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Mormon Stories is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

Dr. John Dehlin


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    1494: Responding to David Archuleta's Interview with Mayim Bialik

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 173:09

    Please join us as John and Gerardo respond to a recent interview on the Mayim Bialik's Breakdown podcast where David Archuleta shared his experience being Mormon and gay. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show notes: David's interview with Mayim Bialik A Little Book of Ace by Clara Dehlin Let's learn about asexuality and aromanticism with Clara Dehlin David Talks about Elder Holland's comments Tabernacles of Clay Matt Easton MS Interview Centennial Commons Petition "On The Record" from Latter Gay Stories THRIVEDAY

    1493: How Pornography and False Labels Caused My Mormon Wife To Leave Me - McKay Johnson Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 132:41

    McKay ‘Spartacus' Johnson is our guest today for this fantastic two-part Mormon Stories interview. Carah Burrell takes the reins again as lead interviewer as we talk to McKay about battling a “Nephi complex” growing up, early exposure to pornography, and his mission to Brasil where he describes being groomed by his mission companion and sexually assaulted. It's an intense and undercover topic and we thank McKay for coming on the podcast to share his experience being a male sexual assault survivor. In part two, McKay tells us about what it was like to heal from his mission and deconstruct the homophobic ideas he carried with him after his assault. Eventually getting married and divorced, we discuss with McKay what happened the night he confessed to his wife he had been occasionally viewing pornography and what can be done in Mormon culture to shift the unhelpful and counterproductive labeling of men like McKay. McKay is also a talented TikToker and musician, so we are happy he could find time to take a break from playing rock god to join us on Mormon Stories and we hope you'll support him wherever his talents take him!  Content warning: This episode contains discussion of sexual assault. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show notes:  @Spartacus_Unchained on TikTok Healthier approaches to porn and masturbation @ExMoLex on TikTok @ExMormonMindy on TikTok @NuanceHoe on TikTok SuitUpSoldier.com

    1492: Sexually Assaulted by My Companion as a Mormon Missionary - McKay Johnson Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 189:49

    McKay ‘Spartacus' Johnson is our guest today for this fantastic two-part Mormon Stories interview. Carah Burrell takes the reins again as lead interviewer as we talk to McKay about battling a “Nephi complex” growing up, early exposure to pornography, and his mission to Brasil where he describes being groomed by his mission companion and sexually assaulted. It's an intense and undercover topic and we thank McKay for coming on the podcast to share his experience being a male sexual assault survivor. In part two, McKay tells us about what it was like to heal from his mission and deconstruct the homophobic ideas he carried with him after his assault. Eventually getting married and divorced, we discuss with McKay what happened the night he confessed to his wife he had been occasionally viewing pornography and what can be done in Mormon culture to shift the unhelpful and counterproductive labeling of men like McKay. McKay is also a talented TikToker and musician, so we are happy he could find time to take a break from playing rock god to join us on Mormon Stories and we hope you'll support him wherever his talents take him!  Content warning: This episode contains discussion of sexual assault. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show notes:  @Spartacus_Unchained on TikTok Healthier approaches to porn and masturbation @ExMoLex on TikTok @ExMormonMindy on TikTok @NuanceHoe on TikTok SuitUpSoldier.com

    1491: Mormon Questions on Air - Are Mormon Temples a Mockery of Jesus and the Book of Mormon?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 151:30

    Today we discuss Mormon Temples, the prosperity gospel, and the Mormon church's use of social media influencers to promote its temple work. Feel free to post your comments, experiences, and questions below! ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1490: Mormon Questions on Air - Marc Oslund's Excommunication and BYU Soaking?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 118:52

    What questions are on your mind this week? Do you have something you've been wanting to ask? What queries have you, our dear Mormon Stories listeners? Tell us! Join John and Carah for a live stream as we chat, answer your questions, and hit the hot topics of the week in the Mormon/post-Mormon realm. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1489: September 12th, 1856 -The Worst Regional Conference Ever - John Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 143:18

    On September 12 Franklin Richards, a member of the 12 and his travel companions caught up with the Willie handcart company. They held a conference in which they insulted and ridiculed the company for their lack of faith. The GAs then said they wanted fresh meat. They made the company slaughter their "fattest calf" which they did and the GAs took the meat with them. A member of the 12 literally took provisions from the Willie handcart company. In the podcast we will give the basic background of the handcart trek, how the Lord's anointed were absolutely trash, and then discuss how the worst failure of Mormon History is celebrated widely every year. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show notes: "Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy" by David Roberts John Larsen's Reddit Thread

    Mormon Faith Transition Retreat - October 15-17 in Provo, Utah

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 4:24

    If you are struggling as the result of a Mormon faith crisis, we will be holding a 2.5 day retreat next weekend to provide you with support. The leaders of the retreat will be myself, Natasha Helfer, and Margi Dehlin. The topics we will address will include: Navigating a Mormon faith crisis. Managing your mental health after a faith crisis. Communicating effectively with believing family and friends. Navigating a mixed-faith marriage. Parenting after a Mormon faith crisis. Healthier sexuality after a Mormon faith crisis And much much more. These events are always rated 4.9/5.0 by participants, and have saved/changed thousands of lives and families for the better. Please click this link to register for the event. Also, if you would like to attend the retreat but cannot afford the registration feel, please email thrivebeyondreligion@gmail.com and we will do our best to help you obtain a scholarship for this event. Please spread the word, and hope to see you there!

    1488: The Mormon Influences on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 229:57

    As Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow face indictments and/or allegations for multiple murders (e.g., Chad's wife Tammy, Lori's husband Charles, Lori's brother Alex, Lori's children JJ and Tylee) - many believing LDS church members (i.e. "Mormons") have taken issue with the suggestion that Mormon beliefs played any role in these murders.   Today we conclude our 2-part series exploring the Mormon influences on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.  Our guests for today are Lauren and John Matthias - co-hosts of the Hidden True Crime podcast.  I am also super happy to be joined today by my dear, brilliant friend Mindy Caldwell, who has followed the Daybell/Vallow case very closely over the past few years.   Please join us with your questions and comments. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— The Hidden true crime podcast explores the hidden motives behind unimaginable crimes, while examining our deepest fears along the way. Join us on a journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind and the unconscious motivations that drive human behaviors, both good and bad, in order to understand the world and ourselves. Pull up a chair at our dinner table as the husband and wife team of Dr. John Matthias, a forensic psychologist, and Lauren Matthias, a journalist, delve into the psychological facets of unthinkable crimes. What are you hiding? What are you hiding from? What remains hidden?

    1487: The Mormon Influences on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow - Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 175:31

    As Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow face indictments and/or allegations for multiple murders (e.g., Chad's wife Tammy, Lori's husband Charles, Lori's brother Alex, Lori's children JJ and Tylee) - many believing LDS church members (i.e. "Mormons") have taken issue with the suggestion that Mormon beliefs played any role in these murders. Today we begin Part 1 in a series exploring the Mormon influences on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.  Our guests for today are Lauren and John Matthias - co-hosts of the Hidden True Crime podcast.  I am also super happy to be joined today by my dear, brilliant friend Mindy Caldwell, who has followed the Daybell/Vallow case very closely over the past few years. Please join us with your questions and comments. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— The Hidden true crime podcast explores the hidden motives behind unimaginable crimes, while examining our deepest fears along the way. Join us on a journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind and the unconscious motivations that drive human behaviors, both good and bad, in order to understand the world and ourselves. Pull up a chair at our dinner table as the husband and wife team of Dr. John Matthias, a forensic psychologist, and Lauren Matthias, a journalist, delve into the psychological facets of unthinkable crimes. What are you hiding? What are you hiding from? What remains hidden?

    1476b: Telling Loved Ones about Losing Your Faith - Margi & John Dehlin Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 146:22

    Join Margi and John Dehlin as we continue our discussion of different approaches to telling loved ones about your loss of faith. This episode is part of the new "Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis" project on Mormon Stories Podcast - where we will regularly share tips and tricks for navigating a Mormon faith crisis, and healing and growth after a faith crisis, on the podcast. ______________________ If you would like to see this sort of content continue on Mormon Stories Podcast, please become a monthly donor to the project here: https://donorbox.org/the-gift-of-the-mormon-faith-crisis-podcast ______________________ Show notes: Resources for your faith crisis Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis website Conscience parenting The Holistic Psychologist Beauty in the Now website

    1486: Healing from a Faith Crisis Through Music - Thomas and Sierra Stokes Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 162:42

    Join us for this extra special Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Thomas & Cici Stokes (@big.crick.music on TikTok) as we hear the story of their faith journey, and listen to some of Thomas' original music that helped them heal throughout their faith transition. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1485: Healing from a Faith Crisis Through Music - Thomas and Sierra Stokes Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 175:06

    Join us for this extra special Mormon Stories Podcast interview with Thomas & Cici Stokes (@big.crick.music on TikTok) as we hear the story of their faith journey, and listen to some of Thomas' original music that helped them heal throughout their faith transition.

    1484: The Gay Mormon Reformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 201:30

    Parallel to the LDS Church's shifting position regarding homosexuality, there have been new crops of faithful gay public figures who are held up by the church as role models on how to be a faithful gay member of the church. As the LDS Church has softened its stances and opened the window for “righteous celibacy,” gay public figures in mixed-orientation marriages have lost popularity and a more nuanced breed of celibate role models has emerged E.g. Charlie Bird and Ben Schilatty. In this episode we discuss how these public figures enable the perpetuation of harmful church rhetoric and spiritual trauma towards the LGBTQ community, and explore some possible solutions that could help ignite positive change in the church. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1483: Joseph Smith's Revelation and Mission to the “Lamanites” - John Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 168:16


    Join us as we talk with John Larsen live in studio.


    1482: Coming Out to My Husband After Leaving the Mormon Church - Laren Rogers Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 125:03

    Lauren Rogers is our guest today for this epic two-part Mormon Stories interview. After suffering through a restrictive diet, harassment, and medical neglect on her Mormon mission to Chile, Lauren found herself permanently disabled as she made her way back home to the US. In part two, Lauren also tells us about the same-sex attraction she repressed throughout her life as a devout Mormon and descendant of Brigham Young, eventually leading to an extremely fascinating exit from the church and a wildly eye-opening description of how she continues a healthy relationship with her husband. It's a gripping story from start to finish! Even Lauren's shelf breaker and realizations about God might be a first-ever for Mormon Stories! We hope you'll resonate with Lauren's incredible, epic story! ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show Notes: Lauren's Tiktok Ted Lyon MS episode Gospel topics essays Matt Harris Mormon Stories episode Eldon Kartchner Josh and Lilly Weed

    1481: My Mormon Mission Left Me Disabled - Lauren Rogers Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 143:17

    Lauren Rogers is our guest today for this epic two-part Mormon Stories interview. After suffering through a restrictive diet, harassment, and medical neglect on her Mormon mission to Chile, Lauren found herself permanently disabled as she made her way back home to the US. In part two, Lauren also tells us about the same-sex attraction she repressed throughout her life as a devout Mormon and descendant of Brigham Young, eventually leading to an extremely fascinating exit from the church and a wildly eye-opening description of how she continues a healthy relationship with her husband. It's a gripping story from start to finish! Even Lauren's shelf breaker and realizations about God might be a first-ever for Mormon Stories! We hope you'll resonate with Lauren's incredible, epic story! ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ————— Show Notes: Lauren's Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@exmo_mom_?lang=en Ted Lyon MS episode: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/missionary-sexual-assault/ Gospel topics essays: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/essays?lang=eng Matt Harris Mormon Stories episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmjj2kbxFnQ Eldon Kartchner - https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/eldon-kartchner-mixed-orientation-marriage/ Josh and Lilly Weed: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/josh-and-lolly-weed-on-their-love-story-mixed-orientation-marriages-and-ldslgbt-issues/

    1480: Healing from Mormon Sexual Shame Pt. 1 - Natasha Helfer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 137:52

    In this episode, we sit down with therapist Natasha Helfer and discuss a few of the negative messages people raised in religious conservative community may have been conditioned to believe about sex. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1479: Mormon Church Admits Massive Boy Scout Sexual in Abuse Settlement - News Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 83:23

    We are starting a new series on Mormon Stories Podcast dedicated to reporting on current events. Today Carah and John will be discussing the recent announcement that the Mormon church has agreed to pay out $250 million dollars to help settle all current and future BSA-related sexual abuse claims. Washington Post Coverage Associated Press Coverage Deseret News Coverage ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1478: Executive Secretary to LDS General Authorities Speaks Out - Camille Jones Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 163:20

    Join us as we continue with part 2 of our interview with Camille Jones where we discuss her employment with the LDS church, the role of women in the patriarchal church employment system, and what eventually caused her to lose her faith in Mormonism. A huge ‘thank you' to Camille for being brave enough to tell us her story! Camille's journey is a fascinating one to say the least! Show notes: CES Letter

    1476c: Telling Loved Ones about Losing Your Faith - Margi & John Dehlin Pt. 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 171:31

    Today's Mormon Stories episode we are joined by Margi Dehlin as we continue discussing how to communicate with believing family and friends about losing your faith. --------------- If you would like to see this sort of content continue on Mormon Stories Podcast, please become a monthly donor to the project here: https://donorbox.org/the-gift-of-the-mormon-faith-crisis-podcast --------------- Show notes: Resources for your faith crisis Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis website Conscience parenting The Holistic Psychologist Beauty in the Now website

    1477: Serving a Mission at Historic Mormon Sites - What I Wish I Would've Known - Camille Jones p.1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 133:09

    Are Mormon missionaries who lead tours at historic church sites like those across upstate New York told to teach false information about the church's founding? Mormon Stories producer and co-host Carah Burrell takes the reins for her second episode as lead interviewer of our guest Camille Jones as we talk with her about serving in Palmyra, New York at the LDS church's visitor center. In part one of our two-part interview with Camille, we discuss the narrative the church wants to be forwarded about the church's founding versus what Camille wishes she would have known while volunteering as a full-time missionary. We cover topics from the golden plates, to the Hill Cumorah, and more. Camille also discusses the confusing and uncomfortable advances older Mormon men have made on her throughout her teen years. This eye-opening experience highlighted the power imbalance between Mormon men and women, a theme that carries on into part 2 where Camille discusses being employed by the church. Show notes: Ghost of Eternal Polygamy by Carol Lynn Pearson What Progressive Mormons Want with Julienna Viegas-Haws

    1476: Telling Loved Ones about Losing Your Faith - Margi & John Dehlin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 153:43

    Join Margi and John Dehlin as we discuss different approaches to telling loved ones about your loss of faith. Please share questions, lessons you've learned, and suggestions in the comments below. This episode is part of the new "Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis" project on Mormon Stories Podcast - where we will regularly share tips and tricks for navigating a Mormon faith crisis, and healing and growth after a faith crisis, on the podcast. ______________________ If you would like to see this sort of content continue on Mormon Stories Podcast, please become a monthly donor to the project here: https://donorbox.org/the-gift-of-the-mormon-faith-crisis-podcast ______________________ Show notes: Resources for your faith crisis Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis website Conscience parenting The Holistic Psychologist Beauty in the Now website

    THRIVE 2021 - Events, Community, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 78:38

    Are you looking for friends and community after leaving Mormonism or organized religion? The THRIVE initiative seeks to do just that - provide events, content, and community for people leaving Mormonism and/or organized religion. Prior to the COVID outbreak, considerable momentum was made with THRIVE in the organizing of events for post-Mormons, and in the formation of live, face-to-face communities. THRIVE leaders Jeni and Clint Martin are now excited to announce several new exciting THRIVE initiatives which include: - A revamped website with new functionality. - A THRIVE events calendar to keep you informed of upcoming events. - Instructions for how you can organize your own THRIVE events. - An "in -person community locator" to help you find a local, face-to-face support communities, and - Instructions for creating your own face-to-face community if one doesn't exist in your area. We will also discuss future plans for THRIVE. _________________ THRIVE WEBSITE: https://www.thrivebeyondreligion.com/ Online groups/resources: WACA (Women of a Certain Age) Faith Journey Meetups fb group Ex Mormon Reddit Mormon Stories facebook group Mormon Enlightenment facebook group Mormon Spectrum Faith Crisis Resources: https://www.mormonstories.org/faith-crisis-resources/ Natasha's events https://www.symmetrysols.com/events _________________

    1475: Mormon Seminary Teacher Leaves the Church - Laura Schnell - Pt. 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 85:42

    In our final segment with Laura Schnell, she describes her faith deconstruction, responds to criticisms, and expresses the immense beauty she's found rediscovering her own voice as a post-Mormon woman. Show notes and links: Laura's Instagram “Why the Church is as True as the Gospel” Eugene England “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” Gregory Boyle “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” Clarissa Pinkola Estés “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage To Stand Alone” Brené Brown

    1474: Facing Sexism as a Female Mormon Seminary Teacher - Laura Schnell p. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 176:45

    When we left off with Laura Shnell at the end of part one, Laura had decided to pursue a career in the LDS Church Education System as a seminary teacher. In this episode, we hear her describe the inappropriate interactions from her mentor, the great lengths Laura went to for her Spanish speaking seminary students, and the sexism she faced as a woman working for CES. Show notes and links: Laura's Instagram LDS church's Gospel Topics Essays The Charted Course of the Church in Education

    1473: A Colombian Immigrant Mormon Story - Laura Schnell Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 160:58

    In part one of this exciting three part interview, Colombian immigrant and former Mormon seminary teacher, Laura Schnell, shares her very unique Mormon story. Laura left South America with her mother and sister in the 90s to Queens, New York, and remembers her time in their small Spanish speaking LDS branch with fondness. In this episode, she discusses her step-dad joining the family, her time in India with BYU's International Development Program, and the road she took to choosing a career in the Church Educational System and meeting a friend of the podcast, Marc Oslund.  Show notes and links:  Laura's Instagram Godly Sorrow video Latter-day Labia Pioneers in Petticoats ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50

    1472: Listener Update and Ask Me or Suggest (Almost) Anything! - 9/7/2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 124:19

    Join me as I take question and suggestions from our listeners!

    1471: Staying Grounded During Chaotic Moments - with Margi Dehlin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 142:24

    Have you ever found yourself reacting in unhelpful ways to the distress that accompanies a religious faith crisis (or life in general)? Margi Dehlin has spent two decades supporting and/or coaching Mormons in faith crisis, post-Mormons, and women experiencing significant life transitions. As part of a new series on Mormon Stories Podcast providing free coaching support to transitioning and post-Mormons, Margi will share her general approach to managing the emotional distress that often accompanies a religious faith crisis. Her framework will be based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a cutting-edge form of mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Show Notes: Donate to "The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis" Podcast Calm App ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1470: When an LDS Apostle Calls You Out - Gay BYU Valedictorian Matt Easton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 217:49

    In April of 2019 Brigham Young University valedictorian Matt Easton came out as a faithful gay Mormon during his valedictorian address, which was pre-approved by the LDS Church. Matt's speech received very positive national media attention, including an appearance on the Ellen Show. Matt is currently attending U.C. Berkeley as a Political Science Ph.D. student. Last week, Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland publicly "called out" Matt Easton, accusing him of "commandeering" the 2019 graduation ceremony. His exact words were: "If a student commandeers a graduation podium intended to represent everyone getting diplomas in order to announce his personal sexual orientation, what might another speaker feel free to announce the next year until eventually anything goes? What might commencement come to mean — or not mean — if we push individual license over institutional dignity for very long? Do we simply end up with more divisiveness in our culture than we already have? And we already have too much everywhere." Please join us on August 29, 2021 at 1:30pm Utah time as Matt Easton shares with us his Mormon story, and responds to Elder Holland's irresponsible attacks. Show Notes: Matt Easton's Valedictorian address. Matt's appearance on Ellen. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's BYU Speech attacking Matt ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1469: John Larsen Analyzes the 1st First Vision Account

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 162:43


    As most Mormons are just now beginning to learn, Joseph Smith left multiple and varied First Vision accounts that changed dramatically over time. Joseph Smith's 1st handwritten First Vision account was produced in 1832, and was intentionally hidden from LDS Church members for over a century and a half - primarily because of the many problems it presented to orthodox belief. The "official" First Vision account that the LDS Church ended up adopting is the 1838 version, which varies in several significant ways from the previous versions - primarily reflecting Joseph Smith's evolving theological beliefs. Join us today as John Larsen analyzes Joseph Smith's FIRST (1832) handwritten First Vision account, and explores the many difficulties this version presents to modern Mormon faith. Show notes: Joseph Smith Papers MormonThink IRR.org Mormon Infographics Letter for my Wife Mormon Stories Really good comparison chart Wilford Wood museum ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————


    1468: Recognizing Your Two Gay Sons Aren't Broken in a Mormon Military Family - Kelly & Heather Laing Pt. 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 97:45

    Wrapping up our epic three part interview with the Laing family, Heather and Kelly detail the path of love and acceptance they took while deconstructing their faith in the Mormon god's plan for families. We hope you'll resonate with their description of uncovering troubling Mormon history, growing closer as a family, and realizing none of them are broken, least of which their two gay sons. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1467: Growing Up Gay in a Mormon Military Family - Britton and Mason Laing Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 149:25

    What happens when two sons in a Mormon military family come out as gay? In part two of our interview with the Laing family, we talk with Britton and Mason Laing about the unique struggles they faced, what it was like coming out, and their advice for other gay teens.

    1466: Mormon Nuclear Submarine Commander & His Family - Kelly and Heather Laing Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 238:49

    Batten down the hatches and prepare for an epic Mormon Stories interview like you've never heard before! Part of what is often called “the Silent Service”, former nuclear submarine commander, Kelly Laing and his family, finally speak out. We dive deep in this three part interview and hear from Heather and Kelly Laing, followed by two of their four children, Britton and Mason, in part 2. In this episode, we discuss Heather and Kelly's courtship as teens, the road Kelly took into the military, and the ways they kept their family and love life afloat.  Show notes:  Mark E Petersen Chastity pamphlet: https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/mark-e-petersen/chastity/ ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1465: Elder Holland - Losing Control Over Mormon LGBTQ Support at BYU

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 75:11

    On August 23, 2021 Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to staff at Brigham Young University during the first day of the institution's 2021 university conference.  During his speech Elder Holland condemned: 1) a recent BYU valedictorian for "coming out" as gay during his graduation commencement address, 2) a recent uptick in LGBTQ-affirming demonstrations at BYU, and 3) a recent surge in LGBTQ support by BYU students and faculty.  His comments appear to be in response to a corresponding surge in concerns expressed by orthodox ultra conservative/Deznat-affirming LDS church adults who are concerned that BYU is becoming to LGBTQ affirming (descending into "Babylon").  During his speech Elder Holland invoked war metaphors, including the statement, "I am grateful we have scholars today who can handle, as it were, both trowels and muskets.” Today we will talk with Kyle Ashworth (host of Latter-Gay Stories Podcast) and Gerardo Sumano about the recent events.  The main topic will be: is the LDS Church losing control over LGBTQ support at BYU and church-wide? Show notes:  Kyle's Mormon Stories interview: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/when-a-gay-mormon-man-marries-a-woman-kyle-ashworth-pt-1/ Gerardo's Mormon Stories interview: https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/a-mexican-mormon-story-gerardo/ Latter Gay Stories: https://lattergaystories.org/ Color the Campus: https://www.instagram.com/colorthecampus/?hl=en Encircle: https://encircletogether.org/ Affirmation: https://affirmation.org/ ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1464: From EFY Singer to Ex-Mormon EFY Director - Jessie Funk

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 316:40

    Today Mormon Stories is lucky enough to be joined by the wonderful Jessie Funk! For anyone familiar with the music of the youth seminars held by the LDS church known as “EFY”, singer Jessie Funk's name should ring a bell. After Jessie's career touring with the broadway musical “Footloose”, releasing several studio albums and books, starting her organization “The Ivy Foundation”, and raising her two children, she recently changed tunes, choosing to leave the Mormon church. We are excited to speak with Jessie about her Mormon upbringing, career (in and outside of the church), her faith crisis, and her new venture “Especially for Truth”, a week-long summer seminar for post-Mormon teens. Wrapping up her first “EFT” event last week where John and Carah were invited as guest speakers, we hope powerhouse Jessie Funk joining the post-Mormon activist space will be music to your ears! And a bonus? There are still tickets left to her Especially for Truth event for post-Mormon women in Park City this coming weekend Aug 27-29th! Visit especiallyfortruth.com ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 —————

    1463: From TBM to RFM - Radio Free Mormon Discusses his Transition from Mormon Apologist to Non-Believer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 229:09

    In Friday's Mormon Stories Podcast episode, beloved podcaster Radio Free Mormon shares with us his reflections on how he transitioned from a Mormon apologist to a non-believer and critic of the LDS Church. Please join us with your questions and comments! ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50

    1462: New Temples Veil Mormonism's Decline - Simon Southerton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 181:08

    Geneticist Simon Southerton was serving as an Australian Mormon bishop when he discovered through DNA research that Native Americans were not descendants of Israelites (as the Book of Mormon teaches), but instead were descendants of Asians via the Bering Strait. This researched caused Simon to lose his faith in Mormonism. He is the author of a book on the subject called “Losing a Lost Tribe.” Recently Simon has been studying the declining growth in the worldwide LDS or Mormon church. Simon will join us on Mormon Stories Podcast to discuss his research into Mormon church decline. ————— We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50

    1461: ICU/Pulmonary Physician's Experiences with Covid-19: Rob Mildenhall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 37:09

    Join us today for a conversation with Dr. Robert P. Mildenhall, MD (an ICU pulmonary physician from Nashville, Tennessee) as he answers questions about his experience with Covid-19 and the vaccine. --------------- We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ---------------

    1460: The LDS Church and the COVID Vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 188:38

    Over the past few days the Intensive Care Units in Utah hospitals and around the U.S. began to overflow with COVID patients. Reports began to emerge that as high as 99% of the ICU patients and deceased were not vaccinated from COVID. In addition, the LDS Church First Presidency released a new announcement a few days ago urging members to be vaccinated. This announcement has caused many vaccine-hesitant LDS church members to question their faith in the LDS church, and/or in LDS Church president Russell M. Nelson. The announcement also has spurned several interesting conspiracy theories. There has also been a variety of responses from local LDS bishops, stake presidents, and members - from supportive to unsupportive. On August 17th between 9am and 10am mountain time please join us as we assemble a panel of physicians and experts to discuss the status of the COVID vaccine in the U.S., in Utah, and in the LDS Church. The conversation will avoid politics, will be science-based, and we will take questions from the viewing audience. Please join us, and please spread the word. --------------- We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate and keep this content coming! Click here to donate monthly: $10 $25 $50 ---------------

    1459: Expelled from BYU for Having Sex - Kelly Trust

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 296:30

    Is there a double standard at BYU when divvying out punishments to athletes vs students who break the honor code? Mormon Stories producer and co-host Carah Burrell takes the reins on this intense episode as lead interviewer of our guest Kelly Trust as we take a deep dive into answering that question! Finally feeling freed from the constraints that kept her quiet for too long, Kelly describes the confusing, unhealthy sexual messages around her body that plagued her youth, the relationship with a star BYU athlete that led to her expulsion from the school while the player stayed, and the faith crisis that ensued after reading the CES Letter.  Content warning on this episode for strong sexual themes and profanity.  We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate! Links and show notes:  Honor Code Stories Instagram:  CES Letter:  “Leaving the Saints” by Marth Beck:  “Braving the Wilderness”  by Brene Brown:  Instagram:

    1458: 7 Lesson I've Learned as a Post-Mormon Mom - Leah Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 191:55

    One of our most popular Mormon Stories guests is back with wonderfully salient advice for post-Mormon growth! Leah, along with her husband Cody and daughter Brinley, told their story to John during an epic multi-part Mormon Stories series on their faith transition and excommunication in 2019. In this episode, Leah shares seven lessons she's learned while rebuilding a meaningful life for herself and her family. So many good takeaways in this episode! We hope you'll find it valuable, share it, come back to it more than once during different life stages, and comment on what lessons you've learned along your journey as well.  We are 100% donor funded! Please click HERE to donate! Mormon Stories #1044: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young - From Fear Into Joy (Part 1) Pt. 1: Mormon Stories #1098: The Excommunication of Leah and Cody Young Pt. 1: Mormon Stories #1048: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young - A Teen's Perspective on Faith Transition Pt. 1: Balanced Living with Leah website: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma: “She Let It Go” poem: Email Leah: balancedlivingwithleah@gmail.com Active Listening the Kids Perspectives: Leah's courses: Leah's instagram:

    1457: Lessons I've Learned Leaving the Mormon Church as a Teen - Brinley Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 161:57

    Our guest today is Brinley Young, daughter of Leah and Cody young, a family famous for telling their story to John during an epic multi-part Mormon Stories series on their faith transition and excommunication back in 2019 when Brinley was just 15 years old. Now 18, post-faith crisis, and with wisdom beyond her years, Brinley joins John and Margi in studio for 7 lessons she's learned after leaving the church on topics ranging from communication, owning her sexuality, and following her intuition. This is a special one you won't want to miss! Show Notes: Mormon Stories 1044: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young - From Fear Into Joy (Part 1) Pt. 1 Mormon Stories 1098: The Excommunication of Leah and Cody Young Pt. 1 Mormon Stories 1048: Leah, Cody, and Brinley Young - A Teen's Perspective on Faith Transition Pt. 1 "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle

    1456: Native American Mormon Women and the Lamanite Myth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 219:53

    Please join us as three Native American women, Sarah, Ann, and Monika who were raised in the Mormon church, discuss the following: - What they were taught about the "Lamanite doctrine" as Native American Mormon women. - How the Mormon Lamanite doctrine impacted their lives, especially while finding a partner. - How their perspectives have changed regarding the Mormon Lamanite doctrine. Links and show notes: Lamanitetruth.com  Monika's article in The Exponent "My Apology for My Complicity" For anyone that wants to be a part of Native American/Indigenous exMormon monthly group chat on Zoom, contact Sarah Newcomb through the Lamantie Truth page on Facebook. Sarah's essay is contained in this book entitled "Where Grandmother Walked" BYU Devotional Sarah referenced calling Polynesians more blessed (20:36) Ann's facebook video Monika's TikTok Donate to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Donate to Navajo Strong Donate to Eve's Place Donate to Collective Medicine Donate to The Manuelito Navajo Children's Home

    1455: Will Mormons Get Their Own Planets? A Panel Discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 139:22

    Join our panel as we discuss the question: Will Mormons Get Their Own Planets?

    1454: Understanding & Treating Self-Harm with Kelceymarie Warner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 29:31

    Trigger warning for our viewers as we bring you a special short episode on this under-covered topic. In a follow-up to our Mormon Stories interview with Kelceymarie, we go further in-depth on the issue of self-harm. How to view it, understand it, and find help. Kelceymarie Warner is a mental health advocate and graduate student getting her second masters in clinical mental health counseling. Kelceymarie has connected with hundreds of thousands through her books, journals, and TikTok by opening up about her struggles with depression, anxiety, self harm, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders. Check out the links below for resources! Kelceymarie's TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kelceymariewarner?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelceymariewarnertiktok/ Kelceymarie's Linktree to resources, book, etsy, etc: https://linktr.ee/kelcemariewarner "The Sparrow's Box” Site: https://www.thesparrowsbox.com/shop

    1453: Beyond the Scars of Self-Harm and Mormonism - Kelceymarie Warner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 220:48

    A strong trigger warning leads off this important interview, but we hope you'll be able to join us as we hear from mental health advocate Kelceymarie Warner. As a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling, Kelceymarie has connected with hundreds of thousands through her books, journals, and TikTok by opening up about her struggles with depression, anxiety, self harm, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders. Converting to the church as a teen, Kelceymarie found peace from her dysfunctional home life by attending church. We discuss the pros and cons of Mormonism in her life, the control and abuse that lead to the end of her temple marriage, and advice for those struggling hard to overcome life's challenges who've turned to self-harm as a coping mechanism. This is a special one! Show notes: Kelceymarie's TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kelceymariewarner?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelceymariewarnertiktok/ Kelceymarie's Linktree to resources, book, etsy, etc: https://linktr.ee/kelcemariewarner Website “The Sparrow's Box”: https://www.thesparrowsbox.com/shop

    1452: Leaving Mormonism in the 80s - Warren & Cindy Driggs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 267:32


    Warren Driggs is a part-time attorney and author of several books including “Mormon Boy: A Memoir” and “Swimming in Deep Water, A Novel of Joseph Smith”. In this delightful interview, we sit down with Warren and his wife Cindy as they take us through the different fascinating ways their families raised them in Salt Lake City ranging from orthodox Mormons to casual, but intellectual, members of the church. Listen along as they share their hilarious stories, impart beautiful insights, and the lessons they learned raising moral children after leaving the religion they loved in the heart of Mormon Mecca. Show notes: “Mormon Boy: A Memoir” by Warren Driggs https://www.amazon.com/Mormon-Boy-Memoir-Warren-Driggs/dp/0998779547 “Swimming in Deep Water, A Novel of Joseph Smith” by Warren Driggs https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779G53GP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2 “A Tortoise in the Road” by Warren Driggs https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XPV5MDC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1 “Old Scratch” by Warren Driggs https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y5YMLF5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3 “No Man Knows My History” by Fawn Brodie https://www.amazon.com/No-Man-Knows-My-History/dp/0679730540/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=no+man+knows+my+history&qid=1626237620&sr=8-1


    1451: The Doctrine of Cain - John Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 202:06

    Today we are excited to sit down with legend, John Larsen. After ending his wildly popular Mormon Expression podcast, having John in studio is an honor as we steep in his humor and knowledge. We hit on some of our favorite important topics like the “curse of Cain'' while also bouncing around in the absurdity of Big Foot. You will laugh, you might cry, but you will absolutely not be disappointed in this episode! Content warning: PG-13 rating for profanity Show notes: Mormon Expression: How to Build a Transoceanic Vessel -MP3: http://johnlarsen.org/podcast/Archive/MormonExpression276.mp3 -Text: https://gdoc.pub/doc/e/2PACX-1vRh7CxIlETHNYtH5jk0MXsWc5FVChckAUODY2QDGjLCjDGYWFgzOlGq1JORs4EZsbDzh63DvdShYNU1 "An Enemy Hath Done This" by Ezra Taft Benson: https://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Hath-Done-This/dp/0884941841 "The Church & The Negro - A Discussion of Mormons, Negros and the Priesthood" by John Bezos: https://www.amazon.com/CHURCH-NEGRO-Discussion-Mormons-Priesthood/dp/B000W1N72K

    1450: Copywriter for LDS Church Speaks Out - Linda and Savannah Clyde Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 217:34

    Join us today as we continue with part two of our interview with an awesome mother and daughter duo, Linda and Savannah Clyde. Growing up in a mixed-faith Mormon home, Linda worked through the resentment she felt towards her father's lack of belief in the church with beautiful results. Linda's talents as a writer eventually landed her a job at LDS church headquarters in the marketing department where she was instrumental in assisting the church soften it's tone and messaging. Hearing her talk about the inner workings of the church is fascinating stuff to say the least! Once an extremely faithful teenager, Linda's daughter Savannah's curious spirit led her to dig deeper into the narrative of the church and become a new kind of pioneer for her Mormon family. Listen along as they describe their journey to understanding one another, their non-Mormon loved ones, and the beauty that can come from embracing non-conformity as a family in Utah county.

    1449: Navigating a Mixed-Faith Mormon Family - Linda and Savannah Clyde Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 180:11

    Today we're premiering part one of our epic interview with an awesome mother and daughter duo, Linda and Savannah Clyde. Growing up in a mixed-faith Mormon home, Linda worked through the resentment she felt towards her father's lack of belief in the church with beautiful results. Linda's talents as a writer eventually landed her a job at LDS church headquarters in the marketing department where she was instrumental in assisting the church soften it's tone and messaging. Hearing her talk about the inner workings of the church is fascinating stuff to say the least! Once an extremely faithful teenager, Linda's daughter Savannah's curious spirit led her to dig deeper into the narrative of the church and become a new kind of pioneer for her Mormon family. Listen along as they describe their journey to understanding one another, their non-Mormon loved ones, and the beauty that can come from embracing non-conformity as a family in Utah county.

    1448: Why Mormon Truth Matters - A Letter to Mormon Apologist Terryl Givens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 52:12


    In September of 2020, professional Mormon apologists Terryl and Fiona Givens were invited to speak at a Mormon church fireside for the Sunderland England Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  During this fireside Terryl Givens was asked to recount an experience he once had with a Mormon missionary woman who was doubting her testimony because of troubling things she learned about Mormon church founder Joseph Smith,  Terryl's recounting of the story was as follows: "I was fortunate that there was a mission president in our area who knew us and our work.  And there was a sister missionary who decided that she was going to leave the church.  She was finishing her mission the next week and she'd made the decision to go home and leave.  And her companion of course deeply distraught over this and asked the mission president "Could we go talk to brother Givens?"  And he gave them permission to come and stay as long as they needed so they stayed long into the night.  And I listened to one after another question and then finally it occurred to me to ask this one question.  And I said to her in regard to one question in particular about Joseph Smith, and I said "Sister" I said, "Why does the answer to that question matter?"  And it changed everything.  It just caught her up short.  And she thought for a minute and she said, "I don't know" (Terryl chuckles).  "I don't know." Many (including myself) were disturbed by Terryl Givens' story/response - particularly since it was directed at currently doubting Mormon church members.  We were primarily puzzled, shocked, and somewhat disturbed that the Mormon church's leading professional apologist - who has spent many years writing books for, and speaking/ministering to doubting Mormons - would provide such a glib and seemingly uninformed response.  That said, we understand that belief issues are complex, and take Terryl at his word that he sincerely does not understand why troubling aspects of Mormon history, including newly-discovered details about Joseph Smith's life, would matter to a questioning or doubting Mormon. Consequently, I am launching a new social media campaign with which I could use your help.  The goal of the campaign is to help educate Terryl, Fiona, other Mormon Church apologists, and the Mormon church leadership about as to why "Informed Consent" is crucial to both active Mormons and Mormon investigators.


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