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Welcome to the Mormon Expression Archive

Mormon Expression was a legendary Mormon-themed podcast run by John Larsen from 2009 to 2014.   It stands as one of the most important intellectual and social contributions in the history of the Mormon Internet.

The podcast was eventually taken down by hackers, but John is now partnering with the Open Stories Foundation to:

  1. Bring the Mormon Expression podcast audio archive back online so that it can be consumed by podcast apps (e.g., Spotify, Apple Podcast), and
  2. John will be recording a monthly podcast episode that will be co-released on Mormon Stories Podcast, and in the renewed Mormon Expression Podcast feed.

Please donate to support this project. All donations are tax deductible in the U.S, and will be directed at John Larsen’s discretion.



The History of Mormon Expression

Mormon Expression in Pictures

Mormon Expression Voices

The Mormon Expression Archive
Episode 285: John says Goodbye
Episode 284: What I learned being a Mormon and why it wasn’t all Bad
Episode 283: How we know beyond a shadow of a Doubt that the Church isn’t True
Episode 282: Why the Church Cannot Reform on the Gay Marriage Issues
Episode 281: Top 10 Things You Would Expect To See If The Church Were Actually True
Episode 280: Mormonism and the Red Scare
Episode 279: Top 10 Goofiest Things in the Doctrine and Covenants
Episode 277: The Top 10 Goofiest Things in the Book of Mormon
Episode 276: How to build a transoceanic vessel
Episode 275: How to Become an Ex-ex-Mormon
Episode 274: Mormonism Vs. Orwell
Episode 273: Burning Down The House: The End of the Mormon Expression VIP Lounge
Episode 272: The Top 10 Goofiest Ideas in the Pearl of Great Price
Episode 271: The Top Ten Lesser Known Mormon Scandals
Episode 270: Post Mormon Spirituality
Episode 269: John’s Dilemma
Episode 268: What To Do If You Decide To Leave The Church
Episode 266: The New Comers Guide to Utah Culture
Episode 265: John Delivers a Message to your Mormon Loved Ones
Episode 264: Mormonism and the Prosperity Gospel
Episode 263: Mormonism and PTSD
Episode 262: Mormonism vs. Voltaire
Episode 261: The Church’s PR and Kate Kelly
Episode 260: Mormon Privilege in Utah
Episode 259: The Tight Vs. Loose Translation Theories
Episode 258: The Great Weird Off – Mormonism Vs. Jehovah’s Witness
Episode 257: Mormonism and Plato
Episode 256: Dialogs with Myself – How John Larsen Disagrees with John Larsen
Episode 255: The Most Problematic Areas for Mormon Apologists
Episode 254: The Grand Demonic Conspiracy
Episode 252: What it means to be a Bishop
Episode 251: The Kübler-Ross model and Mormonism
Episode 250: HeartSell
Episode 249: The Time Commitment Required To Be A Good Mormon
Episode 248: Now What?
Episode 247: The Ex-Mormon Struggle for Identity
Episode 246: The Governing Philosophy and Structure of the Church
Episode 245: The First Four Verses in the Book of Mormon
Episode 244: The Doctrine of Mormon Heaven
Episode 243: The Doctrine of Mormon Hell
Episode 242: Mormonism and Violence
Episode 241: The Church and Technology
Episode 240: Leaving the Church and Finding Yourself
Episode 239: D&C 77 For Dummies
Episode 238: Top Ten Things ExMos Do That Suck
Episode 237: Nibley’s Book of Mormon Challenge
Episode 235: The Great Satanist Scare
Episode 234: Epistemology
Episode 233: Listener’s Q and A
Episode 232: The Euthyphro dilemma and Mormonism
Episode 231: Elder Uchtdorf’s Talk, “Come, Join with Us”
Episode 230: “The Not Even Once Club”
Episode 229: The Mormon View of Divinity
Episode 228: How the Church Takes Things From You and Sells Them Back
Episode 227: The Divorce
Episode 226: Is the Mormon God a Narcissistic Psychopath?
Episode 225: Top Ten Ways to Transition Out of the Church
Episode 224: Passive Aggression and Mormonism
Episode 223: Are Mormons Persecuted?
Episode 222: Tolerance
Episode 221: Top Ten Ways the Church is Like North Korea
Episode 220: Searching for the Smoking Gun and the Parallax Problem
Episode 219: Ex-Mormonism as a Hero’s Journey
Episode 218: The Ex-Mormons Come to Dinner
Episode 214: The Male Standard Within the LDS Church
Episode 213: Top Ten Reasons to Open Your Mouth and Take a Stand
Episode 210: Conversations with Mike Tannehill
Episode 206: Mormonism and Race
Episode 204: The Resignation of John and Zilpha
Episode 203: Secrets and Wives with Sanjiv Bhattacharya
Episode 200: The Top Ten Changes to the Temple
Episode 199: Pre Existence for Dummies (Live)
Episode 198: Children in LDS Families
Episode 197: Baptism for the Dead
Episode 196: Young Women and Priesthood Sessions Review
Episode 195: April 2012 General Conference Sunday Sessions
Episode 192: Myths Concerning the Community of Christ
Episode 191: Alcohol 101 for Mormons
Episode 190: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
Episode 189: The Kinderhook Plates for Dummies
Episode 188: The Adam-God Doctrine for Dummies
Episode 187: Doctrine and Covenants 129 for Dummies
Episode 185: The White Horse Prophecy for Dummies
Episode 184: A Closer Look at “Anti-Mormon” Statements
Episode 182: Sex 101 for Mormons
Episode 181: State of The Union
Episode 180: John Dehlin
Episode 179: Women in LDS Families
Episode 177: The God of the Lost Keys
Episode 176: Top 10 Reasons to Leave the Church
Episode 175: Top 10 Reasons to Stay in the Church
Episode 174: Live Event: Mormon Fight Songs for Dummies
Episode 173: A Critique of the Critics
Episode 171: Divorce in the LDS Culture
Episode 170: William and the “I Am An Ex Mormon” Videos
Episode 167: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 4
Episode 166: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 3
Episode 165: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 2
Episode 164: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 1
Episode 163: Top 10 Mormon Sites to Visit in Salt Lake City
Episode 162: Chuck Borough the Atheist, Agnostic, Believer
Episode 161: October 2011 General Conference Relief Society and Priesthood Sessions
Episode 160: October 2011 General Conference Sunday Sessions
Episode 159: October 2011 General Conference Saturday Sessions
Episode 158: D&C 19 for Dummies
Episode 157: Top 10 Anachronisms of the Book of Mormon
Episode 156: Dale Morgan Lecture: Will Bagley
Episode 152: Mormonism and Masonry part 4: Joseph Smith and Beyond
Episode 151: John, Zilpha and God
Episode 150: The Temple Recommend Questions for Dummies
Episode 149: Mormonism and Masonry part 3: The Book of Abraham and Nauvoo
Episode 148: Top 10 Unique Mormon Doctrines
Episode 146: Tub Talk with John and Zilpha
Episode 145a: Mormonism and Masonry: Into the Restoration Part 1
Episode 145b: Mormonism and Masonry: Into the Restoration Part 2
Episode 144b: Mormonism and Masonry: The Background Part 2
Episode 144a: Mormonism and Masonry: The Background Part 1
Episode 142: The History of Online Mormonism: The Board Wars
Episode 141: The Top 10 Mormon Criminals
Episode 140: Top 10 News Stories in Mormonism: May 2011
Episode 139b: D&C 8 and 9 for Dummies Part 2
Episode 139a: D&C 8 and 9 for Dummies Part 1
Episode 138: Top 10 Apostates from the Quorum of the 12
Episode 135: Battlestar Galactica and Mormon Theology
Episode 133: Feedback
Episode 132: Mark E. Petersen’s Steps in Overcoming Masturbation
Episode 131: Bias, Balance and Objectivity
Episode 130: Grant Palmer
Episode 129: Duwayne R. Anderson
Episode 127: Bookclub: Added Upon
Episode 125c: Conference Review Part 3
Episode 125b: Conference Review Part 2
Episode 125a: Conference Review Part 1
Episode 123: The Development of LDS Temple Worship 1846-2000
Episode 122: Bookclub: Goodbye I Love You
Episode 121: Church Handbook of Instructions 2010
Episode 119: Levi Peterson
Episode 118b: Polygamy Manifesto for Dummies Part 2
Episode 118a: Polygamy Manifesto for Dummies Part 1
Episode 117: Mathew Gill, Prophet of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ
Episode 116: Pure Mormonism
Episode 114: Book Club: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
Episode 111: Steven Fehr
Episode 110: A Discussion with a Current Bishop
Episode 106: Mormon Nudists
Episode 105: Richard Packham
Episode 102: Book Club: The Backslider
Episode 101: 2010 Mormon News in Review
Episode 100: The Live Anniversary Show
Episode 99: The God Makers Reviewed
Episode 97: The Utah Boy’s Ranch
Episode 95b: Doctrine and Covenants 132 for Dummies part 2
Episode 95a: Doctrine and Covenants 132 for Dummies Part 1
Episode 94: Mixed feelings for Mormonism
Episode 92: The Kirtland Temple
Episode 90: Ed Decker
Episode 89b: The 14 Fundamentals of Following a Prophet for Dummies Part 2
Episode 89a: The 14 Fundamentals of Following a Prophet for Dummies Part 1
Episode 88: Saturday’s Warrior for Dummies
Episode 87: The October 7th 2010 LDS Protest
Episode 86: Mormon Meeting House Architecture
Episode 85b: 180th Semi-annual General Conference Priesthood Session Review
Episode 84: The Church Handbook of Instructions for Dummies
Episode 82: Tom Kimball and Signature Books
Episode 80: Leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Episode 79b: Mormon Stories and Mormon Expression Part 2
Episode 79a: Mormon Stories and Mormon Expression Part 1
Episode 77: Mormon Expressions
Episode 76: Mistakes were made: How not to leave the Church
Episode 75: Live Recording
Episode 74: Panelist Essays
72b: Listener Essays, Part 2
Episode 71b: The King Follet Discourse for Dummies Part 2
Episode 71a: The King Follet Discourse for Dummies Part 1
Episode 69: Author Anthony Larson and the Last Days
Episode 67: Guns, Germs, Steel and the Book of Mormon
Episode 66: The First Anniversary Episode
Episode 65b: The First Vision for Dummies Part 2
Episode 65a: The First Vision for Dummies Part 1
Episode 61: Bonus: 10 Tribes–the After Discussion
Episode 60: Bullseyes in the Book of Mormon
Episode 59: Alexander Zaitchik on Glenn Beck
Episode 58: The Doctrinal Differences in the Community of Christ
Episode 57: A Requiem for Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine
Episode 56b: The Lost 10 Tribes Part 2
Episode 55: Mormon Apologists Kevin Barney and Seth Rogers
Episode 54: Struggles in Mormon Marriage and Sexuality
Episode 52: Unsolicited Advice
Episode 50a: 180th Annual General Conference Saturday Review
Episode 49: The Civil War Prophecy (D&C 87) for Dummies
Episode 48: Mormon Humor
Episode 47: Bob McCue
Episode 45: Faithful Spouses
Episode 44: An Interview with Zilpha
Episode 43: Outside Looking In
Episode 42: The Three Nephites
Episode 41: Feedback
Episode 40: Brian Dalton and Mr. Deity
Episode 39: Atheism and the Church
Episode 38: Stages of Faith Part 2: The Fifth Stage and What it Means
Episode 37b: The Nauvoo Expositor for Dummies Part 2
Episode 37a: The Nauvoo Expositor For Dummies Part 1
Episode 36: Mormon Schismatic Groups
Episode 35: An Interview with Mike
Episode 34: The Temple Wedding Petition
Episode 33: An Interview with Jeff Lindsay
Episode 31: An Interview with John Larsen
Episode 28: Richie T the Fresh Faced Mormon Producer
Episode 27: The Word of Wisdom for Dummies
Episode 26: Interview with Author, Actor, and Writer–Elna Baker
Episode 25: Fowler Stages of Faith
Episode 24: An Interview with Nyal
Episode 23: An Interview with George
Episode 21: Aaron Shafovaloff and Evangelizing Mormons
Episode 20: Listener Feedback
Episode 19: Mormons and the Cross
Episode 17b: 179th Semiannual General Conference Sunday Review
Episode 17a: 179th Semiannual General Conference Saturday Review
Episode 16: In the Shadow of the Temple
Episode 15: Jeff Ricks and
Episode 14: Science and Disbelief
Episode 13: An Interview with Jim
Episode 12: Ex-Mormon Exit Narratives
Episode 11: An Interview with Tom
Episode 10: The Pew Forum Portrait of Mormons in the US
Episode 9: Women and the Church
Episode 8: John Dehlin and Mormon Stories
Episode 7: Marriage and Short Courtships in Mormon Culture
Episode 5: What does it Mean to be Mormon?
Episode 4: An Introduction to Issues Surrounding the Book of Abraham
Episode 3: Our 3 Favorite Things about the Church
Episode 2: Internet vs. Chapel Mormons
Episode 1: Leaving the Church but not Leaving it Alone


  1. Mark Roach July 16, 2023 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Im loving this

  2. Mike G September 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I never understood why this podcast was always raved about until I listened to it for myself and now it all makes sense

  3. Gary H March 16, 2024 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I see some episodes are missing…where can I find Episode 30: The Dream Mine?

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