680-681: Stephen Urquhart – Former Utah State Senator on LDS Church Influence in the Utah Legislature

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Marijuana, Politics, Top 15 Mental Health 38 Comments

Stephen Urquhart was raised in Houston, Texas, where he and his family converted to the LDS church after the suicide of his older brother.  After serving an LDS mission in …

673-674: Jesse Stay – Former LDS Church Social Media Lead

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories 112 Comments

Jesse Stay worked for three years as leader of the LDS Church’s social media initiatives. He was the first LDS Church employee with the name “social media” in his title.  His …

663: A Very Rough, Unplanned, and Informal First Discussion about Mormon and Post-Mormon Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, Excommunication, Sexuality, Top 8 Sexuality 108 Comments

On a recent trip from New Jersey to Vermont with Mormon Therapist Natasha Helfer Parker and Dr. Gina Colvin we decided to have a rough, unplanned, unrehearsed, and VERY informal first …

662: Elna Baker’s Mormon Transition

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Elna Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir.  She is also a contributor to the podcast This American Life. …

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 LGBT, Top 26 Faith Crisis 107 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 …

588-589: Laura Roper Andreasen – Granddaughter of LDS Apostle M. Russell Ballard

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, General Authorities 108 Comments

Laura Roper Andreasen is the granddaughter of LDS Apostle M. Russell Ballard.  Recently Laura resigned her membership in the LDS Church after struggling unsuccessfully for decades to find happiness and health as …

581-582: Steve and Chris Holbrook on Discovering and Growing Healthy Post-Mormon Communities

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In this two-part episode, Steve and Chris Holbrook discuss the following: Part 1: Their early years in the LDS church, their disaffection from the church, and the factors that led …

573-574: Losing Mormon Millennials with Tanner and Samantha (ZelphOnTheShelf.com)

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories, Top 25, Top 26 Faith Crisis 162 Comments

In this episode we interview Tanner Gilliland and Samantha Snyder.  Tanner was raised as an orthodox Mormon in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Samantha converted to the LDS Church in the U.K.  Both …

557: Dr. Dave Christian on Epistemology and Orson Wright, the Polygamous Mission President

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Polygamy 85 Comments

Dr. Dave Christian has served as a psychologist to believing and post-Mormons for decades. In this episode, Dave begins by discussing his LDS pioneer ancestry, and his early years in the LDS …

541: LDS Church is Now Excommunicating Legally Same-Sex Married Members – Taylor Knuth-Bishop

John Dehlin Disciplinary Councils, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family 135 Comments

Taylor Knuth-Bishop was an active LDS Church member and seminary graduate who considered himself “heterosexual with same-sex attraction” until he met the love of his life, Sean Knuth-Bishop. Taylor and …

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, …

518-519: Clark Johnsen – From BYU to Broadway’s Book of Mormon Musical

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In this hilarious and touching episode of Mormon Stories, John Dehlin interviews Clark Johnson, an original cast member in the hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. In part one, Clark shares …

514-515: Infants on Thrones Podcast

John Dehlin Ex-Mormon Stories 25 Comments

In this two-part series we interview the panelists for Infants on Thrones Podcast: Glenn, Matt, Scott, Randy, Bob, Tom, and Jake.  These guys do tend to get a bit rowdy …

501-502: Kirk Caudle on Mormon Studies, Working for BYU-Idaho, Resigning, Apologetics and More

James Patterson Apologetics, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 24 Comments

Kirk Caudle, known for his Mormon Book Review podcast (which was, at one time, officially affiliated with BYU’s Maxwell Institute), made headlines over the summer when he resigned from the …

459: Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin by Nicole Hardy

John Dehlin Book Club, Ex-Mormon Stories, Sexuality, Women & Feminism 32 Comments

In this podcast, Heather Olson Beal interviews Nicole Hardy, author of the stunningly beautiful memoir, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin, with readers and fans Claire, Mel, and Maren. From amazon.com: …

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 …

417: Dr. Ryan Cragun on his new book “What You Don’t Know About Religion (but should)”

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Mental Health 119 Comments

Today we interview Dr. Ryan Cragun about his new book, “What You Don’t Know about Religion (but Should).”  Ryan is a  professor at the University of Tampa, and specializes in …

408-411: Brett Bradshaw – Gay Marriage and Fatherhood

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Top 25 LGBT 17 Comments

On this historic day when the United States Supreme Court is considering the legality of gay marriage, we share with you our interview with Brett Bradshaw.  Brett is the son …

205-206: Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton

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In this episode we interview Brian Dalton, a former member of the LDS church, and founder of the Mr. Deity Internet TV series — which explores religious belief from a …