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Big Stories, Little Saints — A Conversation with Sarah and Josh Sabey
Big Stories, Little Saints — A Conversation with Sarah and Josh Sabey

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We’re so excited to have Sarah and Josh Sabey on the podcast this week. Sarah and Josh are writers, filmmakers, and spouses. Their films cover important issues in non-polarizing ways. Their first film, American Tragedy, reached the top ten most watched films on Amazon Prime. 

Their latest project is called The Book of Mormon Storybook for Little Saints. It’s a beautiful 2-volume collection of 50 Book of Mormon stories, adapted for children and their parents. 

They write that the primary goal of this book is not to teach children a summary of events but is rather, the artful retelling of the stories themselves. We love that each chapter is driven by and anchored to their testimonies, which they have condensed into this single sentence: “these are stories about a real God who loves real people.” –People who are complicated, wounded, and trying, who make mistakes again and again but who are never abandoned. This focus on the characters’ humanity and core doctrinal principles in the Book of Mormon reveal the book’s fundamental message of hope, or as Elder Kearon put it, the reality that “God is in relentless pursuit of you.” 

In this conversation Josh and Sarah talk about the ways they imagine shame, fear, and even trauma are at play in the lives of Book of Mormon characters we know so well and they point out the broader story arcs and lessons we can learn about vilification, polarization, and tribalism. We learn a little bit about their experience writing the book and how the kind of intuitive reaching we experience in creativity can be a form of worship. 

You can find The Book of Mormon Storybook for Little Saints at forlittlesaints.com and on audible and we highly recommend them both.

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