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 …

845-847: Tom Christofferson – That We May Be One

Mormon Stories Book Club, Disciplinary Councils, Faith Promoting Stories, General Authorities, Johns Favorites, LGBTQ, Top 25 Faithful, Top 25 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis 18 Comments

Our special Christmas Morning release on Mormon Stories Podcast includes an interview with Tom Christofferson about his book “That We May Be One.” Tom shares the story of voluntary excommunication …

839-842: Matthew Lohmeier – Joining the Snuffer Movement

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Joseph Smith 33 Comments

Continuing our series on the Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement, we interview Matthew Lohmeier. Matt converted to the Mormon church at age 14. He served a mission in Taiwan, attended the …

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 …

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 …

770-773: Laurie Lee Hall – Standing in my truth, Walking in my faith

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Faith Promoting Stories, Johns Favorites, LGBTQ, Top 25 Faithful, Top 25 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Top 5 Transgender, Women & Feminism 36 Comments

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview former LDS Stake President and LDS Chief Architect Laurie Lee Hall. Laurie Lee’s story is fascinating on many levels: Laurie Lee worked …

697-699: Celebrating the Life of Grant Palmer

John Dehlin Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith 13 Comments

In this three-part interview, we honor Grant Palmer, former LDS seminary/institute instructor, and author of “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins” – which provides a plausible explanation for how the …

667-668: Stephen Bloor – The British Bishop who Lost his Faith, was Excommunicated without a Disciplinary Council

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, International 33 Comments

In this two-part episode we interview Stephen Bloor. Stephen discusses his experiences growing up as a Mormon in the U.K. including serving an LDS mission and being married in the …

664: The Excommunication of Amy and Jake Malouf Pt. 2 – The Verdict

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Faith Promoting Stories, Women & Feminism 56 Comments

In part two of my interview with Amy and Jake Malouf, we discuss the verdict from their October 11, 2016 Mormon Disciplinary Council on charges of Apostasy, along with their …

663: A Very Rough, Unplanned, and Informal First Discussion about Mormon and Post-Mormon Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Sexuality, Top 8 Sexuality 108 Comments

On a recent trip from New Jersey to Vermont with Mormon Therapist Natasha Helfer Parker and Dr. Gina Colvin we decided to have a rough, unplanned, unrehearsed, and VERY informal first …

657: Apostasy in Anchorage, Alaska – The Excommunication of Amy and Jake Malouf

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Excommunication, Faith Promoting Stories 124 Comments

Amy and Jake Malouf have been devout LDS church members for their entire lives – living the past 14+ years in Anchorage, Alaska. They have served in high-level callings in …

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

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon, Disciplinary Councils 89 Comments

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 …

634: Clay Christensen Threatened with Excommunication for his Podcast Interview

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Excommunication, Faith Promoting Stories 70 Comments

In December, 2015 Mormon Stories Podcast interviewed Clay Christensen and his brother-in-law Matt Elggren about Matt’s loss of LDS faith in 2003, and Clay’s subsequent loss of faith in October, …

621: Jeremy Runnells, author of “Letter to a CES Director, Threatened with Excommunication (Press Conference)

John Dehlin Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Joseph Smith 46 Comments

On February 8, 2016, Jeremy Runnells (previously interviewed on Mormon Stories) received notice from his stake president, Mark Ivins, that he would face excommunication (an LDS disciplinary council) on February …

607-608: Jake and Hannah Ricks – The Disciplinary Council With No Disciplinary Action

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils 52 Comments

In December of 2015 Jake Ricks was informed that he would be facing an LDS disciplinary council for apostasy, based on a series of benign Facebook posts he made during …

545-546: Rock Waterman’s Church Disciplinary Council Interviews

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Fundamentalists 45 Comments

Rock Waterman (blogger at Pure Mormonism) is a prominent Mormon blogger who maintains belief in all of the fundamental LDS Church truth claims (e.g., God, Jesus, Joseph Smith, Book of …

541: LDS Church is Now Excommunicating Legally Same-Sex Married Members – Taylor Knuth-Bishop

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family 135 Comments

Taylor Knuth-Bishop was an active LDS Church member and seminary graduate who considered himself “heterosexual with same-sex attraction” until he met the love of his life, Sean Knuth-Bishop. Taylor and …

532-534: Micah Nickolaisen — From “A Thoughtful Faith” to “Any Opposed” – On Mormon Activism and Secular Communities

John Dehlin Community, Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Faith Promoting Stories 79 Comments

Micah Nickolaisen has been an important participant in the Mormon Internet for the past three years. His activism began in 2012 as co-founder of both the “A Thoughtful Faith” and …

530: Kirk and Lindsay Van Allen – Facing Church Discipline for Rejecting Polygamy (D&C 132)

John Dehlin Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Joseph Smith, Polygamy, Top 10 Polygamy 113 Comments

In this episode we interview Kirk and Lindsay Van Allen, who are currently facing LDS Church discipline for publicly rejecting Joseph Smith’s revelation about polygamy, which can be found in …

529: Marisa Pond Calderwood – From Hinckley Scholar, to Depressed Mormon Housewife, to Happiness as a Post-Mormon

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Excommunication, Women & Feminism 85 Comments

Marisa Pond Calderwood was raised devoutly LDS in Bellevue, Washington.  She was deeply committed to the church as a teen, but she also excelled in school and dreamed of obtaining …