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UGP 093 - Everything is Great Except the Cracks in the Wall - James and Jolene Phelps - Part 1

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James and Jolene both came from strong LDS families and faithfully followed the path marked out by their performance-based religion. They lived tranquil lives in a Mormon bubble in Arizona and everything was great, until James, an attorney, could no longer ignore his spiritual discontent or troubling aspects of Mormonism. Jolene, and accountant, likewise was committed to making it work, until she also started noticing some cracks in the wall. Jolene thinks she has found answers in a Mormon splinter group, but as we end this candid and humorous episode she confesses this only made their marriage and lives worse. Listen to part 1 of their story here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

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UGP 092 - On the Road to Grace with my Mormon husband - Karen Culbertson - Part 2

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After marrying Brian (a Mormon) against her family's wishes, both Karen and Brian walked away from faith for a time. However, with the birth of their daughter, they decide to find a church that is neither Baptist (her background) nor Mormon (his background). Karen and Lynn share candidly about the stress and pressure they felt in a performance-based religious system, and contrast this with the refreshing freedom of knowing you are loved by God for who you are and not what you do. This story has a happy ending. Karen and Brian Culbertson now lead a church for people burned out by religion (details on this church in the show notes). Listen to part 2 of her story here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/ Search on all our podcast episodes here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/search-all-podcasts

UGP 091 - I Married a Mormon - Karen Culbertson - Part 1

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Totally against the advice and wishes of her parents, Karen decided to marry her high school sweetheart, Brian. (See episodes 87 and 88 for Brian's story). He and his whole family were members of the LDS Church. As their friendship grew more serious the concern of both their families increased. Karen walked away from her faith for a time, and in this winsome and often humourous interview, Karen shares the struggles and regrets she went through as a result of her decision. Her story has a happy ending, but we don't get to find out how it works out until part 2. Karen Culbertson is now a licensed counselor and pastor's wife. She is grateful for the grace of God that brought healing to her life and marriage. Listen to part 1 of her story here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/
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UGP 090 - Mormon to Denver Snuffer to Jesus - Melonie - Part 2

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Melonie followed a windy road to truth and Jesus, but today she is so grateful she walked it. Disenchanted with certain aspects of the religion of her whole life, Melonie wanted, more than anything else, a close and personal relationship with Jesus. When she was excommunicated from the Mormon Church - despite her testimony of Jesus, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, she found new freedom to explore truth and a closeness to Jesus she had always longed for. She learned of Jesus and his grace through worship music which God used to help heal her heart. Her spirit resonated with the truth of John 3:16-17 which helped her embrace Jesus and his amazing gift of grace and forgiveness. Listen to her story and get links to some of the music that stirred her soul here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/ New - Search every podcast episode here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/search-all-podcasts

UGP 089 - When the only foundation you've known starts to crack - Melonie - Part 1

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Melonie grew up only knowing the faith of ancestors that went back generations to the early LDS pioneers. When it came time for college her father took her to BYU with instructions to find a returned LDS missionary. Within a couple of years she was married in the temple, faithfully engaged in various callings, and starting a large family. But the more she learned about the system, the more questions arose, and the once unshakably solid foundation started to develop cracks. Where would her choices to pursue truth lead? Listen to her fascinating story here: http://unveilinggracepodcast.com/ New tool! Search all podcast episodes here on any key word and find just what you're looking for fast. https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/search-all-podcasts

UGP 088 - Messy Transition from Mormon to Agnostic to Christian Pastor - Brian Culbertson - Part 2

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Brian was raised Mormon, now he's a Christian pastor. His transition path is a windy one where God weaves grace in and out of Brian's story. In this episode which starts with Brian in Africa with the Masai Mara tribe, Brian shares his messy, sometimes reluctant path to ministry. It's a fast-moving and humorous story of hope, and a grace that brought meaning and healing to his life. Listen to it here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/.

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UGP 087 - Agnostic Mormon Meets God in Africa - Brian Culbertson - Part 1

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Brian was raised Mormon, now he's a Christian pastor. His transition path is a windy one where God weaves grace in and out of Brian's story. In this episode Brian shares the first part of his journey with Joel and Lynn. From believing Mormon to agnostic Mormon, to seeker, God showed up and made His presence know to Brian during a visit to the Masai Mara tribe in Kenya, Africa. It's a fast-moving, fascinating story of hope and encouragement. Listen to it here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/. NEW! Use our Search page to find any word or phrase from any episode and immediately listen to that spot in the recording. It's blazing fast! Try it here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/search-all-podcasts

UGP 086 - She Lost Her Identity, Lost Her Trash and Found Her Family - Michelle - Part 3

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In the moving conclusion to Michelle's story she talks candidly about losing her marriage, her identity, her church, and finally, most importantly, losing her trash. The result is a new story, a new identity and a new family. Michelle answers the question so many people in performance-based religions are asking - How do I find real hope, true peace and the security that I'm loved and accepted by God, regardless of my religious performance? Listen in, be encouraged and experience a grace that heals. https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

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UGP 085 - Will I ever find a family? - Michelle - Part 2

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Michelle leaves her Christian community, leaves the man who wanted to marry her, and joins the Mormon Church thinking she'd finally found her forever family. It wasn't to be. Her 30 years of faithfulness to the LDS religion brought heartache, abuse, confusion and divorce. But God was pursuing her heart and the light began to penetrate. This is the messy middle of the story, but even here grace is bringing healing to her very hurting heart. Listen to it here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

UGP 084 - Abuse, Masons, Mormons and Jesus - Michele - Part 1

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From the time she was small Michele believed in God, and time after time He rescued her, showing up through people and places. Her's has been a long journey and she thought she'd found everything she needed in Mormonism, until that too failed to deliver what it promised.  If you need encouragement and grace for your journey, you'll find it in Michele's story. Join us this and every week at: www.unveilinggracepodcast.com

UGP 083 - New Covenant Grace and Freedom v. Old Covenant Death and Condemnation - Part 2

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Your life and relationships will flourish only to the extent you are free from the bondage of sin and the condemnation of living under the Old Covenant. Lynn Wilder and Joel Groat continue their exploration of the amazing benefits of New Covenant ushered in by the resurrection of Jesus and warn of the dangers of performance-based religious groups that seek to draw their followers back under the rules and regulations of the Old Covenant. You can experience true freedom and healing in the Holy Spirit as you enter into life in the New Covenant of grace. Jesus brought all your need to work and earn worthiness to an end when he exclaimed: "It is finished!" Listen to this and all our episodes at: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

UGP 082 - Easter Brings a New Covenant of Life, Grace and Transformation - Part 1

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Easter is going to be radically different this year as we stay at home and shelter in place. We are more likely to celebrate it in comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers than hats and high heels. Nevertheless, Easter is where we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and that is the focus of this episode. Easter inaugurates a whole new covenant - a new way for people to relate to God. It brings to an end life under the Old Covenant, characterized by death and condemnation which was a mere shadow of what we have now. Lynn shares how much she misunderstood about Jesus and the Old and New Covenants during her 30 years as a faithful Mormon, and how her new understanding and relationship with Jesus has transformed her life. Do you know someone needing a message of grace and hope? Share this episode with them as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of new life that nothing, not even COVID-19, can take away. https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

UGP 081 - How to Find Peace and a Personal God - Covid-19 Crisis - Part 2

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Lynn and Joel continue their dialogue on finding God during our current crisis. This week they share Scripture and practical ways we can connect with the one True God who is both present and personal. Listen and learn how Jesus' peace and grace invade our lives as we read his word and we then reach out to others who need to find hope and tranquility during our very tumultuous times. Catch this and every other episode here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/

UGP 080 - Grace for COVID-19 - When Normals are Shattered - Part 1

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In this episode Joel and Lynn talk about how grace and the presence of Jesus changes the way we respond and cope when our normals are shattered by the chaos of something like the Coronavirus.  Lynn talks candidly about the contrast between how she would have responded as a faithful member of the LDS Church versus how she has responded now, and the peace that being in relationship with Jesus brings to times of tragedy (her own mother died in a previous flu pandemic). God can work everything for our good, and disruptions can actually lead to greater depth in our relationship with God and others.  Join them this week for encouragement for troubled times and experience a grace that heals.  https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/
UGP 079 Freed from Polygamy to experience the grace of Jesus - Lila Lebaron - Part 2

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This week we continue the emotional and moving story of Lila Lebaron. In this episode she tells of the providential events that moved her out of Mexico and the polygamous Lebaron colony, to working with, and then singing for Adam's Road Ministry. Lila continues her story with a quiet winsomeness and a radiant love for Jesus that comes through even though you can't see her face. (This is a rebroadcast of UGP 017) For shownotes and a link to sample Adam's Road song featuring Lila, please visit https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/ and https://www.adamsroadministry.com/son-of-man-album

UGP 078 - Raised in Polygamy, Saved by Grace - Lila Lebaron Part 1

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Polygamy continues to thrive in parts of Mexico. As a result, Lila Lebaron was born into an abusive family with over 30 children. How she went from a polygamist colony in northern Mexico to full time ministry as one of the lead vocalists of Adam's Road is a moving and fascinating story of providential grace. Lila shares her story with a quiet winsomeness that showcases the amazing love of Jesus. (This is a rebroadcast of UGP 016)

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UGP 077 - Escape and Healing from Abuse - Teresa J Story - Part 2

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Teresa continues her story of what it took to break free from the cycle of abuse she experienced inside her performance-based religion of Mormonism. It's a heavy and at times heart-breaking episode, yet filled with encouragement as she relates how her relationship with Jesus has brought freedom, healing and joy because she is a beloved daughter of God. Her's is a story of a lot of brokenness and bad choices, but ultimately God was working through her circumstances to bring both her and her husband back to Himself. Due to time constraints the radio version is edited, but the full version is available on www.UnveilingGracePodcast.com
UGP 076 - Identifying and Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

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Teresa's Mormon ancestry predates Brigham Young, and like so many we've interviewed who have grown up in performance-based religion, her LDS past is laced with shame and emotional and sexual abuse. In this episode, Teresa draws on both her personal experience and professional expertise to expose the cycle of abuse and explain why it is so easily and frequently perpetuated.  This is a tough episode but a necessary one, for without understanding and awareness it will be difficult to find freedom and healing from abuse. Our hope is that through Teresa's story, many will, like her, be able to find and experience a grace that heals.
UGP 075 - Abuse, Billy Graham, Forgiveness and Freedom - Terri Jo's story

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Life in a Jack Mormon family in the heart of Utah is never easy. Terri Jo shares the unvarnished reality about the abuse she suffered on several fronts - emotional from her father, social and verbal from kids at school, sexual at the hands of a relative who was a Mormon leader and the downward spiral this put her into through a big chunk of her life. Yet, God was keeping His hand on her and Jesus was calling and when she finally surrendered to His love and grace she found freedom and true love for her own life. It's a raw and moving interview and another story of what it's like to experience a grace that heals. Visit https://unveilinggracepodcast.com/ to listen, subscribe for free and get the show notes for this and every episode.

UGP 074 - A wild ride into grace and love - Randy T - Part 2

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Randy continues his candid and often humorous dialogue with Joel and Lynn sharing the many ways God has showed up in his life. From his wife's quiet but bold faith, to a Mormon brother who warned him away from the LDS temple, to a God who would never turn his back on him, Randy radiates the wonder of being loved unconditionally and saved radically from the shame and despair of a performance-based religion. www.UnveilingGracePodcast.com - subscribe, listen and download the show notes all for free.

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