In October 2015 I interviewed Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, author of Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis – A Simple Developmental Map. It was a memorable conversation characterized by its intimacy and its mutual vulnerability. This interview kicked off a conversation partnership that has logged many, many hours wherein Thomas offers me ways of seeing a world that is gracious and expansive, and I offer him questions that ask him to ground adult spiritual development in the everyday exigencies of life in the Mormon Wardhouse.
Motivating our conversation is the pursuit of a Mormon spiritual praxis that is wise, accessible and instep with our developmental needs. Eight months on we wanted to share a part of our dialogue. It was difficult to know where to start, as the possibilities seemed endless, but this podcast is what ensued; a conversation about development (of course) but also forgiveness, compassion, anger, vulnerability, integration and powerful reasons to write yourself authentically into the Mormon story.