It’s a new year, and I’m thinking about bringing Mormon Stories out of retirement. Let me know if anyone still visits, and if there is still some interest/value in the brand name (Mormon Stories).

And Happy New Year to all!!!


  1. […] If any of you are still interested at all in the podcast, please let me know here. […]

  2. paula December 28, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    Well, I came in because of the post on your other blog. I think there’d be a lot of interest still.

  3. Mayan Elephant December 28, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    bring it back.

    would it be too much to have video with it. you could stage it like larry king live. mormons love larry king.

  4. GunnerClark December 28, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    Heck yes. Bring it back. I still have the iTune editions saved to my computer.

  5. slateman December 28, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    Please bring it back. I miss your voice of reason on topics related to Mormonism. I know that it previously consumed much of your time, but even a scaled down Mormon Stories is much better than nothing at all. I have enjoyed “The Cultural Hall” also, and hope that you might have time to keep both up and running, however if you must make a choice, I’d prefer the Mormon Stories with accompanying and much anticipated podcasts.

  6. CanadianCynic December 28, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    Please do. Your site was the clearest light in the Mormon blog world.

    I too have the old iTunes episodes

  7. slateman December 28, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    I hope that you will seriously consider bringing back Mormon Stories. You are the lone voice of reason on the mormon blogosphere and I for one miss your insightful comments and interviews. I have enjoyed The Cultural Hall also very much. I’d like to have my cake and eat it too!

  8. Bored in Vernal December 28, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    I vote yes!

  9. Gamaliel December 28, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    I would love to see Mormon Stories brought back to life. Lazarus, come forth!

  10. Administrator December 28, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    Ya’ll are too, too kind. Thanks so much for the kind words of support. I’m excited to come back.  I’ll try not to let you down.

  11. Ronda Callister December 28, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    Mike and I both vote yes, bring it back.

  12. Rod December 28, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    Absolutely bring it back. I have given the MP3 files to twenty or thirty people and would love to be able to point them to your website again.

  13. Dave Sigmann December 29, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Yes. Please bring it back. I’ll like to hear you do an interview with D. Michael Quinn.

  14. someone December 29, 2006 at 4:28 am

    Bring it back!!!! The best podcast there is!

  15. Doc December 29, 2006 at 8:33 am

    I’m in, I am among those with the originals saved on my hard drive as well.

  16. mdharma December 29, 2006 at 10:21 am

    Mormon stories has been instrumental in helping me remain active in the church as I continue to wrestle with the facts(?) of history. I’d love to see it return in any form.

  17. Graham December 29, 2006 at 10:27 am

    I’m interested in seeing it return

  18. Randy December 29, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    Yes! Bring it back if you can. There’s nothing else like it out there and your respectful, candid, open approach is just the tone that’s needed for the particular audience you’ve touched.

  19. pilgrimgirl December 29, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Duh, did you even need to ask?? :)

  20. Johnny Rotten December 29, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    Heck Ya!

    I love Mormon stories and can’t wait for it to come back…

    …it won’t be soon enough!

  21. Mother Nature's Son December 29, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    I’m a huge fan and would be tickled to see it come back in any capacity. John, you’re very talented and entertaining. Best of luck and let us know when it’s up and running!

  22. dave westwood December 29, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Yes! It would be great to hear more interviews about the great expanse of Mormon culture. I hear Mayan might volunteer to pay for video and help with technical support.

  23. Anne Hutchinson December 29, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve missed the podcasts ! I hope you find enough interest to resurrect the podcast in 2007. Happy New Year !

  24. paula December 29, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    John as a bit more encouragement– have you seen that some of the old interviews are some of the highest ranked things at

  25. paula December 29, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Actually I haven’t looked at sustaind for awhile, and should have looked first. The mormonstories podcasts have slipped lower now, not surprising since they’re retired, but still at first they were doing quite well.

  26. Lon December 29, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Yes, we would very much like the Mormon Stories Podcast brought back.

  27. Dave December 29, 2006 at 8:33 pm

    I love the podcasts that you’ve done so far. They are very even handed and objective. Thanks for producing them and taking the time.

  28. charlene December 31, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Please do start up again–Trevor says the same.

  29. Ann December 31, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    Of course, silly.

  30. John December 31, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Brilliant news. I listened to every one of the original set and long for more. Can’t wait…looking forward to it…

  31. Kaimi January 1, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Here’s an answer for you, a bit late, and a bit different from others here:


    There are reasons for doing it, of course. Communities are fun. You have built a site that many people know and appreciate. (Comments here attest to that support). It seems, at times, to be helpful for you in your own spiritual journey. And from comments, your work seems to have helped a group of other people as well.

    That said, don’t forget the downsides. Sites take a lot of time and energy, and so do communities. Sometimes online interactions become negative (trolls, arguments, or worse). Rehashing the same questions can be tiring. Real life can make time demands that limit your ability to blog. And so forth.

    I don’t know the exact details, but I suspect that some combination of one-or-more of those factors probably contributed to your last retirement.

    What is different now? How is January 2007 different from October 2006? Ask yourself that question, and make sure that you’re comfortable with the answer, whatever it may be.

  32. Richard January 1, 2007 at 11:15 pm


    $25 when the first one comes out.

  33. RRR January 2, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I will match Richard!!!

  34. Polygamy Porter January 2, 2007 at 8:30 pm


    What has any of your multimedia done?

    My in-laws have watched some of them and listened to some of your podcasts.

    Nothing has changed. In their eyes, they are still good, and I am bad.

    You might get a few internet mormons to accept us so-called apostates, but most members are chapel mormons and will never understand anything outside of them being part of god’s only true church.

    The people that need help are those who will not or cannot view and listen to your pod/screen casts.

    IMO until you get the chapel mormons to get out of the chapel and onto the internet, IMO, your work is just preaching to the choir.

  35. Polygamy Porter January 2, 2007 at 8:33 pm started out with good intentions as well.

    Both that site and yours are outta steam.

    It was a good effort John.

  36. Podaddict January 3, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Mormon Stories back up and running!!
    Thats the best news I’ve heard in a long time. Welcome back John. :-)
    (How about getting some RLDS or COC to tell their stories too?).

  37. Andrew January 3, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for bringing this back John. I loved listening to your podcasts and probably have listened to them all at least twice. I met you at the last Sunstone (I was probably the youngest one there) and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. I always find your insights informative and enlightening. Where else are we going to hear from the likes of Grant Palmer, Darius Gray and Todd Compton? Keep it up!

  38. Dwarik January 4, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I just started listening to this in november and i must say it got me hooked fast. I look forward to some new eppisodes.

  39. Tatiana January 31, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Yes, I love Mormon Stories! I would be so happy for more!

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