Posted July 16th, 2014
Glenn shares a few minor epiphanies realized today in a Taxicab with some co-workers in Tokyo.
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I’ve been waiting a LONG time for “Mormon Rap” to make an appearance on this podcast. I am finally satisfied.
I had “Mormon Rap” on cassette. So great to hear it.
Your worthy/unworthy insight is something I’m gonna want to remember for future reference.
Glenn, that was good. I have had similar experiences with sharing my history with non Mormons as well. I have found it empowering to own my story and to freely embrace BYU, my mission and my current beliefs. It has created some interesting conversations and I have even had a few people that are never MO’s tell me they have listened to my podcasts because they are so interested. They ask questions like “what is an AP?” and such the next time they see me. I have finally been able to reconcile who I am with what I was without feeling like I need to hide details or hedge the truth. I am out of the Mormon closet for sure!
Valuable insight, Brad.
Thanks for sharing your experience, one that resonates with me and probably all foreign-language exmormon RMs and exmormon BYU grads. The different interpretations of morality and religiousness that you bring up are fascinating. Great follow-up to the Japanese lost tribes episode.
I’ve had similar angst when people ask where in the US I’m from (I live in Australia and my accent is a conversation starter) and I say “Utah.” Even if they don’t ask if I’m Mormon, I still cringe. I’ve found, though, that when they do ask if I’m Mormon I just say “I was raised in a Mormon family, but I’m not practicing.” I think most people have experience as lapsed Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, etc. and get what I mean by that.
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