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 Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 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 …

775-776: Mormon Stories Interviews Fired BYU-I Professor & LGBT Ally Ruthie Robertson

Mormon Stories Current Events, LGBTQ 22 Comments

Ruthie Robertson ignited a nationwide firestorm when she revealed she was fired as an adjunct professor at BYU-Idaho for an LGBTQ-supportive Facebook post on her private page.  During these episodes …

760-761: They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave it Alone – Brynne Thomas Gant

Mormon Stories Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories, Mormon Transitions 9 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions podcast, John interviews Brynne Thomas Gant — author of the article entitled, “They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave …

759: The Courage of Savannah

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, LGBTQ, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 LGBT 25 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview Savannah and her mother, Heather.  Savannah recently generated international media attention when she came out as gay to her Mormon ward (congregation) in …

733-734: When Religions Praise and Protect Abusers

Mormon Stories Current Events, Sexual Abuse 24 Comments

In this episode we discuss what happens when religions or religious people praise abusers in front of their victims. In April 2017, Keith Robert Vallejo, a Mormon bishop, was convicted …

721-722: Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBT Despair

Mormon Stories Current Events, LGBTQ 8 Comments

Panelists Wendy & Thomas Montgomery and Daniel Parkinson delve into topics related to Utah’s escalating suicide crisis and the feeling of despair that many LDS LGBT individuals experience. Part 1: …

709-710: MormonLeaks Founders Ryan McKnight and Scott K. Fausett

John Dehlin Apologetics, Church History, Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories, Joseph Smith, Polygamy 10 Comments

In this two-part episode we interview the founders of MormonLeaks – Ryan McKnight ant Scott K. Fausett.  According to the MormonLeaks web site: MormonLeaks™ is a non profit media organization …

705: Major Contraction of LDS Church in Europe and the Netherlands Beginning

John Dehlin Current Events, International 33 Comments

In the latest episode of Mormon Stories Podcast, Marco Meiling, active and believing LDS church member in the Netherlands, reports on the beginning of a major contraction of the LDS …

700: How the LDS Quorum of Twelve Apostles Think – Enemies List and “Area Business Weekends”

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Current Events 36 Comments

In this episode, an all-star panel reviews a recently leaked presentation created by the quorum of the twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The presentation …

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

John Dehlin Current Events, Progressive Mormonism 72 Comments

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 …

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

John Dehlin Current Events, Race, Top 12 Race 41 Comments

black, black lives matter, guns, LDS, Mormon, police, racism, religion, violenceIn 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 …

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

John Dehlin Current Events, General Authorities, LGBTQ 69 Comments

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 …

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

John Dehlin Current Events, General Authorities, LGBTQ 18 Comments

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 …

618-619: Matt Long, Sex Crimes Prosecutor, Discusses LDS Church Child Abuse Policies and the Recent News Release

John Dehlin Current Events, Sexual Abuse 86 Comments

On February 1, 2016 the LDS Church re-released a media statement originally released in 2013 entitled “Effectiveness of Church Approach to Preventing Child Abuse.”  In this press release (authored by Kirton & McConkie …