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, Top 100 82 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

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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 …

422-423: John Hamer on Returning to Mormonism Through the Community of Christ

John Dehlin Faith Promoting Stories, Joseph Smith, Polygamy 96 Comments

In today’s episode we interview John Hamer, who left Mormonism and religion/belief altogether with no intent to return (after graduating from BYU). We explore how John’s relationship with his partner, …

406-407: James McConkie: Family, Faith, Bruce R. McConkie, and the Historical Christ

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Jay Griffith and Sarah Collett (of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast) sit with James W. McConkie to speak with him about his personal history and family. As a nephew of Bruce …

402-405: Brian C. Hales – Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

John Dehlin Apologetics, Joseph Smith, Polygamy, Sexuality, Top 10 Polygamy 92 Comments

Part 1: Dr. Brian C. Hales refutes Grant Palmer’s podcast and article on sexual allegations against Joseph Smith. Click here to obtain the PowerPoint presentation for this podcast. Click here to listen to …

384: Falling in Love with Joseph Smith and Jane Barnes

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As the 3rd feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series (organized by Heather Olson Beal), we feature Jane Barnes and her new book Falling in Love with Joseph Smith,accompanied by …

376: Margaret Young – Race and Gender Dynamics in Modern Mormonism

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A Thoughtful Faith’s Kylan Rice presents an interview with LDS author, filmmaker, and playwright Margaret Young. In this interview Margaret shares her story of how she became enthralled with Mormon …

321-322: Denver Snuffer – A Progressive, Fundamentalist, Non-Polygamist Mormon Lawyer Who Claims to Have Seen Christ

John Dehlin Fundamentalists, Joseph Smith, Progressive Mormonism 242 Comments

In this episode John Dehlin interviews Denver Snuffer: a progressive, fundamentalist, non-polygamist Mormon lawyer who claims to have seen Christ. Denver is the author of several books including The Second …

289-293: Terryl Givens — An Approach to Thoughtful, Honest and Faithful Mormonism

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Terryl Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in Intellectual History and UNC Chapel Hill where he received his PhD in Comparative Literature. He holds the James A. Bostwick chair …

250-251: Grant & Heather Hardy – Book of Mormon Scholarship

John Dehlin Apologetics, Book of Mormon, Faith Promoting Stories, Joseph Smith, New Listeners 65 Comments

In this 2-part discussion, KC Kern (BookofMormonOnline.Net) speaks with Dr. Grant Hardy and his wife Heather Hardy.  Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North …

239-243: Jared Anderson – An Academic Introduction to the New Testament

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, New Listeners 199 Comments

In this 5-part series, Brian Johnston (StayLDS.com) interviews Jared Anderson.  Jared is finishing his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the …

116-117: John Hamer – The LDS Succession Crisis of 1844 and the Beginnings of the RLDS Church to the Community of Christ

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In part 1, John Hamer discusses the LDS Succession Crisis after Joseph Smith’s death, and the ground that it laid for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints …