This website was created as a repository for LDS Church members (current or former) and leaders. Our mission is to increase awareness of Mormon Church trauma, which is much different than mere offense and can negatively impact individuals and families for generations. We provide resources and training, with an emphasis on prevention and healing.
As an MTM team, we are working to help members better understand and address church trauma through our weekly blog posts. We are also available for leadership trainings and conferences and can be contacted under the “Schedule and Contact” tab.
The “Trauma Stories” tab is a place for all to share thoughts and experiences–active, former, inactive, investigators, leaders, and anyone in between. It is a place for all to speak openly about challenges and concerns who may not feel able to express themselves openly in other forums.
The truth is, as mere mortals, we are all participating in a similar human experience–whether we have been traumatized at church or not. Yet, even in our commonalities, too often we struggle to connect and share our authentic selves. Too often we hold back because we fear exposure and vulnerability, choosing instead to hide behind facades of perfection. Yet life is so much better when we feel safe to be honest and open, fully embracing our humanity. In doing so, we need help and strength from each other. We need to know we aren’t alone.
We believe that as we look to this new era of ministry, sharing thoughts, feelings, and experiences can increase understanding, commonality, strength, courage, and comfort in our own trials. The better we understand the challenges many members face and align ourselves with authenticity, the better we are able to accept ourselves and those around us, thus helping us become better at ministering.
This is a place where all are encouraged to speak freely about the very real challenges of Mormon living. If you have a story, experience, challenge, or concern as a member or former member of the Church that you would like to share, please email it to Heidi Strong at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label emails to her as “MTM Experience.” Stories can be shared anonymously, using a pen name, or with full identity. Please indicate how you would like your information to be shared. Pictures may be included if desired. Stories and suggestions need to be concise (no more than 750 words) and written in a spirit of love, with an intention to help church members better understand ministering concerns. Some editing may be done before publication.
Dialogue after articles is encouraged. Helpful, kind, and caring responses are encouraged and expected from members and church leaders. This is a place for healing, not for judgment or further harm. Apologist responses are not acceptable, just Christ-centered solutions based on the new ministering paradigm.
Come, let us reason together!