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 …

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 …

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 …

658-660: Dr. Greg Prince – The Life of a Faithful Mormon Scientist and Historian

John Dehlin Church History, Faith Promoting Stories, Joseph Smith, Mormon Transitions, New Listeners, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 Faithful 149 Comments

Dr. Greg Prince is best known within Mormonism as the author of three books: – Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood – David O. McKay and the …

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 …

605: An Analysis of the “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women” Essay

John Dehlin Church History, Joseph Smith, Top 5 Response To Essays, Women & Feminism 20 Comments

In this episode Jamie Hanis Handy assembles an amazing panel (Natasha Helfer Parker, Dr. Kristy Money, and Dr. Gina Colvin) to discuss the recent LDS church essay entitled: “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, …

552: An Analysis of the LDS Church Seer Stone Announcement

John Dehlin Book of Mormon, Church History, Joseph Smith 96 Comments

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 …

551: Lindsay Hansen Park’s Year of Polygamy

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In this episode we interview Lindsay Hansen Park about the completion of her Year of Polygamy podcast project.

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 …

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 114 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 …

526-527: John Hamer on Community of Christ as a Church Home for Transitioning Mormons

John Dehlin Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Joseph Smith, Mormon Transitions, Progressive Mormonism 23 Comments

Mormon Stories alumnus John Hamer returns to talk about Community of Christ as a viable spiritual home for transitioning Mormons in this two-part video series.  John Hamer was raised LDS, …

524: Jedediah Rogers Discusses Joseph Smith’s Council of Fifty

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In this episode, Jedediah Rogers discusses his new book published by Signature Books entitled “The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History.” Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had both millennial and …

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

John Dehlin Book of Mormon, Community, Joseph Smith 9 Comments

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 …

503: Discussing the New LDS.org Polygamy Essays Part 1 — With Lindsay Hansen Park, John Hamer and J. Nelson-Seawright

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This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its long-awaited series of essays on polygamy in Kirtland/Nauvoo, Utah and post-manifesto polygamy, igniting a firestorm of discussion online. …

487: An Outsider’s View of Joseph Smith — Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church”

John Dehlin Book Club, Church History, Joseph Smith, Polygamy 81 Comments

In this episode we interview Alex Beam: author of “American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church.” Alex provides an extremely insightful and compelling …

472-475: Sandra (and Jerald) Tanner

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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 …

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 …

441: Pope Francis, the September Six – 20 Years On, and Elder Christofferson’s Joseph Smith

John Dehlin Current Events, Joseph Smith 41 Comments

On today’s episode of the “Mormon News Review,” we discuss: Pope Francis’ recent interview in “America: The National Catholic Review” — and possible implications for the LDS church. Two articles written …

430-434: Hans Mattsson — Former LDS Area Authority Seventy (Sweden)

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Hans H. Mattsson is a 3rd generation LDS church member from Sweden who served as a bishop and stake president in Sweden before serving in the LDS church 3rd Quorum …