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.

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!

Comment, share and invite your friends to watch and listen along!

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

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”

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