At least once each week a listener will ask me (John Dehlin) about my testimony of the LDS Church. Liberals or ex-Mormons sometimes call me an apologist. A few conservatives have accused me of being a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” So, to dispel the speculation–and in response to lots and lots of requests–I recorded a 3 part episode sharing a bit of my own story within the Mormon context.
For more details on the episodes, see below:
Part 1–Mormon to the Bone: In this episode, I discuss my childhood, youth, and missionary experiences within the Mormon church, through the end of my university years at BYU. To listen directly to this episode, click here.
Part 2–Losing My Religion, and Finding it Again: In this episode, I discuss my marriage, the importance of the church to my family, and the experiences I had as a seminary teacher in Seattle that led to the dissolution of my testimony in the LDS Church (as I knew it). I also discuss how the writings of Eugene England, Lowell Bennion, T. Edgar Lyon, Leonard Arrington, and others (in Sunstone and Dialogue) helped me to reconstruct my faith. To listen directly to this episode, click here.
Part 3–What I Do and Don’t Believe, and Why I Remain a Mormon: In this episode, I discuss aspects of the LDS Faith that I do and don’t believe. I also provide around 13 reasons for why I choose to remain a Mormon.
A big thanks to my buddy Paul for coming to Logan to interview me. He’s a stud, and I fervently hope that this is not his last interview. :) And a big apology to Paul for not making this interview public. Believe it or not, I may be even sadder than he is about it.