Category: Joseph Smith

658-660: Dr. Greg Prince – The Life of a Faithful Mormon Scientist and Historian


Dr. Greg Prince is best known within Mormonism as the author of three books: – Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood – David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism – Leonard Arrington and the Writing…

605: An Analysis of the “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women” Essay


In this episode Jamie Hanis Handy assembles an amazing panel (Natasha Helfer Parker, Dr. Kristy Money, and Dr. Gina Colvin) to discuss the recent LDS church essay entitled: “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women.”

552: An Analysis of the LDS Church Seer Stone Announcement


For decades, and heavily over the past ten years, Mormon historians, podcasters, and critics have been urging the LDS Church to be more open and honest about Joseph Smith’s use of folk magic and a peep stone/hat in his production of the Book of…

551: Lindsay Hansen Park’s Year of Polygamy


In this episode we interview Lindsay Hansen Park about the completion of her Year of Polygamy podcast project.

526-527: John Hamer on Community of Christ as a Church Home for Transitioning Mormons


Mormon Stories alumnus John Hamer returns to talk about Community of Christ as a viable spiritual home for transitioning Mormons in this two-part video series.  John Hamer was raised LDS, but became a doubting teenager and left organized religion altogether…

524: Jedediah Rogers Discusses Joseph Smith’s Council of Fifty


In this episode, Jedediah Rogers discusses his new book published by Signature Books entitled “The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History.” Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had both millennial and temporal aspirations for the organization he called the Council of…

503: Discussing the New Polygamy Essays Part 1 — With Lindsay Hansen Park, John Hamer and J. Nelson-Seawright


This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its long-awaited series of essays on polygamy in Kirtland/Nauvoo, Utah and post-manifesto polygamy, igniting a firestorm of discussion online. In this episode, we bring together an all-star cast of…

499: Brent Metcalfe and the Book of Abraham


In Part 5 of our interview with Brent Metcalfe, one of the foremost Mormon scholars, we explore the history surrounding Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham (one of the primary scriptural texts for the LDS Church). We also talk about…

487: An Outsider’s View of Joseph Smith — Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church”


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…

474: Sandra Tanner Pt. 3 — Treasure Digging, Polygamy, Thomas Ferguson, Eugene England


In part 3 of a 4 part series, Sandra discusses several issues including Joseph Smith’s treasure digging, connections between the Masonic Lodge temple ceremony and the LDS Church temple ceremony, polygamy, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, blacks and the LDS priesthood,…

472: Sandra (and Jerald) Tanner Pt. 1 — The Early Years


Sandra and the late Jerald Tanner were raised in the LDS faith, both with a strong Mormon family history. Jerald was the great-great-grandson of John Tanner, well known for his sizable financial contributions to Joseph Smith and the LDS church…

463-464: Rock Waterman and Pure Mormonism


Today we interview Rock Waterman – the founder of the blog Pure Mormonism.  Rock’s basic position is that he believes in the LDS restoration (e.g., Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, Book of Mormon is scripture), but he also…

441: Pope Francis, the September Six – 20 Years On, and Elder Christofferson’s Joseph Smith


On today’s episode of the “Mormon News Review,” we discuss: Pope Francis’ recent interview in “America: The National Catholic Review” — and possible implications for the LDS church. Two articles written by Peggy Fletcher Stack on the 20th anniversary of the…

436-437: Elijah Abel – Early Black Mormon Priesthood Holder


As an independent historian, Russell Stevenson has been studying Mormon history for nearly two decades. His first book, Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables, tells the vexing story of race in nineteenth-century Mormonism through experiences of Elijah Ables, a…

430-434: Hans Mattsson — Former LDS Area Authority Seventy (Sweden)


Hans H. Mattsson is a 3rd generation LDS church member from Sweden who served as a bishop and stake president in Sweden before serving in the LDS church 3rd Quorum of the Seventy from 2000-2005 in the Europe Central area under…

422-423: John Hamer on Returning to Mormonism Through the Community of Christ


In today’s episode we interview John Hamer, who left Mormonism and religion/belief altogether with no intent to return (after graduating from BYU). We explore how John’s relationship with his partner, Mike, helped him to discover his love for Mormon history,…

406-407: James McConkie: Family, Faith, Bruce R. McConkie, and the Historical Christ


Jay Griffith and Sarah Collett (of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast) sit with James W. McConkie to speak with him about his personal history and family. As a nephew of Bruce R. McConkie and Joseph B. Wirthlin, Jim has a unique…

405: Brian Hales Pt. 4 – Reconciling Belief with Polygamy

In part 4 of a series on Joseph Smith’s polygamy, Brian Hales explains the foundations of his LDS beliefs, and how he maintains belief in the face of detailed knowledge regarding Joseph Smith’s polygamy.