Mormon Stories - LDS
In this multi-part interview, Dan Wotherspoon interviews Tyson Jacobsen and Randy Snyder about their transition from devout Mormonism to atheism.
Direct download: MormonStories-222-AtheismPt1.mp3
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In this 5-part interview Tresa Edmunds discusses her story, along with a number of topics related to feminism including abuse, infertility, raising a disabled child, maintaining belief in the LDS Church, the LDS YW program, and LDS feminism in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-221-TresaEdmundsPt5.mp3
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In this 5-part interview Tresa Edmunds discusses her story, along with a number of topics related to feminism including abuse, infertility, raising a disabled child, maintaining belief in the LDS Church, the LDS YW program, and LDS feminism in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-220-TresaEdmundsPt4.mp3
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In this 5-part interview Tresa Edmunds discusses her story, along with a number of topics related to feminism including abuse, infertility, raising a disabled child, maintaining belief in the LDS Church, the LDS YW program, and LDS feminism in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-219-TresaEdmundsPt3.mp3
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In this 5-part interview Tresa Edmunds discusses her story, along with a number of topics related to feminism including abuse, infertility, raising a disabled child, maintaining belief in the LDS Church, the LDS YW program, and LDS feminism in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-218-TresaEdmundsPt2.mp3
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In this 5-part interview Tresa Edmunds discusses her story, along with a number of topics related to feminism including abuse, infertility, raising a disabled child, maintaining belief in the LDS Church, the LDS YW program, and LDS feminism in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-217-TresaEdmundsPt1.mp3
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In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Jennifer Finlayson- Fife, a psychotherapist on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Dr. Fife holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. She is an active member of the LDS church. You can find more information regarding her practice, internet courses and therapy approach at finlayson-fife.com and drjenniferfife.blogspot.com. Her dissertation is available for purchase.
Direct download: MormonStories-216-FifePt3.mp3
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In this episode Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Jennifer Finlayson- Fife, a psychotherapist on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Dr. Fife holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. She is an active member of the LDS church. You can find more information regarding her practice, internet courses and therapy approach at finlayson-fife.com and drjenniferfife.blogspot.com. Her dissertation is available for purchase.
Direct download: MormonStories-215-FifePt2.mp3
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In this episode, Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Jennifer Finlayson- Fife, a psychotherapist on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Dr. Fife holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. She is an active member of the LDS church. You can find more information regarding her practice, internet courses and therapy approach at finlayson-fife.com and drjenniferfife.blogspot.com. Her dissertation is available for purchase.
Direct download: MormonStories-214-FifePt1.mp3
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In this episode, John Dehlin interviews one of his former professors and mentors, Dr. William Bradshaw, on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Bradshaw has just recently retired from a rich and fulfilling career as a microbiology professor at BYU in which he influenced thousands of students to continually be open to the best thinking of the sciences while still nurturing a robust, mature faith and spiritual life. Many report Dr. Bradshaw’s classes and their various interactions with him as pivotal to their finding a way to value the wisdom generated in both their heads and their hearts. In this far-ranging discussion, Dr. Bradshaw takes us through the arc of his life, including his mission, experiences at Harvard, the circumstances of his career choice, and the surprise call he and his wife Marge received to serve as very young mission presidents in Hong Kong, during which service they had to wrestle with opening and closing missionary work in Vietnam. Dr. Bradshaw relates stories from his career at BYU, talks about science and religion issues, and reveals the way he faces challenges to his faith from Mormon history and scriptural studies. Many Mormon Stories podcast listeners will already be familiar with one aspect of Dr. Bradshaw’s life from Episode 191, which featured a recording of the most recent lecture he gave at BYU on the biological origins of homosexuality--a lecture he has arranged and given every year for the past several years. Dr. Bradshaw first became prompted to study the research on this subject when his son Brett came out about his homosexuality. Since that time, the Bradshaws have been active members in various LDS groups for families working to support their GLBT children. They are currently serving as the presidents of LDS Family Fellowship. Brett and his partner are married and living in California, where they are raising an adopted daughter.
Direct download: MormonStories-213-BradshawPart5.mp3
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In this episode, John Dehlin interviews one of his former professors and mentors, Dr. William Bradshaw, on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Bradshaw has just recently retired from a rich and fulfilling career as a microbiology professor at BYU in which he influenced thousands of students to continually be open to the best thinking of the sciences while still nurturing a robust, mature faith and spiritual life. Many report Dr. Bradshaw’s classes and their various interactions with him as pivotal to their finding a way to value the wisdom generated in both their heads and their hearts. In this far-ranging discussion, Dr. Bradshaw takes us through the arc of his life, including his mission, experiences at Harvard, the circumstances of his career choice, and the surprise call he and his wife Marge received to serve as very young mission presidents in Hong Kong, during which service they had to wrestle with opening and closing missionary work in Vietnam. Dr. Bradshaw relates stories from his career at BYU, talks about science and religion issues, and reveals the way he faces challenges to his faith from Mormon history and scriptural studies. Many Mormon Stories podcast listeners will already be familiar with one aspect of Dr. Bradshaw’s life from Episode 191, which featured a recording of the most recent lecture he gave at BYU on the biological origins of homosexuality--a lecture he has arranged and given every year for the past several years. Dr. Bradshaw first became prompted to study the research on this subject when his son Brett came out about his homosexuality. Since that time, the Bradshaws have been active members in various LDS groups for families working to support their GLBT children. They are currently serving as the presidents of LDS Family Fellowship. Brett and his partner are married and living in California, where they are raising an adopted daughter.
Direct download: MormonStories-212-BradshawPart4.mp3
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In this episode, John Dehlin interviews one of his former professors and mentors, Dr. William Bradshaw, on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Bradshaw has just recently retired from a rich and fulfilling career as a microbiology professor at BYU in which he influenced thousands of students to continually be open to the best thinking of the sciences while still nurturing a robust, mature faith and spiritual life. Many report Dr. Bradshaw’s classes and their various interactions with him as pivotal to their finding a way to value the wisdom generated in both their heads and their hearts. In this far-ranging discussion, Dr. Bradshaw takes us through the arc of his life, including his mission, experiences at Harvard, the circumstances of his career choice, and the surprise call he and his wife Marge received to serve as very young mission presidents in Hong Kong, during which service they had to wrestle with opening and closing missionary work in Vietnam. Dr. Bradshaw relates stories from his career at BYU, talks about science and religion issues, and reveals the way he faces challenges to his faith from Mormon history and scriptural studies. Many Mormon Stories podcast listeners will already be familiar with one aspect of Dr. Bradshaw’s life from Episode 191, which featured a recording of the most recent lecture he gave at BYU on the biological origins of homosexuality--a lecture he has arranged and given every year for the past several years. Dr. Bradshaw first became prompted to study the research on this subject when his son Brett came out about his homosexuality. Since that time, the Bradshaws have been active members in various LDS groups for families working to support their GLBT children. They are currently serving as the presidents of LDS Family Fellowship. Brett and his partner are married and living in California, where they are raising an adopted daughter.
Direct download: MormonStories-211-BradshawPart3.mp3
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In this episode, John Dehlin interviews one of his former professors and mentors, Dr. William Bradshaw, on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Bradshaw has just recently retired from a rich and fulfilling career as a microbiology professor at BYU in which he influenced thousands of students to continually be open to the best thinking of the sciences while still nurturing a robust, mature faith and spiritual life. Many report Dr. Bradshaw’s classes and their various interactions with him as pivotal to their finding a way to value the wisdom generated in both their heads and their hearts. In this far-ranging discussion, Dr. Bradshaw takes us through the arc of his life, including his mission, experiences at Harvard, the circumstances of his career choice, and the surprise call he and his wife Marge received to serve as very young mission presidents in Hong Kong, during which service they had to wrestle with opening and closing missionary work in Vietnam. Dr. Bradshaw relates stories from his career at BYU, talks about science and religion issues, and reveals the way he faces challenges to his faith from Mormon history and scriptural studies. Many Mormon Stories podcast listeners will already be familiar with one aspect of Dr. Bradshaw’s life from Episode 191, which featured a recording of the most recent lecture he gave at BYU on the biological origins of homosexuality--a lecture he has arranged and given every year for the past several years. Dr. Bradshaw first became prompted to study the research on this subject when his son Brett came out about his homosexuality. Since that time, the Bradshaws have been active members in various LDS groups for families working to support their GLBT children. They are currently serving as the presidents of LDS Family Fellowship. Brett and his partner are married and living in California, where they are raising an adopted daughter.
Direct download: MormonStories-210-BradshawPart2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:37pm MDT

In this episode, John Dehlin interviews one of his former professors and mentors, Dr. William Bradshaw, on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Bradshaw has just recently retired from a rich and fulfilling career as a microbiology professor at BYU in which he influenced thousands of students to continually be open to the best thinking of the sciences while still nurturing a robust, mature faith and spiritual life. Many report Dr. Bradshaw’s classes and their various interactions with him as pivotal to their finding a way to value the wisdom generated in both their heads and their hearts. In this far-ranging discussion, Dr. Bradshaw takes us through the arc of his life, including his mission, experiences at Harvard, the circumstances of his career choice, and the surprise call he and his wife Marge received to serve as very young mission presidents in Hong Kong, during which service they had to wrestle with opening and closing missionary work in Vietnam. Dr. Bradshaw relates stories from his career at BYU, talks about science and religion issues, and reveals the way he faces challenges to his faith from Mormon history and scriptural studies. Many Mormon Stories podcast listeners will already be familiar with one aspect of Dr. Bradshaw’s life from Episode 191, which featured a recording of the most recent lecture he gave at BYU on the biological origins of homosexuality--a lecture he has arranged and given every year for the past several years. Dr. Bradshaw first became prompted to study the research on this subject when his son Brett came out about his homosexuality. Since that time, the Bradshaws have been active members in various LDS groups for families working to support their GLBT children. They are currently serving as the presidents of LDS Family Fellowship. Brett and his partner are married and living in California, where they are raising an adopted daughter.
Direct download: MormonStories-209-BradshawPart1.mp3
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In this 2-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist and MormonMatters.org), interviews a faithful, believing LDS church member, Janelle, whose husband became disaffected with the church about 5 years ago. Part 2: Janelle discusses her own coping strategies, how she currently manages the LDS lifestyle within the context of her marriage, and advice/thoughts for others.
Direct download: MormonStories-208-DisaffectedHusbandPart2.mp3
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In this 2-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist and MormonMatters.org), interviews a faithful, believing LDS church member, Janelle, whose husband became disaffected with the church about 5 years ago. Part 1: Janelle discusses hers and her husbands upbringings in the church, their courtship and the process of finding out about her husband's disaffection.

Direct download: MormonStories-207-DisaffectedHusbandPart1.mp3
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In this episode we interview Brian Dalton, a former member of the LDS church, and founder of the Mr. Deity Internet TV series -- which explores religious belief from a skeptical point of view, using satire. Mr. Deity focuses on the every-day life God, and everything He must endure as He attempts to manage His creation. In part 2, we captured Brian's plenary address from the 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium, where Brian tells more of his story, and also acts out a few Mr. Deity scenes with his wife, Amy (Lucy/Lucifer).
Direct download: MormonStories-206-MrDeityPart2.mp3
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In this episode we interview Brian Dalton, a former member of the LDS church, and founder of the Mr. Deity Internet TV series -- which explores religious belief from a skeptical point of view, using satire. Mr. Deity focuses on the every-day life God, and everything He must endure as He attempts to manage His creation. In part 1, we discuss Brian's early years, his experience with the LDS church, his disaffection from the church, his views on religion, and the making of Mr. Deity. Towards the end, we are very blessed to spend a few minutes with Mr. Deity Himself.
Direct download: MormonStories-205-MrDeityPart1.mp3
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Dan Wotherspoon interviews Allen D. Roberts and Curt Bench about the lasting legacy of Mormon forger, con man, and murderer Mark Hofmann. Exactly twenty-five years ago, on the morning of 15 October 1985, Salt Lake City was rattled—both literally and psychologically—by the explosion of two bombs which each killed a person. The next day brought a third explosion, nearly killing Mark Hofmann, a well-known dealer in Mormon documents. Because of clues at that scene, investigators soon realized that perhaps Hofmann was not so much a third victim but the person actually responsible for all three bombs. In the course of the investigation, the tale of Mark Hofmann as a master forger and con artist began to unfold. In this podcast, we examine the long and complex legacy of these murders and forgeries, as well as their continued reverberations even today. Although it is still unclear if Hofmann’s intent was to bring down Mormonism through creating documents that challenged traditional presentations of early Church origins, he definitely was a serious student of Mormon history and knew where various controversies lay—which he then exploited through the forged letters and documents he produced. This case has also presented challenges to some Latter-day Saints because of Hofmann’s various meetings with Mormon general authorities who failed to detect that he was deceiving them, as well as because of the Church’s practice of sometimes obtaining controversial documents and then suppressing them. Joining Mormon Stories host Dan Wotherspoon to tell the story of these tragic murders and complex issues are two terrific guests: Allen Roberts, who co-authored with Linda Sillitoe the book Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders, which is widely regarded as the most thorough account of the Hofmann saga, and Curt Bench, who at the time of the bombings managed the Fine and Rare Books department of Deseret Book’s flagship store in downtown Salt Lake City in which he dealt regularly with Mark Hofmann and even considered him a friend. Linda, Allen, and Curt all ended up playing important roles in helping investigators ultimately make their case against Hofmann and untangle the threads that had led him to murder.
Direct download: MormonStories-204-MarkHofmanPart2.mp3
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Dan Wotherspoon interviews Allen D. Roberts and Curt Bench about the lasting legacy of Mormon forger, con man, and murderer Mark Hofmann. Exactly twenty-five years ago, on the morning of 15 October 1985, Salt Lake City was rattled—both literally and psychologically—by the explosion of two bombs which each killed a person. The next day brought a third explosion, nearly killing Mark Hofmann, a well-known dealer in Mormon documents. Because of clues at that scene, investigators soon realized that perhaps Hofmann was not so much a third victim but the person actually responsible for all three bombs. In the course of the investigation, the tale of Mark Hofmann as a master forger and con artist began to unfold. In this podcast, we examine the long and complex legacy of these murders and forgeries, as well as their continued reverberations even today. Although it is still unclear if Hofmann’s intent was to bring down Mormonism through creating documents that challenged traditional presentations of early Church origins, he definitely was a serious student of Mormon history and knew where various controversies lay—which he then exploited through the forged letters and documents he produced. This case has also presented challenges to some Latter-day Saints because of Hofmann’s various meetings with Mormon general authorities who failed to detect that he was deceiving them, as well as because of the Church’s practice of sometimes obtaining controversial documents and then suppressing them. Joining Mormon Stories host Dan Wotherspoon to tell the story of these tragic murders and complex issues are two terrific guests: Allen Roberts, who co-authored with Linda Sillitoe the book Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders, which is widely regarded as the most thorough account of the Hofmann saga, and Curt Bench, who at the time of the bombings managed the Fine and Rare Books department of Deseret Book’s flagship store in downtown Salt Lake City in which he dealt regularly with Mark Hofmann and even considered him a friend. Linda, Allen, and Curt all ended up playing important roles in helping investigators ultimately make their case against Hofmann and untangle the threads that had led him to murder.
Direct download: MormonStories-203-MarkHofmanPart1.mp3
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In this 3-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist and MormonMatters.org), interviews one of her earliest clients: a married, Mormon homosexual man, coming out to his wife. Names have been withheld to protect anonymity to the family. Note: The purpose of this interview is not to encourage people to stay or leave the church, to stay or leave a marriage, nor to participate or not participate in reparative therapy. These are all delicate personal decisions and different circumstances will necessitate different solutions. The purpose of this interview is to share a story. It is also meant to increase empathy and to reach out to those who may find themselves in similar situations.

Direct download: MormonStories-202-ReparativeTherapyPart3.mp3
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In this 3-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist and MormonMatters.org), interviews one of her earliest clients: a married, Mormon homosexual man, coming out to his wife. Names have been withheld to protect anonymity to the family. Note: The purpose of this interview is not to encourage people to stay or leave the church, to stay or leave a marriage, nor to participate or not participate in reparative therapy. These are all delicate personal decisions and different circumstances will necessitate different solutions. The purpose of this interview is to share a story. It is also meant to increase empathy and to reach out to those who may find themselves in similar situations.
Direct download: MormonStories-201-ReparativeTherapyPart2.mp3
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In this 3-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist and MormonMatters.org), interviews one of her earliest clients: a married, Mormon homosexual man, coming out to his wife. Names have been withheld to protect anonymity to the family. Note: The purpose of this interview is not to encourage people to stay or leave the church, to stay or leave a marriage, nor to participate or not participate in reparative therapy. These are all delicate personal decisions and different circumstances will necessitate different solutions. The purpose of this interview is to share a story. It is also meant to increase empathy and to reach out to those who may find themselves in similar situations.
Direct download: MormonStories-200-ReparativeTherapyPart1.mp3
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Richard Dutcher burst into Mormon cultural consciousness ten years ago with the release of his independent film hit, God’s Army. During the ensuing decade, he has remained an intriguing figure to many Latter-day Saints, not only because of the high quality of the films he has continued to make, but also because of his public distancing himself from Mormon cinema, a film genre launched primarily because of his successes, as well as his more private (yet also public) distancing himself from the LDS Church and its teachings. In this five-part interview conducted by Mormon Stories correspondent Dan Wotherspoon, Richard Dutcher speaks with remarkable candor about his upbringing and marriage, his career as a filmmaker, including extensive comments about each of his completed films (as well as ones, such as his planned film on Joseph Smith, that have not yet been made), the rise and decline of Mormon cinema, and his own faith journey. This interview is available in both audio and high-quality video formats. The video version includes scenes from Dutcher’s films that play over the interview audio.
Direct download: MormonStories-199-RichardDutcherPt5.mp3
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Richard Dutcher burst into Mormon cultural consciousness ten years ago with the release of his independent film hit, God’s Army. During the ensuing decade, he has remained an intriguing figure to many Latter-day Saints, not only because of the high quality of the films he has continued to make, but also because of his public distancing himself from Mormon cinema, a film genre launched primarily because of his successes, as well as his more private (yet also public) distancing himself from the LDS Church and its teachings. In this five-part interview conducted by Mormon Stories correspondent Dan Wotherspoon, Richard Dutcher speaks with remarkable candor about his upbringing and marriage, his career as a filmmaker, including extensive comments about each of his completed films (as well as ones, such as his planned film on Joseph Smith, that have not yet been made), the rise and decline of Mormon cinema, and his own faith journey. This interview is available in both audio and high-quality video formats. The video version includes scenes from Dutcher’s films that play over the interview audio.
Direct download: MormonStories-198-RichardDutcherPt4.mp3
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Richard Dutcher burst into Mormon cultural consciousness ten years ago with the release of his independent film hit, God’s Army. During the ensuing decade, he has remained an intriguing figure to many Latter-day Saints, not only because of the high quality of the films he has continued to make, but also because of his public distancing himself from Mormon cinema, a film genre launched primarily because of his successes, as well as his more private (yet also public) distancing himself from the LDS Church and its teachings. In this five-part interview conducted by Mormon Stories correspondent Dan Wotherspoon, Richard Dutcher speaks with remarkable candor about his upbringing and marriage, his career as a filmmaker, including extensive comments about each of his completed films (as well as ones, such as his planned film on Joseph Smith, that have not yet been made), the rise and decline of Mormon cinema, and his own faith journey. This interview is available in both audio and high-quality video formats. The video version includes scenes from Dutcher’s films that play over the interview audio.
Direct download: MormonStories-197-RichardDutcherPt3.mp3
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Richard Dutcher burst into Mormon cultural consciousness ten years ago with the release of his independent film hit, God’s Army. During the ensuing decade, he has remained an intriguing figure to many Latter-day Saints, not only because of the high quality of the films he has continued to make, but also because of his public distancing himself from Mormon cinema, a film genre launched primarily because of his successes, as well as his more private (yet also public) distancing himself from the LDS Church and its teachings. In this five-part interview conducted by Mormon Stories correspondent Dan Wotherspoon, Richard Dutcher speaks with remarkable candor about his upbringing and marriage, his career as a filmmaker, including extensive comments about each of his completed films (as well as ones, such as his planned film on Joseph Smith, that have not yet been made), the rise and decline of Mormon cinema, and his own faith journey. This interview is available in both audio and high-quality video formats. The video version includes scenes from Dutcher’s films that play over the interview audio.
Direct download: MormonStories-196-RichardDutcherPt2.mp3
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Richard Dutcher burst into Mormon cultural consciousness ten years ago with the release of his independent film hit, God’s Army. During the ensuing decade, he has remained an intriguing figure to many Latter-day Saints, not only because of the high quality of the films he has continued to make, but also because of his public distancing himself from Mormon cinema, a film genre launched primarily because of his successes, as well as his more private (yet also public) distancing himself from the LDS Church and its teachings. In this five-part interview conducted by Mormon Stories correspondent Dan Wotherspoon, Richard Dutcher speaks with remarkable candor about his upbringing and marriage, his career as a filmmaker, including extensive comments about each of his completed films (as well as ones, such as his planned film on Joseph Smith, that have not yet been made), the rise and decline of Mormon cinema, and his own faith journey. This interview is available in both audio and high-quality video formats. The video version includes scenes from Dutcher’s films that play over the interview audio.
Direct download: MormonStories-195-RichardDutcherPt1.mp3
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Kathy Soper is a mother of seven, memoirist, essayist, editor, nonprofit CEO, practicing Mormon, depression survivor, Down syndrome advocate, Greek-blooded American, Maryland-bred Utah transplant, WordTwist addict and BSG groupie. She has edited numerous books, including Dance With Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Catch Glimpses of Grace and The Mother in Me: anthologies of personal essays and poetry written by mothers about the challenges and joys of mothering. She is the editor of Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives and Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World. Kathy is also the editor-in-chief of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women, which is a print journal dedicated to encouraging literary talent and promoting greater faith and understanding among Latter-day Saint women as well as a blog. Kathy’s most recent book, The Year My Son and I Were Born, is a memoir of the transformations Kathy underwent the year after her son Thomas was born with Down Syndrome. Kathy’s website (http://kathrynlynardsoper.com/) says that it’s a story about coming to terms with being human and learning how to deal with hard surprises.

Direct download: MormonStories-194-SoperPt3.mp3
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Kathy Soper is a mother of seven, memoirist, essayist, editor, nonprofit CEO, practicing Mormon, depression survivor, Down syndrome advocate, Greek-blooded American, Maryland-bred Utah transplant, WordTwist addict and BSG groupie. She has edited numerous books, including Dance With Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Catch Glimpses of Grace and The Mother in Me: anthologies of personal essays and poetry written by mothers about the challenges and joys of mothering. She is the editor of Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives and Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World. Kathy is also the editor-in-chief of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women, which is a print journal dedicated to encouraging literary talent and promoting greater faith and understanding among Latter-day Saint women as well as a blog. Kathy’s most recent book, The Year My Son and I Were Born, is a memoir of the transformations Kathy underwent the year after her son Thomas was born with Down Syndrome. Kathy’s website (http://kathrynlynardsoper.com/) says that it’s a story about coming to terms with being human and learning how to deal with hard surprises.
Direct download: MormonStories-193-SoperPt2.mp3
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Kathy Soper is a mother of seven, memoirist, essayist, editor, nonprofit CEO, practicing Mormon, depression survivor, Down syndrome advocate, Greek-blooded American, Maryland-bred Utah transplant, WordTwist addict and BSG groupie. She has edited numerous books, including Dance With Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Catch Glimpses of Grace and The Mother in Me: anthologies of personal essays and poetry written by mothers about the challenges and joys of mothering. She is the editor of Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives and Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World. Kathy is also the editor-in-chief of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women, which is a print journal dedicated to encouraging literary talent and promoting greater faith and understanding among Latter-day Saint women as well as a blog. Kathy’s most recent book, The Year My Son and I Were Born, is a memoir of the transformations Kathy underwent the year after her son Thomas was born with Down Syndrome. Kathy’s website (http://kathrynlynardsoper.com/) says that it’s a story about coming to terms with being human and learning how to deal with hard surprises.

Direct download: MormonStories-192-SoperPt1.mp3
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On 9/23/2010 Dr. William Bradshaw of BYU's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology department delivered a lecture entitled"The Evidence For A Biological Origin For Homosexuality" at Brigham Young University. Dr. Bradshaw is a former mission president, former member of a stake presidency, has written about the biology of homosexuality elsewhere, and was covered by BYU's Daily Universe here. He is also the host on a short video entitled,"Embracing our Homosexual Children."
Direct download: MormonStories-191-HomosexualBiology.mp3
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In this 3-part interview, we speak with three important historical figures in the history of Proposition 8: Laura Compton - Co-founder of Mormons for Marriage, a pro-gay marriage movement within Mormonism. Morris Thurston - A Harvard trained lawyer and opponent to Proposition 8, and Cary Crall - A BYU student whose letter to the editor discussing Prop 8 motives was censored by the Daily Universe All of these guests are active members of the LDS church. During the interview we also take calls from listeners.
Direct download: MormonStories-190-Prop8Pt3.mp3
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In this 3-part interview, we speak with three important historical figures in the history of Proposition 8: Laura Compton - Co-founder of Mormons for Marriage, a pro-gay marriage movement within Mormonism. Morris Thurston - A Harvard trained lawyer and opponent to Proposition 8, and Cary Crall - A BYU student whose letter to the editor discussing Prop 8 motives was censored by the Daily Universe All of these guests are active members of the LDS church. During the interview we also take calls from listeners.
Direct download: MormonStories-189-Prop8Pt2.mp3
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In this 3-part interview, we speak with three important historical figures in the history of Proposition 8: Laura Compton - Co-founder of Mormons for Marriage, a pro-gay marriage movement within Mormonism. Morris Thurston - A Harvard trained lawyer and opponent to Proposition 8, and Cary Crall - A BYU student whose letter to the editor discussing Prop 8 motives was censored by the Daily Universe All of these guests are active members of the LDS church. During the interview we also take calls from listeners.
Direct download: MormonStories-188-Prop8Pt1.mp3
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In this 2-part interview, John Larsen of Mormon Expression podcast and John Dehlin interview each other, and take calls as part of a live-streamed podcast.
Direct download: MormonStories-187-JohnAndJohnPt2.mp3
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In this 2-part interview, John Larsen of Mormon Expression podcast and John Dehlin interview each other, and take calls as part of a live-streamed podcast.
Direct download: MormonStories-186-JohnAndJohnPt1.mp3
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This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-185-WorkshopMarriagePt4.mp3
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This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-184-WorkshopMarriagePt3.mp3
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This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-183-WorkshopMarriagePt2.mp3
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This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-182-WorkshopMarriagePt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:20pm MDT

This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-181-WorkshopFaithCrisisPt4.mp3
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This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-180-WorkshopFaithCrisisPt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:20pm MDT

This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-179-WorkshopFaithCrisisPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:20pm MDT

This segment is part of an all day workshop held at the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. The first half of the day was dedicated to navigating a faith crisis in or out of the LDS church. The second half of the day was dedicated to navigating a marriage when one of the partners loses their faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-178-WorkshopFaithCrisisPt1.mp3
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Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successful Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book"Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical"My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since"Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
Direct download: MormonStories-177-CarolLynnPearsonPt5.mp3
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Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successful Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book"Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical"My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since"Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
Direct download: MormonStories-176-CarolLynnPearsonPt4.mp3
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Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successful Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book"Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical"My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since"Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
Direct download: MormonStories-175-CarolLynnPearsonPt3.mp3
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Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successful Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book"Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical"My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since"Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
Direct download: MormonStories-174-CarolLynnPearsonPt2.mp3
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Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successful Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book"Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical"My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since"Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-173-CarolLynnPearsonPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02am MDT

In this 3-part series, we interview Bruce Bastian: Philanthropist, WordPerfect Co-Founder, and champion for LGBT rights. In part 1 we discuss his years early years in the church, and his days at WordPerfect. In part 2 we discuss his process of coming out as a gay Mormon after being married with four children. In part 3, we discuss the case for supporting gay rights.
Direct download: MormonStories-172-BruceBastianPt3.mp3
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In this 3-part series, we interview Bruce Bastian: Philanthropist, WordPerfect Co-Founder, and champion for LGBT rights. In part 1 we discuss his years early years in the church, and his days at WordPerfect. In part 2 we discuss his process of coming out as a gay Mormon after being married with four children. In part 3, we discuss the case for supporting gay rights.
Direct download: MormonStories-171-BruceBastianPt2.mp3
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In this 3-part series, we interview Bruce Bastian: Philanthropist, WordPerfect Co-Founder, and champion for LGBT rights. In part 1 we discuss his years early years in the church, and his days at WordPerfect. In part 2 we discuss his process of coming out as a gay Mormon after being married with four children. In part 3, we discuss the case for supporting gay rights.
Direct download: MormonStories-170-BruceBastianPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:38am MDT

In this 2-part series, we interview Natasha Parker -- an LDS Marriage and Family Therapist who lives in Kansas. Natasha blogs at both http://mormonmatters.org and http://mormontherapist.blogspot.com on her experiences and thoughts as a therapist specializing in the treatment of Mormons. During this interview, we discuss Natasha's background, along with brief coverage on the following issues: LDS sexuality, homosexuality, depression, faith issues, and couples issues.
Direct download: MormonStories-169-MormonTherapistPt2.mp3
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In this 2-part series, we interview Natasha Parker -- an LDS Marriage and Family Therapist who lives in Kansas. Natasha blogs at both http://mormonmatters.org and http://mormontherapist.blogspot.com on her experiences and thoughts as a therapist specializing in the treatment of Mormons. During this interview, we discuss Natasha's background, along with brief coverage on the following issues: LDS sexuality, homosexuality, depression, faith issues, and couples issues.
Direct download: MormonStories-168-MormonTherapistPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:13am MDT

In this 4-part series, we interview Richard Packham -- co-founder of the Ex-Mormon foundation. Throughout the interview and via Richard's own personal story, we explore 3 ways in which the LDS Church creates unnecessary enemies: 1) By not being honest about its own history (e.g. teaching accurate history), 2) By breaking up families (when one no longer believes), and 3) By harming the loved ones of those who have left the church. To conclude (part 4), Richard discusses the benefits of religious belief in general and the LDS church specifically, along with the mission of the ExMormon foundation, and bears a final testimony regarding the joy/happiness he has experienced since leaving the church. NOTE: The purpose of this interview is NOT to encourage people to stay or leave the LDS church. It is simply to: 1) Seek to understand and to validate the path of those who have felt compelled to leave the church, and 2) Explore ways in which the church can seek to no longer create unnecessary enemies.
Direct download: MormonStories-167-RichardPackhamPt4.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:39am MDT

In this 4-part series, we interview Richard Packham -- co-founder of the Ex-Mormon foundation. Throughout the interview and via Richard's own personal story, we explore 3 ways in which the LDS Church creates unnecessary enemies: 1) By not being honest about its own history (e.g. teaching accurate history), 2) By breaking up families (when one no longer believes), and 3) By harming the loved ones of those who have left the church. To conclude (part 4), Richard discusses the benefits of religious belief in general and the LDS church specifically, along with the mission of the ExMormon foundation, and bears a final testimony regarding the joy/happiness he has experienced since leaving the church. NOTE: The purpose of this interview is NOT to encourage people to stay or leave the LDS church. It is simply to: 1) Seek to understand and to validate the path of those who have felt compelled to leave the church, and 2) Explore ways in which the church can seek to no longer create unnecessary enemies.
Direct download: MormonStories-165-RichardPackhamPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:37am MDT

In this 4-part series, we interview Richard Packham -- co-founder of the Ex-Mormon foundation. Throughout the interview and via Richard's own personal story, we explore 3 ways in which the LDS Church creates unnecessary enemies: 1) By not being honest about its own history (e.g. teaching accurate history), 2) By breaking up families (when one no longer believes), and 3) By harming the loved ones of those who have left the church. To conclude (part 4), Richard discusses the benefits of religious belief in general and the LDS church specifically, along with the mission of the ExMormon foundation, and bears a final testimony regarding the joy/happiness he has experienced since leaving the church. NOTE: The purpose of this interview is NOT to encourage people to stay or leave the LDS church. It is simply to: 1) Seek to understand and to validate the path of those who have felt compelled to leave the church, and 2) Explore ways in which the church can seek to no longer create unnecessary enemies.
Direct download: MormonStories-164-RichardPackhamPt1.mp3
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In this special episode, BYU History Professor Dr. Michael MacKay share a 1 hour presentation exploring science, evolution, religion, and the LDS Church with Dr. Michael Ruse, one of the world’s leading experts in the philosophy of science, and author of the book: Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship between Science and Religion, published by the University of Cambridge Press in 2001.
Direct download: MormonStories-163-BYUEvolution.mp3
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In this three-part episode, Dr. David Bailey (an award winning scientist and Stanford-educated Mathematician) discusses a brief history of the LDS Church and science, the state of science within the church today, and how he reconciles faith and science in way that actually strengthens his faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-162-DavidBaileyPt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:13am MDT

In this three-part episode, Dr. David Bailey (an award winning scientist and Stanford-educated Mathematician) discusses a brief history of the LDS Church and science, the state of science within the church today, and how he reconciles faith and science in way that actually strengthens his faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-161-DavidBaileyPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:11am MDT

In this three-part episode, Dr. David Bailey (an award winning scientist and Stanford-educated Mathematician) discusses a brief history of the LDS Church and science, the state of science within the church today, and how he reconciles faith and science in way that actually strengthens his faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-160-DavidBaileyPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:06am MDT

In this three-part episode, Dan and Laurie Gallagher discuss Laurie's loss of testimony as Dan remained a believer -- and how they both worked through their issues to actually improve their marriage and family relationships.
Direct download: MormonStories-159-GallaghersPt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:34pm MDT

In this three-part episode, Dan and Laurie Gallagher discuss Laurie's loss of testimony as Dan remained a believer -- and how they both worked through their issues to actually improve their marriage and family relationships.
Direct download: MormonStories-158-GallaghersPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:33pm MDT

In this three-part episode, Dan and Laurie Gallagher discuss Laurie's loss of testimony as Dan remained a believer -- and how they both worked through their issues to actually improve their marriage and family relationships.
Direct download: MormonStories-157-GallaghersPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:22pm MDT

In this three-part episode, long-time listener Glenn brings on his divorced parents and fellow siblings to discuss the family divorce from an LDS perspective.
Direct download: MormonStories-156-DivorcePt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:32pm MDT

In this three-part episode, long-time listener Glenn brings on his divorced parents and fellow siblings to discuss the family divorce from an LDS perspective.
Direct download: MormonStories-155-DivorcePt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:31pm MDT

In this three-part episode, long-time listener Glenn brings on his divorced parents and fellow siblings to discuss the family divorce from an LDS perspective.
Direct download: MormonStories-154-DivorcePt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:28pm MDT

Janet Bennion is an associate professor of anthropology, specializing in alternative sexuality in nontraditional religious movements in the Intermountain West, specifically among Mormon fundamentalist polygynists. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Utah and a Masters in Social Organization from Portland State University. Her doctoral expertise lies in cross-cultural perspectives of sexuality, gender and society, and women of the fundamentalist world. Her scientific publications include two major ethnographic works and two comparative analyses of Mormon polygynous women, as well as many peer-review journal articles. Women of Principle: Female Networking in Contemporary Mormon Polygyny (Oxford University Press 1998) offers an in-depth study of gender roles and sexual norms in the Apostolic United Brethren sect in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, cataloging women's conversion stories. This ethnography shows that while abuses do exist, some women achieve ironic ascendance and satisfaction in fundamentalism. Desert Patriarchy (University of Arizona Press 2004) presents her theory explaining the role of the desert environment (Chihuahua, Mexico) in the development and maintenance of a patriarchal gender ideology. Her model identifies several factors -- male supremacy, female network, non-secular education, imbalanced sex ratios, alternative sexuality, and circumscription -- which work to facilitate the longevity of desert patriarchal communities.
Direct download: MormonStories-153-JanetBennion.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:21am MDT

In part 4 of a 4 part series with LDS Anthropologist Daymon Smith, we discuss some final reflections from his new book, The Book of Mammon, including the new City Creek Mall project, and the potential spiritual implications of the corporate LDS church for the 21st century and beyond.
Direct download: MormonStories-152-DaymonSmithPt4.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:44pm MDT

In part 3 of a 4 part series with LDS Anthropologist Daymon Smith, we discuss Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- and the implications for the church of running a massive, multi-billion dollar corporation.
Direct download: MormonStories-151-DaymonSmithPt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:33pm MDT

In part 2 of a 4 part series with LDS Anthropologist Daymon Smith, we discuss the formation of the correlation department within the LDS church, and its effects on the church today.
Direct download: MormonStories-150-DaymonSmithPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:31pm MDT

In part 1 of a 4 part series with LDS Anthropologist Daymon Smith, we discuss the U.S. government's prosecution of the LDS church for polygamy in the late 1800s, post-manifesto polygamy and the rise of Mormon Fundamentalism.
Direct download: MormonStories-149-DaymonSmithPt1.mp3
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In this episode I briefly discuss five important announcements for the future of Mormon Stories Podcast.
Direct download: MormonStories-148-FiveImportantAnnouncements.mp3
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In this episode Chris Jones interviews Kate Kelly -- LDS law student and founder of the Mormon May Day movement . As stated on the Mormon May Day web site:" We would like Mormon May Day to combine the two meanings by signifying the distress of many moderate, liberal or radical Mormons feel at being inundated with overtly far-right political messages at church and celebrating and gathering in fasting and prayer to exercise our collective spiritual strength to eradicate poverty and advance the cause of social justice worldwide."
Direct download: MormonStories-147-MormonMayDay.mp3
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This is part 4 of a 4-part series on raising children in a non-traditional LDS home. This is a panel discussion which includes some of my coolest friends, namely: Heather, Laurie and Lee.

Direct download: MormonStories-146-RaisingChildrenUnorthodoxPart4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm MDT

This is part 3 of a 4-part series on raising children in a non-traditional LDS home. This is a panel discussion which includes some of my coolest friends, namely: Heather, Laurie and Lee.
Direct download: MormonStories-145-RaisingChildrenUnorthodoxPart3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:18pm MDT

This is part 2 of a 4-part series on raising children in a non-traditional LDS home. This is a panel discussion which includes some of my coolest friends, namely: Heather, Laurie and Lee.
Direct download: MormonStories-144-RaisingChildrenUnorthodoxPart2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:17pm MDT

This is part 1 of a 4-part series on raising children in a non-traditional LDS home. This is a panel discussion which includes some of my coolest friends, namely: Heather, Laurie and Lee.
Direct download: MormonStories-143-RaisingChildrenUnorthodoxPart1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:22pm MDT

This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Brian Johnston, co-founder of StayLDS.com. In this series Brian discusses staying in the LDS Church after a crisis of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-142-BrianJohnstonPart2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:33pm MDT

This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Brian Johnston, co-founder of StayLDS.com. In this series Brian discusses staying in the LDS Church after a crisis of faith.
Direct download: MormonStories-141-BrianJohnstonPart1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:28pm MDT

This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Heather, a friend who converted to the LDS church as a college student in Texas, moved to BYU, married the son of a Stake President in the temple, and then afterwards her husband left the church, and she soon followed. Heather talks about why she joined, and why she left, and ways that we (as members) can better understand those who leave. This interview was recorded in 2007.
Direct download: MormonStories-140-HeatherPart2.mp3
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This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Heather, a friend who converted to the LDS church as a college student in Texas, moved to BYU, married the son of a Stake President in the temple, and then afterwards her husband left the church, and she soon followed. Heather talks about why she joined, and why she left, and ways that we (as members) can better understand those who leave. This interview was recorded in 2007.
Direct download: MormonStories-139-HeatherPart1.mp3
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This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Edward Kimball, the son of LDS prophet Spencer W. Kimball.
Direct download: MormonStories-138-EdKimballPart2.mp3
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This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Edward Kimball, the son of LDS prophet Spencer W. Kimball.
Direct download: MormonStories-137-EdKimballPart1.mp3
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This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Mormon Comedian Bengt Washburn.
Direct download: MormonStories-136-BengtWashburnPart2.mp3
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This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Mormon Comedian Bengt Washburn.
Direct download: MormonStories-135-BengtWashburnPart1.mp3
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In Part 3, we discuss how Karen Armstrong's book"The Case for God" might or might not apply to Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-134-KarenArmstrongPart3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm MDT

In Part 2, John Hamer, J. Nelson Seawright, Joanna Brooks and I lay out Karen Armstrong's major premises, and analyze them.
Direct download: MormonStories-133-KarenArmstrongPart2.mp3
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As an introduction to Mormon Stories' inaugural book club, I re-broadcast Terry Gross' interview with"The Case for God" author Karen Armstrong. Next week we will be holding a panel discussion on Mormon Stories Podcast about this book, and how it may or may not apply to both Mormonism and individual Mormons in the 21st century.
Direct download: MormonStories-132-CaseForGod.mp3
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In Part 3, Lisa discusses the costs and benefits of blogging, provides some final insight and advice to LDS women, along w/ her testimony of the LDS gospel

Direct download: MormonStories-131-FMHPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am MDT

In Part 2, Lisa discusses the importance of open, thoughtful and candid discussions about women’s issues within the church, and on the Internet
Direct download: MormonStories-130-FMHPt2.mp3
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In Part 1, Lisa discusses her early life, how she became a feminist, and what led to her creation of FeministMormonHousewives.com

Direct download: MormonStories-129-FMHPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am MDT

In this episode I speak with Shawn McCraney, author of"I was a Born-again Mormon" and host of"Heart of the Matter", a controversial weekly Christian TV show geared towards LDS Church members. In part 3, I ask Shawn some final questions, and he shares some closing thoughts.

Direct download: MormonStories-128-McCraneyPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

In this episode I speak with Shawn McCraney, author of"I was a Born-again Mormon" and host of"Heart of the Matter", a controversial weekly Christian TV show geared towards LDS Church members. In part 2, I ask Shawn several questions about his style, doctrine and theology.
Direct download: MormonStories-127-McCraneyPt2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

In this episode I speak with Shawn McCraney, author of"I was a Born-again Mormon" and host of"Heart of the Matter", a controversial weekly Christian TV show geared towards LDS Church members. In part 1, Shawn discusses his born again experience, and makes his best case for why LDS Church members should also seek to become Born Again.
Direct download: MormonStories-126-McCraneyPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

In this episode I speak with Jacque, a believing LDS Church member, about some of the unexpected blessings that have come to her marriage as a result of her husband's loss of LDS faith, and some final tips for couples dealing with this dilemma.
Direct download: MormonStories-125-JacquePt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

In this episode I speak with Jacque, a believing LDS Church member, about the compromises that both her and her husband had to make to work through his loss of faith, and what eternal marriage has come to mean for her.

Direct download: MormonStories-124-JacquePt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

In this episode I speak with Jacque, a believing LDS Church member, about her husband's loss of LDS faith, and the lessons she learned from dealing with the immediate aftermath.
Direct download: MormonStories-123-JacquePt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

In this episode Peter and Mary Danzig discuss life after resigning from the LDS Church, including how they are raising their children as former members, reworking their relationships with extended family, and their new life/spiritual perspectives. They also discuss their recent work the Foundation for Reconciliation, which seeks reconciliation between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Gays and Lesbians.
Direct download: MormonStories-122-DangizsPt4.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:45pm MDT