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.

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!

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