Conversations about the religious and spiritual life on the other side of fundamentalism
366:  Breaking Up Well:  Dr. Nicola Petty

366: Breaking Up Well: Dr. Nicola Petty

When I began questioning the LDS Church, I did not expect the Stake Relief Society president to join me. 

Nicola Petty went from orthodox and loyal member guided by the priesthood to a Stake Relief Society President who had been woken up by the Ordain Women movement. It was in this capacity that I watched her press priesthood button after priesthood button advocating intelligently and determinedly for the women in our stake. 

When the church was no longer reconcilable, rather than spit the church out, Nicola planned her exit well, and took up the challenge to build a new life. Nicola’s story is a story of integrity, integration, and extraordinary grace for a church she once loved deeply but no longer sees as essential to her human becoming.   

Photo Credit: Shellie Evans

Link to Dr Nick’s Maths and Stats Youtube Channel


  1. Jean Bodie

    Gina, Nicola and Jean sat down and had a conversation the way we ladies do. That is exactly how this podcast felt to me.
    Nicola’s story reflects my own in so many areas, I was saying – “You too?” and “Me too” so often.
    I was a convert to the church also and for many of the same reasons, I loved it and made it the biggest part of my life. I was a “150 percenter” according to my daughter.

    Nicola, I so want to continue ‘our conversation’ as I feel certain that we will have a lot more of those “me too” moments.
    Be my friend – please.

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