In this episode author Daniel Lancaster and I discuss his book “Iron Gates: The Story and Psychology of a Mormon Missionary in Jamaica.”
Daniel Lancaster did what thousands of young Mormons will do every year – serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Daniel’s autoethnography is a narrative about that experience – the way he understood it 10 years later – with the training and eye of a psychotherapist. His is a story about grief, growth, spirituality, and human connection; all set in the backdrop of a tropical island that juxtaposes so much of what the LDS faith has come to be known for. Daniel’s intention was to create an honest dialogue about missionary service, and to acknowledge the reality of mission-related trauma, which is experienced by so many but spoken of by so few.