Tag: Faith Promoting Stories

664: The Excommunication of Amy and Jake Malouf Pt. 2 – The Verdict


In part two of my interview with Amy and Jake Malouf, we discuss the verdict from their October 11, 2016 Mormon Disciplinary Council on charges of Apostasy, along with their reactions to the verdict. This is a link to the…

662: Elna Baker’s Mormon Transition


Elna Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir.  She is also a contributor to the podcast This American Life. As part of the 2016 New York City Mormon Transitions…

661: Abby Huntsman and Carrie Sheffield and their Transitions Out of Mormonism


As part of the 2016 Mormon Transitions New York Retreat we interview journalists Abby Huntsman and Carrie Sheffield.  In this interview they discuss their transitions out of Mormonism. Carrie’s interview with Mormon Stories episode on Stoicism can be found here.  …

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…

657: Apostasy in Anchorage, Alaska – The Excommunication of Amy and Jake Malouf


Amy and Jake Malouf have been devout LDS church members for their entire lives – living the past 14+ years in Anchorage, Alaska. They have served in high-level callings in their Anchorage ward, and are very well-respected and well-liked in…

653-656: Omar and Nancy Kader – The Journey of a Palestinian Boy Raised in Utah and His Amazing Wife


Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar’s childhood he and his family were called…

650-652: One Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Mormon Transition


In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include: Living as an orthodox Mormon family in rural Utah. Dealing with a crisis of…

BONUS: M. Russell Ballard Regional Broadcast – 9-11-2016


M. Russell Ballard Regional Broadcast – 9-11-2016. Audio below.

649: Sam Young – Living the Law of Common Consent by Voting Opposed


Sam Young lived as an orthodox Mormon for several decades, including a full term as an LDS bishop and many years as a stake high counselor. After stumbling on the LDS Gospel Topics Essays and learning about Joseph Smith’s polyandry,…

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…

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…

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.

567-568: Dan Wotherspoon: Reflections on 15 Years of Helping People Try to Find Rich Spirituality Within Mormonism


Dan Wotherspoon has spent 15 years trying to help struggling LDS Church members find rich spirituality within Mormonism after a crisis of faith.  Dan has a Ph.D. in religious studies from Claremont University, is the former editor of Sunstone Magazine, and is the…

555-556: What Progressive Mormons Want with Julienna Viegas-Haws


Julienna Viegas-Haws has a fascinating story. Her mother is from the Belgian Congo. She was raised in Belgium. Her mother converted to the LDS Church when Julienna was a child, and credits the LDS church with saving her life. Julienna…

554: Sermon for the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City


On August 2, 2015 I was asked to deliver the sermon for the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah.  The topic was my experiences as a Mormon that led up to my excommunication.

535-539: Tom Phillips, the Second Anointing, and LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland


Many LDS Church members are unaware that a secret LDS temple ordinance called the “Second Anointing” is regularly being administered by LDS Church apostles to elite friends, family, and leaders (mostly stake presidents, temple presidents, mission presidents, and LDS general authorities,…

532-534: Micah Nickolaisen — From “A Thoughtful Faith” to “Any Opposed” – On Mormon Activism and Secular Communities


Micah Nickolaisen has been an important participant in the Mormon Internet for the past three years. His activism began in 2012 as co-founder of both the “A Thoughtful Faith” and the “Exploring Sainthood” podcasts/communities – both of which sought to…

Bonus: BYU Accreditation Meeting with Students (April 2015)


On April 15th, 2015 six board members from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities met with over 100 current and former Brigham Young University students to get the most authentic feedback possible regarding religious and academic freedom at BYU — without the…

495-496: Fiona and Terryl Givens and “The Crucible of Doubt” – Parts 1 and 2

Crucible of Doubt

In their latest book, The Crucible of Doubt, published by Deseret Book, Fiona and Terryl Givens tackle perhaps their most daunting — and important — subject to date: doubt in the context of Mormon faith. In Part 1, we interview…