871-873: Tim Birt – A Therapist’s Perspective on Protecting Children in Mormonism

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Sexual Abuse 8 Comments

In this episode, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tim Birt shares with us his perspective on three questions: Part 1) In what ways are LDS policies …

870: Sam Young and ProtectLDSChildren.org – Apostasy Charges and March for the Children

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Disciplinary Councils, Sexual Abuse 16 Comments

In this episode, we check in with Bishop Sam Young to discuss progress in his petition to end sexually-invasive questions to children during clergy interviews.  We also discuss his plans …

858-859: Spiral Dynamics and Mormonism

Mormon Stories Current Events, Faith Promoting Stories 16 Comments

Spiral Dynamics is a data-based, psychological theory of how human consciousness changes the world, and explains how people come to very different conclusions while having access to the same information. …

843-844: Analyzing LDS Church Statements About Clergy Interviews

Mormon Stories Current Events, Marriage & Family, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality 16 Comments

In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode, an all-star panel analyzes recent LDS Church Statements regarding “Clergy Interviews.” Panelists include Bishop Sam Young, LDS mother Jamie Hanis-Handy, attorney Brynne Thomas Gant, …

835-838: Karen and Kirk Strong – Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Current Events, Disciplinary Councils, Joseph Smith 37 Comments

Beginning a new series on the Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement, we interview Karen and Kirk Strong about their faith journey. Both were excommunicated from the LDS Church for their …

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

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Current Events, Top 12 Race 18 Comments

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 …

831-833: Mormon Leaders and Inappropriate Interviews Regarding Sexuality Parts 4-6

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality 6 Comments

Concluding our series on Mormon leaders and inappropriate interviews regarding sexuality, we provide 4 more mini-interviews with Mormon Stories listeners who share their experiences discussing sexual matters with LDS leaders. …

826: The Weinstein #MeToo Movement, from a Mormon Context – Mehrsa Baradaran

Mormon Stories Current Events, Sexuality, Top 10 Women, Women & Feminism 16 Comments

In response to recent news stories involving Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Roy Moore, etc. – on the topics of sexual harassment, assault, rape, groping, etc., University of Georgia law professor …

821-823: Mormon Leaders and Inappropriate Interviews Regarding Sexuality Parts 1-3

Mormon Stories Current Events, Disciplinary Councils, Sexuality 35 Comments

Beginning our series on Mormon leaders and inappropriate interviews regarding sexuality, we provide 6 mini-interviews with Mormon Stories listeners who share their experiences discussing sexual matters with LDS leaders.  A …

808: Scouting Controversies and the Mormon Church – With Peter J. Brown

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Faith Promoting Stories, LGBTQ 3 Comments

This episode of Mormon Stories features Peter J. Brown, Chief Financial Officer for the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In this interview, we discuss the history …

806-807: Dr. Dan Lonergan – On Faith Crisis and Addiction

Mormon Stories Addiction, Current Events, Marriage & Family, Mental Health, Top 15 Mental Health 11 Comments

Dr. Dan Lonergan is an anesthesiologist at Vanderbilt Medical Center who specializes in pain management and addiction. He has also experienced his own Mormon faith crisis/transition, and is currently in …

800-801: Overcoming Opiate Addiction – Graham

Mormon Stories Addiction, Current Events, Top 15 Mental Health, Word of Wisdom 2 Comments

Continuing our Mormon Stories series on drug addiction, we interview Graham.  In this interview, Graham discusses: His early years as a true-believing Mormon His battle with Cystic Fibrosis and chronic …

798-799: Overcoming Opiate Addiction – Thomas

Mormon Stories Addiction, Current Events, Mental Health, Top 15 Mental Health, Word of Wisdom 2 Comments

In these important episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Thomas to understand his journey in overcoming opiate addiction.  As opiate use reaches epidemic proportions in the United States and numerous …

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

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Current Events, Joseph Smith, Word of Wisdom 10 Comments

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 …

789-790: Sean Carter – How White Supremacy Led Me Out of Mormonism

Mormon Stories Blacks & The Priesthood, Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories, Top 12 Race, Top 26 Faith Crisis 16 Comments

In this two-part episode of Mormon Stories, we interview Sean Carter—traveling law humorist of Lawpsided Seminars.  In this entertaining and lively interview, we discuss: Sean’s upbringing as a black youth …

788: BYU Athletes, Provo Police, and the Honor Code

Mormon Stories Current Events, Mormon Culture, Top 12 Race 12 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories, we hold a panel discussion with Dr. Darron Smith—author of When Race & Religion Collide: Black Athletics at BYU and Beyond, Ryan McKnight—MormonLeaks publisher, and …

787: Parent of Mormon Missionary is Not Allowed to Contact Son in Houston Hurricane

Mormon Stories Current Events, Missionary Work 14 Comments

In this mini-episode of Mormon Stories, we interview John O’Conner—father of a Mormon missionary in the path of Hurricane Harvey (Houston).  John had an email exchange with his son’s mission …

783-784: Jason Echols of Reddit /r/exmormon

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories 7 Comments

In this two-part interview we sit down with Jason Echols – one of the founders/pioneers of the exmormon subreddit (/r/exmormon). For tens of thousands of questioning, doubting, and post-mormons, the …