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From: Whitney Jones
Length: 14:10

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Whitney Jones tells his story of losing faith and finding new ways to connect with the world around him.
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Screen_shot_2012-01-10_at_3 Whitney grew up Mormon. However, when the Mormon church decided to support Proposition 8 to stop same-sex marriage in California, Whitney walked away from the Mormon church. The comfort of knowing his place in the world and the feeling of belonging were gone. As Whitney looks for new ways to connect with the world around him, he ends up on Nantucket and stumbles upon the house of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Silas Paddack.

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Whitney grew up Mormon. However, when the Mormon church decided to support Proposition 8 to stop same-sex marriage in California, Whitney walked away from the Mormon church. The comfort of knowing his place in the world and the feeling of belonging were gone. As Whitney looks for new ways to connect with the world around him, he ends up on Nantucket and stumbles upon the house of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Silas Paddack.

Transcript

PROLOGUE

There’s a song that Mormon children sing, it goes…well, something like this: [singing] “I am a child of God and He has sent me here, has given me an earthly home with parents kind and dear. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way. Teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday.”

Growing up Mormon, this song was always so comforting to me. It gave me a sense of who I was and what my place was in the world.

It doesn’t do that anymore.

[MUSIC IN: Mum, “I’m 9 Today”]

Singing it now is deeply unsettling. It brings back a flood of unpleasant memories—all the dissonance I’ve felt trying to harmonize my own beliefs with what the church says I should believe, the guilt I’ve felt over losing my faith, the feeling that I don’t belong anywhere anymore.

[MUSIC OUT]

SCENE 1: MEETING SILAS PADDACK

Not long ago, I was in Nantucket for the first time.

[MUSIC...
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