Our Interview on ‘Mormon Stories’

While in Brooklyn, Danny & I did a big 2 part interview with John Dehlin of the Mormon Stories podcast. We talked a little bit about our religious experience, infidelity, infertility, divorce, and ways we have healed. I often get a little teary eyed to think of sharing what I know with a large audience – especially when I think of people who may be in the same shoes I was once in. And well, the teary eyed part happened on this day, too, right before we began. 
It’s been great to hear peoples’ thoughts on the interview and we’d love to hear your’s, too. Also, you might also like to see what Danny wrote in the comments section.
Sending out love to you all, 
P.S. I saw a quote by Deepak Chopra on twitter and I thought it was pretty great…
“Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.”

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  1. Erin August 22, 2014 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Great interview. Perfectly positive. Loved it.

  2. Anonymous August 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I am only part way through part one and I want to tell you both how inspired I am.
    I am really enjoying it and your blog. Have downloaded other episodes from Mormon stories to learn more. Thank you Mara and Danny!

  3. Hello, Queensland! August 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your love for life, your experiences, knowledge, and sincere thoughts and emotions. I love reading your blog and the connection I feel when I reflect on my own experiences. Your positivity gives strength and so much joy to your readers! Thank you!

  4. Miggy August 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Hey guys. On my second listen.
    Great stuff. I needed this right now.
    Would love to see you in the midwest this year. If I can help make it happen, let me know.

  5. Anonymous August 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    The interview was great, and like Miggy, definitely things I needed to hear and think about right now. I'm really looking forward to the second interview, and like others mentioned, I would love to hear more about your views on those really difficult topics that mormon stories likes to address. I'd also love to hear more about living a spiritual life without fear and guilt. I was so surprised to hear that when Mara left she did not feel guilt for the lifestyle she was living. I feel fear and guilt for the smallest of things – would love for to hear your insights on that! thanks!

  6. Heather E. August 24, 2014 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I LOVED this podcast. Thanks for putting so much time and energy into sharing your cause! It is inspirational!

  7. Liene August 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, live changing! Thank you so much for sharing what you've experienced, and how to cope with difficult times. You really do have a choice always. Thanks again 😉

  8. Anonymous September 6, 2014 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Sorry, just a pathetic lurker here, but have to comment that I strongly disagree with the Chopra quote. As I see it, religion is community, commitment, love in action. Spirituality (without religion) is self-indulgence and solipsism.

    • mara September 6, 2014 at 12:37 am - Reply

      Hi – I agree with you that religion can also offer community, commitment, love in action. Most definitely! I have experienced that first hand. I don't agree w/ your second part, though. I know too many non-religious people who offer unbelievable amounts of service, generosity and goodness to the world. But thanks for chiming in. We're always intrigued to hear peoples' comments.

  9. Regina September 8, 2014 at 3:00 am - Reply

    I have been on the cusp of change for awhile and i think (hope!) your blog and this interview has finally tipped me over the edge—Testimonies ebb & flow and I have been on the ebb cycle, the strongest in my life, and it was beginning to feel like it wouldn't flow again.

    The interview was great hearing your backgrounds on the interview. From your backgrounds I am a mix of you two- grew up Mormon, felt it strong through high school as I clung to it through my parents divorce (long lasting infidelity)-was on seminary council, etc… worked through that pain, found myself, married my military husband and then got sealed. Lived in different states and different countries with him and have seen different types of congregations. Recently I have been struggling internally with my religion (which affected my spirituality, marriage, etc!)….it feels cookie-cutter, black & white. Feels like a lot take the gospel for granted or miss the point completely. I feel like there is judgment (dysfunction) all over under the claim of love (gossiping about non active, if so and so was wearing her g's, VT to reactive—these people need love not more judgement!). It has hurt family and friends around me and I hurt that they hurt and….hurt. I wish they could understand true love and hope like you have found.

    As I have been struggling with all this I was reading through your blog and another lds blogger but your blog caught my soul. You two have shown another way. Hope! Light! Love!!! It is so refreshing to see in words your refreshing and invigorating way of life that I think I have been feeling parts and grasping for others, I just needed to connect it all! (Especially your "most important things I've every learned") I need to approach my spirituality, my marriage, my motherhood, my body/health, & my happiness in this true and sincere way instead of stuffing myself into the cookie cutter mold. Take charge of life instead of life taking charge of me! Empowering.

    All in all, THANK YOU. There is work to be done, BUT In my moments of personal pain I dared not utter to another Mormon soul, you two were there with waves of hope and peace to bring me back in, back home to Him. <3

  10. Anonymous September 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply


    I just wanted to tell you that I listened to both parts of your interview a couple of weeks ago whilst having a complete wardrobe and clothing sort out, (I dread doing this job, but it was much needed) I felt so relaxed and actually loved having this time alone to organise and listen to your story.

    I find the Mormon beliefs to be so interesting and I love many of the religions values. (I knew very little about the LDS church prior to reading blogs) My boyfriend came home from work just as I was finishing the second interview and crashed on the bed, listening and watching me purge.

    I just thought you should know, that because of YOU, we had some great conversations over the dinner table that evening.

    Your words inspire me and I feel your warm presence whilst reading your blog and listening to you.

    Thank you.

    Know that I appreciate all that you do here.

    Kindest regards,

    Anna from Bath, England.


  11. Adrienne September 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic interview!! I really can't it, except that I was clinging to every word you were saying and that for the most part, I resonated with it entirely. Wow, helped me shift A LOT of perspectives and I will be listening again soon!!

    Mara, can you elaborate, or point me to another blog post, about the daily spiritual practice that your mentor taught you? I have yet to find something that I can do, every day, that resonates me with and brings me closer to my authentic self. I'd love to hear what has helped you.

    Thank you!! You two are just phenomenal 🙂

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