787: Parent of Mormon Missionary is Not Allowed to Contact Son in Houston Hurricane

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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 …

689-690: LDS Church Growth or Decline in 2016? Featuring Dr. Ryan Cragun and Dr. Rick Phillips

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Is the LDS Church in decline, or one of the fastest growing churches in the world? In this episode sociologists Ryan Cragun and Rick Phillips reviewed LDS Church growth statistics …

650-652: One Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Mormon Transition

John Dehlin Community, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Missionary Work, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Mormon Transitions, Top 25, Top 25 LGBT, Top Mormon Faith Crisis Stories 108 Comments

In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include: Living as an orthodox …

648: Missionaries Pt. 6: Jacob – Sent Home Early for Cuddling with Zone Leader

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Missionary Work 37 Comments

Jacob realized he was gay only a few months before he left for his LDS mission. He served in the San Jose, Costa Rica mission from August 2012 to September 2013. …

647: Missionaries Pt. 5: Rose Sorenson – Becoming an Atheist as a Missionary

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work, Women & Feminism 66 Comments

Rose Sorenson was raised in a devout LDS household (Idaho Falls, ID), but began having doubts as a 12 year old. Although she continued to struggle with perfectionism and doubts …

646: Missionaries Pt. 4: Tre Shortland – Tormented over “Self Abuse”, Disillusioned by Uninspired Mission Leadership

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work 79 Comments

Tre Shortland was raised in Oakland, CA as a bi-racial Mormon (Filipino mother and New Zealander/Maori father). While he was very committed doctrinally to Mormonism, he was not crazy about Mormon …

645: Missionaries Pt. 3: Mike Woodruff – Gay, Abused on Mission, PTSD, Early Return

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Missionary Work 59 Comments

Mike Woodruff knew that he was attracted to men by age 14. After consulting with his LDS bishop, he was told that his “same-sex attraction” would “resolve itself” once he …

644: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 2: Depression, Faith Crisis, and Suicidality

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work, Top 15 Mental Health, Women & Feminism 26 Comments

Todays interviewee was a graduate of Dartmouth University and a regular listener to Mormon Stories podcast when she decided to serve an LDS mission in 2012. Towards the latter half …

643: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 1 – Josh Tesch and Facebook

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Joshua Tesch served in the California Roseville Mission from 2013 to 2015. When the LDS church introduced the use of Facebook and iPads to missionaries, Elder Tesch was asked by …

593: “The Book of A Mormon” Book Review, with Scott D. Miller and Mark Hubble (Panel Featuring Hans Mattsson!)

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For this Mormon Stories Podcast episode a distinguished panel reviews a newly released LDS missionary memoir entitled, “The Book of A Mormon,” co-written by world renowned psychologists Dr. Scott Miller …

566: Psychologist Dr. Scott Miller on Missions, Mormon Transitions, and Thriving After Mormonism

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Missionary Work, Mormon Transitions 27 Comments

In this episode we interview Dr. Scott Miller.  Aside from being a world-renowned psychologist, Scott recently penned a fabulous book about his mission experience to Sweden in the 1970s.  The …

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 …

320: Changing Demographics in the Worldwide LDS Church with Matt Martinich of the Cumorah Foundation

John Dehlin Missionary Work, Mormon Culture 9 Comments

In this episode Scott H. interviews Matt Martinich of the Cumorah Foundation. Matt takes us on a tour of the triumphs and challenges of Mormonism throughout the world. Matt’s blog …

295: Greg Prince on “Big Tent Mormonism”

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On October 15th, the 2011 Washington D.C. Mormon Stories Conference was held in the home of Greg and JaLynn Prince.  Eighty splendid community members were in attendance.  In this presentation, Greg …

264-265: BYU Professor and LDS Church Employee Kendall Wilcox Comes out as Gay

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Missionary Work 97 Comments

Kendall Wilcox is a lifelong member of the LDS church, returned missionary, BYU graduate, filmmaker, BYU professor, producer for BYUTV… and he is (now) an openly gay man AND an LDS …

101-103: Dr. Ted Lyon on LDS Church Change, Latin American Missions, LDS Membership Statistics, and Thoughtful Faith

John Dehlin Church History, Faith Promoting Stories, Missionary Work 11 Comments

Dr. Ted Lyon has served as a BYU Professor, LDS Mission President, LDS MTC President, and is currently serving as the LDS temple president in Santiago, Chile. He is both …