Episode 91

The Devastating Reality of Spiritual Grooming: One Woman’s Story

On this episode of Mormonish Podcast, Rebecca and Landon sit down with Autumn (not her real name) as she tells us a disturbing story of spiritual grooming and manipulation in her marriage to a faithful Mormon.

As a convert to the church and a young wife, Autumn experienced the kind of grooming we have heard about recently in the Tim Ballard lawsuit. When you give up your power to a person in authority over you and an institution,

you can lose all sense of self and often reason.

Autumn’s story is very disturbing and many will probably find it very triggering. But it’s an important story to tell in order to shine a spotlight on this type of grooming behavior that happens everyday. And often goes in noticed unless you experience it yourself.

We really appreciate Autumn’s vulnerability and openness as she discusses this very difficult topic. She’s a wonderful person!

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!