Half storytelling, half conversation, This Global Latter-day Life features the perspectives and life stories of Latter-day Saints from Botswana, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries around the world. Based on oral histories from CGU’s Mormon collections, each episode tackles issues like race, culture, gender, and identity. We’ll be joined by scholars and other community members who offer insights and explore questions that arise along the way.
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Sarah: Navajo and Latter-day Saint
This episode features the story of Sarah, a Navajo church member, who has experienced some dislocation from her Navajo culture of origin. She discusses her family’s history with the church and on the reservation and her search for stability in her life. Farina King joins Caroline to discuss the Sarah’s oral history, along with the […]
Kalani: Navigating Biraciality in the U.S.
This episode features the story of Kalani, who navigated membership in the church during times when interracial marriage was discouraged. She discusses the difficulties those teachings brought into her life, as well as the challenges of her years as a single mother. Kalani Tonga joins Caroline in a discussion about Kalani’s own oral history, focusing […]
Thabisa: Injustice, Race, and South Africa
This episode features the story of Thabisa, who navigated the brutal injustice of apartheid South Africa, and who ultimately found a sense of peace when she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kalani Tonga joins Caroline in a discussion about Thabisa’s oral history, focusing on issues of race within the church and […]
Beth: Escaping Abuse
This episode tells the story of Beth from the Caribbean, who experienced abuse at the hands of her husband. She escaped and built a life for herself in the United States, ultimately becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sarah Bonilla joins Caroline in a discussion about Latter-day Saint discourse […]
Ana: Ending Silence about Domestic Violence
This episode features the oral history of Ana from Mexico, who found herself in an abusive Latter-day Saint marriage. Eventually Ana, with the help of friends and family, took steps to end the abuse and to push against prevailing norms that lead women to keep silent about the problem. Sarah Bonilla joins Caroline in a […]
Naomi: Single in Botswana
This episode explores the oral life history of Naomi, a convert from Botswana, who navigates the challenges of Latter-day Saint single life in a context where societal norms and parental expectations sometimes conflict with church chastity standards. Taunalyn Ford joins Caroline in a discussion about Naomi’s oral history, sexuality norms, and single Latter-day Saint women. […]
Aanya: Single in India
This episode features the oral history of Aanya, a convert from India, who is searching for a spouse who shares her vision of partnership and self-development. Taunalyn Ford joins Caroline in a discussion about marriage, caste, and family structures in India. Taunalyn is a fellow at the Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University. Her dissertation […]
Mary-Anne and Sofia: The Drive to Better One’s Life
This double episode features the stories of Sofia from Mexico and Mary-Anne from Botswana, whose lives changed in big but practical ways when they joined the church — gaining literacy and other skills which enabled them to carve out new opportunities. Melissa Inouye joins Caroline in a discussion about social mobility and practical skill acquisition […]
Introducing This Global Latter-day Life
Join host Caroline Kline to hear about the perspectives and life stories of Latter-day Saints from places like Botswana, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries around the world. Each of the women you’ll meet in this podcast contributed her story to Claremont Graduate University’s Mormon oral history collections. Episodes will feature scholars and other community […]