Heather’s PPI

Interview

Posted January 10th, 2016

Tom is joined with Bob, Randy and Glenn to finally sit down with Heather to talk about how awesome she is.

Bob

Glenn

Heather

Randy

Tom

  • Gabriel von Himmel

    “Heather and the infants,” Yes, I applaud the marked egalitarian efforts to liberaliZe the enthroned infants. Vetting Heather on the infants, must include an image of her towering 6’3″ stature dressed in skin-tight leotards draped in a flowing cape standing next to the other infants holding glowing lianas. The lianona does direct the inspired to choose the right.
    Her interview commentary and exposure was a gift to we quasi-liberated uncommitted gentiles who see The Saints as a threat to the further evolving American Way. Super Heather in leotards is the answer.

    • Ryan Gregson

      You’re a strange one, gabs.

  • ART

    I think Randy has asked Heather the same question like 3 times now, yes she knows all the bad stuff in the church and she still stays. It’s crazy, but a lot of us do it and find it works for us 🙂 I for one hope she stays in the Church and is a force for good within it.

    • Thomas Moore

      In defense of Randy; people ask this of other NOMs and John Dehlin types and people who belong to Affirmation or Democrat Mormons. Why do you stay? The People think they can change the church or the church is doing good or they’re doing good. All Randy asked is What is Good? What is the Church doing that is Good? Is it the schools they’re building and sustaining? Is it the charities or shelters or jobs programs? Is it the social aspects such as setting up clean water and roads and providing healthy living skills, farming techniques in 3rd world countries? Is it cultural road shows and arts? Is it planting trees or maintaining parks?
      Is the church providing more misogynistic teachings than raising women to leadership levels in schools, civil positions, sciences, etc???? Is the race relations being shown in their leadership in Utah and church boards? Even though we offer a hearty handshake and a welcoming smile, can we guarantee that all races and sexual orientations and sexual identities will be welcome in Sunday school???
      I think Randy was correct in asking and trying to Pin down Heather in trying to explain and tell us “What” good she was doing by staying in the church. What good does it do to even have the LDS church to exist? Why can’t it just become another real estate development corporation? It seems to be doing pretty good at that. It’s providing jobs and infrastructure.

      • ART

        The two I’m thinking of are “don’t you feel culpable in Mormon wrongdoings” and “don’t you think the Church is a bad place to raise a daughter.” I admire the amount of insight she shared on both of those as it seemed very painful to talk about.

        I wish Glenn had elaborated in a previous podcast why he thought Heather was so close to leaving the Church. It seems to me that she’s finding a way to do it that works for her, which the other Infants find somewhat baffling as it doesn’t fit their own journeys. Or maybe they’re right and she’s just a few years behind them.

      • Heather Craw

        I didn’t really respond to Glenn’s question of what good I am doing inside the church, nor did I answer the question of whether that good outweighs the potential and real harms of raising a family in the church. Nor did I answer my own internal question of whether I could be doing more good elsewhere. Part of that was Tom was trying wrap up. And part of it was knowing I could make Randy feel stupid by tersely agreeing with his diatribe.

        We touch on some but not all of those in the minisode conversation with me and Randy coming up. But I think they are all important questions and ones which I put to myself on a weekly basis including yesterday as I sat in church.

    • Heather Craw

      Oh, it didn’t end there. There’s another whole conversation being published later where Randy makes another heroic effort to challenge my membership.

  • Mark Norris

    I have a few different, perhaps conflicting thoughts about this episode.

    First off, like everyone else, I really like Heather. How could you not? She’s intelligent, eloquent, has a perfect voice for podcasting that’s easy to listen to, and a offers a perspective on the Mormon experience that the other Infants don’t offer; foremost on our minds is that she offers a female perspective, but also significant is her Liberal/NOM, still-totally-inside-the-church perspective.

    That said, Heather seems almost too perfect. She’s a Harvard & Stanford Grad, beauty queen, recorded singer. Some of her struggles covered in the podcast were portrayed in this episode as being caused just because she’s just so much better than the peons around her, for example to paraphrase: “My mission was rough at times because I was too smart and too fluent in Russian”.

    There’s nothing wrong with her being so exceptional. I like being exposed to exceptional people to learn from their experience and all that, and I’m pleased that I’ll be hearing her more regularly on the podcast. It’s just that, well, (sorry, I’m not the best writer, let me just put it out in bullet points, OK?)

    1) The male infants are for the most part typical white-collar guys, with not much on paper that would make them seem to be deserving of a place on the IoT panel (which is kind of the point of IoT, I get it, it’s just a group of average friends shooting the breeze about their shared experiences in Mormonism).
    2) There have been numerous excellent, interesting, insightful women on the podcast in the past. Why is Heather the first one to be offered a throne?
    3) It seems like, therefore, for a woman to earn a permanent place on the panel she has to be almost unattainably perfect, which echoes for me the Molly Mormon standard for women within the church. Which is disappointing.

    I’m probably reading way to much into the situation, but the above is just what has been running in my head throughout my listen to this episode. Am I the only one who’s thinking this?

    • Heather Craw

      Hey Mark,

      I had a cringe-fest listening back to some of this. Not only were there moments that made it sound like a reality show contestant trying to extend my time on the show by whining about how “i’ve been through a lot,” but there was also a log of bragging. Le puke.

      To be clear, my mission was hard for many reasons but primarily because I was expected to testify of things I didn’t feel I “knew”, because the constant rejection is psychologically exhausting, and because the stress of empathy made half my hair fall out.

      • Mark Norris

        “I had a cringe-fest listening back…there was also a log of bragging.”

        Eh, you’re fine. If it comes off as bragging it’s only because we’re peons. I’m sure that when you have conversations with people at your level that anecdote about rejecting a full ride to Columbia’s Law School to chase a boy would be met without resentment, merely an amused chuckle and an “Oh, the folly of youth!”.

        “…moments that made it sound like a reality show contestant trying to extend my time”

        Eh, it didn’t come off that way to me. Rather, it come off as the male Infants falling over themselves to get your attention and keep you talking. It was actually kind of cute listening to them crushing on you so hard. Exception was Glenn’s unusual silence, but I think that was something of a flirting tactic too, because when you empathetically reached out to him (“Is Glenn still here”?) he got to go White Knight by saying “I’m letting Heather tell her story and not interrupting with my own”. Classic Beta-male-move, Glenn. Hilarious, though.

        “To be clear, my mission was hard for many reasons…”

        Obviously.

        The point with my original comment was not to say that you’re an entitled privileged perfect princess, just that you’re a perfect princess. You feel me? Obviously you’ve had to work harder than I can imagine myself working to get to were you are today, and you deserve your lofty life.

        My point with you being a perfect princess is that it’s just disappointing that you had to be a perfect princess in order to break the glass ceiling into the Infants’ Throne Room.

        Reading over this the tone sounds mean or sarcastic, it’s not meant to be. Unlike you I’m not very good at expressing myself in writing. Hope you, and anyone else reading, can get the core message of my posts through my terrible prose.

        • Heather Craw

          Thanks for your thoughtful explanation.

          • Mark Norris

            Haha I don’t know if it was insightful. I’m just hoping for coherent.

            Why’d the other women turn it down, do you know?

    • I did not think adding a woman infant because IoT felt they had to have a woman on the panel because of public pressure was a good idea. That could have been a real disaster. The reason Heather works is because she fits as naturally as any of the others. Nobody had to carve out a place out for her. There was a Heather-shaped space in the IoT universe and now it’s got a Heather in it. God’s in his heaven and all’s well with the world.

      • Heather Craw

        “Heather shaped space in the IOT universe.” Great line, great image, great sentiment. Love it.

        • Mark Norris

          It’s a bit dorky. Like a line from a quirky romantic comedy.

    • Randy_Snyder

      Mark, I can understand where you are coming from but I have to respond. Yes, the original 6 Infants didn’t have to pass some entrance exam. We were 6 guys that through chance coalesced to start a project. We’re not extraordinary on paper but we’re not total schmucks either. And nothing was planned. We just started to put shit out and see what happened. Then Jake came into our universe and he had just started the Brother Jake series and here’s the key, he wanted to join. We all recognized his talent from the get go and figured, how can we not add him w what he has to offer? Then Hamer got pulled into our universe when we did the Who Wrote the BoM series and we kept having him back and he is a known quantity in our community so when he wanted to join, of course we added him. But I think it’s clear from our awkward Sunstone answers that we weren’t looking to add a female just to fill a quota. But then Heather crashed our universe and her talent was undeniable. And she fit in on the locker room humor. It was totally natural and again the key, she wanted to join.

      But here’s my question to you Mark, is Heather so much better than Jake or John to justify your statement that a woman has to be near perfect to be offered a throne? And I can tell you Heather is far from perfect. 😉

      Our three additions of Jake, John and Heather are a function of talent brought to the table more than bringing youth, credibility and femininity to the podcast.

      • Heather Craw

        No mere mortal can be as perfect as Randy. We can but dream.

      • Mark Norris

        Right you original infants on thrones are no slouches. Higher degrees, lawyers, I get it. I didn’t mean to say you guys were schlubs.

        And I get it that Heather brings so much to the podcast, precisely because she’s such a perfect person (I exaggerate obviously, but you know what I mean). But like I said it raises questions in my mind. Anyways, it doesn’t really matter, what I’m worrying about (how or why Heather was picked for perms-infancy) doesn’t effect how the podcast will be going forward (which I’m very optimistic about because like I said, I like Heather!)

        Does that make sense?

    • Ashley1313

      I can see where you are coming from but I disagree.

      I’ve really enjoyed the addition of John Hamer to the quorum mainly because he is so intelligent and he offers such a different perspective to the dialog.

      I won’t lie that I was skeptical of Heather initially but thus far she has been a welcome addition to the podcast and much like Hamer is able to bring an intelligent and alternative viewpoint to the dialog.

      Additionally, she seems like she can hang. One of the things that I love about IOT is the sense of humor that the infants have. I appreciate a good dick joke every now and then but some women are put off by that sort of thing and I’m glad that Heather is not one of those women because if she were it might change the dynamic of this podcast that we know and love.

      So basically what I’m doing a shitty job of saying is that I don’t think the addition of Heather to the Infants will in any way take away from the podcast, it will only benefit it. I don’t think that the fact that Heather is so accomplished and FEMALE is the only reason that she was added to the group, rather I think its because she’s a smart person whose personality gels with the existing group. The addition of individuals with differing viewpoints and life experiences is only going to make the discussions on IOT richer and more entertaining.

      • Thanks Ashley. The addition of a woman to this fraternity was never going to please everyone. But far be it from me to stifle a good dick joke.

        • Mark Norris

          To be clear Heather, your addition does please me. I think you’re great. Don’t take my posts as hating on you.

      • Mark Norris

        Right, I totally agree with your point about the podcast going forward. Heather’s presence will only enhance infants on thrones going forward. Like I said in my just reply to Randy, I guess my concerns about her initially joining are made irrelevant now that it’s already happened, other than to just wonder about.

  • Don’t you DARE change the name of the podcast! I love recommending the podcast to people and then watching them glaze over as I explain where the name came from. It’s like putting blank faces made of icing on gingerbread people. It’s a badge of honor to know what “Infants on Thrones” is and where the name came from.

    • Heather Craw

      And if the name slips out at church, no TBM has any clue what it is.

      Nobody is seriously considering changing the name, of course. But in response to Tom’s question, all I could think of were bad band names like Broken Elevator Sign or Forgotten Tampon. Clearly I would not be invited to a hypothetical naming committee.

      • Swagavad Gita

        I love your voice on the podcast. You’re a very impressive person, accomplishments-wise, but more importantly, you seem to be a decent person.

    • You’re so right. The name is perfect and represents so much of what makes the show great.

  • Scott Pot

    Best thing that ever happened to Infants on Thrones: Heather.

    • Heather Craw

      Awwwww shucks!

  • Eric

    Heather, when did you serve in Kiev? I tried to listen as close as I could to the time span of mish but I don’t think it was mentioned. I served in Kiev ’95-’97 and by your description it must have been before my time by just a year or two.

    • Heather Craw

      !! Rada znakomit’sia s toboi!! I was there 1999 to 2001. I served in only two areas, Odessa and Simferopol.

      • kkdigger

        Did you know an Elder Wolthuis by chance?

  • The presumption that Heather may have had to subject herself to her husband’s will in terms of location, etc. (Bob’s question) was so strange to me. Maybe because I feel like I relate so well to her that it wouldn’t even cross my mind that she’d marry somebody where that would even be an issue. Odd.

    I love Heather. Maybe it’s actually narcissistic because I see so many similarities. 😉 Wonderful listen. Thanks!

    • Right, because nothing about a woman subjecting herself to her husband makes sense in the context of Mormonism… Snarkiness aside, really? In what Mormon world were you living in such that you, and all the Mormon women around you, didn’t have to live in the shadow of each of your husband’s career prospects and location-based opportunities… leading you to think that type of presumption to be strange?

      In my Mormon world, it wasn’t just my wife who followed me based on my opportunities, but the vast majority of the Mormon women around me my age were where they were based on similar circumstances not related to their own career prospects. I’m happy to hear that you and Heather didn’t have to go through that experience.

      • I understand the premise for the question generally, but I guess I would have thought it would have been filtered out as you came to understand Heather’s personality and experiences. It seemed obvious to me. I can see that maybe it was simply a question on a list of things you had planned to ask and went through with it maybe anticipating her answer? I think you guys are all bright, so maybe I’m giving you too much credit, or maybe I’m just not appreciating the production side of the podcast. 🙂

        • I think it was only on my list to ask, and we didn’t coordinate. I didn’t know Heather than well, but I did know she got married late (by Mormon standards) and did all this other amazing stuff in her life as well (that I sorta assumed mostly came before marriage).

          So by the transitive properties of post-Mormon judgment of aggregate pre-Mormon experiences mixed with assumptions based on my own experiences, yeah, I was totally curious how she dealt with her family’s 1950’s Utopian marriage that she didn’t have. 🙂

    • Heather Craw

      I had that same reaction, “Of course we made life decisions together, and my life received equal consideration.” But yeah, the idea that the wife is a supporting character in the husband’s life story lives on in the 1950’s utopia inside the church.

  • Happy Hubby

    Thumbs up on keeping Heather – and it is not (just) that she is a woman. She makes the podcast even more fun. There is some good playing off each other.

    BTW – what are listeners of IOT called? Are we “infinitesimals”? I feel that way a bit when I heard just how smart Heather is (but I don’t hold it against her since she will not be able to experience the level of “blissful ignorance” that I can).

  • David Sheppard

    Absolutely loved this podcast! Heather is an incredibly interesting person (no boring bits for me!). I can’t remember who said it, but PLEASE take time to do PPIs for all of the infants! One of the main things I loved about Mormon stories when I started it, other than the interesting topics, I got so much out of listening to their personal stories.
    Thanks IOT for all the laughs, God knows we need them at the moment with the church’s frustrating behaviour.

  • Orrin Dayne

    Heather inspires me. Also, I loved her Christmas episode. Consider this my upvote to all the other good things people have said about her here.

  • Bow To Me

    I laughed. I cried. I peed a little. So it was a typical IoT show, listening to the talented Heather was joyous to me. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me – Beaver County! What are the odds? It seems Heather and I have much in common, both of us being raised in the utopia of The BC. Cows? Yes. Union Pacific? Yes. Cousins producing offspring? Yes. All second nature to those of us from tiny towns deep within The BC.

    And yes, we have taken similar paths, Heather and I.

    Say hello to your mother for me Heather. Okay that was creepy… damn.

  • Boris

    Heather,

    I’m 5’4″. What line would be successful in getting a reeeeaaallly tall woman, say, over 6ft. tall, to accept a request for a date?

    • My grandmother was six feet tall and my grandfather was five-seven. When she met him, he was a WWI veteran, played drums in a dance band in Bear River, Utah and was a really snazzy dresser.

      You could try that, or a modern variation thereon. Also, she was sixteen; that might have had something to do with it.

    • Heather Craw

      As with everything else, it’s all about confidence. My husband is several inches shorter than I am.

  • decadyn

    To Randy’s point of trying to pin down why Heather is still in the church, I feel like from her responses, she just needs time like most people do in life alternating transitions. If anything I hope she stays around in that area because that means she’ll be on this podcast more.

  • Sker

    I sustain Heather’s addition to the one and only true Quorum.

  • Ryan Gregson

    Is there a Scott PPI in the works? he’s the one I feel like I know the least. Actually, the fact that I feel like I know any of you is kind of gross, but oh well. I’m a bored lonely person, I listen to a lot of Podcasts.

  • Larry

    Heather. You mentioned you dated someone very tall at stanford. Mark Madsen?

    • Sadly, no. But my husband was roommates with him for two years when he was playing for the Lakers. He’s a great guy who can knock back some serious Baja Fresh.

      • Larry

        Wow, interesting connection. I wonder if your hubby was ever lucky enough to catch sight of Maddog’s now famous dance moves.

  • jon49

    +1 for the libertarian husband!

  • Lori Thurnau

    I am clueless…what does “PPI” stand for?

    Google isn’t much help…

    Producer Price Index

    Proton-pump inhibitor

    Pixels per inch

    Plastics Pipe Institute

    Personal Potential Index

    This was a great episode. Heather, you didn’t make it boring at all. I could have listened to this for hours and enjoyed it, just like Mormon Stories interviews. I am always happy to see a new Infants on Thrones episode pop up.

    • Randy_Snyder

      Personal Priesthood Interview. It’s when a Mormon man of authority interviews a Mormon man of less authority to see how things are going but also to make sure he’s living righteously.

  • I am so glad Heather is here, the only thing that would make this podcast better would be if Randy & his ego were not. Lots of love to all the infants, except you know who. xx

    • Lori Thurnau

      Randy is my favorite infant. I am disapointed when he is not on an episode.

      • & there are people who in the US love Donald Trump. I get it. xx

        • Randy_Snyder

          I actually cared about your first response until you compared me to Trump. In that ridiculous comparison you managed to insult me and anyone who resonates w me, which includes Heather who has become a good friend. Wow. Well crafted Jessica. I don’t give two shits about whether or not you like me. Cheers!

          • Dearest Randy,

            Please do not think I was comparing you directly to Trump himself. I merely was pointing to the idea that every public figure is going to have a fan. I may not be your number one fan, but I am a fan of Infants. Therefore, due to the collaboration and process in which you are crucial to this podcast I am obviously a fan. XX

          • Randy_Snyder

            You hit a trigger Jessica. I am a Bernie Sanders liberal. Trump represents everything I hate about America today. The arrogant ignorance, the American exceptionalism, the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the plutocracy, the myth of the meritocracy, etc etc. So you may as well have said, lots of Germans resonated with Hitler, I get it. But we just released a one on one minisode w Heather and me. Despite your distaste for my ego, I think you’ll like it.

            And yes, I am aware I am guilty of Godwin’s Law. 😉

          • You’re so right. I thought I’d seen it all when the “Dumb Is the New Smart” theme of the GW Bush administration had a whole nation aspiring to ignorance, but Trump takes it to a new level. Every time Trump opens his mouth I think, “This guy CAN’T be for real, surely he’s been hired by the Clintons to steel the wheels off of the Republican bus.”

            And I don’t do stickers but I just put a Bernie sticker on my truck.

          • Randy_Snyder

            Ralph, I’ve thought the exact same thing. Trump is so dumb and so bad I’ve had to resort to the idea that he has to be an elaborate hoax or a conspiracy by the left to demonstrate there’s nothing too racist, misogynist, xenophobic or idiotic he can say that will cause Republican voters to reject him. The establishment of the Republican Party hates him. I hope he wins the nomination bc he is a “factional” candidate and has no chance of being president.

      • I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite infant, but my favorite discussions are generally those in which he participates. Like Heather, I find myself drawn to his commentary, often parroting my own observations and conclusions or invoking a train of thought not previously ridden.

        • Randy_Snyder

          You know Krystal? I’ll take it. God bless.

          • Aw. Sounds so defeatist. I could certainly list a lot of reasons why you’re an essential and compelling part of the panel. I’m quite adept at stroking….egos. My comment was more about +1 Lori’s admiration and appreciation of her favorite.
            And as far as god blessing me…hopefully that’s the god of science so that I can avoid debilitating diseases and terminal illnesses. Rewinding the clock a few years would also be groovy. And if they can figure out a way to give me a few more inches, I’d be down for that. (That’s what she said.)

    • I’ve lost track of the times Randy has given me crap or told me to f-off, but I still consider him a good frienemy. And before my time on Infants, he was generally the one who made the points I was thinking as a listener.

      • It’s true Randy does often make some great points in the conversation that resonate with a certain listener.

    • Ryan Gregson

      Well that was unnecessarily mean.

  • Katie Bee

    So, apparently I’m the only one, but I am NOT a fan of adding a new infant. I used to love The Infants when they talked about stuff, now all they do is talk about Heather. I know Heather is so smart and so talented and so much better and taller than everyone else – her greatness can and should be talked about for hours and hours… Can it be done somewhere else? It seems like every episode in which she appears, she keeps bringing up how awesome she is, and the guys trip all over themselves trying to affirm it.

    I just want to go back to the old days when the episodes were awesome. Where everyone just said what they wanted without needing an “expert”. IoT was great BECAUSE there wasn’t a regular female. I thought you guys were not going to give into the pressures of political correctness – that’s one of the things that made you so fantastic!!! I used to live for the the notification on my iPhone that said I had a new IoT podcast. I don’t so much anymore. And no, I don’t secretly want to be Heather.

    • Ryan Gregson

      You mean back in the day when they would talk about militant Mormons in Oregon? Or Mormonism and gaming? Or star wars and Mormonism? All without Heather? Those good old days?

      • Katie Bee

        Randy, I thought you quit IoT.

        • Randy_Snyder

          I haven’t. But maybe you should Katie Bee. If you think I quit it’s because you don’t pay attention well in class. Cheers! 🙂

      • Katie Bee

        Oh good point… except do you know how many times Heather came up in those episodes?

    • ART

      They treated John Hamer with the same amount of admiration when he came on too. It’s really sad Heather gets more criticism just for being a woman.

    • Patience, Katie. I have been overexposed of late, but we are in like minute 12 and a half of my fifteen minutes of fame, then it will die down.

    • albertinamel

      Katie, I feel ya. And I don’t think you’re writing out of jealousy, like those who categorically dismiss your comment.

      Personally, I don’t mind Heather, and I do
      think she has some insightful things to say. However, for those of us who also went to the same fancy-pants schools as Heather, the adulation needs to die
      down soon. Judging by Facebook, she and I have several mutual colleagues from our days at those schools, even though our paths never crossed. I’m pretty sure my “smart girl” bona fides match toe-to-toe with hers, and I’ve known several other Heathers
      in my day, even in the LDS church. (“I’m not an idiot… I went to a pretty good school.”) These colleagues were never my closest friends, however, not out of any sort of competition or intimidation, but rather out of differing personality types. She appears to be an extrovert with a capital “E”, as are many of my former schoolmates. That’s probably why she likes being on a podcast. Meanwhile, I think to myself, “Ain’t got time for that!” Personally, I’m a combo intro/extrovert. Though they’re still my friends, I find my capital-E extrovert friends exhausting past a
      point – and those who don’t know them well are often quickly disenchanted by how much they tend to talk about themselves – which is probably why I married an equally accomplished, capital-I introvert. To be fair, this particular episode was, after all, a get-to-know-you episode. Once we get off that train, I think you could warm up to Heather, even if she isn’t your favorite Infant.

  • jewelspice

    From a never-mo I’m going to attempt to be as erudite as the rest of expressing my opinions. I have a NOM niece who reminds me of Heather in that she is so involved in the church and has not one friend outside of the church. (I have no idea if that is Heathers case) But, as a never-mo
    stay at home mom who attended churches by herself, I found ways to make friends without a church community. I organized progressive dinners for my neighborhood, I served on Boards for my kids preschool, I organized Bunco and cooking clubs. I served as president of my kids PTA., I met two of my best friends in pregnancy swimming classes. My husband and I ride a motorcycle and make friends that way. We also take French class and make friends in those classes. Now my kids are grown, but the friends I made in all those activities are still my friends to a greater or lesser extent. I think if a couple leaves the church or moves perhaps they could seek out a book club through their library or favorite book store. They could go to a meet up group who likes to hike or see movies. Granted, it is harder to establish friendships when a person doesn’t have a lot in common like the church, but that just means it takes a little more effort to dig deeper and find the common threads in life. My heart goes out to people who move a lot and especially to the stay at home moms who are trying to establish themselves in the community.

    Randy’s Lacrosse comment wasn’t so embarrassing as I’ve met many nice people whilst my kids were practicing a sport. My point is there can be friendships made out in the non Mormon world but being raised in the church and always participating I Can imagine it must be really scary to step out of persons comfort Zone, Props to The Infants who have established a life outside of the church. It will be up to Heather and her husband to figure out their Calculus of what the church is teaching and how they treat the LGBQT community and then determine if they have the courage to leave. My niece and her husband are in the same position.They are going to hear John Dehlin speak in their community and learn about Oasis. Whether they leave or stay is up to them but they are looking into possibilities. All the best to all of you establishing a moral, kind life.

  • Leslie North

    The best idea from Heather was something like this:
    If the truth claims of the church were true, then it would be worth every effort, sacrifice and dedicated perseverance to remain fully in the church and serving diligently. But the church does not have the singular authority from God, so we can let that effort go. We can spend everyday enjoying being ourselves in an authentic way, and raising our children in the best way we can.

  • Sunny

    No offense but the way Heather talks triggered for me memories of every mean woman at church from my childhood. The fact that nice words were coming out was giving me some crazy cogdis.

  • FBI (Female Body Inspector)

    Who cares about Heather’s inseam? What we really want to know is her cup size.

    • Matt

      You are a horrible person. The point of asking her inseam was to point out that, like John Hamer, Heather is very tall. You either have to be tall or good looking to be an infant but never both. You jump to asking about her cup size. Seriously? Did you think we would let that stand? Did you think that was clever? What are you 10? Please, please do the world a favor and crawl into a plastic bag, the crawl into a second plastic bag and hold your breath until you pass out. You are a waste of air, the carbon monoxide you expell is worthless even to trees and you are trash.

      • FBI (Female Body Inspector)

        You say a person on IoT can’t be good looking and tall at the same time… Heather is indisputably tall, so you’re calling her ugly. I make a comment so I can better appreciate her physical beauty, but I am the horrible person who’s a waste of air? Fuck man, that’s hypocrisy.

        • ART

          IoT has some real nutball listeners…

        • Matt

          You make a really good point. I’ll have to think about it. . . Thought about it and you’re wrong. Your comment demonstrates you are ignorant as well as sexist. You know, you would have been much better just apologizing and learning a lesson which would benefit you in life in general and especially with women.

          John and Heather are both extremely cute – an adjective which is different from good looking, but thanks for highlighting even more how misogynistic you are. And thanks for walking right into that one for me. Where are you on locating those plastic bags?

          • FBI (Female Body Inspector)

            So you’re going to be unhelpful like that then. That’s ok. I’ll imagine her titties as I pleasure myself, but first I’m going to print out a picture of you Matt so I have a target to jizz on when I cum.

            Love,

            FBI

    • Matt

      Did you think your last comment would really have any impact? I call you a horrible person who should kill yourself and you prove me right? Well played. You are a pitiful little (in many ways no doubt) man. So brave anonymously posting online. Let’s find out if you’re as anonymous as you think you are.

      • I saw this comment pop up on the side bar and wanted to hunt down its context. Are we really telling people to kill themselves? I don’t think that’s ever an appropriate response. Would you want that sort of malevolence directed towards a loved one if they made an insensitive remark? In this particular instance, ignoring it would probably have been the best solution, but if you had to say something, maybe an articulate argument that disparages sexism would have been a pretty solid option.

        • Matt

          I appreciate your feedback and opinion. You and I have different approaches. Yours may be “better” but then again, maybe not.

  • Seth L.

    Loved this episode. Super jealous of Heather. Since my second episode of IOT I have desperately wanted to be part of the conversation, not that I have much to share.

    Old Infants, you might want to turn away for a second while I gush over heather. Heather, I loved your point of view regarding staying in the church for now. I am more like the other infants in leaving the church. My wife on the other hand has stayed and it has been something I have wondered over. Your viewpoint actually seemed very spot on to her reasoning to staying and has given me a lot to think about. You are wonderful and awesome.

    Back to the group, Old Infants are still awesome. Love you all. Keep up the good work and I promise I will record a listener closing tonight! Or tomorrow. I have great intentions.

    • Seth L.

      P.S. My wife was Miss Bear River and The Peach Queen. She is just as ashamed of those titles. It’s great fun to bring it up in casual conversation with people.

  • Marc young

    Heather is tall. I’m 6’3′ and my inseam is a mere 34 inches.

  • Jesus H. Christ

    I finally listened to this episode and I really enjoyed getting to know more about Heather. And I’m able to temporarily transcend my egotism and jealousy just long enough to say that she’s been a great addition to the Quorum and makes episodes better by being part of them. Also, I have to say that I would fly to any location to watch Randy and Heather engage in a cage fight, not because I dislike or wish either of them any harm, but simply because I think it would be awesome to see a woman with a 37-inch inseam knock a dude out with a roundhouse kick to the head.

  • Suzy Riddle

    Great job Heather!

  • Nancy

    Thank you Randy for your reason to leave the church. And Heather if you have a daughter do you really want her to hear the chewed gum lecture in young women like my daughters did?

  • Orrin Dayne

    Heather: Is there an English version (preferably Kindle version) of The Brothers Karamazov that you would recommend? If I still have my copy from BYU, it’s probably hopelessly lost among the boxes in my attic.

  • Natalie Glaus

    I love your wit and humor, Heather. You fit in perfectly and have given Infants even more cred! I’m *almost* caught up on episodes (been listening from the beginning) and I’m excited to see what else you have in store for the Infants.

  • windy_way8192

    Heather! I think I remember reading your mission anecdote somewhere…how you refused to explicitly testify of JS until the last few months and then remember the first time you decided to try it anyway and felt terrible. Dang it, I wish I could remember where that was. Loved the PPI. You are awesome!