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What does it mean to be "all in" the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. All In is a brand new podcast from LDS Living where we explore this question with the help of authors and artists who are striving to live their faith every day—just like you.

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    Bonus: Matthew Godfrey: The Liberty Jails That Refine Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 53:51

    Having spent the last decade of his life working on the Joseph Smith Papers, Matthew Godfrey knows a thing or two about the Prophet's life. And as next week the Come, Follow Me chapters cover the stirring revelations Joseph received in Liberty Jail, we sat down to learn all we could from Matthew about them. For example, did you know that Joseph wrote nine letters total from Liberty Jail and just two them make up sections 121–123? On this special bonus episode, Matthew shares why he believes Liberty Jail changed Joseph as a person and as a prophet. “When you get into Joseph's life, you see that he's really not all that dissimilar from you or from me.”  Show Notes 2:40- Joseph Smith Papers 6:42- A Changing and Evolving Relationship with Joseph Smith 10:12- History: The Family Business 11:54- Attaching Meaning to History 13:38- The “Much” in “After Much Tribulation” 23:25- Other Characters 27:15- The Inhumanity of Liberty Jail 30:13- Value of Friendship in the Life of the Prophet 35:55- A Personal Liberty 37:55- Joseph and Emma's Letters 41:20- Empathy and Urgency 43:44- When God Seems Absent 47:55- Redemptive Experiences 51:07- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Katie Kortman: Embracing the Color in Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 40:01

    This season there will be a Relief Society president on Project Runway. Yes, you read that correctly. Katie Kortman is as shocked as you are. She knows she is not the fashion designer people are used to seeing after 19 seasons of the show, but she also knows that, as her mom taught her, “different is good.” On this week's episode, we talk with Katie about her love for color, both literally and figuratively, and why she believes it is best to be yourself. "It's awesome to be different. Not everyone's the same. We want to stand out." Show Notes 2:09- 2018: The Year of the Goal 6:04- The Influence of Mothers 10:16- The International Church 14:20- Color Brings Joy 16:54- Creativity and Coping 20:36- Developing a Love for Sewing 24:33- Road to the Runway 35:12- Modesty 38:13- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Bonus: Natalie Bolles: Meeting, Loving, and Living Life with Garett

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 6:14

    Shortly after meeting her husband, Garett, for the first time, Natalie Bolles googled his name and was surprised when a mug shot came up. Hear a brief interview with Natalie about how Garett's candor and transparency about his past opened her heart. See for privacy information.

    Bonus: Emily Belle Freeman: Bringing Garett Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 14:51

    You know her as a beloved Latter-day Saint author and the host of “Don't Miss This” but Garett Bolles calls her “mom.” Hear the story behind Greg and Emily Freeman's decision to adopt Garett and how she has seen God's hand in Garett's life in the years since on this special bonus episode.    See for privacy information.

    Garett Bolles: Light in Dark Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 30:17

    What could've been the darkest moment of his life turned into the moment that changed Garett Bolles' life. It is a story that has been widely referred to as “Utah's Blind Side” but Garett's story was far from over when Greg and Emily Freeman took him in as a high school student. On this week's episode, we talk to Garett about how God brought light into his life right when it seemed darkness was closing in and why he is now determined to bring that same light into the lives of others, including his son, Kingston, who was recently diagnosed with apraxia of speech. "There's always that chance where you can do a 180 and go back to where the light is." Show Notes 1:29- A Lost Kid 4:42- The Freeman Home and a Change of Heart 7:14- A Corner Master 8:52- Getting a Shot in the NFL 11:59- Playing Angry 16:40- Hard Work Pays Off 17:53- Learning Disabilities 20:19- A God of Second Chances 23:35- Cleats 26:31- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Marie Osmond: Working for Our Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 36:35

    When Marie Osmond was a little girl, her mom told her that she could gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon for herself. The witness she received in answer to her prayers has carried her in the 50 years since. She has spent her life in the spotlight and it has not been a life without challenges or mistakes, but Marie has stood by her faith again and again. On today's episode, Marie reveals how her faith, a knowledge of the Atonement of Christ, temple attendance, and an understanding of eternal families has carried her throughout her life.  "Let God be God and always be humble enough to follow.” Show Notes 3:26- Putting the Gospel to the Test 6:31- “What is Normal?” 9:18- Family is Everything 11:47- “Be Ready Always to Give an Answer” 15:11- The Only Failure in Life 18:38- Living Longer Than a Child 24:47- Falling in Love Again 27:02- Why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? 28:35- Working in the Temple 31:43- Getting Answers from General Conference 33:42- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Nadia Cates: The Power of Remembering Who We Are

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 40:28

    Nadia Cates is on a mission. Literally. She and her husband are mission leaders of the Costa Rica San José West Mission. But long before putting on the black name tag she now wears, she felt a desire to create something that would preserve the hispanic heritage she has grown to love and cherish—a heritage that has given her power and confidence. But on this week's episode of “All In,” she explains why that was not always the case. "I've felt my ancestors call me. I've felt ideas pour to my mind of ways that I could connect and lift those in our community who are like me." Show Notes 1:45- Hiding Heritage 5:12- Recognizing Disconnect in Reconnecting 7:36- Finding the Gospel 9:25- Mexico MTC 14:32- Food Is Everything 19:09- Coming Home Changed 24:06- Arise and Shine 29:10- Creation 36:00- Turning Hearts to Fathers 39:07- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Jess Kettle: Choosing to Lean In

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 41:03

    A young mom, Jess Kettle had always found joy in her membership in the Church. But when people she had looked up to and trusted began to leave, she found herself filled with anxiety regarding her faith. Jess felt a pressing need to double-down spiritually and dedicate herself to finding answers from God. In the process, she found herself more converted than ever. On this week's episode, we talk with Jess about her journey and how the catalyst for her true conversion really came down to one thing—listening to a prophet's voice. “I was drowning and this was the reach of my life.” Show Notes 2:22- When Your Foundation Starts To Shake 7:42- The Love of a Prophet 14:56- The Support of a Bishop 16:52- Creating a Game Plan 21:26- Tiny Steps Toward Him 27:24- Speak Freely and Openly 32:57- Spiritual Mentors 35:34- A Lot of Questions and No Doubts 39:21- What Does It Mean to Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Tony Finau: All In at Home and On the Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 44:20

    Coming from humble beginnings, professional golfer Tony Finau has not forgotten his roots or the true source of the blessings he enjoys. He carries with him the hopes and dreams of the people who made sacrifices to help him arrive where he is at today. Recognizing that on the golf course he is a representative of Jesus Christ and a conduit of His light, Finau also knows that when he goes home at the end of a tournament, he is going home to what is most important. On this week's episode, we talk about why he is determined to not take anything for granted. "Sometimes that person that He wants me to be isn't the person that I want to be. But as you pray, these things, they can coexist. Your will turns to His and you can start to do some cool things. You start to see your life change in a way that you would never imagine because you have prayed often enough to know that He's got a better plan for you than then you have for yourself." Show Notes 2:14- Three Rules From Dad 6:31- The Source of Hope 8:26- Humble Beginnings 11:17- Representing a People 13:37- Remembering Who We Used To Be 16:29- What Golf Teaches You 19:51- Golfing with Tiger 22:34- A Mother's Love 25:18- Second Nicest Guy on the PGA Tour 28:07- Family, Faith, and Golf 37:36- Prayers of Gratitude and Radiating Light 41:56- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Brittany Chapman Nash: Polygamy and the Church's Past

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 51:40

    From the early 1840s to 1890, the principle of plural marriage was practiced within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This aspect of history is one we tend to avoid talking about as Latter-day Saints. Perhaps we feel uncomfortable—or maybe even embarrassed—about the past. But how can we look back with respect for our forebearers while also acknowledging and feeling gratitude that polygamy is no longer something that is asked of us? On today's episode, we talk with Brittany Chapman Nash about polygamy and what we learn from the people who practiced it. “I think they had different joys and different sorrows than we do, and maybe richer experiences, and different blessings.” Show Notes 2:45- Interest in Polygamy 4:56- Family Folklore 8:26- A Part of the Story to Own 13:57- Theology of Plural Marriage 19:31- Historical Context 22:47- Lived Polygamy 25:50- Different Joys and Different Sorrows 29:09- Motivated by Faith 31:11- The Role of Agency in Polygamy and Abuses of the Practice 36:01- Assumptions of Intent 41:01- Acting According To Their Convictions 43:16- What It Means For Us Now 48:42- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Makenna Myler: The Surprises of God's Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 43:26

    In October 2020, Makenna Myler made headlines when a viral video showed her running a mile in 5 minutes and 25 seconds. Those numbers would be impressive for anyone—but Makenna did it just 10 days before giving birth to her first child. Still, her running time isn't the only thing Makenna is excited about; it's her opportunity to shine a positive light on motherhood and wellness in pregnancy. On this week's episode, Makenna shares what she has discovered about the sometimes surprising role of God's plan as we pursue our hopes and dreams. See for privacy information.

    Bonus: Elijah Bryant: Chasing a Dream

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 24:17

    Over the course of nine days in May, Elijah Bryant went from playing professional basketball in Israel to fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. He signed with the Milwaukee Bucks and, in July, he became an NBA champion. But Elijah is not just a basketball player—he is also a husband, a father, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. “When I'm done, I want to say I created a legacy for my family.” Show Notes 1:24- We're All Converts 3:50- Putting in Work 5:01- Basketball in the Holy Land 6:59- Whirlwind 9:25- Champions' Mindset 15:05- Primary Pregame 16:46- Living the Gospel Online and Offline 21:01- A Husband, Father, and a Pro Basketball Player 23:10- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Craig Manning: Mastering the Mind

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 46:34

    Did you know research has shown that people who can control their minds have the greatest success in life? In fact, mental strength is a stronger indicator of success than IQ or the economic status of the family one grows up in. So how do we develop mental strength and what does it have to do with faith? Today, we talk with Latter-day Saint Dr. Craig Manning, who has helped some of the greatest athletes in the world answer these questions. “If you are willing to do the mental work, you can really do a lot with what you've been given.”  Show Notes 3:33- Always Comes Back to the Mind  8:10- Mental Traits of Champions 12:05- Roadblocks to Reaching Potential 13:24- The Danger of Doubt 17:33- Can Faith and Fear Co-Exist? 23:24- Who Are We At Our Core? 25:32- Take No Thought For The Morrow 30:40- Truth Is In The Middle 40:52- Faith Begins With How You Talk To Yourself 43:14- Mental Skills and Rapid Progression in Life 44:33- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Gabrielle Shiozawa: Joy After Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 30:15

    Just three weeks before she was going to graduate from high school, Gabrielle Shiozawa was on a run with her dad when he began to experience symptoms of heart failure. Later that night, her father passed from this life to the next and Gabrielle became acquainted with grief in an intimate way she'd never expected. Still a young college student, Gabrielle has now written the book she wishes she'd had when her world came crashing down. "There can be peace inside of pain, and we can find purpose even when we are aching." Show Notes 2:50- The Outlet of Writing 4:18- Sharing Personal Experiences With Strangers 5:35- A Dad Who Deserves A Whole Book 7:57- Present Tense vs. Past Tense 9:20- One Last Run 10:59- Regret and Things That Will Never Happen 12:34- Enlarged Capacity 14:35- Finding Comfort in Turning to God 18:20- When the Answer is “No” 21:22- Friends and Family in Grief 24:45- New Discoveries 27:11- Hope 28:50- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Kurt Francom: The Many Miracles of Church Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 45:06

    Inspired by his desire to be a better bishop, Kurt Francom has interviewed hundreds of people about their service within the Church. What began as blog became a podcast and then eventually a non-profit organization with a goal to help Latter-day Saints be better prepared to lead. On this week's episode, we talk with Kurt about what he has learned from Church leaders serving in various callings all over the world including how to recognize the needs of those you serve and the difference between a motivation problem vs. an ability problem.  “We're all leaders to some capacity. And so we can all step forward, show leadership, and watch the problems in people's lives disintegrate.” Show Notes 2:55- The Guilt Trip Lesson 7:40- Jumping In to Meet a Need 11:19- One Problem in the World 15:07- Solving Problems 20:20- Standing on the Sidelines of the Atonement 23:13- Lay Leadership 29:22- Principles Worth Remembering 33:31- Ability or Motivation Problem? 36:40- Recognizing Needs 42:53- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Thurl Bailey: The Impact of Seeing Potential

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 52:02

    When someone sees our potential it can make all the difference in what we become. But what has that looked like in the life of former NBA player Thurl Bailey? It meant his mother believing that she was not raising average kids, and therefore Cs were not acceptable. It meant not making the middle school basketball team again and again until a coach finally offered to put in some extra work with the 6'10" 9th grader. And it meant overcoming obstacles in marrying his wife when the odds were against them. But perhaps most important, it has looked like Heavenly Father knowing Thurl's potential as a disciple of Jesus Christ. On this week's episode, we talk with Thurl about potential in all its forms and what we can learn from it. “God also has a way of making things really right.” Show Notes  2:33- Taking Full Advantage of Education 6:45- “I Have a Dream” 8:30- Religion as a Child 12:06- Dr. J 22:15- Influence of a Coach Who Cared 25:47- Cultural Implications of Coming to Utah 30:24- Conquering the Odds 38:34- Asking the Right Person 45:17- 25 Years Later 48:43- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Lisa Valentine Clark: Seeing God in the Midst of Grief

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 51:09

    On June 5, 2020, Christopher Clark passed away after a four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Just days before, he and his wife, Lisa Valentine Clark, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Now, she feels her husband's absence every day. How can Lisa move forward from here? Is it possible to put the pieces back together when a key piece is missing? On this week's episode, Lisa discusses what she has learned from caregiving, the process of grief, and why she cannot deny the existence of God and his ability to answer our prayers. "Grief is love with nowhere to go." Show Notes  2:10- Love for Others, Love for Each Other 6:00- What Is This Person Trying to Communicate Right Now? 9:20- ALS and Loss 13:40- A Time to Grieve, A Time to Connect 20:19- Caregiving 25:50- Living In Every Ordinary Day 32:10- “The Comfort of God is a Miracle” 38:36- Feeling God's Awareness of Us 45:36- It's All About Love 49:42- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Elder Edward Dube: Can You Imagine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 51:31

    "Can you imagine"—these three words, found in Alma 5, were used many times by Elder Edward Dube in this week's podcast. But what do these words mean in our lives? From our approach in sharing the Book of Mormon to how we participate in family reunions, Elder Dube invites us to imagine how we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, could improve the little things and better appreciate the blessings of the gospel. "To find true happiness requires us to place our faith and total commitment on the Lord Jesus Christ—to fully do His will." Show Notes 3:30- A Temple in Zimbabwe 5:49- Elder Dube's Mother 8:27- Childhood in the Catholic Church and Falling Away 12:37- To Parents of the Rising Generation 14:28- Studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ 18:21- Helping Others Open the Book of Mormon 23:05- A Nudge to Get Married from a Living Prophet 26:05- A Universally Applicable Gospel 28:26- Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ 31:05- Traditions—Letting Go of Some and Embracing Others 34:35- A Love for the Lord—More Than Going to Church 39:45- The Lord's Promises in the Sacrament 44:11- Going Beyond the Things that Hold Us Back 48:04- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Samuel Brown and Kate Holbrook: The Evolving Story of a Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 57:37

    Samuel Brown is an academic, a shock trauma ICU doctor, and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He has achieved much professionally, but it was not until his wife, Kate Holbrook, was diagnosed with cancer in her eye and he faced the risk of losing his beloved that Sam realized he had neglected things in his home. This realization was painful and required work to undo the hurt of the past, but together, he and his wife have rebuilt a home and a marriage they are grateful for and proud of. "You can't introspect your way into another person if you don't spend a lot of time with them." Show Notes 2:32-Authenticity or Repentance?  5:23- The Natural Sam  9:55- From Atheist to Believer  22:44- Kate  26:10- Confronting Selfishness in Marriage  32:46- Forgetting Ourselves to See Others Clearly  43:10- Cheering Each Other On In Being Useful to God  48:55- “Holy” Food Deliveries and Reverence for One's Spouse  53:23- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Liz Darger: Establishing Home-Court Advantage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 42:32

    When Liz Darger, a senior associate athletic director at BYU, was a young girl, her mother taught a home evening lesson that made a deep impression on her. Liz's mother spoke of creating a home-court advantage for each member of their family. This meant celebrating one another's successes, being patient when a family member is struggling, and protecting their home from negative influences. On this week's episode, we talk with Liz about how that concept of home court advantage changed her life and how it extends outside the walls of her home. “These are souls we're dealing with…precious, precious souls to our Heavenly Parents.”  Show Notes 2:19- Creating Home-Court Advantage for Everyone 5:23- Cultivated in the Home, Carried Into the World 8:43- Finding Identity as a Daughter of God 11:28- A Wonderful Integration 14:48- A Sense of Belonging 17:38- Investing in Relationships—A Two-Way Thing 24:45- Both Sides of the Bridge Together 27:00- Showing Up…With Cake 32:00- Listening—The Bedrock of Respect 36:52- Trusted Receivers of People in Our Path 40:18- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Daniel Peterson: The Power of a Witness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 52:10

    David Whitmer, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdery. Those are the well-known names of three men whose witnesses of the Book of Mormon stood the test of time, even if their loyalty to the Church sometimes wavered. But who were they? What about these men enabled God to use them in Restoration? Why did they all, at various points, step away from the Church? And why did two of them come back? On this week's episode, Daniel Peterson, an executive producer of the new movie “Witnesses,” discusses the significance of these men's roles in Church history and why we should hold gratitude in our hearts for their lives. “The Lord gave us the witnesses—the three and the eight—and I think He expects us to use them and to tell their story.”  Show Notes 3:43- "A Witness to the Witnesses” 8:09- Becoming Converted 9:38- Seer Stones 13:28- Relationships in Church History 17:57- Sidney Rigdon and the Salt Sermon 23:10- Strong Personalities 30:15- All Left, Two Came Back, All Stood By Their Testimonies 40:10- Witnesses of Women 46:58- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Aaron Franklin: The Literal Light of the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 57:02

    Could a greater understanding of the physical properties of light allow us to better radiate God's light—spiritual light—to those around us? How can our hope and trust in God increase when we more fully appreciate the ability of God's light to reach us? On this week’s episode, we speak with Aaron Franklin, an engineer, chemist, and a professor at Duke University about how an increased grasp of principles of light could open our eyes to the gospel truths associated with spiritual light.   “How does God working by natural laws make Him any less divine? To me, it doesn’t. If anything, it makes what God has done and continues to do more majestic.”  Show Notes  3:12- A Catalytic Study of Light 5:38- Scientific Light and Spiritual Light 12:02- A Joseph Smith Seed 14:17- What the Doctrine and Covenants Adds 17:35- Why Equations? 22:01- Four Principles of Physics of Light 23:58- Encoded Information 28:00- Influence and Radiating Light 32:34- Samuel the Lamanite 38:42- What God Can Do 43:23- Retention of “An Indelible Impression” 48:26- “Jesus Found Him” 53:34- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Ally Isom: Making Space for Female Voices

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 39:33

    In October 2015, President Russell M. Nelson, then-President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, issued a plea to the women of the Church: “We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices.” Since becoming prophet, President Nelson has reiterated similar pleas and has said that the women of the Church have “the spiritual power to change the world.” So, how do we make space for female voices in today’s world? Ally Isom, former head of global branding for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has a few ideas. “If it’s about my errand on the Lord’s behalf, then I can do it. I get all kinds of confidence and courage knowing God asked me to do this and I will do anything. I put my career and my life on the alter long ago and I will do whatever God asks me to do.” Show Notes 2:06- A Prophet’s Invitation 3:55- Overcoming Hesitancy to Speak Up 6:59- Passion for Women’s Voices 10:36- A Seat at the Table 13:29- Encouraging Women to Speak and Participate 20:34- Increasing Confidence 22:53- Finding Your Message 26:40- Turning Outward 30:00- The Spirit Knows Your Audience 36:27- Coming Into Our Voice 38:03- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Mauli Bonner and Paul Reeve: Understanding the History of Blacks in the Church

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 55:43

    In 1830, the same year the Church was organized, a former slave named Peter became the first documented Black member of the Church. Nearly 200 years later, Mauli Bonner first heard Peter's story when he started exploring his own faith as a Black member of the Church. This journey led him to Paul Reeve, a professor at the University of Utah who has studied Blacks in Church history extensively. On today's episode, Mauli and Paul explain not only the importance of the stories of early Black Latter-day Saints, but also how their stories can strengthen our faith and our testimonies of the restored gospel. "The beauty of it all is that we are here now and have an opportunity to learn and do something good. That's what we have control over. We can't change what was, we were not there. But we are here now. " -Mauli Bonner Show Notes 3:24- Blacks in the Early Days of the Church 8:50- Legislation with Theological Implications 12:00- Learning the History as a Black Latter-day Saint 15:22- Green Flake and Brigham Young 25:28- Strengthening Testimony Rather Than Weakening 31:44- Historical Accuracy 37:12- What Needed to Change? 44:22- Why Monuments Matter 51:22- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Sage Williams: Sexual Abuse—Prevention, Healing, and Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 45:19

    Harvard recently held a symposium entitled “Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse.” Latter-day Saint Sage Williams was one of the organizers of the symposium. On today's episode, she shares how her faith has influenced her to advocate for the prevention of sexual abuse. She also explains why she believes this work is a sacred one. “God loves His children. Any work caring for them and meeting their needs and nurturing and ministering to them is His work.” Show Notes 3:34- A Witness to Suffering 5:45- Restoration Through Our Advocate 8:54- Repairing the Breach 11:18- Prevalence 13:10- Opening the Conversation at Church 17:38- What to Say and What Not to Say 21:40- Reporting—An Act of Mercy 27:27- Healing and Generational Impact 33:54- A Sacred Work 41:35- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Keith Erekson: Investigating Latter-Day Saint Rumors and Assumptions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 52:50

    We’ve all heard them. There are pre-general conference predictions, rumors about certain celebrities investigating the Church, and sensationalized stories from Church history. How can you discern what is real and what’s rumor? On this week’s episode, Keith Erekson, director of the Church History Library, teaches how historians approach corroboration and how you can do the same in your own life. “If anything, history teaches us to be humble.” Show Notes 2:15- Why This Matters  3:30- History Is Not What You Think  5:51- Myth Vs. Rumor  9:20- “I Heard”  13:48- Assumptions  22:16- Either Or  26:04- Sensationalized Over Time  32:33- What’s the Harm?  44:52- Social Responsibility  50:36- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Keith and Brooke Meyer: The Hope a Savior Brings in a Battle Against Addiction

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 41:04

    When Keith Meyer met his wife, Brooke, he was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In fact, the day he first saw her, he had a beer in his hand. Keith had started drinking in his youth, but it wasn't until three years into his marriage that he wondered if he might be an alcoholic. That was when his story of recovery and conversion truly began. And although it's a process that is ongoing—a true fight against an ever-present struggle—they believe it is a story worth telling. “The message that I got was ‘You’re not fighting him. He’s not the battle. You need to battle with him together to fight this addiction.’” Show Notes  2:07- First Impressions 5:58- Drinking and Conversion 11:29- Drawing Upon the Power of the Atonement 13:40- 2020 17:35- Under the Influence 19:05- Heartbroken 21:45- Daily Bread 24:46- Guilt and Shame 28:46- The Hand of God 33:20- Faith Over Fear 37:50- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Bryan Ready: From Critic to Convert

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 43:04

    From the time he was a young boy, Bryan Ready felt drawn to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Initially he studied everything he could find about it, determined to prove it wasn't the restored church on the earth today. But while working as a Southern Baptist pastor, he allowed himself to consider that it might actually be true. Over the course of five years, he went from tearing down the Church to joining it. On this week’s episode, we talk with Ready about why he eventually concluded that the Church is where he is meant to be, and why it is now his home. “Stop trying to tear down Mormonism and just lift up Jesus.” Show Notes 1:49- A Simple Child’s Prayer 5:01- Osmondmania and a Lifelong Study 8:40- Thesis 1:21- From Interested to Critic 12:49- Advice to Those With Doubt 15:45- Guided as a Baptist Pastor 18:58- Where People Go When They Leave 22:18- Dialogue and Friendships Across the Aisle 26:10- Dropped 30:50- Unseen Dangers and Timing 33:44- Respect in a Family with Different Beliefs 37:00- “Where I Was Meant To Be” 41:07- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Angie Balfour: Moments That Define Us, People That Change Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 47:07

    Angie Balfour is an adventurer, a cancer survivor, a chief people officer, and a disciple of Christ. After her high school graduation, Balfour learned a valuable lesson when she graduated from high school about involving God in her life decisions and has since documented the defining moments from each year of her life. Today, we talk with Balfour about why she believes that recognizing the influence of people, places, and important moments in our lives is vital to our happiness. “I think we underestimate God...the vast majority of our lives here." Show Notes 1:44- Partnering with God 5:22- To Go or Not To Go 7:25- What People May Not Know About Being Single in the Church 10:53- Value of Diversity and Eliminating Echo Chambers 19:26- Cancer and Being the Beneficiary of a Fast 26:20- The Miracle of Orange Chicken 30:01- The Dream Changes 33:20- You Get Out What You Put In 41:00- Making and Keeping Covenants 43:28- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Kirby Heyborne: When God Opens a Window

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 44:19

    Latter-day Saints will best recognize Kirby Heyborne for his starring roles in “The R.M.” and “The Best Two Years.” But in the years since those films, Heyborne’s career has had its ups and downs. Although he initially began in finance, Heyborne loved to entertain. His big breaks in the Latter-day Saint film world would suggest he found an opportunity to make a living by following his passion—but the media industry can be brutal, and it wasn't until Heyborne landed a gig as an audiobook narrator that he found a way to provide for his family while also doing something he loves. On this week’s episode, Heyborne explains how embracing the opportunities God has given him has allowed him to find true happiness. “When you realize that this is a divine opportunity and you look at every moment—every interaction—with every person as a beautiful divine opportunity to lift that person, I think that helps you be happy now.” Show Notes 2:06- Golden Age of Latter-day Saint Comedies 6:14- The Impact of Elder Calhoun 8:45- Unanticipated Opportunities 13:29- Narrating “Saints" 15:58- Empty Promises, and Authoring Your Own Joy 24:02- Criticism and Personal Revelation 28:32- “Making Good” on an Opportunity 36:01- One Person’s Ability To Make a Difference 39:16- Seeing the Divinity in a Human Being 42:31- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Roohina Arya: Journey Toward the Light

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 39:32

    Latter-day Saints around the world make significant sacrifices to believe. For Roohina Arya, a desire to follow Jesus Christ meant risking her life. Local laws forbid her conversion to Christianity and simply desiring to believe meant subjecting herself to physical abuse as well as a loss of security for her and her loved ones. Yet, she says that the hope of finding light was worth any risk. On this week’s episode, we talk with Roohina about her quest to come unto Christ and how her journey of faith transformed her life. “For me, it was like I die or I get to that light.” Show Notes 1:46- Born in Iran 7:31- A Miraculous Gift and a Friend 12:04- Arrested 22:43- Worth the Risk 27:15- Searching for a Church 30:20- “Expedient” 33:02- Called to Serve 36:34- Led By The Hand of God 37:57- What Does It Mean to Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Jennifer Reeder: Emma Smith—Giving All That Is Required

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 50:26

    A thread of complexity is woven throughout the life of Emma Smith. Her love for her husband, the Prophet Joseph Smith, was enduring despite her struggles to understand his participation in polygamy. Her family was the most important thing to her, yet she suffered familial losses over and over again. She gave her all for the gospel of Jesus Christ but chose not to go west with the Saints. Many have asked, “Did Emma fall short?" This week, we talk with Jennifer Reeder, the author of the new biography, “First: The Life and Faith of Emma Smith," about why the answer to that question is no—Emma gave all that was asked of her. “The very thing that tears you to pieces is often the thing that means the most to you.” Show Notes 3:47- “I Think She Is Speaking to Me” 11:33- A Life of Loss and Starting Over 17:13- Did Emma Fall Short? 19:45- “Joseph, Joseph, Joseph” 21:54- Complementary Partners 27:36- Polygamy 37:04- Emma’s Family’s Concerns 41:41- Stories of Ongoing Restoration 46:57- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Nate and Vanessa Quigley: Finding Enduring Joy in Parenting

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 48:28

    Like many young couples, Nate and Vanessa Quigley had big dreams and a firm vision for their little family after getting married. They had read the Book of Mormon scripture that promises if you keep the commandments, you will prosper in the land (2 Nephi 4:4). Over a quarter of a century later, they believe the Lord has blessed them in their efforts to raise their children in the gospel of Jesus Christ—those blessings just look a little different than they imagined. On today’s episode, the Quigleys share the challenges they've encountered as parents and why they are convinced their family is perfect for them. “As a parent, you just jump in the lake and you swim. You can’t possibly help yourself. ...It’s unsafe to be a parent because you love your children so desperately.” Show Notes  1:43- Family Narratives 6:48- The Perfect Family? 9:25- Watching a Child Struggle 13:22- The Pandemic of Pandemics 17:47- No More Sweeping Under the Rug 22:57- The Price Paid To Be Someone’s Angel 26:19- Trust God and Do Your Best 31:30- Talking About Mental Challenges 36:09- The Wheel of Wellness and Safe Love 42:30- The Perfect Family Learning Together 45:58- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Casey Elliott: Changed through Characters

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 35:43

    Sometimes, it can be difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of the people we read about in Church history or in the scriptures. We live in such a different world today that their experiences can be hard for us to grasp. But stepping into others’ shoes is what Casey Elliott often does on stage, and the experience has changed him. From playing Joseph Smith in the upcoming film “Green Flake” to Peter in the concert film of the oratorio “Lamb of God,” Elliott captures the humanity of these people and brings them to life. In this week’s episode, we explore what this humanity means to Elliott and how his perception of history has deepened through acting. “Creative ideas in a very real sense are bits of intelligence, bits of spiritual stuff that wasn’t created, it just is there and, as creatives, we have the immense blessing and opportunity to take that and to form it into an identity. And that identity, once formed, almost takes on a life of its own.” Show Notes 2:54- “Resist Playing to the Icon” 9:18- Imperfect but Utilized 12:08- Being Present 15:07- “The Spirit of Christ is in the Music” 21:50- Putting Ourselves in Their Shoes 24:03- Peter, Our Brother 30:27- “Reaches My Reaching” 32:24- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Richard Turley: The Cautionary Tales of Church History and the Role Models Worth Emulating

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 49:05

    Richard Turley has spent his career facing history head-on because he believes the more we know, the better we can answer questions. When it comes to Church history, there are an abundance of examples worth emulating, but there are also cautionary tales we can learn from. On this week’s episode, Turley looks back on his takeaways from writing books about two dark moments in Church history: the Mark Hofmann trial and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He then contrasts that to the uplifting lessons he learned from writing a biography about the exemplary life of President Dallin H. Oaks. “We tend to ignore the lessons we can learn from the past and we don’t look very far into the future.” Show Notes 1:39- Cold-called 6:46- Mark Hofmann 13:46- Lingering Misperceptions and What We Should Know 16:30- Mountain Meadows Massacre 21:27- Distinguish Between the Mental and the Spiritual 23:11- Cautionary Tales and Transparency Through the Big Picture 27:18- This Moment in Church History 29:19- A Full Circle Moment 30:45- 'In the Hands of the Lord’ 33:34- Documenting Someone Else’s Life 34:44- President Oaks—'A Very Balanced Human Being’ 38:48- Work, a Sense of Humor, and Letter Writing 43:08- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Fiona and Terryl Givens: The Restoration of All Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 57:27

    For the last decade, Fiona and Terryl Givens have brought to light wonderful and expansive doctrines in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ by drawing upon literature and other faith traditions. Their work helps Latter-day Saints appreciate the beauty of what we believe. On this week’s episode, we talk with these scholars about many of their books, how those books are influenced by their life experiences, and how their studies have brought us greater appreciation for our faith tradition and the faith traditions of others. “If something harrows the mind and constricts the heart, that I don’t think is of God—that is not of the Spirit. But if something—an idea, a thought, a song, a book—enlarges your mind and awakens your heart to joy then we can know that that is true.” Show Notes 1:52- Fiona’s Story 8:47- Terryl’s Story 11:21- The Influence of Life Experiences 14:58- What the Restoration Brings to the Table 21:10- Doubt as a Catalyst 26:23- “The Greatest Act of Self-Revelation” 30:10- The Atonement is Not a Back-up Plan 38:17- Approach to Questions 41:40- “An All-Embracing Gospel” 47:41- Remorse Vs. Guilt 51:48- Desires in Doctrine and Covenants 54:42- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Rio Grange: Honoring a Parent through Complexity

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 39:13

    How do we honor parents who make choices we don’t understand? On this week's All In episode, Rio Grange discusses her relationship with her father, who struggled with mental health and other difficult issues in his life. Rio wrote, “Some things are not meant to make sense, or seem fair, or reach resolution in this life—and that can be hard to sit with. But these experiences bring learning and growth, while ‘earthside’ that otherwise would not have been possible. The complexities in between and all throughout will be taken care of ‘heavenside.’” Rio shares what our Heavenly Father's plan is teaching her about navigating complexities in family relationships. “It’s his story. It’s between him and the Savior and I kept trying to put my dad between myself and my Savior as I tried to heal. …But I had to learn that the healing I needed was between myself and my Savior.” Show Notes 1:50- Two Passions Becoming One 3:47- Community 5:23- A Daddy’s Girl 10:08- Taking the Best Parts 15:37- Adult Children of Divorce 19:21- Shared Grief, Individual Healing 25:30- When Foundations Feel Unsteady 29:00- “The Great Plan” 32:08- An Unfinished Story 34:15- "Breathe and Enjoy” 37:00- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    John Beck: Centered in Christ

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 45:15

    For four years, John Beck lined up under center at BYU as quarterback of the football team. He is likely best remembered for a winning play in a rivalry game against Utah that is often referred to as “The Answered Prayer,” but in the years since his collegiate career, Beck has learned a lot about seemingly unanswered prayers and perceived failure. On this week’s episode, Beck discusses the refiner’s fire as well as the delicate balance between putting in the work to achieve success while allowing space for recovery and rehabilitation—both mentally and physically. He believes this begins with being centered in Jesus Christ. "To achieve the most difficult things, failure and fear is something you have to look straight in the face and be okay with." Show Notes 2:07- Beck to Harline 6:09- A Good Little Arm 8:52- Favorite Cougar? 12:56- Missions and Sports 17:53- Working On Our Sculpture 22:28- A Father’s Love and a Refiner’s Fire 27:18- Perceived Failure 33:34- The Master Teacher 38:01- Work: A Delicate Balance 40:42- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at   See for privacy information.

    Marcus Martins: Focused on the Future, Learning from the Past

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 59:31

    Marcus Martins never planned to serve a mission, to be sealed in the temple, or to serve as a bishop. These things would require him to receive the priesthood, and there was a restriction in place that precluded him from doing so. But Martins’s life changed forever on June 8, 1978, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy male members ages 12 and older. Since that day, Martins has served not only as a missionary, but as a bishop, a temple officiator, a Book of Mormon translator, and a mission president. On this week's episode, Martins explains how he developed a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ even before 1978 and why he has never looked back in the nearly 50 years since he joined the Church. “I’m very optimistic about the future and the fact that because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, we will come eventually to a point, even before the millennium, in which this will be for most people a thing of the past because, since we are always receiving new converts, we will always have to be revisiting these lessons but it won’t hurt as much." Show Notes  1:44- Hearing the Gospel Message for the First Time 8:05- Priesthood Ban and Baptism 13:30- Attempts at Explaining the Ban 19:28- Racism, Human Nature, and a Crossroads in History 26:11- Serving a Mission 34:20- Knowing the Significance of the Priesthood 38:02- Small Things Accumulate Over Time 44:00- Optimistic for the Future 48:39- Expanding the Horizon of Our Understanding Through Diversity 54:05- Representation 57:28- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Sarah Jane Weaver: Amplifying a Prophet’s Voice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 47:16

    After 25 years of documenting the ministry of prophets, apostles, and general officers of the Church, Sarah Jane Weaver reflects on the lessons she has learned not only from Church leaders, but from members of the Church throughout the world. On this week’s episode, Weaver, the editor of Church News, looks back on a career that has taken her places she never dreamed of, both literally and figuratively. “I always say that I look at the church through the Church News window. …I’m certainly not doing anything different than any other member of the Church is, I just have a unique view into what our Church leaders do, how they act, how they minister, what they teach. And that view from the Church News window is profound and it’s beautiful.” Show Notes 2:37- A Teacher’s Promise 5:53- Coming to the Church News 7:24- Evolution of Media in 25 Years 13:36- When Questions Require More Information 21:38- The Hallmark of Church Leaders? 28:40- The Support of Those Around Us 34:01- How the Gospel Brings Us Together 38:55- A Prophet and Compensatory Blessings in a Pandemic 43:15- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Dr. Candace Mcnaughton: Discipleship in a Pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 42:47

    In February 2020, Dr. Candace McNaughton participated in her first conversations about coronavirus at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While she has been on the frontlines of COVID-19, she has witnessed the toll the virus has taken on patients and their families, tirelessly researching how to bring about the end of the pandemic with her colleagues. On this week’s episode, she graciously answers our questions surrounding COVID-19 and shares what the experience has taught her about discipleship. "They talk about this...resistance training or high intensity training. That's kind of what we're all getting spiritually this year. It's like one extended, very long series of repetitions of patience." Show Notes 5:41- Witnesses of a Miracle 10:48- How Does a Vaccine Work? 15:09- Real Humans Battling COVID-19 23:05- The Parable of the Lost Sheep 32:17- How Will We Respond? 37:40- Misinformation 41:34- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Bonus: Casey Griffiths: “In the Middle of the Story”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 38:39

    A study of the Doctrine and Covenants may feel a little bit daunting. There is no doubt that it reads a bit differently than other books of scripture. But could it be that this is because the Doctrine and Covenants tells an international story that is far from finished? And could the reason it feels a bit messy be because it is a story that is still being written? Could it be that we are all a part of its ending? “We read the Book of Mormon in black and white…we watch the Doctrine and Covenants in technicolor.” Show Notes 2:09- A Little Messy 4:42- Church History as a Missionary Tool 7:55- Context is Critical 11:44- Beauty in Complexity 16:38- “The Past is a Foreign Country” 19:47- Helpful Resources 22:44- People You Should Meet 28:12- Power of Knowing Church History 32:53- It’s Not Knowing Too Much, It’s Knowing Too Little 34:54- What Does It Mean To You To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Tom Christofferson: The Healing Power of Charity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 45:48

    What if there is power in a Christlike attribute we have heard about our entire lives but have barely scratched the surface of understanding? In his new book, “A Better Heart,” Tom Christofferson writes, “The gift of charity is enormous in conception, its effect and meaning eternal. And yet, it is also small and intimate and personal.” On this week’s episode, we explore charity and how it has the power to give us all better hearts. “It’s that opportunity to be able now to simply be an instrument in His hands—to transmit as purely as we possibly can His affection, His knowledge, His intimate awareness of every individual, and then to strengthen them in their faith and then help them have hope.” Show Notes 2:34- London with the Checketts and Missionaries 5:47- “Let It Be You” 9:31- Seeking to Understand 13:10- A Righteous Mother 17:06- The Powerful Gift of Seeing Someone 18:37- More Used Would I Be 23:24- The Connection Between Blessings and Commandments 28:53- Luxuriate in the Feeling of Christ’s Love 32:02- Rooting Out Discouragement and Despair 34:46- "Communal Salvation” 39:50- Personal Power to Endure 43:59- What Does It Mean To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Rebecca Hirschi: To the Finish Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 42:19

    In 2012, amidst cancer treatments, Rebecca Hirschi achieved her goal of running the Boston Marathon. But on New Year's Eve 2020, Hirschi approached another finish line as she was nearing the end of her battle with cancer and was on hospice. That night, she was carried up the stairs by her family. Her daughter and husband got her ready for bed, but when it was time for her evening prayers, Rebecca insisted on kneeling. She said she owed everything to God. Three days later, Rebecca returned to that God who gave her life. In this episode, recorded just a few weeks before she passed, Rebecca shares what she learned about the gift of life and living each day to its fullest. “The eternal today is what really becomes the focus…each and every day—and the moments within each day—can be lived to its fullest.” Show Notes:  1:57- Receiving a Diagnosis 5:06- Consciously Breathing 7:03- Fighting Cancer with Faith 8:31- Choosing to Run the Race 16:25- The Healing Power of Gratitude 20:21- Centering in Christ and Calming the Storm 23:50- “Build and Connect” 26:09- The Individual Gift of the Temple 29:45- “Only the Home Can Compare with the Temple in Sacredness.” 33:45- The Magnitude and Significance of Tiny Moments 36:50- “Mount Up With Wings as Eagles” 40:38- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Eva Timothy: Recognizing Light

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 39:36

    Eva Timothy describes growing up in Bulgaria as a place filled with darkness. But even amidst that darkness, she instantly recognized the light of Jesus Christ in art taped to the walls of a makeshift chapel. She felt His light through the words in theBook of Mormon—even through a pamphlet which only contained a handful of chapters in Bulgarian. She was drawn to His light then, and now she hopes to help others find that same light through her photography. “We all see Him in our own special way and that’s the beauty of it—that He is so dear to our heart.” Show Notes:  2:42- Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain 5:30- Finding Faith Above a Soccer Stadium 11:32- The Book of Mormon…Pamphlet 16:23- The Light of the Gospel 19:04- Coming to America and Serving a Mission in the Big Apple 24:51- Enduring Through Creating 28:10- Digital Painting Guided by God 30:02- Feeling Ourselves in the Art 35:59- Grateful for Opportunities and to Missionaries 37:37- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Lauren Daigle: A Dream Planted by God Himself

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 27:05

    Long before she won a Grammy, Lauren Daigle was a teenager homebound by sickness. But during this period of isolation, God gave her hope for a future through a dream of becoming a singer. Years later, the Christian music singer and songwriter has millions of fans but she isn't interested in having followers herself. Instead, she hopes to always direct people to the Savior of the World. Although the road certainly hasn't always been easy, Lauren can now look back and see that God was working in her all along. “The closer you draw to Him, He draws near to us and, in that exchange, He really does give us a mirror and let us see who we are. He stands in front of that mirror and we’re able to see ourselves through Him.” Show Notes:  3:00- “A place where you can watch souls come to life” 9:07- “Getting to Share Him” 11:51- Decision-making and criticism 18:04- Discovering identity through periods of isolation and incubation 25:01- What Does It Mean To You To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Jason Deere: Music Fueled by Testimony

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 46:23

    The son of converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jason Deere has lived most of his life in Oklahoma or Tennessee. After finding success in the music industry, Deere took his love for country music and combined it with a love for the gospel. The result, The Nashville Tribute Band, has inspired thousands and redefined Deere’s career. "The heartbeat [of the Church] is family by family and it’s when you put a bunch of heartbeats together that you have something that really starts to sound like thunder.” Show Notes: 2:46- The Son of Converts 6:50- A Bishop’s Encouragement 9:08- Driven by a Love for Music 12:38- “Too Stupid to Know I Couldn’t Do It” 15:30- Secular Taking a Backseat to the Spiritual 18:43- Beginning of Nashville Tribute Band 21:40- What You’re Known For 24:20- Respect of Other Artists 26:27- Two Songs About Women 29:20- Don’t Miss This 33:53- Miracles That Brought Us Here 38:04- Soundtrack 39:35- The Power of Families 43:03- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    John Bytheway: Finding Joy This Holiday Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 41:57

    A lot goes on in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but in the midst of cooking and shopping, are we taking time to reflect on the cause for our celebrations or the source of joy that we feel? Do we stop to think about the Christ child who became the Savior of the world? On this week’s episode, John Bytheway explores the miracle of Jesus Christ and why that miracle can bring us joy regardless of our age—and even in the midst of a pandemic. "We know the source of joy. We know where to go for that. And that's why we're all in." Show Notes:  1:58- Young Men general board 3:28- Why a Christmas book? 4:50- Covid and Christmas 7:11- The Three Levels of Christmas 11:29- Allowing Christ to Grow With Us 13:15- “That They ‘Might’ Have Joy” 19:55- Joseph- A Nearly Anonymous Giver 23:18- “It’s a Wonderful Life” 28:23- “All Is Well” 31:03- Christmas Memories 36:19- What Does It Mean To You To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Devin Graham: Never Shying Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 38:52

    Through the lens of his camera, Devin Graham has witnessed some pretty incredible things—things he never could’ve imagined as a shy young man. But his time as a missionary in Jamaica taught him to step out of his comfort zone and today, he has worked with some of the most successful companies in the world, including Google and Disney. Although there have been key moments in Graham’s career where his standards have been called into question, he has remained true to a standard he set for himself and his channel long before those moments of decision arose. "Even though we may be quiet or a little bit quirky or a little bit weird, each of us have these really awesome, amazing, unique talents, that are going to help inspire somebody else." Show Notes 1:38- A Little Thing Called YouTube 4:55- Failure 24/7 7:39- Overcoming Shyness 12:59- Adjusting with Algorithms 16:26- The Emails That Make It Worth It 19:08- Decide in Advance 24:04- Sharing the Gospel Through Video 28:30- What the Best Filmmakers Do 32:38- Sharing a Video, Sharing Faith 35:10- Are We Not All Influencers 37:16- What Does It Mean To You To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Tara Bench: Stirring Up Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 47:10

    As a college student, Tara Bench saw pictures of beautiful food spreads in magazines and knew what she wanted to be: the person who made that food. It took awhile to figure out what that job would look like, but eventually she landed a dream job as a food editor at Martha Stewart Living. From there, Bench rose to senior food editor and became the food director of Ladies' Home Journal magazine. Now, Bench—perhaps best known as Tara Teaspoon—is living the New York dream, having just published her first cookbook. “He knows what we can handle. We aren’t exposed to anything that He’s not aware of, that we can’t deal with, with His help.” Show Notes 2:33- Culinary beginnings and Light Bulb Experiences 12:12- Martha Stewart 19:36- Taking Every Opportunity to Learn 22:31- Standing Out Because of Beliefs 24:54- Embracing Change 29:00- A Fly Wheel 36:10- Timing 38:24- Choosing How We View Opportunities 41:55- The Unexpected 44:58- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

    Anthony Sweat: Repicturing the Restoration

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 47:51

    Our understanding of religion, whether it be scripture or history, is greatly influenced by art. The depictions we see impact not only how we picture certain passages, but also which passages we know at all. In his new book, "Repicturing the Restoration," artist Anthony Sweat felt a desire to capture some of the lesser-known parts of our Church history in hopes of expanding our understanding of the Church’s founding. Today, we talk with him about how Restoration art can change our perspective of this pivotal period. "Let's embrace all good, all truth. Let's learn. Let's grow line upon line, precept upon precept. Let's maybe alter some ideas we have that may not hold up under the test of time, that need to be rearranged or remodeled. Let's tackle difficult issues and celebrate the glorious achievements." Show Notes 2:55- Passions Combined 5:24- Role of Art in Religion and Christianity 8:33- The Influence of Art on How We Picture Scripture Stories 11:58- Why Representation in Art Matters? 14:45- Serving Two Masters 18:30- Source Amnesia 31:33- First Baptism for the Dead 25:40- Portraying What We Didn't Experience Firsthand 29:19- Process in Painting 34:40- "No John Trumbull" 42:48- Things as They Really Are 45:20- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find the full episode transcript at See for privacy information.

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