Category: Ex-Mormon Stories

638-639: Dr. Thomas Murphy on the Book of Mormon, DNA, His Cancelled Disciplinary Council, and Native American Anthropology


In 2002 anthropologist Thomas Murphy, Ph.D. published the first peer reviewed academic journal article on DNA and the Book of Mormon, demonstrating that DNA evidence (at the time) did not support the Book of Mormon’s historical claims.  Dr. Murphy was…

BONUS: Reply All Podcast Episode #55 – “The Line”


Episode #55 of “The Line” Podcast February 18, 2016 “I was so thirsty and hungry after the truth, my whole body aching for answers.” Hans Mattsson, LDS Church leader 2000-05 This week we have a story about a big group…

635: Mormons Respond to Tyler Glenn’s Controversial “Trash” Music Video


In this episode five Mormons (Dr. Jana Riess, Samy Galvez, Dr. Kristy Money, Derrick Clements, and Samantha Louise Shelley) discuss, explore, and interpret Tyler Glenn’s new and controversial music video entitled “Trash.” Trash Lyrics.     Trash Video:

634: Clay Christensen Threatened with Excommunication for his Podcast Interview


In December, 2015 Mormon Stories Podcast interviewed Clay Christensen and his brother-in-law Matt Elggren about Matt’s loss of LDS faith in 2003, and Clay’s subsequent loss of faith in October, 2015 after 50 years active LDS membership, and after 7…

631-633: Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees


Tyler Glenn is best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum alternative pop band Neon Trees. Tyler was raised LDS/Mormon in Temecula, California.  After discovering a love for music in high school and serving an LDS mission, Tyler moved to…

625-626: Surviving Reparative Therapy with Alex Cooper, “Saving Alex” Author


This is a recording of my interview with Alex Cooper recorded on March 16, 2016 at Velour in Provo, Utah.  Alex Cooper, along with Dr. Joanna Brooks, are the co-authors of the new book Saving Alex.  Alex was accompanied in…

624: Kate Kelly on Life After Excommunication, Safe Sex, and Women’s Reproductive Rights


In this Mormon Stories Live! episode recorded at Club/Cafe at 50 West on March 9, 2016, I interviewed Kate Kelly about the following: Life since her excommunication, including her divorce from Neil Ransom and her new relationship with Jack Waters.…

621: Jeremy Runnells, author of “Letter to a CES Director, Threatened with Excommunication (Press Conference)


On February 8, 2016, Jeremy Runnells (previously interviewed on Mormon Stories) received notice from his stake president, Mark Ivins, that he would face excommunication (an LDS disciplinary council) on February 14, 2016 for publishing his “Letter to a CES Director.”…

616-617: Thirteen Years of Silence – Matt Elggren and Clay Christensen’s Story of Family, Faith, Doubt, and Hope


In 2003, Matt Elggren and I met while working at Microsoft.  Together, along with others, we discovered troubling things about LDS Church history. For most of the past thirteen years, Matt has not attended church and has more or less…

609-611: Mormon Stories Europe Launches with Claudia Fox Reppen

Original Title: From Canada to Norway: A multicultural journey through Mormonism, Islam, and the European perspective, with Claudia Fox Reppen. In this first installment of Mormon Stories Europe, Henning Müller of Mormon Stories Germany interviews Canadian-born Claudia Fox Reppen about…

601-603: A Look at LDS Church Employment with Daniel and AnnaMarie Miller


Daniel Miller worked for the LDS Church for two years as a Program Manager in the Publishing Services Department. During this time he oversaw all media production for seminary and institute (CES portfolio, broadcasts).  In this three-part series, Daniel and…

593: “The Book of A Mormon” Book Review, with Scott D. Miller and Mark Hubble (Panel Featuring Hans Mattsson!)


For this Mormon Stories Podcast episode a distinguished panel reviews a newly released LDS missionary memoir entitled, “The Book of A Mormon,” co-written by world renowned psychologists Dr. Scott Miller and Dr. Mark Hubble. This raw, thoughtful, and candid book…

585: Eric Reeves, Son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency 2nd Counselor Linda S. Reeves, Encourages Open Opposition to LDS Church SGA Policy Changes


Eric Reeves is the son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency Member Linda S. Reeves and former LDS mission president Melvyn Reeves. In this episode Eric discusses: His early years in the church, his loss of faith in the LDS church, and how…

581-582: Steve and Chris Holbrook on Discovering and Growing Healthy Post-Mormon Communities


In this two-part episode, Steve and Chris Holbrook discuss the following: Part 1: Their early years in the LDS church, their disaffection from the church, and the factors that led to their interest in joining the Utah Valley Post-Mormon Community…

573-574: Losing Mormon Millennials with Tanner and Samantha (


In this episode we interview Tanner Gilliland and Samantha Snyder.  Tanner was raised as an orthodox Mormon in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Samantha converted to the LDS Church in the U.K.  Both lived very orthodox LDS lives as millennials, attending BYU-Idaho as…

569-570: Dan Wotherspoon Interviews John Dehlin About His Evolving Perspectives on Mormonism


In this two-part episode John Dehlin is interviewed by Dan Wotherspoon (of Mormon Matters podcast) about John’s evolving perspectives on Mormonism, post-Mormonism, and about his upcoming “Mormon Transitions” project.

566: Psychologist Dr. Scott Miller on Missions, Mormon Transitions, and Thriving After Mormonism


In this episode we interview Dr. Scott Miller.  Aside from being a world-renowned psychologist, Scott recently penned a fabulous book about his mission experience to Sweden in the 1970s.  The book is called “The Book of a Mormon: The Real…

561-563: Gina Colvin Interviews John Dehlin on the 10th Anniversary of Mormon Stories Podcast


The amazing Gina Colvin interviews me (John Dehlin) on the 10th Anniversary of Mormon Stories Podcast.  We discuss my early years growing up in the church, my difficult mission experiences in Guatemala, my time at BYU during the turbulent early 1990s, my…

559-560: Michael Adam Ferguson, J Seth Anderson, and their Fight Against Gay Conversion Therapy


J Seth Anderson and Michael Adam Ferguson were catapulted into the public spotlight when they became the first same-sex couple to be legally married by the state of Utah. Seth and Michael both grew up in LDS homes, completed full-time…

557: Dr. Dave Christian on Epistemology and Orson Wright, the Polygamous Mission President


Dr. Dave Christian has served as a psychologist to believing and post-Mormons for decades. In this episode, Dave begins by discussing his LDS pioneer ancestry, and his early years in the LDS church as a faithful, science-loving boy from St. George.  He…