848-851: Mormon Millennial (Neo-) Apologist Jaxon Washburn

Mormon Stories Apologetics, Church History, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 Faithful 45 Comments

In this Mormon Stories Podcast episode, we interview millennial apologist Jaxon Washburn. Jaxon is 19 year old, pre-mission Mormon apologist attending Arizona State University. Jaxon was introduced to issues of …

845-847: Tom Christofferson – That We May Be One

Mormon Stories Book Club, Disciplinary Councils, Faith Promoting Stories, General Authorities, Johns Favorites, LGBTQ, Top 25 Faithful, Top 25 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis 18 Comments

Our special Christmas Morning release on Mormon Stories Podcast includes an interview with Tom Christofferson about his book “That We May Be One.” Tom shares the story of voluntary excommunication …

839-842: Matthew Lohmeier – Joining the Snuffer Movement

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Disciplinary Councils, Joseph Smith 33 Comments

Continuing our series on the Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement, we interview Matthew Lohmeier. Matt converted to the Mormon church at age 14. He served a mission in Taiwan, attended the …

835-838: Karen and Kirk Strong – Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Current Events, Disciplinary Councils, Joseph Smith 37 Comments

Beginning a new series on the Doctrine of Christ (Snuffer) Movement, we interview Karen and Kirk Strong about their faith journey. Both were excommunicated from the LDS Church for their …

834: Bears Ears and Donald Trump’s Visit to Utah

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In this episode, we interview Angelo Baca and Dr. Thomas Murphy about U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will be shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national …

815-817: Neo-Apologetics Pt. 2 with Loyd Ericson and Bert Fuller

Mormon Stories Apologetics, Book Club, Church History 37 Comments

Continuing our Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters podcast series on the Neo-Apologetic movement within Mormonism, John and Dan Wotherspoon interview guests Loyd Ericson and Bert Fuller. This interview focuses on the book …

809-811: Mike Norton (NewNameNoah) Tells His Story

Mormon Stories Church History, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Top 10 Exmormon, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 104 Comments

Whether you love him, are troubled by him, or don’t quite know what to make of him, our listeners need to hear these episodes of Mormon Stories with Mike Norton—known …

796-797: LDS Church Purchases Printer’s Manuscript of Book of Mormon for $35M and BYU Now Serves Coke

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With dueling “breaking news” events on September 21 within Mormondom, John tackles both topics with guests John Hamer and Wesley Monahan. At a hefty price tag of $35M, the LDS …

785-786: Jon Ogden – Author of “When Mormons Doubt”

Mormon Stories Apologetics, Book Club, Church History, Faith Promoting Stories, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 Faithful 25 Comments

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jon Ogden—author of When Mormons Doubt.  Jon describes how his faith crisis blossomed during his LDS mission and time at BYU and …

767-768: Navigating Progressive Mormonism with Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler

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In this Mormon Stories podcast series, John and Margi interview Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler to explore their experiences navigating progressive Mormonism. In this series we …

758: Staying Active in the Mormon Church as a semi- or non-believer

Mormon Stories Marriage & Family, Mormon Transitions, Progressive Mormonism 11 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions, John and Margi reflect back on their 13 years of experience as semi- and non-believers and provide their advice on how …

757: Losing the Lamanites – Sarah Newcomb (NW Coastal Tribes – Tsimshian)

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Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Sarah Newcomb who descends from the Tsimshian of the NW Coastal Tribes. In this interview we cover: How Sarah struggled as …

752-753: Derrick Clements – Ethically Navigating the Middle Way of Mormonism

Mormon Stories Apologetics, Faith Promoting Stories, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 Faithful 15 Comments

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Derrick Clements—a new contributor to “The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review” podcast series with Gina Colvin, avid podcaster, and reporter for Provo’s Daily …

748-749: Losing the Lamanites – Hyrum Joe (Navajo)

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Continuing our series entitled “Losing the Lamanites,” wherein we interview Mormons from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders — with the intent of exploring their faith transitions, and …

746-747: Losing the Lamanites – Vania Moore (Brazil)

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, International, Mixed-Faith Marriages, Race, Top 12 Race 10 Comments

For this new series entitled “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Mormons from Central and South America, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders — with the intent of exploring their faith transitions, …

733-734: When Religions Praise and Protect Abusers

Mormon Stories Current Events, Sexual Abuse 24 Comments

In this episode we discuss what happens when religions or religious people praise abusers in front of their victims. In April 2017, Keith Robert Vallejo, a Mormon bishop, was convicted …

727-730 Nicki and Lance Miles’ epic Mormon transition and their meeting with Elder Marlin K. Jensen

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Women & Feminism 42 Comments

As part of our series on meetings with Mormon General Authorities, we interview Lance and Nicki Miles. Lance and Nicki’s story four-part story has so many compelling (and epic!) components, including: …

638-639: Dr. Thomas Murphy on the Book of Mormon, DNA, His Cancelled Disciplinary Council, and Native American Anthropology

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon, Disciplinary Councils 89 Comments

In 2002 anthropologist Thomas Murphy, Ph.D. published the first peer reviewed academic journal article on DNA and the Book of Mormon, demonstrating that DNA evidence (at the time) did not …

571: Three Geneticists Respond to the LDS Essay on DNA and the Book of Mormon, and to Apologist Michael Ash

John Dehlin Apologetics, Book of Mormon, Top 10 Truth Claims, Top 25, Top 5 Response To Essays 373 Comments

In this episode, three geneticists respond to the LDS Essay “Book of Mormon and DNA Studies,” and to Apologist Michael Ash’s article entitled “The DNA Challenge to the Book of …

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 …