Mormon Stories - LDS (general)

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jon Ogden—author of When Mormons Doubt. Jon describes how his faith crisis blossomed during his LDS mission and time at BYU and ultimately became the impetus to writing the book, which strives to explore how the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness can save relationships even when we disagree with those we love.

We cover:

*How his faith crisis developed on his LDS mission, but he finished his mission anyway
*Dating while at BYU and how it distracted him from his faith crisis
*How when a family member left the LDS Church, it forced him to confront his own doubts and begin an academic study of the truth claims of the Church
*When he realized that the same problems with Mormon historicity were also at play with Christianity in general
*He and his spouse’s current belief state, and their desire to have a sense of community and solid religious framework for their children to hold onto
*The main topics of his book, When Mormons Doubt, including a deep dive into sections on “Truth,” “Goodness,” and “Beauty.”

Direct download: MormonStories-785-JonOgdenPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jason Echols of /r/exmormon.  For many, the exmormon subreddit serves as a one-stop shop for current events and happenings that may interest those who have left the faith.  Jason gives us the inside scoop of this prominent gathering place, and details his belief that the forum provides a training ground for exmormons to learn how to voice opinions in healthy and assertive ways.

Direct download: MormonStories-784-JasonEcholsPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am MDT

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jason Echols of /r/exmormon.  For many, the exmormon subreddit serves as a one-stop shop for current events and happenings that may interest those who have left the faith.  Jason gives us the inside scoop of this prominent gathering place, and details his belief that the forum provides a training ground for exmormons to learn how to voice opinions in healthy and assertive ways.

Direct download: MormonStories-783-JasonEcholsPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54am MDT

In this two-part episode we sit down for final time with Grant Palmer to discuss the release of his final book: Restoring Christ: Leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the Gospels.  

  • In part 1 of the interview we dig deep into two chapters: one on Joseph Smith's possible treason against the United States government, and one on Joseph Smith's use of concubinage in addition to polygamy and polyandry.
  • In part 2 we discuss Grant's research into "leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the Gospels," and conduct a final Q&A with Grant.
Direct download: MormonStories-782-Grant_PalmerRestoringChristPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am MDT

In this two-part episode we sit down a final time with Grant Palmer to discuss the release of his final book: Restoring Christ: Leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the Gospels.  

  • In part 1 of the interview we dig deep into two chapters: one on Joseph Smith's possible treason against the United States government, and one on Joseph Smith's likely use of concubinage in addition to polygamy and polyandry.
  • In part 2 we discuss Grant's research into "leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the Gospels," and conduct a final Q&A with Grant.
Direct download: MormonStories-781-Grant_PalmerRestoringChristPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am MDT

In our third sit-down with former Mormon Bishop and podcaster Bill Reel, we discuss:

  • His early years as a convert to the Mormon church.
  • His original motives for starting his podcast, Mormon Discussion.
  • The most significant contributing factors to his Mormon faith transition.
  • His evolution as a podcaster, which includes becoming increasingly frustrated with, and critical of the LDS church, its policies, and its leadership.
  • His current Mormon beliefs and non-beliefs.
  • His motives for remaining active in the LDS church.
  • His responses to recent criticisms of his positions.
  • His perspective on the possible threat of excommunication.
Direct download: MormonStories-780-BillReel3Pt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37am MDT

In our third sit-down with former Mormon Bishop and podcaster Bill Reel, we discuss:

  • His early years as a convert to the Mormon church.
  • His original motives for starting his podcast, Mormon Discussion.
  • The most significant contributing factors to his Mormon faith transition.
  • His evolution as a podcaster, which includes becoming increasingly frustrated with, and critical of the LDS church, its policies, and its leadership.
  • His current Mormon beliefs and non-beliefs.
  • His motives for remaining active in the LDS church.
  • His responses to recent criticisms of his positions.
  • His perspective on the possible threat of excommunication.
Direct download: MormonStories-779-BillReel3Pt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am MDT

Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Gabriel Misla who originated from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.  We cover:

  • Gabriel’s experience joining the Church as a young man in the island territory and his eventual immigration to the mainland US
  • His mission service to the Dominican Republic, and the cultural nuances between the two islands that heightened his sensitivity to how race is viewed in the LDS Church
  • How he came to terms with his sexuality and his experience as a gay Latter-day Saint, including spending time in Evergreen
  • His reminiscence of elation of being from the tribe of Ephraim in his patriarchal blessing because  it meant he was more like his white Utah missionary companions—and now his regret over how his thinking was influenced by the Church’s views on race
  • His thoughts and feelings over the Book of Mormon’s still accepted views on Lamanites and race, and what he feels the Church should do
  • His vision and plans for the future as a post-Mormon still living in Utah
Direct download: MormonStories-778-GabrielMislaPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am MDT

Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Gabriel Misla who originated from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.  We cover:

  • Gabriel’s experience joining the Church as a young man in the island territory and his eventual immigration to the mainland US
  • His mission service to the Dominican Republic, and the cultural nuances between the two islands that heightened his sensitivity to how race is viewed in the LDS Church
  • How he came to terms with his sexuality and his experience as a gay Latter-day Saint, including spending time in Evergreen
  • His reminiscence of elation of being from the tribe of Ephraim in his patriarchal blessing because  it meant he was more like his white Utah missionary companions—and now his regret over how his thinking was influenced by the Church’s views on race
  • His thoughts and feelings over the Book of Mormon’s still accepted views on Lamanites and race, and what he feels the Church should do
  • His vision and plans for the future as a post-Mormon still living in Utah
Direct download: MormonStories-777-GabrielMislaPt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am MDT

Ruthie Robertson ignited a nationwide firestorm when she revealed she was fired as an adjunct professor at BYU-Idaho for an LGBTQ-supportive Facebook post on her private page.  During these episodes of Mormon Stories, we delve deep into Ruthie’s Mormon background and her motivations in publishing her post, as well as her opinions about the decision to terminate her employment.  John and Ruthie also discuss the possible “chilling effect” this event could have on students and professors at BYU-Idaho who wish to support their LGBTQ friends and family.

Direct download: MormonStories-776-RuthieRobertsonPt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am MDT