834: Bears Ears and Donald Trump’s Visit to Utah

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In this episode, we interview Angelo Baca and Dr. Thomas Murphy about U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will be shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national …

796-797: LDS Church Purchases Printer’s Manuscript of Book of Mormon for $35M and BYU Now Serves Coke

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With dueling “breaking news” events on September 21 within Mormondom, John tackles both topics with guests John Hamer and Wesley Monahan. At a hefty price tag of $35M, the LDS …

781-782: A Final Evening with Grant Palmer – Joseph Smith’s Possible Treason and Concubinage, Restoring Christ, and Q&A

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In this two-part episode we sit down a final time with Grant Palmer to discuss the release of his final book: Restoring Christ: Leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the …

777-778: Losing the Lamanites – Gabriel Misla (Puerto Rico)

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Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Gabriel Misla from Puerto Rico.  In this interview we cover: Gabriel’s experience joining the Church as a young man in the …

757: Losing the Lamanites – Sarah Newcomb (NW Coastal Tribes – Tsimshian)

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Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Sarah Newcomb who descends from the Tsimshian of the NW Coastal Tribes. In this interview we cover: How Sarah struggled as …

748-749: Losing the Lamanites – Hyrum Joe (Navajo)

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Continuing our series entitled “Losing the Lamanites,” wherein we interview Mormons from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders — with the intent of exploring their faith transitions, and …

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 …

571: Three Geneticists Respond to the LDS Essay on DNA and the Book of Mormon, and to Apologist Michael Ash

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In this episode, three geneticists respond to the LDS Essay “Book of Mormon and DNA Studies,” and to Apologist Michael Ash’s article entitled “The DNA Challenge to the Book of …

552: An Analysis of the LDS Church Seer Stone Announcement

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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 …

547: My Book of Mormon Podcast Host David Michael Reflects on Reading the Book of Mormon Cover to Cover

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On June 25th My Book of Mormon podcast host David Michael came to Salt Lake City to discuss the conclusion of his reading the Book of Mormon from cover to …

Bonus: “The Boise Rescue” – Elder Oaks and Richard Turley Speak in Boise on June 13th, 2015

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Below you will find an audio recording of a meeting held June 13th, 2015 — which some are calling the “Boise Rescue.”  During this three-stake meeting in Boise, Idaho, Elder …

513: A Non-Member Reads the Book of Mormon — David Michael and his “My Book of Mormon Podcast”

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In this episode J. Nelson-Seawright interviews David Michael about his experience creating his new podcast “My Book of Mormon,” wherein David shares his thoughts and witty comments on each chapter of Mormonism’s …

480-482: Jeremy Runnells and his Letter to a CES Director

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In February 2012, Jeremy Runnels experienced a crisis of faith, which subsequently led to a faith transition in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2013, Jeremy was approached …

463-464: Rock Waterman and Pure Mormonism

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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 …

456-457: The LDS Indian Placement Program

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As stated Wikipedia, the Indian Placement Program was a program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1947 to 2000, in which LDS Native American students were …

416: The Street-Legal Version of Mormon’s Book with Michael Hicks

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As the 7th feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series, we feature Michael Hicks and his book The Street-Legal Version of Mormon’s Book, accompanied by podcast host Heather Olson …

383: Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton Discusses Book of Mormon Racism with Dan Wotherspoon and Charles Harrell

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This Mormon Matters episode hosted by Dan Wotherspoon examines the status of the claim that the Book of Mormon teaches that dark skin is a curse from God, that because of …

366-367: Joanna Brooks – The Book of Mormon Girl

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In this episode we interview Joanna Brooks – author of the newly released The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith published by Simon & Schuster. In …

348-349: Simon Southerton, DNA, Lamanites and the Book of Mormon

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Simon Southerton is a native Australian, geneticist, former LDS bishop, and author of the book “Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church.”   Simon was a …