Mormon Stories - LDS

Amy and Jake Malouf have been devout LDS church members for their entire lives – living the past 14+ years in Anchorage, Alaska. They have served in high-level callings in their Anchorage ward, and are very well-respected and well-liked in their Alaska LDS community.

Two years ago Amy and Jake began to have doubts about the truthfulness of the LDS Church. As they began to share their questions/doubts/concerns about LDS doctrine and policy on Facebook (e.g., the November 2015 policy against LGBT Mormons and their children), their posts were monitored by ward and stake members and reported to the stake leadership. When they were directly asked by their stake president to remain silent about their questions/concerns/doubts/disbelief – they declined as a matter of conscience. Recently when they spoke out publicly on Facebook against the November, 2015 LGBT policy (out of concern for LDS LGBT youth suicides) they were informed by their LDS stake president that they will soon be excommunicated. The date/time of their disciplinary council is October 11, 2016 at 9pm Utah time.

This is their story.

P.S.  Amy is a fabulous artist.  Her artwork can be found here!  www.amymalouf.com

Direct download: MormonStories-657-MaloufsPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07am MDT

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar's childhood he and his family were called the n-word by fellow Provoans, but fought to earn the respect of his community. Omar and his father were close friends of Dr. Hugh Nibley, who liked to practice his Arabic skills with Omar's dad.

In this epic multi-part series, we hear several inspiring stories, including:

  • How Omar escaped Palestine after being sent back there by his father to prevent him from marrying a Utah woman.
  • How Dr. Hugh Nibley fought to help Omar enroll in Brigham Young University.
  • How Omar met, courted, and married his amazing wife Nancy - a brilliant Mormon girl from Ogden, UT (this courtship included his conversion to the LDS faith). We also touch on what it was like to enter into a multi-cultural marriage in Utah during the 1960s.
  • Omar's draft into the Vietnam War (serving in Germany)
  • How Omar and Nancy risked expulsion from BYU for fighting against the Vietnam war and for supporting the BYU Student Democratic Party during the Earnest L. Wilkinson administration -- and how Hugh Nibley came to their rescue.
  • Omar's experiences obtaining a Ph.D. in International Relations at USC, along with his 10 year career at BYU wherein he faced both considerable racism and heroic support from certain BYU faculty and administrators.
  • Nancy's work with the Democratic party in Utah, which included interactions with actor Robert Redford.
  • Omar's decision to leave BYU and move to Washington D.C.
  • Omar's work as a lobbyist for Arab-Americans, which included meetings with Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan.
  • The part Omar played in helping BYU obtain the land to build the BYU Jerusalem center, which he later grew to regret.
  • Omar's scorching critiques of LDS apostles Ezra Taft Benson and Jeffrey R. Holland.
  • Omar's work as a successful businessman in Washington D.C. against all odds as an Arab-American.
  • Nancy's trial of faith after befriending Kate Kelly in her Virginia ward, and then watching her friend get excommunicated.
  • Where Omar and Nancy now stand with the LDS church, and with matters of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-656-OmarKaderPt4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03am MDT

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar's childhood he and his family were called the n-word by fellow Provoans, but fought to earn the respect of his community. Omar and his father were close friends of Dr. Hugh Nibley, who liked to practice his Arabic skills with Omar's dad.

In this epic multi-part series, we hear several inspiring stories, including:

  • How Omar escaped Palestine after being sent back there by his father to prevent him from marrying a Utah woman.
  • How Dr. Hugh Nibley fought to help Omar enroll in Brigham Young University.
  • How Omar met, courted, and married his amazing wife Nancy - a brilliant Mormon girl from Ogden, UT (this courtship included his conversion to the LDS faith). We also touch on what it was like to enter into a multi-cultural marriage in Utah during the 1960s.
  • Omar's draft into the Vietnam War (serving in Germany)
  • How Omar and Nancy risked expulsion from BYU for fighting against the Vietnam war and for supporting the BYU Student Democratic Party during the Earnest L. Wilkinson administration -- and how Hugh Nibley came to their rescue.
  • Omar's experiences obtaining a Ph.D. in International Relations at USC, along with his 10 year career at BYU wherein he faced both considerable racism and heroic support from certain BYU faculty and administrators.
  • Nancy's work with the Democratic party in Utah, which included interactions with actor Robert Redford.
  • Omar's decision to leave BYU and move to Washington D.C.
  • Omar's work as a lobbyist for Arab-Americans, which included meetings with Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan.
  • The part Omar played in helping BYU obtain the land to build the BYU Jerusalem center, which he later grew to regret.
  • Omar's scorching critiques of LDS apostles Ezra Taft Benson and Jeffrey R. Holland.
  • Omar's work as a successful businessman in Washington D.C. against all odds as an Arab-American.
  • Nancy's trial of faith after befriending Kate Kelly in her Virginia ward, and then watching her friend get excommunicated.
  • Where Omar and Nancy now stand with the LDS church, and with matters of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-655-OmarKaderPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01am MDT

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar's childhood he and his family were called the n-word by fellow Provoans, but fought to earn the respect of his community. Omar and his father were close friends of Dr. Hugh Nibley, who liked to practice his Arabic skills with Omar's dad.

In this epic multi-part series, we hear several inspiring stories, including:

  • How Omar escaped Palestine after being sent back there by his father to prevent him from marrying a Utah woman.
  • How Dr. Hugh Nibley fought to help Omar enroll in Brigham Young University.
  • How Omar met, courted, and married his amazing wife Nancy - a brilliant Mormon girl from Ogden, UT (this courtship included his conversion to the LDS faith). We also touch on what it was like to enter into a multi-cultural marriage in Utah during the 1960s.
  • Omar's draft into the Vietnam War (serving in Germany)
  • How Omar and Nancy risked expulsion from BYU for fighting against the Vietnam war and for supporting the BYU Student Democratic Party during the Earnest L. Wilkinson administration -- and how Hugh Nibley came to their rescue.
  • Omar's experiences obtaining a Ph.D. in International Relations at USC, along with his 10 year career at BYU wherein he faced both considerable racism and heroic support from certain BYU faculty and administrators.
  • Nancy's work with the Democratic party in Utah, which included interactions with actor Robert Redford.
  • Omar's decision to leave BYU and move to Washington D.C.
  • Omar's work as a lobbyist for Arab-Americans, which included meetings with Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan.
  • The part Omar played in helping BYU obtain the land to build the BYU Jerusalem center, which he later grew to regret.
  • Omar's scorching critiques of LDS apostles Ezra Taft Benson and Jeffrey R. Holland.
  • Omar's work as a successful businessman in Washington D.C. against all odds as an Arab-American.
  • Nancy's trial of faith after befriending Kate Kelly in her Virginia ward, and then watching her friend get excommunicated.
  • Where Omar and Nancy now stand with the LDS church, and with matters of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-654-OmarKaderPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar's childhood he and his family were called the n-word by fellow Provoans, but fought to earn the respect of his community. Omar and his father were close friends of Dr. Hugh Nibley, who liked to practice his Arabic skills with Omar's dad.

In this epic multi-part series, we hear several inspiring stories, including:

  • How Omar escaped Palestine after being sent back there by his father to prevent him from marrying a Utah woman.
  • How Dr. Hugh Nibley fought to help Omar enroll in Brigham Young University.
  • How Omar met, courted, and married his amazing wife Nancy - a brilliant Mormon girl from Ogden, UT (this courtship included his conversion to the LDS faith). We also touch on what it was like to enter into a multi-cultural marriage in Utah during the 1960s.
  • Omar's draft into the Vietnam War (serving in Germany)
  • How Omar and Nancy risked expulsion from BYU for fighting against the Vietnam war and for supporting the BYU Student Democratic Party during the Earnest L. Wilkinson administration -- and how Hugh Nibley came to their rescue.
  • Omar's experiences obtaining a Ph.D. in International Relations at USC, along with his 10 year career at BYU wherein he faced both considerable racism and heroic support from certain BYU faculty and administrators.
  • Nancy's work with the Democratic party in Utah, which included interactions with actor Robert Redford.
  • Omar's decision to leave BYU and move to Washington D.C.
  • Omar's work as a lobbyist for Arab-Americans, which included meetings with Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan.
  • The part Omar played in helping BYU obtain the land to build the BYU Jerusalem center, which he later grew to regret.
  • Omar's scorching critiques of LDS apostles Ezra Taft Benson and Jeffrey R. Holland.
  • Omar's work as a successful businessman in Washington D.C. against all odds as an Arab-American.
  • Nancy's trial of faith after befriending Kate Kelly in her Virginia ward, and then watching her friend get excommunicated.
  • Where Omar and Nancy now stand with the LDS church, and with matters of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-653-OmarKaderPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am MDT

In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Living as an orthodox Mormon family in rural Utah.
  • Dealing with a crisis of faith in a large, orthodox Mormon family.
  • Living in a mixed-faith marriage.
  • How to ineffectively and effectively communicate with believing family members (siblings, extended family).
  • Dealing with a missionary in the field while the family is having a crisis of faith.
  • Supporting a gay child.
  • Leaving the church after decades of service, and in mid-life.
  • As a parent, sitting outside your own child’s wedding.
  • Finding communities of support (and joy) after leaving the church.
Direct download: MormonStories-652-ExtraordinaryFamPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am MDT

In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Living as an orthodox Mormon family in rural Utah.
  • Dealing with a crisis of faith in a large, orthodox Mormon family.
  • Living in a mixed-faith marriage.
  • How to ineffectively and effectively communicate with believing family members (siblings, extended family).
  • Dealing with a missionary in the field while the family is having a crisis of faith.
  • Supporting a gay child.
  • Leaving the church after decades of service, and in mid-life.
  • As a parent, sitting outside your own child’s wedding.
  • Finding communities of support (and joy) after leaving the church.
Direct download: MormonStories-651-ExtraordinaryFamPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am MDT

In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Living as an orthodox Mormon family in rural Utah.
  • Dealing with a crisis of faith in a large, orthodox Mormon family.
  • Living in a mixed-faith marriage.
  • How to ineffectively and effectively communicate with believing family members (siblings, extended family).
  • Dealing with a missionary in the field while the family is having a crisis of faith.
  • Supporting a gay child.
  • Leaving the church after decades of service, and in mid-life.
  • As a parent, sitting outside your own child’s wedding.
  • Finding communities of support (and joy) after leaving the church.
Direct download: MormonStories-650-ExtraordinaryFamPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am MDT

M. Russell Ballard Regional Broadcast - 9-11-2016

Direct download: Ballard-9-11-16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm MDT

Sam Young lived as an orthodox Mormon for several decades, including a full term as an LDS bishop and many years as a stake high counselor. After stumbling on the LDS Gospel Topics Essays and learning about Joseph Smith's polyandry, the Book of Abraham translation problems, etc. -- and specifically after the LDS Church November 2015 policy change regarding LGBT members and their children -- Sam experienced an LDS faith crisis.

Over time, Sam developed his own method for expressing concern about LDS policy and administrative problems -- he decided to begin living the Law of Common Consent as found in Doctrine and Covenants 26, which to him means that during every ward, stake and general conference Sam will be voting opposed when asked to sustain the LDS first presidency and the quorum of the 12 apostles. Sam is also inviting other LDS church members to consider a similar approach if they object to recent policy and administrative changes.

This interview includes Jamie Hanis Handy and Sam's 85 year old mother, Bertie, who recently resigned her church membership over similar concerns to Sam.

Direct download: MormonStories-649-SamYoung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am MDT