507: Free BYU — Religious Freedom and Faith Transition at Church Schools

Mormon Stories Admin Ex-Mormon Stories, Mormon Transitions 65 Comments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long affirmed the importance of religious freedom, even issuing a press release in 2013 declaring that “it is the right to …

505-506: Carrie Sheffield on Leaving Mormonism, Finding Stoicism, Politics, Conservatism and More

Mormon Stories Admin Ex-Mormon Stories, Politics, Women & Feminism 86 Comments

In the world of politics and media, Carrie Sheffield is a veritable dynamo. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC Radio and …

501-502: Kirk Caudle on Mormon Studies, Working for BYU-Idaho, Resigning, Apologetics and More

Mormon Stories Admin Apologetics, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 24 Comments

Kirk Caudle, known for his Mormon Book Review podcast (which was, at one time, officially affiliated with BYU’s Maxwell Institute), made headlines over the summer when he resigned from the …

483-486: Christine Jeppsen Clark, Daughter of General Authority Malcolm Jeppsen

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Women, Top 100, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories, Women & Feminism 250 Comments

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend.  She is also the …

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

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon, Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 100, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 169 Comments

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 …

472-475: Sandra (and Jerald) Tanner

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Joseph Smith, Top 10 Church History, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 100, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 57 Comments

Sandra and the late Jerald Tanner were raised in the LDS faith, both with a strong Mormon family history. Jerald was the great-great-grandson of John Tanner, well known for his …

467-468: Taryn and Jason Nelson-Seawright on Leaving the Church after Returning

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 139 Comments

In November, 2005 Mormon Stories interviewed Jason Nelson-Seawright (known online as “Roasted Tomatoes”) and Taryn Nelson-Seawright (“Serenity Valley”).  In this touching, 2-part series Taryn discussed how she resigned from the …

459: Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin by Nicole Hardy

John Dehlin Book Club, Ex-Mormon Stories, Sexuality, Women & Feminism 32 Comments

In this podcast, Heather Olson Beal interviews Nicole Hardy, author of the stunningly beautiful memoir, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin, with readers and fans Claire, Mel, and Maren. From amazon.com: …

454: Josh Hanagarne on Tourette Syndrome, Faith, Family, and being the World’s Strongest Librarian

John Dehlin Book Club, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Top 15 Mental Health 5 Comments

Josh Hanagarne is a father, husband, avid reader, librarian, weight lifter extraordinaire, and the author of the amazing book The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and …

438: Elders – A Mormon Missionary Novel by Ryan McIlvain

John Dehlin Book Club, Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work 4 Comments

Ryan McIlvain was born in Utah and raised in Massachusetts. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review.  A graduate of the Rutgers MFA Program and a …

419-421: Tom Kimball and Dan Wotherspoon, 7 Years After “Stages of Faith”

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 137 Comments

In January 2006 Mormon Stories interviewed Tom Kimball and Dan Wotherspoon to discuss James Fowler’s “Stages of Faith” and Mormonism (you can listen to the original interview here).  At the …

417: Dr. Ryan Cragun on his new book “What You Don’t Know About Religion (but should)”

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Mental Health 119 Comments

Today we interview Dr. Ryan Cragun about his new book, “What You Don’t Know about Religion (but Should).”  Ryan is a  professor at the University of Tampa, and specializes in …

408-411: Brett Bradshaw – Gay Marriage and Fatherhood

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Top 25 LGBT 17 Comments

On this historic day when the United States Supreme Court is considering the legality of gay marriage, we share with you our interview with Brett Bradshaw.  Brett is the son …

374-375: Eldon Kartchner Pts. 3 & 4: Losing Heather to Cancer, Grief, and its Impact on Faith

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Top 25 LGBT 66 Comments

In parts 3 and 4 of a 4-part series, Eldon Kartchner discusses: 1) losing his wife, Heather, to cancer, 2) his grieving process, and 3) the impact her death has …

372-373: Eldon Kartchner Pts. 1 & 2 – Living a Successful Mixed-Orientation Marriage, and Not Recommending It

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Top 25 LGBT 37 Comments

In parts 1 and 2 of a 4-part series, Eldon Kartchner discusses: losing his battle against same-sex attraction as a Mormon, and his experience living a successful mixed-orientation marriage as …

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

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon, Ex-Mormon Stories, Lamanites, Top 10 Truth Claims 96 Comments

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 …

331: The Bill Prince Family Story – From Stake Presidency and Houston Mormon Royalty to Ex-Mormons

John Dehlin Church History, Conference Audio, Ex-Mormon Stories, Marriage & Family 62 Comments

This episode was recorded as part of the January 2012 Mormon Stories regional conference held in Houston, Texas dedicated to the topic of “Maintaining Positive Relationships Through Empathy and Dialogue.” Interview participants include Bill Prince, Julie Prince, Tina Prince and Lee Prince. Bill Prince served as a member of the Houston Texas Stake Presidency for several years before his daughter, Tina, left the LDS church; Bill and Julie soon followed. This is their Mormon story.

324-326: Grant Palmer on Sexual Allegations Against Joseph Smith, William and Jane Law, and His Resignation

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Polygamy, Top 10 Church History 191 Comments

In this episode Grant Palmer, author of “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins,” returns to Mormon Stories to discuss: Sexual allegations made against Joseph Smith during his early years The …

313-316: John and Brooke McLay – From CES to Ex-Mormons

John Dehlin Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Top 100, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 302 Comments

In this episode we interview John and Brooke McLay. John served for 14 years as an employee of the LDS Church Education System (CES). In this capacity he served as: …

222-227: Understanding Atheism after Mormonism

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 171 Comments

In this multi-part interview, Dan Wotherspoon interviews Tyson Jacobsen and Randy Snyder about their transition from devout Mormonism to atheism.