelm you? Is there a bit of fear and anxiety? Or are you thrilled and want to know where to start? Join Chloe and I as we share with you our NOT expert first time drinking tips to keep you safe and make a plan for a good experience on your maiden voyage into the world of adult beverages! We share our drinking experiences along the way to keep you entertained and really help the tips we share come to life.  As always, the full video of this interview is available on the Mormon Happy Hour Patreon Page for you to enjoy!

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MHH62: Laurie’s PostMo Love Story and Love vs. Lust

Laurie shares her PostMo love story that is a whirlwind of crazy, exciting and adorable! It involves a faith crisis, divorce, family relations and her conflict with Mormonism in her life. To round out the Love theme, Marie Kent and I explore the topic of Love vs. Lust with Spencer W. Kimball. It’s an epic battle between the three of us, and I’ll let you be the judge of who wins these arguments. Head on over to Patreon right now to watch TWO video episodes of the Six Minute Skinny Dip into Nutty Mormon History. First up, “Do Mormons Have Horns?” and best of all “Mormon Artifacts.” Are there Mormon Artifacts Imbued with Magical Powers?! YOU BETCHA! And the video of Laurie’s PostMo Love Story is there too, just waiting to brighten your day!

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MHH61: Time for Cambio: Mormon Missionary Safety Advocacy

***Trigger Warning: Description of sexual assault, attempted rape & murder***

To avoid descriptive content, skip 3 minutes (12:00 – 14:54) near the beginning of Maddy’s interview.

Maddy Cicotte courageously survived a violent assault on her mission, a situation she never should have been in. Maddy turned her trauma into advocacy, asking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to make many changes regarding the safety and support of their missionary force around the world. The Church has not changed fast enough to protect current missionaries, nor have they been honest regarding the changes they have enacted. Maddy has created TimeforCambio.org  to provide a platform for missionaries to obtain the necessary information, encouragement, and resources to be safer in the mission field. Maddy has collected over 40 stories from missionaries describing the stark truth of what often happens during those 2 years. Please share the resources available on her site with all the missionaries in your life. Keep missionaries safe!!! As always, if you’d prefer to watch Maddy and I talk about her experiences, head over to Patreon for the full video!

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MHH60: V-Day Special: Elena’s PostMo Love Story

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mormon Happy Hour! Enjoy a special holiday gift of a Post-Mormon Love story! So often, the journey through to the other side of Mormonism involves changes in our romantic relationships. These changes can be painful, and they can also be full of growth and happiness. Today is Part 1 in a series of PostMo love stories I have gathered for you to celebrate the journey and what it can bring! Spoiler! The last part will be my own PostMo love story! Valentine’s Day is my new wedding anniversary after all! But before mine, please meet Elena, a friend of mine who is absolutely bursting with happiness, love, deep satisfaction and fulfillment, and just all around JOY! She’s hysterical, I love her to pieces, and I can’t wait for her to make your day as she has mine! And as always, I hope you watch Elena tell her story, it’s hysterical and she is magical! Please visit Patreon for access to this video and many others!

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MHH59: What We’d Love to Hear From Believers

Claudine Gallacher is a life coach who specializes in the unique needs of those transitioning away from Mormonism. Recently, Claudine posed the question on Social Media “What would you like to hear from your TBM or true believing Mormon friends and family?” She received an outpouring of thoughtful responses from Post-Mormons who were yearning to hear so many unique things from their believing loved ones. Join us for a thoughtful journey through relationships, desires, and deep introspection. If you’d prefer to watch Claudine’s chat instead of listening, please visit Mormon Happy Hour on Patreon!

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MHH58: Ryan McKnight of MormonLeaks Exclusive Briefing on Leaked Confession of Child Sex Abuse

Exclusive MormonLeaks Ryan McKnight‘s briefing on the latest leak from his Truth and Transparency Foundation regarding confessed child sex abuse. Ryan shares the background, circumstance and all the points of the current leak regarding the Film Director of Mormon Temple Endowment Videos and Sundance Film Festival Co-Founder admitting to child molestation in the early 90s. Ryan’s foundation has leaked an audio confession from the perpetrator to his victim, and corroborating police reports to supplement the audio, and an extensive narrative to link the pieces of evidence and tell the story.

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