Mormon Stories - LDS

In this three-part series we interview Neil Ransom (Kate Kelly's husband, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) and we speak with Kate about her excommunication and the aftermath. Some of the fascinating tidbits we explore:

  • Neil's early years growing up in Africa
  • How Neil's mission, along with his attending BYU-Idaho, actually turned him into a progressive Mormon
  • How Kate and Neil met (their love story), and what Neil loves most about Kate
  • What Neil is researching for his Ph.D. (hint....it's super cool)
  • Has Neil experienced a faith crisis?
  • Who "wears the pants" in Kate/Neil's marriage...also what are the traits of a "real man" according to Neil and Kate  :)
  • Are Kate/Neil planning to have kiddos?
  • Kate's detailed account of her interactions with church leaders prior to her excommunication (in response to allegations of dishonesty on her part)
  • A deep dive into Kate's beliefs re: Mormonism, Book of Mormon historicity, etc.
  • Kate's plans for Ordain Women post-excommunication

  • And most importantly....Why does Neil wear that funky hat?  :)
Direct download: MormonStories-490-NeilRansomKateKellyPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm MDT

In this three-part series we interview Neil Ransom (Kate Kelly's husband, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) and we speak with Kate about her excommunication and the aftermath. Some of the fascinating tidbits we explore:

  • Neil's early years growing up in Africa
  • How Neil's mission, along with his attending BYU-Idaho, actually turned him into a progressive Mormon
  • How Kate and Neil met (their love story), and what Neil loves most about Kate
  • What Neil is researching for his Ph.D. (hint....it's super cool)
  • Has Neil experienced a faith crisis?
  • Who "wears the pants" in Kate/Neil's marriage...also what are the traits of a "real man" according to Neil and Kate  :)
  • Are Kate/Neil planning to have kiddos?
  • Kate's detailed account of her interactions with church leaders prior to her excommunication (in response to allegations of dishonesty on her part)
  • A deep dive into Kate's beliefs re: Mormonism, Book of Mormon historicity, etc.
  • Kate's plans for Ordain Women post-excommunication

  • And most importantly....Why does Neil wear that funky hat?  :)
Direct download: MormonStories-489-NeilRansomKateKellyPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm MDT

In this three-part series we interview Neil Ransom (Kate Kelly's husband, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) and we speak with Kate about her excommunication and the aftermath. Some of the fascinating tidbits we explore:

  • Neil's early years growing up in Africa
  • How Neil's mission, along with his attending BYU-Idaho, actually turned him into a progressive Mormon
  • How Kate and Neil met (their love story), and what Neil loves most about Kate
  • What Neil is researching for his Ph.D. (hint....it's super cool)
  • Has Neil experienced a faith crisis?
  • Who "wears the pants" in Kate/Neil's marriage...also what are the traits of a "real man" according to Neil and Kate  :)
  • Are Kate/Neil planning to have kiddos?
  • Kate's detailed account of her interactions with church leaders prior to her excommunication (in response to allegations of dishonesty on her part)
  • A deep dive into Kate's beliefs re: Mormonism, Book of Mormon historicity, etc.
  • Kate's plans for Ordain Women post-excommunication

  • And most importantly....Why does Neil wear that funky hat?  :)
Direct download: MormonStories-488-NeilRansomKateKellyPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm MDT

Natasha Helfer Parker, John Dehlin, and Margi Dehlin will be hosting a 6 hour workshop for current, mixed-faith, and former Mormon couples who are navigating faith issues, parenting, and sexuality in either a mixed-faith, post-orthodox, or a post-Mormon context.  Couples and individuals are welcome to attend, but the content will be oriented towards helping married couples deal with faith transition issues.

Direct download: 2014MarriageWorkshop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm MDT

In this episode we interview Alex Beam: author of "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church."  Alex provides an extremely insightful and compelling "outsider's view" of Joseph Smith's final years in Nauvoo, along with his murder and legacy.

Direct download: MormonStories-487-AlexBeam.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57am MDT

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend. She is also the daughter of the late Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen: former LDS General Authority, personal physician and best friend to Elder Boyd K. Packer, and a GA who was directly involved in the excommunication of Avraham Gileadi (one of the September Six). In this multi-part episode with Christine we discuss: What it was like to grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in Salt Lake City as a very orthodox, devout member of a somewhat elite LDS family? What it was like to grow up the daughter of an LDS General Authority, who was both a physician to, and best friends with Elder Boyd K. Packer? Elder Jeppsen’s personal and direct involvement in the excommunication of Avraham Giliadi -- one of the September Six. How such an orthodox, committed LDS family including Christine (the daughter of a General Authority), her husband David Clark (former bishop of eight years, recent Stake Presidency member) and four of her six children could ultimately decide to leave the LDS Church, and What it’s like to leave the LDS Church as a grandparent in your 50s and 60s.
Direct download: MormonStories-486-ChristineClarkPt4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am MDT

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend. She is also the daughter of the late Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen: former LDS General Authority, personal physician and best friend to Elder Boyd K. Packer, and a GA who was directly involved in the excommunication of Avraham Gileadi (one of the September Six). In this multi-part episode with Christine we discuss: What it was like to grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in Salt Lake City as a very orthodox, devout member of a somewhat elite LDS family? What it was like to grow up the daughter of an LDS General Authority, who was both a physician to, and best friends with Elder Boyd K. Packer? Elder Jeppsen’s personal and direct involvement in the excommunication of Avraham Giliadi -- one of the September Six. How such an orthodox, committed LDS family including Christine (the daughter of a General Authority), her husband David Clark (former bishop of eight years, recent Stake Presidency member) and four of her six children could ultimately decide to leave the LDS Church, and What it’s like to leave the LDS Church as a grandparent in your 50s and 60s.
Direct download: MormonStories-485-ChristineClarkPt3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am MDT

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend. She is also the daughter of the late Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen: former LDS General Authority, personal physician and best friend to Elder Boyd K. Packer, and a GA who was directly involved in the excommunication of Avraham Gileadi (one of the September Six). In this multi-part episode with Christine we discuss: What it was like to grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in Salt Lake City as a very orthodox, devout member of a somewhat elite LDS family? What it was like to grow up the daughter of an LDS General Authority, who was both a physician to, and best friends with Elder Boyd K. Packer? Elder Jeppsen’s personal and direct involvement in the excommunication of Avraham Giliadi -- one of the September Six. How such an orthodox, committed LDS family including Christine (the daughter of a General Authority), her husband David Clark (former bishop of eight years, recent Stake Presidency member) and four of her six children could ultimately decide to leave the LDS Church, and What it’s like to leave the LDS Church as a grandparent in your 50s and 60s.
Direct download: MormonStories-484-ChristineClarkPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am MDT

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend. She is also the daughter of the late Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen: former LDS General Authority, personal physician and best friend to Elder Boyd K. Packer, and a GA who was directly involved in the excommunication of Avraham Gileadi (one of the September Six). In this multi-part episode with Christine we discuss: What it was like to grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in Salt Lake City as a very orthodox, devout member of a somewhat elite LDS family? What it was like to grow up the daughter of an LDS General Authority, who was both a physician to, and best friends with Elder Boyd K. Packer? Elder Jeppsen’s personal and direct involvement in the excommunication of Avraham Giliadi -- one of the September Six. How such an orthodox, committed LDS family including Christine (the daughter of a General Authority), her husband David Clark (former bishop of eight years, recent Stake Presidency member) and four of her six children could ultimately decide to leave the LDS Church, and What it’s like to leave the LDS Church as a grandparent in your 50s and 60s.
Direct download: MormonStories-483-ChristineClarkPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am MDT

In February 2012, Jeremy Runnels experienced a crisis of faith, which subsequently led to a faith transition in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2013, Jeremy was approached and asked by a Church Education System (CES) Director to share his concerns and questions about the LDS Church’s origins, history, and current practices. In response, Jeremy wrote what later became publicly known as Letter to a CES Director. Letter to a CES Director very quickly went viral on the internet. The CES Director responded that he read the "very well written" letter and that he would provide Jeremy with a response. No response ever came.
Direct download: MormonStories-482-JeremyRunnellsPt3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:10am MDT