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.

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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.

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:

Interviewing Becky

To be considerably honest, Becky Mackintosh wasn’t in the plans to be our first guest to interview. However, God doesn’t pay attention to our plans very often.

God didn’t pay attention to the Mackintosh family plan to be heterosexual. That wasn’t in the cards. Not for their entire family.

In 2012, Becky and Scott Mackintosh’s middle son, Sean, came out to his parents as gay.

After struggling to reconcile her love for her son with her love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ as is taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Becky decided to write a book sharing her journey with the rest of the world. The result is Love Boldly.

You have to read this book.

Within the pages of her book, you’ll find instructions for loving everyone. You’ll feel empathy. You might even cry. Especially when you get to the part where Becky’s husband and Sean’s father, Scott, shares his story.

The Mackintosh family was invited by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make a video about their journey for The Church’s website. That video reached millions.

Two of those millions were our very own Bradley and Dennis.

Enjoy this episode. Please share it with your friends.

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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The Parable of the Winch

…and knowing when we are working too hard

In this week’s episode of Strangers No More, Andrew gives us a parable from his days working with a winch. Or, perhaps, not working with a winch… Watch, and you’ll understand!

Bradley starts a discussion of how to understand when you are running faster, or laboring more than we have strength…

…and Andrew and Maggie trade a few giggles in this weekly episode centering on the teachings in the ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐น๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘€๐‘’ manual published by 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 for weekly scripture study, the hosts of Strangers No More discuss “That You May Come Off Conqueror.”

We are now in week 6!

In this episode, hosts Andrew Mair, Maggie Slighte, Dennis Schleicher, and Bradley Talbot talk about their week in their callings, then move on to sharing their individual studies from the ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐น๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘€๐‘’ manual and talk through their studies of Doctrine and Covenants 10-11.

Maggie, Andrew, Dennis and Bradley all share in this episode, PLEASE subscribe to our YouTube channel and ring the bell, so you’ll be notified the next time a video drops!

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As the one who had an opportunity to transcribe this episode (another volunteer position we would LOVE to fill with someone who wants to be a part of our effort…PLEASE contact@Strangers-no-more.com, seriously!)…there’s a LOT of laughter in these weekly episodes! Come and watch or listen…or just click play below! Thanks for watching!

And YES, there IS a transcription available for this episode…HERE!

AND the closed captions have been manually corrected!!

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

We love you and so does God!


Week 6, “Coming Off Conquerer: Come Follow Me 2021 Doctrine and Covenants 10-11” of Strangers No More