Tag: Mormon

646: Missionaries Pt. 4: Tre Shortland – Tormented over “Self Abuse”, Disillusioned by Uninspired Mission Leadership

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Tre Shortland was raised in Oakland, CA as a bi-racial Mormon (Filipino mother and New Zealander/Maori father). While he was very committed doctrinally to Mormonism, he was not crazy about Mormon culture, and was taught the fundamentals of critical thinking from…

645: Missionaries Pt. 3: Mike Woodruff – Gay, Abused on Mission, PTSD, Early Return

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Mike Woodruff knew that he was attracted to men by age 14. After consulting with his LDS bishop, he was told that his “same-sex attraction” would “resolve itself” once he served an LDS mission. His LDS patriarchal blessing also assured…

644: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 2: Sage Dalton and Depression, Faith Crisis, Suicidality

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Sage Dalton was a graduate of Dartmouth University and a regular listener to Mormon Stories podcast when she decided to serve an LDS mission in 2012. Towards the latter half of her mission Sage began to experience depressive symptoms and…

643: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 1 – Josh Tesch and Facebook

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Joshua Tesch served in the California Roseville Mission from 2013 to 2015.  When the LDS church introduced the use of Facebook and iPads to missionaries, Elder Tesch was asked by his mission president to become one of the “Tech Missionaries” to…

641: Grieving Together: Processing the Recent (and Continual) Loss of Black Lives in America

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In this episode we invite Psychology Ph.D. candidate Mica McGriggs, Dr. Darron Smith, and Dr. Fatimah Salleh to discuss the recent (and continual) loss of black lives in America due to police action. Note: Given the sensitivity of this particular issue,…

640: Staying Active in the LDS Church as an Unorthodox Member

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In this episode Gina Colvin, Ph.D., Dan Wotherspoon, Ph.D., and Thomas McConkie explore the path of staying active in the LDS Church as an unorthodox member.  This episode was recorded live at Studio at 50 West in Salt Lake City on…

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

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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”

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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…

637: The Mama Dragons and the Mama Dragon Story Project

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The Mama Dragons group consists of almost 1,000 Mormon, post-Mormon, and now never-Mormon women who are dedicated to: Loving their LGBT children. Preventing LGBT youth suicide. Supporting parents of LGBT children to better love and support their children. Rescuing rejected…

636: Rape in Mormon Culture

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In this episode Dr. John Dehlin and Lindsay Hansen Park (Feminist Mormon Housewives, Sunstone, Year of Polygamy, Color of Heaven) host a panel discussion about rape within Mormon culture.  The panel features Aubri Parameter, an assault survivor, Kathryn Jones-Porter, a…

631-633: Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees

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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…

630: Black Mormon Lives Matter

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John Dehlin and Lindsay Hansen Park interview Mica McGriggs, Samy Galvez, and Tinesha Zandamela about race relations in the Mormon church, and their experiences growing up as people of color in a predominately white church.          …

629: Mormons and Colonization with Edyka Chilome

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In this special episode of Mormon Stories podcast Lindsay Hansen Park (Sunstone, Year of Polygamy, Color of Heaven) interviews Edyka Chilome about Mormons and Colonization. Edyka’s bio: Edyka Chilomé, born Erica Granados – De La Rosa, is a queer woman of…

627-628: Black Athletes at BYU with Darron Smith, Ph.D.

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When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from Brigham Young University’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and sport at BYU and beyond. Author Darron T. Smith analyzes…

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

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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…

622: Exploring Utah Medical Marijuana Legislation – The Patient Perspective

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In this episode recorded February 17, 2016 we discuss the recent Utah Medical Marijuana legislation from the patient perspective.  This is a sobering, heartfelt, and extremely compelling panel. We also briefly discuss the medical/scientific justifications for medical marijuana, and LDS…

620: Pathways to Health and Healing for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Mormons – A Study of 1612 LGBT Mormons

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This episode is a re-broadcast of the Mormons Building Bridges Community Conversation featuring Dr. Bill Bradshaw and Dr. John Parkinson Dehlin as they summarized the major findings from their 2011 survey of LGBTQ Latter-day Saints.   The discussion was recorded…

BONUS: Dallin H. Oaks Addresses the Mormon LGBT Suicide Epidemic

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Note: If you or anyone you love is at risk for suicide, please refer to these valuable tips on preventing LGBT suicide. Speaker: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: The Free Exercise of…

BONUS: Elder Dallin H. Oaks on Religious Freedom (and Mormon LGBT Suicide)

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Speaker: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: The Free Exercise of Religion in Our Time Date: February 9 2016 Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Description: Freedom of religion is…