An Evolving Kinship

In our first two episodes of the second season of Strangers No More, we explore the times and history around the Doctrine and Covenants 94 through 101.

With a much quicker pace than we had settled into for our first season, each episode is finished within 35 minutes, after exploring many topics around the Come Follow Me handbook suggested readings.

With the addition of Kate Mower’s segment, “Queering the Scriptures,” which allow for a deeper dive into the history of our canonized books, and Bradley Talbot’s “On The Record,” all of the hosts are learning and teaching one another at a rapid pace.

The first episode for our fall season is Zion is The Pure in Heart- Come Follow Me (Doctrine and Covenants 94-97) Strangers No More SNM S2 E1.

In this episode, the hosts discuss what it means to be “pure in heart.”


In our second episode of Season Two, a lively discussion starts about what kinship systems can mean after Maggie goes down a rabbit hole in a exploration of Doctrine and Covenants 99.

Be Still: Kinship & Murdock Family- Come Follow Me 2021 (D & C 98-101) Strangers No More SNM S2 E2 explores a bit of Murdock family history and extended kinship systems as they relate to polygamy.


Starting Season Two With Tears

As a show that speaks from a standpoint of LGBTQIA+ members in the Latter-days, the talk that Elder Jeffery R. Holland gave at BYU on August 23rd brought tears, confusion, and frustration into our midst. As a cast of four very different members of that particular community, we each reacted in our own manners to listening to and reading Elder Holland’s talk.

The result, for several days, was a need for distance from one another while we each sought guidance from God, on our knees, and while fasting.

The resulting production was a nearly hour-long discussion between all four cast members, recorded on the subsequent Saturday, that we recorded as our season two opener — special episode one.

We invite you to watch or listen to this episode (embedded below) at a time when you can appreciate the emotions that were felt when it was recorded.

We are sending out an abundance of love to all of you and hope that you will join us next week also as we begin our fall season of our Come Follow Me program that will feature not only the traditional class learning, as well as a segment from Bradley Talbot, “On The Record,” but also a segment from our new host, Kate Mower, (who is a historian), “Queering the Scriptures.”

Dennis will bring his convert energy and enthusiasm for the Gospel as we all will learn from one another. We will be attempting to keep season two’s episodes to a 30-minute timeline for the convenience of our audience.

Season Two Special Episode One

(Please excuse Maggie’s audio for the first 10 minutes of the episode-also we are always in search of an audio-video editor with experience-Maggie is a writer)

๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ž, ๐๐ซ๐š๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ž๐œ๐ก ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ (๐๐˜๐”) ๐›๐ฒ ๐„๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐‰๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ฒ ๐‘. ๐‡๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐‹๐†๐๐“๐๐ˆ๐€+ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.

๐๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐…๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐Œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, “๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐š๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ ๐“๐š๐ฅ๐›๐จ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, “๐Ž๐ง ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐.” ๐ŸŒŸ

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐ŸŒŸ https://Strangers-no-more.com ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ’ซ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐– ๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฎ๐ž ๐๐จ๐๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค!๐Ÿ’ซ
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/podcastnetwork/

๐ŸŒŸ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐…๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐Œ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ.๐ŸŒŸ

๐‡๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ: ๐๐ซ๐š๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ ๐“๐š๐ฅ๐›๐จ๐ญ, ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ฌ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐ฅ๐ž๐ข๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ž ๐’๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž

๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ: ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’† ๐‘บ๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’†

๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ: “๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’๐’†” ๐ŸŒŸ
๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐™š๐™™ & ๐™‹๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ: ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฅ ๐…๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ก

๐ŸŒŸ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™‰๐™ค ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐ŸŒŸ
๐ŸŒŸ๐–๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ, ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐‹๐†๐๐“๐๐ˆ๐€+ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.
๐„๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ญ๐ก-๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ-๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ.โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸคŽ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿค๐ŸŒŸ

Here are a few quotes from S2 SE1:

Towards Becoming One: May

This month has been intense over here in Strangers No More land!

After Maggie was involved in some recreational listening to other podcasts, she reached out to the Dialogue Podcast Network and within a week, we had joined up as part of the team!

Bradley graduated from BYU (Congratulations Bradley!!!) and, not to be dissuaded by statistics, he had his first job that required his degree BEFORE he walked with that piece of paper. We are all so proud to know such a wonderful person who is not only driven to his own success, but feels called to teach us all in his spare time.

Bradley shared his successes as well as many other gems in these episodes.

Dennis has been taking literary agent to a missionary level, as he mixes his faith with his career, and he has been sharing his successes and trials in these recordings.

Andrew has been keeping things close to his vest, while sharing some critical lessons.

And finally, Maggie is still try to focus on finishing her first book, The Car That Ran on Prayers, but has been distracted by some recent new diagnoses. She shared about those in the following episodes.

Without further adieu, here are May’s first two episodes:

The residual of May’s episodes have been recorded and will be posted as soon as they are processed.

Please watch and set alerts on YouTube or your favorite podcast platform to find out when our next episode drops!

Thank you for joining us! We hope that your week ahead is full of the Love and Lighte of Jesus Christ.

We love you and so does God.

Christ Gathers Us and We Catch Up!

“Just be patient and just keep trusting God. Things work out. Its on God’s timetable, not ours.” A quote from Andrew in this week’s episode of Strangers No More

Maggie comes out and shares her Hard of Hearing disability and requests more help and more members to add to our team to improve accessibility for all.

Andrew introduced the lesson and after having struggled with remembering the name of a hymn during the introduction, he quickly reminds himself and the audience what the name of that tune was.

When the Strangers get down to the lesson, “The Gathering of Israel,” Dennis gets carried away with a touch of gossip, before sharing “The Plan of Salvation,” as taught by his missionaries not that long ago.

In a revelatory explanation, Bradley shared how the Plan of Salvation is not only about us as individuals, but also relates to how we interact in relationships.

After the discussion of the lesson, Bradley shared some facinating insights about how “The Plan” is described throughout the Book of Mormon causing us all to reflect a bit.

Maggie shared how moving forward with the Gospel fills her life with love.

Watch below and you’ll see it all!


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To study President Nelson’s talk (as Maggie challenges at the end of the show), here’s a link to the talk: A New Normal, October 2020.

Disabilities & Delays

Hi friendly Strangers! Maggie here, breaking the fourth wall. I have to express some humility here, and request a bit of assistance.

You see, the promptings for this show came from the Holy Spirit, to myself and a few others, but I’m not of the opinion that we have compiled our team completely as of yet.

The vision I received about this show has been one of inclusion and compassion, yet I’ve failed to express that same compassion for my own weaknesses.

In a desire to reach all, and having experienced multiple situations where the lack of accurate captioning made it impossible for me to comprehend a show, I set about attempting to make certain that all of our captions were accurate and there was a transcript to download.

The learning curve to provide such wasn’t that great, and I was able to learn the YouTube Studio and learned that I could start with their automated captions.

After a few weeks, I discovered that the process I was using was not one that was appropriate for my disabled hands. I was incurring a greater level of pain. So much so that I had stopped working on my book.

At the same time, I experienced an exacerbation of my mental illness that coincided with the anniversary of our collective trauma. The result was a disruption in The Force.

Well, at least a disruption in the bond that holds this show together. But as we have been reminded by our Apostles, that gold used to repair broken things, our broken vessels, our broken friendships, our trust, we can use that repair to make it all stronger than it had ever been before.

We are looking for more members of our team. We invite you to contact us at contact@Strangers-No-More.com if you would like to lend a hand.

This is a volunteer effort. Maybe even a ministry, if you will. But in our desire to be accessible to all, we need to respect our own limitations.

Although I NEED captions and transcripts, that doesn’t mean I’m the best person to provide that service. It would be nice if automated technology was a bit more inclusive and accurate. But I’m sure that is quickly on its way.

This week’s episode will be posted later today!

Sorry for the wait. It will have automated captions available, so please let us know of any glaring errors that we can go in and quickly edit.

Thank you for your interest!

We hope your weekend is full of the Love and Lighte of Jesus Christ!

We love you and so does God!

Also, if you haven’t had the chance to watch last week’s episode (yep, that was me who failed to put up a blog about it!), you can enjoy that below:

Following “Come Follow Me”

Hello from Strangers No More! Thank you for your interest in our show and in our greater mission.

We are Maggie Slighte, Dennis Schleicher, Andrew Mair and Bradley Talbot.

Doctrine and Covenants 3:1

Having been strangers to one another up to the last few months, we know we are also strangers to you! In the next few months, we will ALL get to know one another very well as we navigate the waters of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants in a ship that welcomes one and all.

Strangers No More was named by Elder Gong’s talk in October 2020, when he invited The Saints to “Live and Share the Gospel,” so there would be no strangers.

We take Elder Gong’s admonition seriously.
We are LGBTQIA+ friendly, but also acknowledge other “strangers” that may not feel like they fit in on what some may refer to as “Mormon culture.”
Some of those strangers might be: Unhoused people, disabled people, people of color, neurodivergent people, childless couples and single older adults. As representatives of many of these groups, we want all of you to know you are not alone.

Strangers No More for its hosts, is our Family Home Evening. As adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the extra Gospel study that a “family” home evening on Monday affords. So, as part of our studies, we will be recording them and sharing those thoughts with YOU, our audience.

We ask that you participate by listening if you prefer podcasts, or watching on YouTube if you prefer videos, and interacting with us on social media.

Let us know how you feel about this week’s show. Now that we have recorded a few episodes, we are starting to get the hang of it!

Write us an email and let us know if this is something that is helpful for you, or if there are other topics you would like to see covered.

In addition to our weekly episodes, we WILL be recording some specials with guests who have already expressed interest! Expect in the coming months to hear from Papa Richard Ostler from Listen, Learn and Love and Professor Taylor Petery, author of Tabernacles of Clay. and maybe even a few more!

If you would be interested in joining our efforts in a creative manner, we are a work in progress and would appreciate the help! Just contact us here!

Thank you again for your interest in our project. We hope your week is full of the love and lighte of Jesus Christ.

We love you and so does God.

Enjoy week 3’s episode: Turning Our Hearts

About Strangers No More

Last week we also recorded a SPECIAL episode! You know those times when you’re in a Sunday School class and they brush a subject under the carpet? We promised in our intro that we would not do that, and as part of fulfilling that commitment, we have recorded a special “cringe” episode, discussing same-sex marriage. We have embedded it below!

Welcome Friends!

Thank you for your interest in our show!

We are Maggie Slighte, Dennis Schleicher, Andrew Mair and Bradley Talbot.

Having been strangers to one another up to the last few months, we know we are also strangers to you! In the next few months, we will ALL get to know one another very well as we navigate the waters of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants in an LGBTQIA+ friendly ship.

Strangers No More was named by Elder Gong’s talk in October 2020, when he invited The Saints to “Live and Share the Gospel,” so there would be no strangers.

We take Elder Gong’s admonishment seriously. We are LGBTQIA+ friendly, but also acknowledge other “strangers” that may not feel like they fit in on what we affectionately refer to as “planet Utah.” Some of those strangers might be: Unhoused people, Disabled people, people of color, Neurodivergent people, childless couples and single older adults. As representatives of many of these groups, we want all of you to know you are not alone.

Strangers No More for its hosts, is our Family Home Evening. As adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the extra Gospel study that a “family” home evening on Monday affords. So, as part of our studies, we will be recording them and sharing those thoughts with YOU, our audience.

We ask that you participate by listening if you prefer podcasts, or watching on YouTube if you prefer videos, and interacting with us on social media.

Let us know how you feel about this week’s show.

Write us an email and let us know if this is something that is helpful for you, or if there are other topics you would like to see covered.

If you would be interested in joining our efforts in a creative manner, we are a work in progress and would appreciate the help! Just contact us here!

Thank you again for your interest in our project.

We hope your week is full of the love and lighte of Jesus Christ.

We love you and so does God.

About Strangers No More