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  1. John thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Your podcast have been an important part of my religious identification. I will be doubling my monthly donations for 2011 and hope that others with the means will do the same. Your podcast has value and needs to be available to others as they struggle with their own religious identification.

  2. Sounds great. I’m sure you’ll continue to get more support with such a far-reaching vision. Plenty of folks will be able to help out in their little corners of the Mormon Universe.

  3. “An LDS Apologist Podcast: For credible LDS apologetics.”
    That should take up all of an hour, maybe two at the most.

    1. This was the one that really caught my eye as well. I simply have a hard time with the two words “credible” and “apologetics” in the same phrase. This would be one of the larger challenges that you would have to accomplish. Good luck with it.

  4. Can I be terrible and suggest that the Mormon Stories members who aren’t donating to the LDS Church any more could give some of that money to this project? 😉

  5. Very ambitious; very intriguing.

    Interestingly enough, this seems to fulfill many of the suggestions raised by commenter Brad Dennis in response to Dane Laverty’s recent post at Times and Seasons “The Bloggernacle in a New Decade.” The only major thing differences I can think of are 1) the sponsorship/funding issue and 2) this embraces the potentialities afforded by the internet rather than clinging to traditional media. I wasn’t quite sold on it then, but this looks very appealing…

  6. I LOVE the EFY idea… I would love to be able to send my kids to both types. Just regular EFY alone kinda scares me, but having both would be a nice balance!

  7. Thanks John. It sounds great. Thank you for giving me a place to still be a Mormon. I am going to increase my monthly donation. Sincerely, Liz Draper Steele

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  9. John, what inspiring vision and goals! I had a question for you. How do you (or would you) respond to the idea that you are seeking to form a different type of Mormon community, almost along the lines of a different sect? Granted, if you are, I am in it, but it seems to me this is something along the lines of Reform Judaism. I am curious to see how you would articulate your response.

    Let me be clear I agree with you that this is the most positive way for mainstream Mormonism to go, but the fact remains you are forming a new definition and community of Mormonism without any top-down reform. Now, I think this very fact is one of the greatest strengths of the project. I have never been so happy in my Mormonism as since I have discovered this project. But it does open you up to that critique of advocating your own brand of the religion.

  10. Being from a more social democratic type country- have you applied to the Church for funding. You seem to be servicing a need that they, with their sanitized publications, are not. You would compliment their efforts.

  11. John,
    Mormon Stories has been a godsend for me and my mental health. I couldn’t thank you enough. For me it would be a tragedy if I couldn’t look forward to a new podcast every week. I have doubled my monthly donation.

    The new ideas for the upcoming year sound fabulous. I’m looking forward to checking them out.

    Also, I was wondering if you could include a podcast regarding tithing? I couldn’t find a podcast specifically about tithing; where the money goes and how it is spent. Is there any legitimate verification on the matter?

    I love you, John.

    Thanks,
    Brumps

    1. Try Podcasts #149-152 “Daymon Smith”. One of my favorites. It’s the closest thing(in my opinion) to what you’re looking for, until John goes deeper on this issue, which I’m sure he will.

  12. John (and Dan and Natascha), thank you so much for your time and effort in producing such a great, high quality podcast. For the past couple of years I’m a struggling mormon. I’ve gone through a faith crisis and am trying to regain my footing.

    I feel so enriched for having my vision broadened, and my mind enlarged, by listening to all these thoughtful people share their stories and perspectives on such a vast array of topics. Looking back, I feel I was so narrow minded before, now life seem fuller, more colorful. It seems like a paradox, but through losing my faith I’ve found more peace and happiness (mixed with many obvious difficulties that accompany this path).

    You’re interviewing so many interesting individuals, I never knew there was such a great span of people with different experiences within mormonism. Interesting people wouldn’t be good on their own though without a good interviewer, kudos for making the interviews so exciting by always asking the right kind of questions!

    Thanks for everything! (I’ll start to donate now)

  13. Whoa! A “liberal EFY” for my kids!!!! Sign us up now!! I’ll echo Jared above that anyone enjoying Mormon Stories really should be donating. I barely find time to listen, let alone arrange, prepare for, and interview all these amazing people. John & co seem to read my mind in every interview! As I start to think of a question I would ask, and bang, there it is!! These podcasts are honestly priceless for me and I can only hope the token amounts I’ve donated have been helpful. Thanks.

  14. John, I went in and doubled my donation for 2011. I’m not sure how to cancel my 2010 donation however, which appears to be ongoing. I smile (as an old codger), when I see the name of TBM friends (or their offspring) listed as Mormon Stories Podcast enrollees. It gives me hope for an enlightened generation, listening to all sides of an issue, taking from the platter what is good…

  15. Nehor “had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God … declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people. … And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money. And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart, … yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.”

    Just saying…

    1. James,

      I’m not ashamed to ask for some support. NPR and PBS take donations. So does the LDS Church, btw. So does the LDS Foundation. So do most charities. Are you opposed to all forms of charitable donations?

      Thx for stopping by.

  16. John, I have donated several times in the past. Over a year ago you state your goal of setting up a non-profit for Mormon Stories and promised that there would be financial transparency, and that you would disclose what donation money is used for. I have not seen any sort of disclosures about how much money has been received or about what it has been spent on. I support your goals, but I’m not comfortable donating more money until I have a clearer picture about where the money is going and what it is being used for. Do you have any plans to disclose that information?

    1. James — Absolutely! I am working with an accountant now. I’ll get that
      out as soon as I can. Definitely by tax time.

      I’m a one-man show…so I don’t have staff to help me with this (yet). So
      thank you so much for your patience.

      John

  17. I’m excited for upcoming Mormon Matters panel discussions, they were some of my favorites back in the day (2007?).

    Just so you know, there is another This-Week-in-Mormonism-style podcast that’s been running for over a year now, called, not surprisingly, “This Week in Mormons”. It’s basically a couple of buddies bantering over a few news stories involving Mormons that crop up all the time. It does a good job, but is sometimes hampered with extended banter sessions, personal travelogues, and prattle about the Mormon Bachelorette online show. They are great about including controversial stories with the rest, but I’d love it to be more hard-hitting.

  18. Any word on the request for disclosure of the finances of the Mormmon Stories “charity”? I would love to donate to but like James I am also very uncomfortable donating to any organization not willing to show where the money goes.

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