Hope Helps is a podcast designed to encourage, inspire and help people navigate their lives through the stories of others. As host Charly Burridge-Jones and her guests reflect about the joys and challenges of everyday living, they will uncover ways to strengthen relationships, manage disappointment, serve others, talk about life and even have some fun along the way. Everyone has a story to share and there is so much we can learn from each other. We hope you will tune in to Hope Helps where you can find something to relate to and be uplifted. Hope Helps is produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe. Views expressed don’t necessarily reflect the Church’s official position
Making It Up As We Go Along
Peter and Alexandra Mackenzie Johns met at age 16 and dated for a few years before serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and going their separate ways. After eight years, they reconnected and realized they were perfect for each other.
During their ten-year marriage, they have lived and worked in Jersey, India, and soon, Jordan. Alex and Pete regularly trade off the roles of child caretaker and breadwinner as they care for each other’s interests and health. The couple participates in the Nauvoo and British pageants as a way to share their love of the arts and to express their faith in Christ.
Breaking Down the Barriers of Racism
Lola Ogunbote was only 14 years old when she had an experience with racism that changed her life forever. Lola is a black woman, football coach, activist, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Regular encounters with racism do not stop her from pursuing her dreams. She is a firm believer that in order to build bridges and eliminate injustice, we must learn to love each other in the way that Jesus Christ loves each of us.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, it is our duty to accept each other, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. The best way to combat ignorance is to ask questions with a sincere attempt at understanding and to put our prejudices aside, letting love in.
Finding Our Way Together
This week on Hope Helps, Charly Burridge-Jones speaks with Felicity and Ben Munzer, a newlywed couple living in England. They assert that the ideal marriage is 1+1=3, where two individuals join together to create something greater than themselves. Ben and Felicity know that they have found a relationship that has clicked into place, and that with persistent effort and care for each other, their marriage will last a lifetime and beyond.
Known and Loved
In this episode of Hope Helps, Tom Christofferson and Arteh Odjidja reflect on how we can affirm ourselves in Christ. As members of the LGBTQ+ community, they share their common life experiences on being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how we can reach out and love those around us.
Tom is the author of inspirational books, That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith & Family and A Better Heart: The Impact of Christ’s Pure Love. Arteh is an award-winning professional photographer, best known for ‘The Stranger Series,’ a project that has been displayed in prominent galleries worldwide, as well as before the Queen. Join Charly Burridge-Jones as she talks with Tom and Arteh about how they seek to come closer to Christ and lift others on the way.
Messages from Molokai: Befriending the One
Kristen Metzger, a singer, actress, director, and more takes time to truly connect with an exceptional group of people. What makes these people so unique? They are the last colony of lepers that were exiled to the island of Molokai, Hawaii. In this episode of Hope Helps, Charly Burridge-Jones and her guest, Kristen Metzger, speak about how each of us can reach out to others who are struggling with hardships and difficulties, in a loving and uplifting manner.
Charly and Kristen talk about the beautiful island of Molokai and the lovely people that Kristen has the blessing of interacting with. It became clear that the individuals living in this colony enjoy the typical things that everyone enjoys. The beauty of nature, the emotions a good film brings, and the company of a dear friend. It is evident that people, even with ailments and illnesses, still need love and support. They share insights on how each of us can become more equipped to love individuals that might be, slightly more difficult to love.
From Convict to Convert - Through Christ
On this week’s episode of Hope Helps, host Charly Burridge-Jones welcomes Peter and Kay O’Malley. Together, they discuss how life changes can be a positive experience. In his twenties, Peter spent almost two years in prison. Following his sentence, he found a home in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Peter and Kay were married in 2013 and together have ten children. Their relationship is based on mutual respect and years of trusting friendship.
Discover how Peter went from convict to convert on this week’s episode. Download now!
Uplifting and Inspiring
This podcast shares a wide range of inspiring messages that are sure to uplift any listener.
This has been such an uplifting podcast that is easy to listen to but still leaves lots of room for thought and reflection. Thank you!