In this very special edition of Mormon Stories Podcast, we interview Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation: A Memoir—a powerfully relevant memoir about Tova’s loss of faith as an orthodox Jew, and her experience living in a mixed-faith marriage before her divorce. This interview is patterned after the abstract of her book: “Born
Continuing our Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters podcast series on the Neo-Apologetic movement within Mormonism, John and Dan Wotherspoon interview guests Loyd Ericson and Bert Fuller. This interview focuses on the book Perspectives on Mormon Theology – Apologetics, available from Greg Kofford books and edited by Blair Van Dkye and today’s panelist, Loyd Ericson. We are also
As many of you know, Dr. Richard Bushman (LDS patriarch, former stake president, historian, expert on Joseph Smith) recently participated in a fireside wherein the following exchange took place with a participant: Questioner: In your view do you see room in Mormonism for several narratives of a religious experience or do you think that in
A note to Mormon Newsroom and Eric Hawkins (Senior Manager, Media Relations, LDS Church Public Affairs Department), It has been confirmed to me by multiple sources that over the past few days and weeks you have been attempting to directly seek corrections from news outlets who have reported that my public support of Ordain Women, same-sex
I obviously cannot know what Peggy Fletcher Stack’s intentions were in the writing and timing of her recent Salt Lake Tribune article about me entitled “Mormon facing excommunication makes his living off his podcasts.” I will say at the outset that I consider Peggy to be both a longtime hero and a friend of sorts.
In Kristine Haglund’s recent article in Slate Magazine regarding the end of the “Mormon Moment,” she wrote: “Around the same time that Kelly was excommunicated, the host of the popular Mormon Stories podcast, John Dehlin, was threatened with disciplinary action as well. Unlike Kelly, he was not excommunicated, perhaps in part because he initially kept details of
It appears as though our discussions with stake president Bryan King have abated for the time being, so I wanted to provide a quick update (for those who keep asking). After sending me this initial letter asking that I resign my church membership or face a disciplinary council, my wife Margi and I met with President King and
A few years ago, Elder Dallin H. Oaks was quoted as saying: “It’s wrong to criticize leaders of the Church, even if the criticism is true.” I have worked very hard in my work with Mormon Stories to not criticize LDS church leaders. That said, I believe that it is generally unhealthy for organizations to shield themselves
“I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent–if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition
In the letter I received from my stake president (Dr. Bryan King), he wrote the following: “You should also be aware that if you choose to have your name removed from Church records, I feel it is important to make an appropriate announcement to the adults in the stake that you have chosen this option.” We also
No, am not involved in the Strangers in Zion web site. I am friends with Micah Nickolaisen (one of its founders), and Micah did call me before initiating this project to get my opinion. I told Micah that I did not want to use my current situation to encourage people to do anything that would not be in their best interest.
No. I am open to feedback from church leaders regarding tone and accuracy of information, but I believe very strongly that our inability as Mormons to openly discuss difficult issues is our biggest problem/weakness as a people. Consequently, I do not plan on self-censorship, but will listen to feedback from church leadership with an open
My current plan is to complete my Ph.D. in clinical/counseling psychology, and to spend the next 30 years helping people who struggle with the conflict between religion and mental health. I plan to continue Mormon Stories Podcast (as long as I am financially able to do so), and I hope to create/lead more projects in the
Yes and no. I am certain that local church leadership (including my former Elder’s Quorum President and a close friend of his) have complained numerous times about me to my bishop, and that there are genuine concerns on the local level regarding my activity with Mormon Stories, along with my advocacy for LGBT rights, same-sex marriage,
Yes. This was very odd for all of us to receive a letter from my stake president (whom I had never met) that basically said, “I invite you to resign from the church, otherwise we will be initiating a disciplinary council.” However, in his defense, it is my understanding now that my stake president (Dr. Bryan