#MormonMeToo Part 2: The Church Responds

In the previous episode of this series, McKenna Denson shared her experience recording a conversation with her former Missionary Training Center president, Joseph Bishop, in which he can be heard admitting to sexual misconduct with multiple women while he was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On the recording, she confronts him with the allegation that he raped her while she was a Mormon missionary in 1984, an allegation he denies.

In this part of the series, the spiritual dimension of this story begins to untangle.

How has the church responded to emerging facts — both “the church” as a collection of individual believers, as well as the corporate institution based in Salt Lake City?

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#MormonMeToo Part 1: The First Law of Heaven

While McKenna Denson was was training as a Mormon missionary in the MTC in Provo, Utah in 1984, she says the MTC president, Joseph Bishop, raped her in a basement room.

Last year, she confronted Bishop in person and recorded their conversation, where he can be heard admitting to sexual misconduct with multiple women throughout his time as a high-ranking church leader.

Bishop denies the rape allegation, but a Brigham Young University police report shows that he told officers that while he served as president of the MTC, he asked a young sister missionary to expose her breasts to him in a basement room.

On this episode of Mosaic, the #MeToo movement comes to Mormonism.

In this first entry in a special series on #MormonMeToo, we’ll look at how the Mormon concept of obedience helps shed light on this complex, difficult story.

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Mormons + Disney = ❤️

The influence of the Walt Disney company on Mormonism is real — and the reverse is also true, with Mormons having played significant roles at the company going back to its very beginning. 

What is it about Disney culture that makes it so compatible with Mormon culture? Or is it the other way around? And is that a golden Moroni on top of Cinderella’s castle?

Turns out, taking a close look at the relationship between Disney and Mormonism offers an opportunity to understand each one in deeper ways.

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Identity Mosaic

The formation and maintenance of a personal identity can involve a lot of difficult inner work — and even the most rigorously defined ones can be messy, contradictory and full of holes. And when personal identity comes into contact with the identity of a community, the resulting friction can pressure one side or the other to evolve — or break.

On today’s episode of Mosaic, we’ll hear three stories about personal identity interacting with community identity and belonging. 

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