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.


General Conference and a Month of Episodes

This month has been full of challenges!

It seemed to begin at the very start of the month. On April 2nd, Maggie injured both of her hands. For eleven days, they were presumed broken.

When the second set of x-rays determined that the Priesthood Blessing had done its job and the injuries were soft tissue, rather than boney, the treatment plan changed.

During all of those wonderful challenges,  we DID manage to produce an episode reacting to General Conference. 

Here’s that episode.  (Blog post continued below the embedded episode).

After several hiccups, we were able to record episodes for the first two weeks of April, but those episodes were delayed a bit in being published.

In her distress about the situation of timing, Maggie received reassurance from the Holy Spirit that these two episodes would be right on time for the people who needed to view and listen to them.

Here is our Easter episode:

This episode, “Called to Preach His Gospel,” helped us all remember why we are here to do this:

Then, this week, we uploaded the last few episodes for April!

First, last week’s lesson, reminding us if we are “Not One” we are “Not His.”

Finally, we caught up for a moment with this week’s important lesson about “His Law to Govern His Church.”

In and amongst all of the recording and injuries, we have added a team member behind the scenes.

We shall give a bit more background about the angel who joined us in a post soon to come. For now, please know that Tiffany is loved and welcomed here and will be easing up a bit of the load soon!!

Thanks for joining us! We hope your week ahead is full of the Love and Lighte of Jesus Christ!

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.

Sustaining The Church Through its Members

In this week’s episode, Andrew, Dennis, Bradley and Maggie discuss topics ranging from what happens when you get a “whatever pass,” to give a talk in church, to policies and procedures of The Church vs Doctrine.

Just a bit of light discussion for your Sunday enjoyment!

Seriously though, do enjoy as the Strangers talk about what Common Consent means as well as what it means to be single in The Church of Jesus Christ in these Latter days.

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:

Ministering of Angels

In the most emotional episode in 2021, “Upon Fellow Servants,” Andrew shares what he believes ministering of angels means.

What does that phrase mean to you?


Maggie prays a considerable amount when working on the shows during the previous week. In February 8th’s episode, she asks the three male hosts some pointed questions she has been preparing with the help of the Holy Spirit.

She was not prepared for the answers…
…or how those answers would affect her.

The scriptural referances contained within Doctrine and Covenants 1213 and Jospeh Smith History 1:66-75 outline the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and with it the saving ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ.

This discussion went on for nearly an hour, with a second cringe episode in the works to follow up!

Enjoy!

Upon Fellow Servants, February 8, 2021 Episode of Strangers No More

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Study “Come Follow Me” With Us!

Are you alone right now? Do you have anyone who is sharing your desire to study the Come Follow Me curriculum at home?

If you are like many of us, including two of the “Strangers” on this show, you may find yourself alone and wanting to have more input or maybe you even want to laugh or smile while you contemplate your Testimony of Jesus Christ and how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to be?

We have a solution for you: Come join us!!

We have a YouTube show that will go LIVE every Monday (God willing, please keep those prayers coming, He does listen!!) and for those who don’t have the time or the bandwidth to watch our smiling faces, we have also produced a podcast from each show for your listening pleasure!

We anxiously await your input and reactions on our social media pages! Thanks for your interest, see you there!!

Week 4: “His Work Shall Go On”