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Founded in 2005, Mormon Stories podcast is the longest running and most popular Mormon-themed podcast.  Hosted by Dr. John Dehlin (Clinical/Counseling Psychology), Mormon Stories podcast seeks to understand, explore, challenge, and improve the Mormon experience through stories.  Some of the primary objectives of Mormon Stories podcast include:

  1. Building greater awareness regarding accurate LDS/Mormon church history, doctrine, and theology.
  2. Identifying opportunities for growth/improvement within the LDS church, and within broader Mormon culture.
  3. Providing support to Mormons who are transitioning way from orthodox Mormonism, with a particular emphasis on:
    • Minimizing the anxiety, depression, and occasional suicidality that can accompany a transition away from religious orthodoxy.
    • Reducing the number of unnecessary divorces attributable to faith transitions.
    • Creating a community of support for liberal/progressive and post-Mormons.

Mormon Stories podcast operates in partnership with the Open Stories Foundation, and obtained over 5.2 million iTunes downloads and Facebook/Youtube views in 2017.  The work of Mormon Stories podcast has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, VH1, the Huffington Post, and VICE NEWS.

If you are new to Mormon Stories podcast, a fantastic way to begin exploring the podcast is to begin with our Top 25 most important/popular episodes of all time.

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Comments 26

  1. John,
    I just visited you blog website as I have over the past couple of years, and I was so pleased to see that you are going to continue with your interviews. I carry several of them on my PDA and listen to them from time to time. I especially liked the Ted Lyon and Glen Kearney interviews. I listened to most of the other interviews, and some of them made me a little uncomfortable, but I guess that is the price of learning. I hope you continue for a long time with the same unbiased approach even though some subjects make guys like me squirm a little. I am sending a donation and though small, I hope it helps to keep you going.
    Sincerely,

    Steve Mayne

  2. John,

    If I would have come across this site a year ago I think I’d still be married. Even though I’m one of the unfortunate guys who’s wife leaves him because of disbelief in the LDS church your podcasts and workshops are helping me rebuild some broken bridges with the ex wife and making a better environment to raise our son.

    I wish more people in Utah(family and old in-laws) had the same honest and fair attitude as yours. I hope someday I can share my personal story to the world and better the lives of others like you have so done.

    I’m in the military stationed in England and people thank me all the time for serving the United States and the United Kingdom so I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you do and your service to better the community. Because of your website I’m much happier and I have a better outlook on life. I’m able to keep pressing on so I can do my best to perform my military duties.
    Thank you very much,
    Trevor

  3. John,

    I was introduced to your podcast by a good friend of mine. It was during a time that I was exploring my faith, spirituality, and religion. I am so thankful for what you do and for offering more than just the “three hour block” to those of us who want it. I find that whether or not I agree with anyone’s position on a given topic it allows me to explore where others are coming from. I have since been introduced to various doctrine by all of the notable LDS scholars like Hugh Nibley, Richard Bushman, etc… Anyways, I am in the military (active duty) and I know your podcast will help me through some difficult times in Afghanistan next year. Thanks John and PLEASE don’t stop these podcasts! (p.s. I am now a paid subscriber! yesssssss!)

  4. hi John,
    Thanks for your good and hard word on these Mormon issues. You are trully helping many many people all over the country and the world. Thanks to your job, it inspired me to open my own blog in portuguese and raise some of these questions in my own language in Brazil.
    I would like to know if have you ever thought in having a section in your blog dedicated in refer to other similar blogs, like a links page?
    Thanks!

    http://diariohistoriasud.blogspot.com/

  5. I listened to your presentation “Why people leave the LDS Church…” and wanted to tell you that you certainly have great insight. I am a university professor, former bishop, high councilman, early morning seminary teacher, etc. and, yet, 7 years ago I began to do consulting in the Middle East. At that time I was a ward missionary and I had extensive discussions with my Muslim friends. A long story, but as a result I began to seriously question the Church. The first time I expressed my concerns to my priesthood leader (i was his 1st assistant), his response was to tell me that he would have to release me. I was subsequently released as a home teacher via email, which told me i was not worthy. This followed with about 5 years of trying to be inactive. My wife, however, is the unquestioning, loving, devoted person that would never doubt. I have really struggled with my beliefs, but am attending and now participating again. I appreciated listening to your presentation and the insight it had. I sent the link to my wife and current bishop.

  6. I listened to your presentation “Why people leave the LDS Church…” and wanted to tell you that you certainly have great insight. I am a university professor, former bishop, high councilman, early morning seminary teacher, etc. and, yet, 7 years ago I began to do consulting in the Middle East. At that time I was a ward missionary and I had extensive discussions with my Muslim friends. A long story, but as a result I began to seriously question the Church. The first time I expressed my concerns to my priesthood leader (i was his 1st assistant), his response was to tell me that he would have to release me. I was subsequently released as a home teacher via email, which told me i was not worthy. This followed with about 5 years of trying to be inactive. My wife, however, is the unquestioning, loving, devoted person that would never doubt. I have really struggled with my beliefs, but am attending and now participating again. I appreciated listening to your presentation and the insight it had. I sent the link to my wife and current bishop.

  7. These interviews are boring.  Why don’t you go back to San Jose Pinula, Guatemala to baptize all those little poor kids that lived in the slums outside the town, as you used to do.    Remember how you started the first Branch in that town by baptizing only the poorest of the poor & how you were affraid of Knocking doors at the Middle class houses in the town? 

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  11. I am a fully active, fully believing member of the LDS church who loves to study and consider. I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy many of the podcasts you provide. My comment is that over time my experience with this site is that it is becoming more and more negative, not sure that is the correct word – i then looked at your board of directors and saw why – all but one are in some way negative toward the LDS faith – it would seem that this site would be better balanced if you had a greater representation of fully active believers.
    I enjoy the site but see it slipping away from its postive nature and becoming a site about creating doubt and subtly destroying faith rather than just sharing stories.

    thanks for what you do, just some thoughts.

    1. I’m a very active LDS priesthood holder and came across this site by clicking an ad on Facebook. Facebook ads can be targeted to any demographic you wish. In this case it was for those of the LDS faith apparently. I read about the upcoming conference in San Francisco for LGBTAQ LDS Members. Quite frankly I wasn’t sure there were enough to merit a conference, nevertheless I thought it was admirable. As I read on I was wondering the same as you noted, Mark. I’m not sure how positive and neutral this site is, but if it has an agenda to slowly weaken the faith of those who are LDS, then indeed it certainly not a site for me or any other good standing LDS person.

    2. I am a first time listener who is very active and faithful. I have a husband who is becoming inactive and has lost his faith. I would have to say that even though this is the first time listening, there are things being said that draw people away from the church. The focus is on the problems and mistakes people make and the negative things, instead of the faith building, positive testimonies and truths that help people continue to believe and gain a greater testimony and faith. In other words, the things I’m hearing are doubt-filling, and testimony destroying discussions. Where are your stories of encouragement and discoveries of truths and miracles? I have some for you if you’d like some. The things that keep people in the church are not the problems and the secular learning; it is the miracles and the faith and the answers we get from God. It’s the things the Holy Ghost whispers to you that are true and real. You are not focused on that, and therefore, in my opinion, are weaving in things that our adversary would like others to hear to draw them away from God. Focusing on members stories who left or have left the church at one point, is the opposite of faith building. Yes, I know you want to seem more balanced, and “progressive”, but the very word progressive, does not belong in the Church. The laws of God are not progressive, they are the same today and yesterday and always. I got bad feelings from the start when listening, and I think your podcasts are deceiving. I would even go as far to say that you are working for the wrong side of the truth equation my brother. I hope you pray hard over this issue, and come to a realization of your own.
      My character? I read scriptures daily, battle with consequences of my husband going inactive daily, pray daily, try to have the Spirit daily, and I can tell you that the Holy Ghost prompts me when to listen to something worthwhile and when not to. I’ve been prompted not to in this search for “Mormon” podcasts. I am not perfect, I make mistakes, I’m not better than you or anyone, but I will not listen to truth mingled with doubt. Thanks for letting me comment.

      1. I have just come across this site too, from a friend whose daughter is trying to come back to church who is on this site. I thank you for your comment, it makes sense. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s true church, and also no-one is perfect so we shouldn’t expect perfect out comes all the time at church, but its our own scripture reading and following the Prophet, and striving to keep the commandments, serving others etc that brings us balance is this crazy world of confusion. I have not listened to the Pod casts and just started scrolling down the comments, thank you again for your wise words.

  12. I agree with Mark. What the world needs more of is the ability to have empathy for one another. That empathy cannot come from a negative approach to one another, regardless of what position we are blessed to hold.

    I was personally agnostic for a very long time until I was baptized on my 40th birthday. Since then, I have learned many things. The two that help the most are that I am only responsible for me – and that no one else is, and that the commandment to “judge not” is universal.

    I look forward to listening more to your podcast and to watching your website.

  13. I stumbled onto mormonstories about three weeks ago. I’ve been listening to your old podcasts and have found them very interesting. One of my faves was your interview with Rabbi Falcon. Neat guy!

  14. Hello Brother John; it’s Luigi from Australia and could yousend me some dvds as mentioned on your webiste to

    Luigi Di Bnenedetto
    Cambria Street
    Reids Flat NSW 2586
    Australia

    Thank You

    Luigi

    PS: Just read that you got booted out from the Mormon Church. You are welcome to my home in Australia for a sabbatical and anyone that could do with one.

  15. I have serious concerns about the incorrect translation that Joseph Smith made of documents presented to him by non-Mormons. These very serious errors can be considered a large problem. I understand that many “missionaries” have no knowledge of these problems. Do you have plans to openly share these problems with ALL members of your organization? Truth has nothing to fear with serious investigation and explanations that answer the honest and humbly asked questions such as: overwhelming DNA, language, and historical evidence that had stood for decades in contract to the written teaching of the LDS.

  16. John, I just want to thank you for producing these podcasts. They have been an invaluable resource to me as I have struggled through my faith crisis. In many ways they have saved my sanity as I have lost my testimony while living in a devoutly LDS community, among people who have treated me differently for breathing even a word of doubt. I could write much more than this about the intense pain I have experienced as I have gone from being a devout believer to the person I am today. However, I think it suffices to just say thank you. Like you, I still love Mormonism in many ways. I just can’t keep on believing in blind obedience, shame, and cultish behavior.

  17. Hello John,
    Just finished watching your 1st episode interviewing Shawn McCraney, May 15. While I thought you asked great questions and gave him plenty of time to talk, I thought it very interesting that I was also watching you text as Shawn was explaining his deepest beliefs. The camera shot was directly over your shoulder and I could see your phone…not your iPad, but your phone. In fact, I could see not only texting but pictures. In a world where it seems it’s so hard for us to listen, this was very disheartening for me to see. It was as a great reminder for me to improve.

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      Jenny – I was texting my staff in the room at the time to find out what time we needed to wrap up. It’s how we communicate without disrupting the interview. And you’re right. There’s no need for that to the in the shot. But sometimes I need to communicate with my staff during these interviews, especially if there is a technical glitch or other type of problem.

  18. What happened to that episode that appeared and disappeared so quickly, about the history of Mormon Liturgy? I was so excited for that one…

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