At Last She Said It is a podcast that seeks to amplify and explore a variety of voices, stories, ideas and experiences of Mormon women.
Upset Facebook Commenter
Conversations on social media are rarely substantive, but sometimes a comment can provide a good opening to a larger discussion. In this episode, Cynthia and Susan unpack a comment made on a recent ALSSI post that seemed to ruffle a few feathers. It's a discussion about unhelpful ways Latter-day Saints sometimes respond to each other, and how we might all benefit from retiring the tired scripts members have relied on for too long in an effort to keep each other in line.
What About Blessings?
Whether faith promoting or fraught, the idea of being blessed figures prominently in Latter-day Saint teachings. Common use of words like 'earning' and 'qualifying' can make it hard not to view blessings as transactional. How can we make sense of blessings we receive—or those we don't? What is our part in obtaining specific outcomes and righteous desires? Can our faithful actions influence God's will? In this discussion, Cynthia and Susan attempt to find a little peace on a sticky topic.
Many Latter-day Saint women don't feel at liberty to talk about their challenges at church. Church history, policy, doctrine, or culture, our personal and family experiences, the ebb and flow of our faith, unexpected doubt or uncertainty—these things can create burdens we carry silently, made heavier by accompanying feelings of guilt, loneliness, unworthiness or shame. In this episode, Susan shares thoughts about her own journey into silence—and thankfully out again—as a woman in the LDS Church.
Being a Single Woman in a Married-with-Children Church
It's hard to ignore the fact that our church is heavily focused on the family. From the time we're young, Latter-day Saint girls are taught to expect and prepare for marriage and children as the centerpiece of our lives. And yet the majority of members worldwide are single. In this conversation, we're joined by our friend Mara to discuss some challenges of engaging in a church community where so much teaching and activity is geared toward one very specific ideal.
The Color of Nuance
"Would you feel the same way if you were someone else, in a different place, time, or situation?" It's a great question, the kind of thought exercise we're rarely encouraged to engage in at church. This episode explores nuance—increased complexity in the ways we think about things. How much richer might our discussions be if we were willing to give space? How much might our shared understanding increase? Can we ever become comfortable approaching even our most trusted old ideas in new ways?
Be Brave Like Blaire
As members of the body of Christ, we are called to join Jesus in atoning—to take on the shape of one another's pain. It's a call to brave and unreserved love. Blaire Ostler, author of the book "Queer Mormon Theology," joins Cynthia and Susan for a discussion of everything from the atonement to eternity, with plenty of conversational side-trips along the way. Can queerness and Mormon-ness coexist? In her beautiful theological framing, Blaire shows us they not only can, they naturally do.
I feel uplifted, inspired, and encouraged every time I listen to these wise women. Their research and thoughtful preparation is evident in each episode but I still feel like I’m taking a walk and talking with my best friends each time I listen. Love the conversational tone, and the dedication of these brave sisters. Refreshing to hear that faith and feelings can ebb and flow over a lifetime. These women help me see how they have navigated challenges in their lives and how I can proceed too. Thanks for the bridge building ladies! I’m definitely crossing behind you!
Exactly What I Needed
I’m so glad I found this podcast. I started listening a couple of months ago and I have gone back to the beginning to start listening to the ones I missed. Every single episode so far has resonated with me. I NEEDED to hear these things talked about, and from a perspective of women who don’t just leave because things about the church are hard. And they are hard. I have found more help from this podcast than anywhere else, because I really don’t feel like I can talk about things with my family. Thank you Susan, Cynthia and Jerilee for doing this podcast!
I love this podcast so much. All of the topics are just so important and I end up writing down numerous quotes. Great work, ladies, keep it up!!!