Mormon Stories - LDS

This is Part 2 of our review of the recently announced changes to the LDS Church's General Handbook of Instructions. Major changes include:

- Major changes to the church's Disciplinary Council and Exommunication processes.

- Major changes for LGBTQ Mormons, and specifically for Transgender Mormons.

- Some minor changes for women/feminists.

- Other changes to general policy.

Tonight our panel includes Natasha Helfer Parker, Gina Colvin, Anthony D. Miller, Kyle Ashworth, Samantha Taylor, and Jana Johnson Spangler.

Direct download: MormonStories-1262-HandbookPt3.mp3
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This is Part 2 of our review of the recently announced changes to the LDS Church's General Handbook of Instructions. Major changes include:

- Major changes to the church's Disciplinary Council and Exommunication processes.

- Major changes for LGBTQ Mormons, and specifically for Transgender Mormons.

- Some minor changes for women/feminists.

- Other changes to general policy.

Tonight our panel includes Natasha Helfer Parker, Gina Colvin, Anthony D. Miller, Kyle Ashworth, Samantha Taylor, and Jana Johnson Spangler.

 

Direct download: MormonStories-1261-HandbookPt2.mp3
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Today we will be reviewing the recently announced changes to the LDS Church's General Handbook of Instructions. Major changes include:

- Major changes to the church's Disciplinary Council and Excommunication processes.

- Major changes for LGBTQ Mormons, and specifically for Transgender Mormons.

- Some minor changes for women/feminists.

- Other changes to general policy.

For part 1 of this series I will be reviewing the changes. For parts 2 - ? of this series I will bring on a panel to discuss the changes.

Direct download: MormonStories-1260-HandbookPt1.mp3
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On today’s episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Dr. Chris Thomas as we discuss his book “A Pentecostal Reads The Book of Mormon.” We begin by discovering Dr. Thomas’ religious background and perspective, then delve into how and why Dr. Thomas decided to apply his perspective to the Mormon faith. 

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On today’s episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Dr. Chris Thomas as we discuss his book “A Pentecostal Reads The Book of Mormon.” We begin by discovering Dr. Thomas’ religious background and perspective, then delve into how and why Dr. Thomas decided to apply his perspective to the Mormon faith. 

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On today’s episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Dr. Chris Thomas as we discuss his book “A Pentecostal Reads The Book of Mormon.” We begin by discovering Dr. Thomas’ religious background and perspective, then delve into how and why Dr. Thomas decided to apply his perspective to the Mormon faith. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1257-DrChrisThomasPt1.mp3
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For today's Mormon Stories Podcast interview we will speak with Sian Wall Coombs. Sian is a mother of 5 who lives in Wales (U.K.). We will be discussing:

- Her life as the 7th of 9 children in a Welsh Mormon family,
- Her parents' very public divorce,
- Dealing with the difficulties of teenage pregnancy and church discipline,
- Her marriage to a church convert and life as an orthodox Mormon,
- Her faith crisis, and
- Her process of navigating life after Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1256-SianPt4.mp3
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For today's Mormon Stories Podcast interview we will speak with Sian Wall Coombs. Sian is a mother of 5 who lives in Wales (U.K.). We will be discussing:

- Her life as the 7th of 9 children in a Welsh Mormon family,
- Her parents' very public divorce,
- Dealing with the difficulties of teenage pregnancy and church discipline,
- Her marriage to a church convert and life as an orthodox Mormon,
- Her faith crisis, and
- Her process of navigating life after Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1255-SianPt3.mp3
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For today's Mormon Stories Podcast interview we will speak with Sian Wall Coombs. Sian is a mother of 5 who lives in Wales (U.K.). We will be discussing:

- Her life as the 7th of 9 children in a Welsh Mormon family,
- Her parents' very public divorce,
- Dealing with the difficulties of teenage pregnancy and church discipline,
- Her marriage to a church convert and life as an orthodox Mormon,
- Her faith crisis, and
- Her process of navigating life after Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1254-SianPt2.mp3
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For today's Mormon Stories Podcast interview we will speak with Sian Wall Coombs. Sian is a mother of 5 who lives in Wales (U.K.). We will be discussing:

- Her life as the 7th of 9 children in a Welsh Mormon family,
- Her parents' very public divorce,
- Dealing with the difficulties of teenage pregnancy and church discipline,
- Her marriage to a church convert and life as an orthodox Mormon,
- Her faith crisis, and
- Her process of navigating life after Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1253-SianPt1.mp3
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It has been five years since "Mormon Stories" podcast host John Dehlin was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It was a very difficult episode for him and his family, who also either left the church or are no longer active.

The podcast began 15 years ago and has become a place where Latter-day Saints having a faith crisis can go for support and understanding.

Now it has sparked a community of both former and current believers who look to Dehlin for camaraderie.

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Today we speak with sociologists Rick Phillips and Ryan Cragun about "Why the Mormon Church has Declining Growth Rates in Utah and the World."

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Today we speak with sociologists Rick Phillips and Ryan Cragun about "Why the Mormon Church has Declining Growth Rates in Utah and the World."

Direct download: MormonStories-1250-DecliningRatesPt1.mp3
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Rob from the Normon Podcast interviews John Dehlin about Mormon Stories Podcast, why he started it, and his excommunication. They also discuss changes in society and religion on homosexual marriage.

Direct download: MormonStories-1249-NormonPodcast.mp3
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Today we are interviewing Lila Tueller - daughter of prominent Mormon General Authority, Hartman Rector Jr. Today we will discuss Lila’s story, which includes:

- Her parent’s story joining the church and becoming church leaders.

- What it was like to grow up in the family of a prominent Mormon General Authority.

- Lila’s own faith journey as a Mormon, which includes her own faith crisis.

- Lila’s beliefs and perspective now about Mormonism, and about life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1248-LilaTuellerPt4.mp3
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Today we are interviewing Lila Tueller - daughter of prominent Mormon General Authority, Hartman Rector Jr. Today we will discuss Lila’s story, which includes:

- Her parent’s story joining the church and becoming church leaders.

- What it was like to grow up in the family of a prominent Mormon General Authority.

- Lila’s own faith journey as a Mormon, which includes her own faith crisis.

- Lila’s beliefs and perspective now about Mormonism, and about life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1247-LilaTuellerPt3.mp3
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Today we are interviewing Lila Tueller - daughter of prominent Mormon General Authority, Hartman Rector Jr. Today we will discuss Lila’s story, which includes:

- Her parent’s story joining the church and becoming church leaders.

- What it was like to grow up in the family of a prominent Mormon General Authority.

- Lila’s own faith journey as a Mormon, which includes her own faith crisis.

- Lila’s beliefs and perspective now about Mormonism, and about life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1246-LilaTuellerPt2.mp3
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Today we are interviewing Lila Tueller - daughter of prominent Mormon General Authority, Hartman Rector Jr. Today we will discuss Lila’s story, which includes:

- Her parent’s story joining the church and becoming church leaders.

- What it was like to grow up in the family of a prominent Mormon General Authority.

- Lila’s own faith journey as a Mormon, which includes her own faith crisis.

- Lila’s beliefs and perspective now about Mormonism, and about life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1245-LilaTuellerPt1.mp3
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On January 16, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that a newly approved and launched Utah HIV/Condom campaign is in jeopardy as Governor Gary Herbert has expressed discomfort with the "offensive" packaging.

Today we briefly interview Sampson Utley who is a volunteer on the project, and who has insider information about the story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1244-UtahCondom.mp3
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Join us now as we continue our interview with Joe Tippetts about returning to Mormon Church Activity as a Non-Traditional Believer.

Direct download: MormonStories-1243-JoeTippettsPt3.mp3
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Join us now as we continue our interview with Joe Tippetts about returning to Mormon Church Activity as a Non-Traditional Believer.

Direct download: MormonStories-1242-JoeTippettsPt2.mp3
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Join us now as we continue our interview with Joe Tippetts about returning to Mormon Church Activity as a Non-Traditional Believer.

Direct download: MormonStories-1241-JoeTippettsPt1.mp3
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In today’s episode we interview Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck as they discuss their navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episode include parent/child dynamics, perfectionism, religious orthodoxy, spousal abuse, eating disorders, divorce, depression, and faith crises. We will also discuss the basic THRIVE questions around healing and growth beyond Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1240-WitbecksPt5.mp3
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In today’s episode we interview Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck as they discuss their navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episode include parent/child dynamics, perfectionism, religious orthodoxy, spousal abuse, eating disorders, divorce, depression, and faith crises. We will also discuss the basic THRIVE questions around healing and growth beyond Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1239-WitbecksPt4.mp3
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In today’s episode we interview Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck as they discuss their navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episode include parent/child dynamics, perfectionism, religious orthodoxy, spousal abuse, eating disorders, divorce, depression, and faith crises. We will also discuss the basic THRIVE questions around healing and growth beyond Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1238-WitbecksPt3.mp3
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In today’s episode we interview Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck as they discuss their navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episode include parent/child dynamics, perfectionism, religious orthodoxy, spousal abuse, eating disorders, divorce, depression, and faith crises. We will also discuss the basic THRIVE questions around healing and growth beyond Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1237-WitbecksPt2.mp3
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In today’s episode we interview Dave, Keri, and Alyssa Witbeck as they discuss their navigation through Mormonism as a family of very conscientious members. Themes in today’s episode include parent/child dynamics, perfectionism, religious orthodoxy, spousal abuse, eating disorders, divorce, depression, and faith crises. We will also discuss the basic THRIVE questions around healing and growth beyond Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1236-WitbecksPt1.mp3
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Join us today as we interview Joe Tippetts, who resigned from the Mormon church in 2014 after losing his faith. In 2019 Joe was re-baptized into the church again. His passion now is building bridges between Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1235-JoeTippettsPt3.mp3
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Join us today as we interview Joe Tippetts, who resigned from the Mormon church in 2014 after losing his faith. In 2019 Joe was re-baptized into the church again. His passion now is building bridges between Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1234-JoeTippettsPt2.mp3
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Join us today as we interview Joe Tippetts, who resigned from the Mormon church in 2014 after losing his faith. In 2019 Joe was re-baptized into the church again. His passion now is building bridges between Mormons and post-Mormons.

Direct download: MormonStories-1233-JoeTippettsPt1.mp3
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John provides an overview for the plans and vision of THRIVE in 2020

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In our first in a series of condensed interviews where we interview mixed-faith couples and get right to the heart of the issues they face, we meet with Polly and Justin Brown. Polly and Justin were recently featured on an episode of the Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast and today we are excited to hear their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1231-PollyandJustinBrownPt2.mp3
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In our first in a series of condensed interviews where we interview mixed-faith couples and get right to the heart of the issues they face, we meet with Polly and Justin Brown. Polly and Justin were recently featured on an episode of the Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast and today we are excited to hear their story.

Direct download: MormonStories-1230-PollyandJustinBrownPt1.mp3
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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Live at THRIVEDAY Conference, Salt Lake City, UT 11/17/19

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Our follow-up interview with author Amber Scorah of the book "Leaving the Witness" at the Community of Christ in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this interview, we solicit comments and questions from our live audience.

Direct download: MormonStories-1218-AmberScorahLive.mp3
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I have SUPER good news for those of you who have always wanted to attend a Mormon Stories / Faith Crisis Retreat...I have a super cool opportunity.

A generous donor has stepped forward to underwrite the event, and a few other generous folks have offered their St. George homes to us...so here's the scoop!

1) We are able to make the 12/6-12/8 St. George retreat available to ANYONE who wants to attend. If you cannot afford the registration fee, you are free to pay what you can afford, and the generous donor will cover the rest.

2) We will be driving a retreat karaoke party van down from Salt Lake City on the morning of 12/6, returning the evening of 12/8....so if anyone wants to drive with us...have a blast...and save on transportation, we'd love to have you!

3) Finally, we have several guest rooms available for folks to stay in if you need a place to stay in St. George. If you can pay something for them, great. If you are not able to afford them, that's ok too!

In summary, PLEASE don't let finances stop you from attending our Mormon Stories / faith crisis retreat if you are able to come. We will focus on all the important issues including:

1) Navigating a religious faith crisis.
2) Communicating with believing family and friends.
3) Navigating a mixed faith marriage.
4) Improving your mental health during a faith transition.
5) Improving your sexuality during and after a faith transition.
6) Parenting after a faith crisis.

And whatever else you want/need help on.

Please spread the word, and we hope to see many of you you soon!

Direct download: MormonStories-Announcment-StGeorgeRetreat.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1217-RFMPt7.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1216-RFMPt6.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1215-RFMPt5.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1214-RFMPt4.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1213-RFMPt3.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1212-RFMPt2.mp3
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While in Seattle, Washington this past week—we were excited to finally put a face to the voice that so many in the post- and progressive-Mormon world have come to know—by interviewing the host of the Radio Free Mormon podcast of the family of Mormon Discussions podcasts. While we still do not disclose his name, we are confident that after this 7-hour journey with "RFM," you will come away with an accurate depiction of the man behind some of the most informative and entertaining podcasts in the Mormon community.

Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened, you likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

Direct download: MormonStories-1211-RFMPt1.mp3
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Today we interview Mike Brown. Mike is interesting and important to Mormon Stories Podcast for a number of reasons.

1) Mike has a compelling story of how Mormon Truth claims deeply affected his relationship to the church.

2) Mike has studied Mormon Truth Claims more than most Mormons I know, and has authored 31 essays exploring Mormon Truth claims, which have been posted to the Mormon Stories Podcast website. Finally,

3) Mike was one of the original supporters of the Mormon Stories Podcast billboard campaign, which has been responsible for helping thousands of Mormons find support during their faith crisis.

Today Mike will share with us his story, and then we will go deep into his explorations and discoveries regarding Mormon Truth Claims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1210-MikeBrownPt4.mp3
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Today we interview Mike Brown. Mike is interesting and important to Mormon Stories Podcast for a number of reasons.

1) Mike has a compelling story of how Mormon Truth claims deeply affected his relationship to the church.

2) Mike has studied Mormon Truth Claims more than most Mormons I know, and has authored 31 essays exploring Mormon Truth claims, which have been posted to the Mormon Stories Podcast website. Finally,

3) Mike was one of the original supporters of the Mormon Stories Podcast billboard campaign, which has been responsible for helping thousands of Mormons find support during their faith crisis.

Today Mike will share with us his story, and then we will go deep into his explorations and discoveries regarding Mormon Truth Claims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1209-MikeBrownPt3.mp3
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Today we interview Mike Brown. Mike is interesting and important to Mormon Stories Podcast for a number of reasons.

1) Mike has a compelling story of how Mormon Truth claims deeply affected his relationship to the church.

2) Mike has studied Mormon Truth Claims more than most Mormons I know, and has authored 31 essays exploring Mormon Truth claims, which have been posted to the Mormon Stories Podcast website. Finally,

3) Mike was one of the original supporters of the Mormon Stories Podcast billboard campaign, which has been responsible for helping thousands of Mormons find support during their faith crisis.

Today Mike will share with us his story, and then we will go deep into his explorations and discoveries regarding Mormon Truth Claims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1208-MikeBrownPt2.mp3
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Today we interview Mike Brown. Mike is interesting and important to Mormon Stories Podcast for a number of reasons.

1) Mike has a compelling story of how Mormon Truth claims deeply affected his relationship to the church.

2) Mike has studied Mormon Truth Claims more than most Mormons I know, and has authored 31 essays exploring Mormon Truth claims, which have been posted to the Mormon Stories Podcast website. Finally,

3) Mike was one of the original supporters of the Mormon Stories Podcast billboard campaign, which has been responsible for helping thousands of Mormons find support during their faith crisis.

Today Mike will share with us his story, and then we will go deep into his explorations and discoveries regarding Mormon Truth Claims.

Direct download: MormonStories-1207-MikeBrownPt1.mp3
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On November 17th in Salt Lake City we will be holding the largest conference for post-Mormons ever assembled. The focus of THRIVEDAY will be healing, growth, and community for post-Mormons. This meeting will NOT be about criticizing or discussing the Mormon church. We are hopeful that everyone who attends will feel educated, uplifted, and empowered.

Speakers for the event include:

- Wayne Sermon - Lead Guitarist for Imagine Dragons
- Amber Scorah - Ex-Jehovah's Witness and Author of Leaving the Witness
- Dr. John Dehlin - MormonStories.org
- Stephenie Sorensen Larsen - Encircle
- Natasha Helfer Parker - Marriage and Sex Therapist
- Mindy Gledhill - Musician
- Christian Moore - Author of "The Resilience Breakthrough"
- Laci Green - Youtuber and Podcaster
- Hans H Mattsson - Former LDS Area Authority (Sweden)
- Julienna Viegas
- Elizabeth Paulson Dalton - Attorney and Marriage/Divorce Coach
- Lisa Swain Hacking - THRIVE Committee
- John Hamer - Community of Christ
- Sarah Newcomb - Lamanite Truth
- Book signings with Jeremy Runnells and more!
- Karaoke led by Allan Mount (Marriage on a Tightrope)

Register here! http://thrivebeyondmormonism.com

Direct download: ThriveAnnouncement.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we bring back Youtuber, Podcaster, Author, and Sex expert Laci Green to discuss her take on "10 Things You Should Know About Sexuality After Mormonism."

Laci Green is the author of the book: "Sex Plus: Learning, Loving, and Enjoying Your Body" - which we reference during the interview.

Direct download: MormonStories-1206-LaciGreenSexPt2.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we bring back Youtuber, Podcaster, Author, and Sex expert Laci Green to discuss her take on "10 Things You Should Know About Sexuality After Mormonism."

Laci Green is the author of the book: "Sex Plus: Learning, Loving, and Enjoying Your Body" - which we reference during the interview.

Direct download: MormonStories-1205-LaciGreenSexPt1.mp3
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Laci Green is an internationally recognized YouTuber (1.4M subscribers), author, and podcaster. Prior to 2019, Laci's Youtube content and public activism primarily focused on sex education which culminated with Laci being named one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet by Time Magazine (2016).

Laci Green was born in Utah. Her mother is Mormon and her father is from Iran. As Laci she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith because of its strict gender roles and expectations of her as a woman. Growing up, Laci was interested in theater and was supported by her mother, who owns a theater company.

In 2018, Laci published her first book, Sex Plus: Learning, Loving and Enjoying Your Body.

In this interview, Laci also discusses the challenges of being a Youtuber, and what factors left her to leave her successful Youtube channel behind (with 1.4M subscribers).

On 3 September 2019, Laci launched a podcast, entitled "Indirect Message," which "explores how the internet is changing society."

https://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen/
https://www.lacigreen.tv/podcast

Direct download: MormonStories-1204-LaciGreenPt2.mp3
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Laci Green is an internationally recognized YouTuber (1.4M subscribers), author, and podcaster. Prior to 2019, Laci's Youtube content and public activism primarily focused on sex education which culminated with Laci being named one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet by Time Magazine (2016).

Laci Green was born in Utah. Her mother is Mormon and her father is from Iran. As Laci she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith because of its strict gender roles and expectations of her as a woman. Growing up, Laci was interested in theater and was supported by her mother, who owns a theater company.

In 2018, Laci published her first book, Sex Plus: Learning, Loving and Enjoying Your Body.

In this interview, Laci also discusses the challenges of being a Youtuber, and what factors left her to leave her successful Youtube channel behind (with 1.4M subscribers).

On 3 September 2019, Laci launched a podcast, entitled "Indirect Message," which "explores how the internet is changing society."

https://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen/
https://www.lacigreen.tv/podcast

Direct download: MormonStories-1203-LaciGreenPt1.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we talk with Chris Shelton about the complexities of leaving Scientology, and how he became an ex-Scientology activist.

Direct download: MormonStories-1202-ChrisSheltonExPt4.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we talk with Chris Shelton about the complexities of leaving Scientology, and how he became an ex-Scientology activist.

Direct download: MormonStories-1201-ChrisSheltonExPt3.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we talk with Chris Shelton about the complexities of leaving Scientology, and how he became an ex-Scientology activist.

Direct download: MormonStories-1200-ChrisSheltonExPt2.mp3
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In today's episode of Mormon Stories Podcast we talk with Chris Shelton about the complexities of leaving Scientology, and how he became an ex-Scientology activist.

Direct download: MormonStories-1199-ChrisSheltonExPt1.mp3
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Join us today as we continue our multi-part series on Scientology with Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker. Chris is a former Scientologist and Sea Org member and is now a writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

Today we will be focusing on:

- Chris' life as a Scientologist, including his time as a member of the elite Sea Org.

- The events that led to Chris leaving Scientology.

- Chris' life as an ex-Scientologist activist.

As always, we will be exploring the similarities and differences between Scientology and Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1198-LifeAsAScientologistPt4.mp3
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Join us today as we continue our multi-part series on Scientology with Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker. Chris is a former Scientologist and Sea Org member and is now a writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

Today we will be focusing on:

- Chris' life as a Scientologist, including his time as a member of the elite Sea Org.

- The events that led to Chris leaving Scientology.

- Chris' life as an ex-Scientologist activist.

As always, we will be exploring the similarities and differences between Scientology and Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1197-LifeAsAScientologistPt3.mp3
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Join us today as we continue our multi-part series on Scientology with Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker. Chris is a former Scientologist and Sea Org member and is now a writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

Today we will be focusing on:

- Chris' life as a Scientologist, including his time as a member of the elite Sea Org.

- The events that led to Chris leaving Scientology.

- Chris' life as an ex-Scientologist activist.

As always, we will be exploring the similarities and differences between Scientology and Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1196-LifeAsAScientologistPt2.mp3
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Join us today as we continue our multi-part series on Scientology with Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker. Chris is a former Scientologist and Sea Org member and is now a writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

Today we will be focusing on:

- Chris' life as a Scientologist, including his time as a member of the elite Sea Org.

- The events that led to Chris leaving Scientology.

- Chris' life as an ex-Scientologist activist.

As always, we will be exploring the similarities and differences between Scientology and Mormonism.

Direct download: MormonStories-1195-LifeAsAScientologistPt1.mp3
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In today's episode we will continue our series on the parallels between Scientology/Mormonism - interviewing Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker -- a former Scientologist and Sea Org member, and current writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

We will be begin by exploring the rise of modern Scientology after the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard - including an exploration of what it means to be a Scientologist in 2019.

Direct download: MormonStories-1194-ChrisSheltonMiscavigePt3.mp3
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In today's episode we will continue our series on the parallels between Scientology/Mormonism - interviewing Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker -- a former Scientologist and Sea Org member, and current writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

We will be begin by exploring the rise of modern Scientology after the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard - including an exploration of what it means to be a Scientologist in 2019.

Direct download: MormonStories-1193-ChrisSheltonMiscavigePt2.mp3
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In today's episode we will continue our series on the parallels between Scientology/Mormonism - interviewing Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker -- a former Scientologist and Sea Org member, and current writer, consultant podcaster, YouTuber and advocate for critical thinking.

We will be begin by exploring the rise of modern Scientology after the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard - including an exploration of what it means to be a Scientologist in 2019.

Direct download: MormonStories-1192-ChrisSheltonMiscavigePt1.mp3
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Today we sit down with ex-Scientologist and Youtuber Chris Shelton to discuss a brief history of Scientology - with a focus on parallels between Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Mormon church founder Joseph Smith.

Direct download: MormonStories-1191-ChrisSheltonPt3.mp3
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Today we sit down with ex-Scientologist and Youtuber Chris Shelton to discuss a brief history of Scientology - with a focus on parallels between Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Mormon church founder Joseph Smith.

Direct download: MormonStories-1190-ChrisSheltonPt2.mp3
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Today we sit down with ex-Scientologist and Youtuber Chris Shelton to discuss a brief history of Scientology - with a focus on parallels between Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Mormon church founder Joseph Smith.

Direct download: MormonStories-1189-ChrisSheltonPt1.mp3
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Have you explored drinking alcohol after losing faith in Mormonism? Have you or a loved one struggled with alcohol abuse during or after your faith journey?

In this episode my dear friend Brittany Holley opens up about her journey with alcohol use and abuse after a Mormon faith crisis.

Direct download: MormonStories-1188-BrittanyHolleyPt3.mp3
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Have you explored drinking alcohol after losing faith in Mormonism? Have you or a loved one struggled with alcohol abuse during or after your faith journey?

In this episode my dear friend Brittany Holley opens up about her journey with alcohol use and abuse after a Mormon faith crisis.

Direct download: MormonStories-1187-BrittanyHolleyPt2.mp3
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Have you explored drinking alcohol after losing faith in Mormonism? Have you or a loved one struggled with alcohol abuse during or after your faith journey?

In this episode my dear friend Brittany Holley opens up about her journey with alcohol use and abuse after a Mormon faith crisis.

Direct download: MormonStories-1186-BrittanyHolleyPt1.mp3
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Mormon Stories had the real privilege of interviewing Daniel “Wayne” Sermon of Imagine Dragons, along with his wise and talented wife Alex Sermon, an accomplished professional ballerina, in their home in Las Vegas. In this interview the Sermons open up about their lives as Mormons, their life with Imagine Dragons, and their journey out of Mormonism.

Their interview is so inspiring....especially regarding their devoted partnership. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1185-SermonsPt5.mp3
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Mormon Stories had the real privilege of interviewing Daniel “Wayne” Sermon of Imagine Dragons, along with his wise and talented wife Alex Sermon, an accomplished professional ballerina, in their home in Las Vegas. In this interview the Sermons open up about their lives as Mormons, their life with Imagine Dragons, and their journey out of Mormonism.

Their interview is so inspiring....especially regarding their devoted partnership. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1184-SermonsPt4.mp3
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Mormon Stories had the real privilege of interviewing Daniel “Wayne” Sermon of Imagine Dragons, along with his wise and talented wife Alex Sermon, an accomplished professional ballerina, in their home in Las Vegas. In this interview the Sermons open up about their lives as Mormons, their life with Imagine Dragons, and their journey out of Mormonism.

Their interview is so inspiring....especially regarding their devoted partnership. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1183-SermonsPt3.mp3
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Mormon Stories had the real privilege of interviewing Daniel “Wayne” Sermon of Imagine Dragons, along with his wise and talented wife Alex Sermon, an accomplished professional ballerina, in their home in Las Vegas. In this interview the Sermons open up about their lives as Mormons, their life with Imagine Dragons, and their journey out of Mormonism.

Their interview is so inspiring....especially regarding their devoted partnership. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1182-SermonsPt2.mp3
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Mormon Stories had the real privilege of interviewing Daniel “Wayne” Sermon of Imagine Dragons, along with his wise and talented wife Alex Sermon, an accomplished professional ballerina, in their home in Las Vegas. In this interview the Sermons open up about their lives as Mormons, their life with Imagine Dragons, and their journey out of Mormonism.

Their interview is so inspiring....especially regarding their devoted partnership. 

Direct download: MormonStories-1181-SermonsPt1.mp3
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IMPORTANT! This Saturday morning (8:30am) in Salt Lake City we will be convening with Sam Young for The March to Save a Child (during LDS General Conference Weekend).

Attendance is free. Advance registration is encouraged, as it helps us gauge attendance for planning purposes.

Please spread the word far and wide on social media so that we can have thousands of people attend, and see here for more details:

https://protecteverychild.com/

Direct download: MormonStories-1180-SamYoungMarchOct.mp3
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Join us now as we interview the author of the new book “Bridges - Ministering to Those Who Question.” In Part 1 we will hear David’s story - focusing on how he came to write a book in support of disaffected Mormons. In Part 2 and 3 we will explore his book, digging into his suggestions for how to minister to Mormons who are struggling with their faith, and how the LDS church can become a more hospitable place for Mormons who question/doubt/disbelieve.

Direct download: MormonStories-1179-DavidOstlerPt3.mp3
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Join us now as we interview the author of the new book “Bridges - Ministering to Those Who Question.” In Part 1 we will hear David’s story - focusing on how he came to write a book in support of disaffected Mormons. In Part 2 and 3 we will explore his book, digging into his suggestions for how to minister to Mormons who are struggling with their faith, and how the LDS church can become a more hospitable place for Mormons who question/doubt/disbelieve.

Direct download: MormonStories-1178-DavidOstlerPt2.mp3
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Join us now as we interview the author of the new book “Bridges - Ministering to Those Who Question.” In Part 1 we will hear David’s story - focusing on how he came to write a book in support of disaffected Mormons. In Part 2 and 3 we will explore his book, digging into his suggestions for how to minister to Mormons who are struggling with their faith, and how the LDS church can become a more hospitable place for Mormons who question/doubt/disbelieve.

Direct download: MormonStories-1177-DavidOstlerPt1.mp3
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Marlena Smith’s parents joined the Mormon church as black converts after the priesthood ban was lifted (1978). After her parents moved to Utah, Marlena was born in 1989 in Provo, Utah. Marlena was raised as a devout Mormon in Lindon and Pleasant Grove - as the only black family in her ward and stake. Later Marlena attended BYU and married in the Payson temple.

This is Marlena’s story of growing up as a black Mormon woman in Utah

Direct download: MormonStories-1176-MarlenaSmithPt3.mp3
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Marlena Smith’s parents joined the Mormon church as black converts after the priesthood ban was lifted (1978). After her parents moved to Utah, Marlena was born in 1989 in Provo, Utah. Marlena was raised as a devout Mormon in Lindon and Pleasant Grove - as the only black family in her ward and stake. Later Marlena attended BYU and married in the Payson temple.

This is Marlena’s story of growing up as a black Mormon woman in Utah

Direct download: MormonStories-1175-MarlenaSmithPt2.mp3
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Marlena Smith’s parents joined the Mormon church as black converts after the priesthood ban was lifted (1978). After her parents moved to Utah, Marlena was born in 1989 in Provo, Utah. Marlena was raised as a devout Mormon in Lindon and Pleasant Grove - as the only black family in her ward and stake. Later Marlena attended BYU and married in the Payson temple.

This is Marlena’s story of growing up as a black Mormon woman in Utah

Direct download: MormonStories-1174-MarlenaSmithPt1.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we do an all-day, live-streamed series of interviews on "How to Survive BYU as an Unorthodox or Non-Believing Student." Please share your questions, comments, and stories here so we can use them in the show. 

This segment focuses on the BYU Survival Guide, created by our panel of guests today.

And please share this info with anyone who you think might benefit from it, including any past, present, or future Brigham Young University-Provo or Brigham Young University–Idaho students. Thanks in advance.

Direct download: MormonStories-1173-BYUUndergroundPt5.mp3
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Join us now for Part 4 of our Mormon Stories Podcast series on “How to Survive BYU as an Unorthodox or Non-Believing Student.” We will be interviewing Andrew, one of the co-founders of the “BYU Survival Guide” - a survival guide for unorthodox and non-believing BYU students. 

http://www.byusurvivalguide.com

Please share your questions, comments, and stories here so we can use them in the show.

And please share this info with anyone who you think might benefit from it, including any past, present, or future BYU-Provo or Brigham Young University–Idaho students.

Direct download: MormonStories-1172-BYUUndergroundPt4.mp3
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Join us now for Part 3 of our Mormon Stories Podcast series on “How to Survive BYU as an Unorthodox or Non-Believing Student.” We will be interviewing Jared Brinton, brother of dear friend and Mormon Stories Podcast listener Janelle Brinton.

Please share your questions, comments, and stories here so we can use them in the show.

And please share this info with anyone who you think might benefit from it, including any past, present, or future BYU-Provo or Brigham Young University–Idaho students. Thanks in advance.

Direct download: MormonStories-1171-BYUUndergroundPt3.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we do an all-day, live-streamed series of interviews on "How to Survive BYU as an Unorthodox or Non-Believing Student." Please share your questions, comments, and stories here so we can use them in the show. 

And please share this info with anyone who you think might benefit from it, including any past, present, or future Brigham Young University-Provo or Brigham Young University–Idaho students. Thanks in advance.

Direct download: MormonStories-1170-BYUUndergroundPt2.mp3
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Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast as we do an all-day, live-streamed series of interviews on "How to Survive BYU as an Unorthodox or Non-Believing Student." 

And please share this info with anyone who you think might benefit from it, including any past, present, or future Brigham Young University-Provo or Brigham Young University–Idaho students. Thanks in advance.

Direct download: MormonStories-1169-BYUUndergroundPt1.mp3
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SUMMARY: While I am pleased to finally see extensive news coverage of Mormon Bishop/Stake High Councilman Steven Murdock’s voyeurism story, I feel strongly that the reporters are missing the most important part of this story: basically, that Mormon church leadership explicitly knew of Bishop Murdock’s history of sexual harassment as early as 2017, but chose to ignore the reports, kept him in as bishop for several months after the firing, and eventually “promoted” Steven Murdock to the Stake High Council in spite of at least three different direct reports regarding his pattern of behavior.

The following report comes from personal interviews with over 20 individuals who have personal relationships with Steven Murdock, either as friends, co-workers, neighbors, or ward/stake members.

Direct download: MormonStories-1168-VoyeurBishop.mp3
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Presented at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

Direct download: MormonStories-1167-AnthonyMillerGrowingBeyondGriefPt2.mp3
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Presented at the June 2019 THRIVE Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

Direct download: MormonStories-1166-AnthonyMillerGrowingBeyondGriefPt1.mp3
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Anthony shares the feedback he received from his Mormon Story

Direct download: MormonStories-1165-AnthonyMillerEpilogue.mp3
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