535-539: Tom Phillips, the Second Anointing, and LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland

John Dehlin Church History, Johns Favorites, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 96 Comments

Many LDS Church members are unaware that a secret LDS temple ordinance called the “Second Anointing” is regularly being administered by LDS Church apostles to elite friends, family, and leaders (mostly …

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 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Women & Feminism 243 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 …

400: Top 5 Myths and Truths about Why Committed Mormons Leave the Church

John Dehlin Current Events, Johns Favorites, Marriage & Family, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Top 10 Church History, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Top Navigating

I created this video/presentation for two reasons: To dispel any misunderstandings about why people leave the church (and what happens to them when they do). I’ve been wanting to update …

268-270: Dr. Michael Coe – An Outsider’s View of Book of Mormon Archaeology

John Dehlin Apologetics, Best of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon, Johns Favorites, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25 202 Comments

Dr. Michael Coe is the Charles J. MacCurdy professor emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University and curator emeritus of the Division of Anthropology at the school’s Peabody Museum of Natural …

1150-1154: Donna Showalter: The Faith Crisis of a Former Provo, Utah Relief Society President

Mormon Stories Faith Transitions, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Mental Health, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Women, Top 25, Top 25 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Women & Feminism 95 Comments

What could cause one of the Mormon church’s “best and brightest” women to lose their faith in the church? For part 2 of this interview with Donna Showalter, we will hear …

047-051: Richard Bushman — Experiences as a Mormon Historian

John Dehlin Church History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Culture, Top 10 Church History, Top 25, Top 25 Faithful 28 Comments

In part 1 of this multi-part interview, Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and the author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, discusses …

030-033: An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins — An Interview with Grant Palmer

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, Joseph Smith, Polygamy, Top 10 Church History, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25 160 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories, we interview Grant Palmer–author of the book entitled “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins.” Grant (M.A., American history, Brigham Young University) is a three-time …

1044-1047: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young – From Fear Into Joy

Mormon Stories Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Faith Transitions, Marriage & Family, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Mormon Faith Crisis, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 28 Comments

Join us now on Mormon Stories Podcast for our interview with Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young.  In these first segments of this epic interview, Leah and Cody discuss: Their lives growing …

1048-1050: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young – A Teen’s Perspective on Faith Transition

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Faith Transitions, Marriage & Family, Mormon Faith Crisis, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Women & Feminism 14 Comments

In a Mormon Stories first, Leah and Cody Young’s daughter, Brinley (15), joins us in the final segments of our epic interview with the Young family to discuss her family’s …

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 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 166 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 …

173-177: Carol Lynn Pearson – Mormon Author, Poet, Playwright, Feminist, and Philosopher

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Top 10 Women, Top 25, Top 25 Faithful, Top 25 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis, Women & Feminism 81 Comments

Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most beloved and successul Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time.  A comprehensive listing of her creative works can be found here. …

111: Why People Leave the LDS Church and How We Can Help

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Mormon Culture, New Listeners, Top 10 Church History, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 38 Comments

This presentation, recorded in 2006, covers some of the reasons why people leave the LDS Church, and what family and friends can do to help.

852-857: Family Ties – Doug, Laurie, Julie, and Jerry’s Mormon Faith Crisis/Transition

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Mormon Transitions, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 93 Comments

In this special episode of Mormon Stories, we travel to Southern California to interview 2 couples—Doug & Laurie and Jerry & Julie about their Mormon faith crisis and transition.  The couples …

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

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Church History, Johns Favorites, Joseph Smith, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis

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 …

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 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 54 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 …

149-152: LDS Anthropologist Daymon Smith on Post-Manifesto Polygamy, Correlation, the Corporate LDS Church, and Mammon

John Dehlin Fundamentalists, Polygamy, Top 25 139 Comments

In this incredibly fascinating 4-part series, long-time Mormon Stories supporter Andrew Ainsworth interviews Daymon Smith Ph.D., a Mormon anthropologist and the author of a new book called: The Book of Mammon: …

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 26 Faith Crisis 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 …

493-494; 497-499b: Brent Metcalfe – Early Years, Mark Hofmann, the Salamander Letter, the Bombings, the Book of Abraham, and Life After Mormonism

Mormon Stories Admin Church History, General Authorities, Top 10 Church History, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 79 Comments

Few people had more of a front-row seat than Brent Metcalfe to the goings-on surrounding Mark Hofmann, the “Salamander Letter,” and the tragic events of October 1985 — what would …