The Mormon Church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) - is currently ranked as the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States. Mormonism is considered by many of it's members to be a culture as well as a religious ideology. And yet, over the past few years the LDS church has been subject to major criticism and because of this has endured a steep decline in it's membership.
As part of this decline hundreds of resources including Mormon blogs and podcasts and formed to offer support to members of the church who have began questioning their beliefs. But over ten years ago, when Melanie Christianson found herself having a crisis of faith, she felt very alone in her questions and evolving spirituality.
How does a woman whose family has been a part of the LDS Church since the beginning and who LOVED growing up in that church family, make the decision to step outside of her culture and community? In our premiere episode, host Hayley Karl speaks with Melanie Christianson about her journey out of the Mormon religion, Melanie's life in the church, and what living an authentic life means to her.