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865-866: Mormon Stories Live! With Tova Mirvis

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:55:53 +0000

We are proud to release our live interview held on February 6, 2018 at the Salt Lake City Community of Christ with Tova Mirvis—a past guest on Mormon Stories.  For this interview, we relied on the excellent questions from our live audience to drive the conversation.  We explore so many of the parallels between the

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860-861: Carol Lynn Pearson – The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:04:59 +0000

Mormon Stories Podcast is excited to team up with Sunstone to present a recording of our live podcast on 1/25/18 with Carol Lynn Pearson where we discuss her book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy. Special thanks to the Salt Lake City Community of Christ for hosting such a wonderful evening and for the many listeners who came

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818-820: Tova Mirvis – Losing Faith and Mixed Faith Marriage as an Orthodox Jew

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:29:28 +0000

In this very special edition of Mormon Stories Podcast, we interview Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation: A Memoir—a powerfully relevant memoir about Tova’s loss of faith as an orthodox Jew, and her experience living in a mixed-faith marriage before her divorce. This interview is patterned after the abstract of her book: “Born

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802-803: Navigating a Mixed-Faith Marriage and Alcoholism – Kirsten and David Udy

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:48:46 +0000

As part 1 in a new Mormon Stories Podcast series on navigating mixed-faith marriages, we interview Kirsten and David Udy. The Udy’s story touches on multiple important themes, including: Their brief courtship and marriage after returning from full-time LDS missions. David’s early experiences with drugs and alcohol that resurfaced during their marriage. How David’s “shelf”

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791-792: Mehrsa Bararadan – Tribalism and Mormon Identity

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:01:25 +0000

In this two-part series on Mormon Stories Podcast we interview the incredibly successful Mehrsa Baradaran. Mehrsa and her family immigrated from Iran to the United States when she was 9. After joining the Mormon church, Mehrsa graduated from BYU and New York University law school, became law school faculty at both BYU and University of

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774: 30 Questions Nobody Asks My Husband at Church – Julie DeAzevedo Hanks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:40:48 +0000

In this episode of Mormon Stories/Transitions, John and Margi interview the brilliant Dr. Julie DeAzevedo Hanks about her article titled “30 Questions Nobody Asks My Husband at Church.” John, Margi, and Julie focus on the powerful cultural messages about gender, potential, life decisions, and worth that are broadcast in the questions we ask.  During the interview, cultural

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770-773: Laurie Lee Hall – Standing in my truth, Walking in my faith

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:05:20 +0000

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview former LDS Stake President and LDS Chief Architect Laurie Lee Hall. Laurie Lee’s story is fascinating on many levels: Laurie Lee worked for 20 years as Chief Architect for the LDS Church and as Director of Design and/or Construction for around 40 LDS temples. She served as

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767-768: Navigating Progressive Mormonism with Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:43:24 +0000

In this Mormon Stories podcast series, John and Margi interview Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler to explore their experiences navigating progressive Mormonism. In this series we discuss: The moment when each panelist felt their faith become more complex/complicated. What led to their decision to remain active in the Church after their

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762-764: Natasha Helfer Parker – Mormon Sex Therapist

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:53:50 +0000

In this three-part series on Mormon Stories, we interview the fabulous Natasha Helfer Parker, MFT, CST — host of Mormon Mental Health podcast — to finally hear her “Mormon story.” This interview covers: Being raised in the Church with convert parents in Spain and her eventual move to the US. Natasha and her family’s concerns about the practice

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760-761: They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave it Alone – Brynne Thomas Gant

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:28:40 +0000

In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions podcast, John interviews Brynne Thomas Gant — author of the article entitled, “They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave the Church Alone.”  The purpose of the episode is to explore common negative stereotypes about post-Mormons, and to better explain the complexities of leaving the

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759: The Courage of Savannah

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview Savannah and her mother, Heather.  Savannah recently generated international media attention when she came out as gay to her Mormon ward (congregation) in Eagle Mountain, Utah during fast and testimony meeting (May 7, 2017).  Towards the end of her testimony, a presiding priesthood authority cut off her microphone

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757: Losing the Lamanites – Sarah Newcomb (NW Coastal Tribes – Tsimshian)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:41:20 +0000

Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Sarah Newcomb who descends from the Tsimshian of the NW Coastal Tribes. In this interview we cover: How Sarah struggled as a youth knowing that she came from the ‘Lamanites,’ who had turned their backs on God. How she worked her way through college in Rexburg,

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754-756: Jen Parkinson – Living in a Mixed-Orientation and a Mixed-Faith Marriage

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:22:20 +0000

We are excited to release an interview with Jen Parkinson that has many fascinating components, including: Her devout LDS upbringing and bout with perfectionism while a youth and as a missionary Her first marriage to a gay man, unbeknownst to her Experiences with LDS Family Services in addressing her husband’s sexual orientation Her resulting divorce

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744: “Broken Open” by Margi Dehlin

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:51:36 +0000

In this episode Margi Dehlin shares an essay she recently wrote dealing with heartbreak, resilience, and intimacy entitled “Broken Open.” The text of the poem is available below.     Broken Open, by Margi Dehlin Louise Erdrich wrote in The Painted Drum, “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t

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706: Women of a Certain Age (WOCA)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:31:33 +0000

We are a group of women 40+ with longer life experiences. We are grandmothers, mothers, aunts, single, divorced, widowed or married. We are LGBT friendly and feminists! Many of us are just learning feminism. Having felt the pain of patriarchy, but not having a “language” to describe our experiences, we are giving ourselves permission to

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701-704: Kim Sandberg Turner, Founder of WOCA – Navigating a Mormon faith transition as a grandparent

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:29:31 +0000

  Kim Sandberg Turner is the founder of Women of a Certain Age (WOCA) – a network of support communities for 40+ post-Mormon women.  In this four part episode, Kim discusses: Part 1: Her years growing up as a faithful Mormon in Salt Lake City, meeting and marrying Terry (her childhood sweetheart and husband of 42

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693-696: Nadine McCombs Hansen – Progressive Mormon Pioneer

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:12:08 +0000

Nadine McCombs Hansen has been championing progressive causes within Mormonism for over three decades.  Some of her efforts include: Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment as a Mormon mother, including interactions with Sonia Johnson. Speaking out in favor of female priesthood ordination within Mormonism in the 1980s. Opposing Proposition 22 and Proposition 8 in California, in

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684-686: Margi Dehlin’s Mormon Transition

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:33:21 +0000

As the first interview for the new Mormon Transitions project, I am incredibly pleased to interview my dear wife of 23 years, Margaret (Margi) Weber Dehlin. In this three-part interview, I ask Margi a series of 46 questions focusing on thee parts: Part 1: Margi’s life as a believing Mormon.  This includes questions about how her family joined

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682-683: Sara Urquhart – Building a Successful Business (Altitude Summit) as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:45:31 +0000

Sara Stanley Urquhart was the founding director of Altitude Summit, the premiere conference for creative entrepreneurs, stylish social media influencers, and design bloggers. Past speakers at the conference include Martha Stewart, Ben Silbermann (Pinterest founder), Jessica Alba, Jordan Ferney (Oh Happy Day!), Liz Stanley (Say Yes), and Heather Armstrong (Dooce). Sara created this successful business as a means to generate income

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671-672: Amy McPhie Allebest, Author of “Dear Mormon Man, Tell Me What You Would Do”

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:28:53 +0000

Amy McPhie Allebest is a lifelong member of the Church, a returned missionary, a temple-married wife and mother of four, a writer, and a graduate student at Stanford University. Last month, her article “Dear Mormon Man, Tell Me What You Would DO” went viral and caught Mormon Stories’ attention as a unique voice in Mormon Feminism.

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662: Elna Baker’s Mormon Transition

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:20:02 +0000

Elna Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir.  She is also a contributor to the podcast This American Life. As part of the 2016 New York City Mormon Transitions Retreat Elna shares experiences regarding her faith transition away from Mormonism.        

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653-656: Omar and Nancy Kader – The Journey of a Palestinian Boy Raised in Utah and His Amazing Wife

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:18:52 +0000

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit farm. During Omar’s childhood he and his family were called the n-word by fellow Provoans, but fought to earn the respect of his community. Omar

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647: Missionaries Pt. 5: Rose Sorenson – Becoming an Atheist as a Missionary

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:50:29 +0000

Rose Sorenson was raised in a devout LDS household (Idaho Falls, ID), but began having doubts as a 12 year old. Although she continued to struggle with perfectionism and doubts as a teenager, Rose decided that the LDS church’s decision in 2013 to lower the missionary age for women was a “sign” that she should

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644: Mormon Missionary Faith Crises and Early Return Pt. 2: Sage Dalton and Depression, Faith Crisis, Suicidality

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 23:42:41 +0000

Sage Dalton was a graduate of Dartmouth University and a regular listener to Mormon Stories podcast when she decided to serve an LDS mission in 2012. Towards the latter half of her mission Sage began to experience depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation, along with doubts she began to experience as a missionary (primarily around LGBT

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637: The Mama Dragons and the Mama Dragon Story Project

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:40:52 +0000

The Mama Dragons group consists of almost 1,000 Mormon, post-Mormon, and now never-Mormon women who are dedicated to: Loving their LGBT children. Preventing LGBT youth suicide. Supporting parents of LGBT children to better love and support their children. Rescuing rejected LGBT children from homelessness and abuse. Attending funerals of deceased LGBT youth in support of

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636: Rape in Mormon Culture

Mon, 16 May 2016 23:40:00 +0000

In this episode Dr. John Dehlin and Lindsay Hansen Park (Feminist Mormon Housewives, Sunstone, Year of Polygamy, Color of Heaven) host a panel discussion about rape within Mormon culture.  The panel features Aubri Parameter, an assault survivor, Kathryn Jones-Porter, a victim’s advocate in Salt Lake County, and Donna Kelly, who has worked as a prosecutor for

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629: Mormons and Colonization with Edyka Chilome

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:47:41 +0000

In this special episode of Mormon Stories podcast Lindsay Hansen Park (Sunstone, Year of Polygamy, Color of Heaven) interviews Edyka Chilome about Mormons and Colonization. Edyka’s bio: Edyka Chilomé, born Erica Granados – De La Rosa, is a queer woman of color writer, artist, social justice educator, and spiritual activist. She is the daughter of Salvadorian

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625-626: Surviving Reparative Therapy with Alex Cooper, “Saving Alex” Author

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:20:10 +0000

This is a recording of my interview with Alex Cooper recorded on March 16, 2016 at Velour in Provo, Utah.  Alex Cooper, along with Dr. Joanna Brooks, are the co-authors of the new book Saving Alex.  Alex was accompanied in this interview by her attorney, Paul Burke.  We were also honored to have Tyler Glenn

624: Kate Kelly on Life After Excommunication, Safe Sex, and Women’s Reproductive Rights

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:03:50 +0000

In this Mormon Stories Live! episode recorded at Club/Cafe at 50 West on March 9, 2016, I interviewed Kate Kelly about the following: Life since her excommunication, including her divorce from Neil Ransom and her new relationship with Jack Waters. Thoughts on the Ordain Women movement — past, present and future. Kate’s new position with

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623: Elizabeth Grimshaw – Facing LDS Excommunication for being Same-Sex Married

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:21:45 +0000

Elizabeth Grimshaw was raised Mormon. She knew she was lesbian as a teenager, but spent her early years (teens and 20s) attempting to date men and to marry a man. In her early 30s, after many failed attempts to be “straight,” she came out as a lesbian, stopped attending the LDS church, and began dating

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609-611: Mormon Stories Europe Launches with Claudia Fox Reppen

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:54:27 +0000

Original Title: From Canada to Norway: A multicultural journey through Mormonism, Islam, and the European perspective, with Claudia Fox Reppen. In this first installment of Mormon Stories Europe, Henning Müller of Mormon Stories Germany interviews Canadian-born Claudia Fox Reppen about her multi-ethnic heritage, emigration to Norway, and Mormon faith transition. Claudia and Henning examine the

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605: An Analysis of the “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women” Essay

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:37:28 +0000

In this episode Jamie Hanis Handy assembles an amazing panel (Natasha Helfer Parker, Dr. Kristy Money, and Dr. Gina Colvin) to discuss the recent LDS church essay entitled: “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women.”

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599: Mindy Gledhill Discusses her Mormon Faith Transition

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:46:19 +0000

This podcast is Part 3 of a Mormon Stories and A Thoughtful Faith Collaboration. Mindy Gledhill is an American indie pop music singer-song writer. She has five albums, the Sum of all Grace, Anchor, Winter Moon and Pocketful of Poetry and has collaborated on many others.  Mindy’s music appears in film, television and commercials. Its has been described

597-598: Mindy and Dustin Gledhill, and their New Project — Hive Riot

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:37:12 +0000

In this three-part series we interview pop artist Mindy Gledhill and classical pianist Dustin Gledhill regarding their new electronic synth-pop project called Hive Riot. In Part 1 we explore Mindy and Dustin’s respective stories as Mormons, along with their careers as successful musical performing artists.  Dustin also discusses his difficulties as a gay Mormon (including his attempts to change

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594-595: Alison Udall and Mormon Spectrum

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:38:00 +0000

Alison Udall is the co-founder and main force behind Mormon Spectrum – a web site dedicated to supporting Mormons across the belief spectrum with content and community.  Since the release of Mormon Spectrum in August of 2015, the creation and growth of progressive and post-Mormon support communities have skyrocketed thank to Alison and the Mormon Spectrum

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580: Reviewing the Mother in Heaven LDS Essay

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:23:56 +0000

In today’s episode a wonderful panel of women review the recent LDS Church “Mother in Heaven” essay.  Panelists include: Jamie Hanis Handy, Natasha Helfer Parker, Dr. Kristy Money, and Carol Lynn Pearson.

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555-556: What Progressive Mormons Want with Julienna Viegas-Haws

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:21:21 +0000

Julienna Viegas-Haws has a fascinating story. Her mother is from the Belgian Congo. She was raised in Belgium. Her mother converted to the LDS Church when Julienna was a child, and credits the LDS church with saving her life. Julienna was raised a highly devout Mormon girl in Belgium, and served a mission on Temple

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548-550: Kristy Money and the High Price of Mormon Activism

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:19:33 +0000

Dr. Kristy Money is impressive on so many levels. She graduated from BYU at age 19, completing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at age 25 (dissertation on LDS suicide) She serves on the Ordain Women board of directors as a co-founder of OW, assembled the famous “6 discussions” for Ordain Women, and is the host of Ordain Women podcast. She

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542-543: Gina Colvin – KiwiMormon and Fearless/Faithful Mormon Heretic

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:43:30 +0000

Dr. Gina Colvin is an essential progressive Mormon voice in 2015 for many reasons: She is a “multi-generation life long Mormon” with a multi-racial/international perspective on Mormonism.  Specifically, she is a New Zealander of Māori, English, Irish, Welsh, German and French descent. She is a professor (i.e., lecturer) at the University of Canterbury, with an emphasis on

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Stories of Women (and Men) Who Feel They Have Been Harmed by Mormon Patriarchy

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:17:36 +0000

If you are a current or former Mormon woman (or man) who feels as though you have been harmed by Mormon patriarchy, please include your story here. Note: Please do not comment on other people’s stories.  For this post, I would like it to only contain people’s direct stories.  Thanks in advance.

505-506: Carrie Sheffield on Leaving Mormonism, Finding Stoicism, Politics, Conservatism and More

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:51:49 +0000

In the world of politics and media, Carrie Sheffield is a veritable dynamo. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC Radio and more, as an expert on politics and the economy. Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard, she went on to do stints

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488-490: Neil Ransom and Kate Kelly – After Kate’s Excommunication

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:06:29 +0000

In this three-part series we interview Neil Ransom (Kate Kelly’s husband, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) and we speak with Kate about her excommunication and the aftermath. Some of the fascinating tidbits we explore: Neil’s early years growing up in Africa How Neil’s mission, along with his attending BYU-Idaho, actually turned him into a progressive Mormon How

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483-486: Christine Jeppsen Clark, Daughter of General Authority Malcolm Jeppsen

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:27:38 +0000

Christine Jeppsen Clark is a mother of six, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, a Ph.D. graduate student focusing on dementia, and a dear personal friend.  She is also the daughter of the late Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen — former LDS General Authority, personal physician and best friend to Elder Boyd K. Packer, and a GA

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475: Sandra Tanner Pt 4: “Anti-Mormonism,” Her Christian Beliefs, the Future of the LDS Church, Jerald’s Passing, and Final Testimony

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:28:19 +0000

In part 4 of a 4 part series, Sandra Tanner discusses her views on being called an “anti-Mormon,” her Christian beliefs, her views on the recent candor/openness and future of the LDS church, the passing of her husband (Jerald — Alzheimer’s), and shares her final testimony.

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474: Sandra Tanner Pt. 3 — Treasure Digging, Polygamy, Thomas Ferguson, Eugene England

Mon, 26 May 2014 12:18:56 +0000

In part 3 of a 4 part series, Sandra discusses several issues including Joseph Smith’s treasure digging, connections between the Masonic Lodge temple ceremony and the LDS Church temple ceremony, polygamy, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, blacks and the LDS priesthood, the Thomas Ferguson story, the Eugene England/Bruce R. McConkie letter exchange, the LDS church’s law

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460-462: Lindsay Hansen Park on Bulimia, Body Image, and Faith

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:20:15 +0000

Today we interview Lindsay Hansen Park, wherein she discusses her battles with Bulimia, body image, and faith.  

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459: Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin by Nicole Hardy

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:47:18 +0000

In this podcast, Heather Olson Beal interviews Nicole Hardy, author of the stunningly beautiful memoir, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin, with readers and fans Claire, Mel, and Maren. From When Nicole Hardy’s eye-opening “Modern Love” column appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardy’s essay, which exposed the conflict

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458: Ordain Women Spring 2014

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:43:19 +0000

On April 5th, 2014 Ordain Women will again be seeking entrance into the LDS General Conference Priesthood session.  Details can be found here.  In this episode we interview Nadine Hansen, Kimberly Brinkerhoff, Katie Hyde, and Debra Jenson about their participation in Ordain Women.

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455: Mormon Women Have Their Say

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:41:32 +0000

In this podcast, Heather Olson Beal interviews three essayists who contributed to the book Mormon Women Have Their Say: Essays from the Claremont Oral History Collection: Caroline Kline (who also co-edited the book with Dr. Claudia Bushman), Anna Rolapp, and Elizabeth Mott.  In this podcast, we discuss the Claremont Women’s Oral History Project in general

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452-453: Mid-Stage Parenting with Nest & Launch

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:59:58 +0000

In this two-part episode we interview bloggers Sarah Brenner Jones and Annie Bentley Waddoups.  Together they run a wonderfully delightful blog on mid-stage parenting entitled “Nest & Launch.”  In this interview Sarah and Annie share their approaches to thoughtful parenting during this unique stage of life — from the teen to the early adult years.

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443-444: Alternative Feminist Approaches to Ordain Women

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:09:02 +0000

In this 2-part series, Fiona Givens, Maxine Hanks, Margaret Young, and Neylan McBaine discuss alternative Feminist approaches to the Ordain Women movement. * Maxine’s photo by Justin Hackworth Photography. P.S.  Here is a video attempting to explain what the Ordain Women think and feel, and what they are trying to accomplish.

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442: Ordain Women General Conference Priesthood Event Pt. 1 – The Participants

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:04:11 +0000

In part 1 of a three-part series, we discuss the Ordain Women-planned event on 10/5/2013 to attend the LDS general conference priesthood session.  Participants include Heather Olson Beal, Ann Marie Whittaker, Tinesha Zandamela, and Lorie Winder Stromberg — all of whom participated in Saturday’s event. P.S.  Here is a video attempting to explain what the Ordain Women think and

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415: Kate Kelly on the Ordination of Mormon Women (

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:18:03 +0000

Today we interview Kate Kelly – Founder of the Ordain Women website (  In this episode we discuss: why Kate and her associates are calling for the ordination of LDS women, how female ordination might benefit both the institutional church and its members, and how others can support this initiative.  Additional links mentioned in the

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385-386: Fiona and Terryl Givens and “The God Who Weeps”

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:29:17 +0000

In this two-part interview we speak with Fiona and Terryl Givens on the release of their new book “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life.” In part 1, we interview Fiona about her life. In part 2, we speak with both Terryl and Fiona Givens about their new book.

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384: Falling in Love with Joseph Smith and Jane Barnes

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:36:33 +0000

As the 3rd feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series (organized by Heather Olson Beal), we feature Jane Barnes and her new book Falling in Love with Joseph Smith,accompanied by the following readers:  Rob Lauer, Erin Hill, Cheryl Bruno, John Dehlin, and Dayna Patterson.  Please click on the link to purchase your book through Amazon.

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380: 2012 New York City Conference Pt. 2 with Elna Baker

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 03:31:48 +0000

Elna Baker speaks at the 2012 Mormon Stories conference in New York City.

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376: Margaret Young – Race and Gender Dynamics in Modern Mormonism

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:30:50 +0000

A Thoughtful Faith’s Kylan Rice presents an interview with LDS author, filmmaker, and playwright Margaret Young. In this interview Margaret shares her story of how she became enthralled with Mormon Race Dynamics, and how she has spent her life as an advocate for Black Mormon issues in LDS culture. Margaret also discusses how gender dynamics

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366-367: Joanna Brooks – The Book of Mormon Girl

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:44:50 +0000

In this episode we interview Joanna Brooks – author of the newly released The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith published by Simon & Schuster. In part 1, John interviews Joanna about her book. In part 2, Joanna discusses The Book of Mormon Girl with a book group. Joanna is the

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346-347: Boston 2012 Conference with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, John Dehlin, Joanna Brooks and Open-Mic Story Sharing

Wed, 09 May 2012 23:21:15 +0000

Speakers at the 2012 Boston Regional Mormon Stories conference were asked to address the topic of: Using personal narratives to create spaces where Mormons of all levels of orthodoxy can interact authentically. Part 1: Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich discusses the importance and of history and personal narrative within religious traditions and John Dehlin discusses the evolution of

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305-306: Flunking Sainthood with Jana Riess

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:45:14 +0000

Today we spend two good hours with author and scholar Jana Reiss.  Jana is the author/editor of nine books, including: Mormonism for Dummies and What Would Buffy Do?  Jana is a convert to the LDS Church, and also has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. In this episode Jana discusses: her early years being raised by

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275-279: One Mormon Family’s Battle with Mental Illness and Depression

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:44:25 +0000

In this episode, Natasha Helfer Parker anonymously interviews a mother/son duo about the unique challenges of experiencing mental illness as an active Mormon family.  Mother and son candidly discuss what they went through as she faced a nervous breakdown, comorbidity of several diagnoses, suicidality and her history of sexual abuse during her childhood.  Discussion on how their Mormon faith both helped and

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232-234: Postpartum Depression Within Mormonism

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 01:29:20 +0000

In this episode, Natasha Helfer Parker (The Mormon Therapist) interviews “Sarah,” an LDS mother of four who has a history of depression starting in adolescence followed by a serious bout of postpartum depression after the birth of her second child.  She also interviews Jamie Bodily, mother of five and certified doula through toLABOR regarding her

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217-221: On a Mormon Feminist Renaissance with Tresa Edmunds

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:00:04 +0000

In this interview we speak with LDS feminist Tresa Edmunds.  Tresa is an active, believing member of the LDS church, and writes for several online blogs including: Feminist Mormon Housewives under the name Reese Dixon Her own blog called Reese Dixon (dedicated mostly to arts and crafts) (a leading British news source) Beginnings New

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173-177: Carol Lynn Pearson – Mormon Author, Poet, Playwright, Feminist, and Philosopher

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:00:35 +0000

Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most beloved and successul Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time.  A comprehensive listing of her creative works can be found here.  Her book “Goodbye, I Love You,” about the death of her gay husband from AIDS, took the world by storm in 1986, landing her on

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168-169: Mormon Therapist Natasha Parker on LDS Sexuality, Depression, Faith & Marriage

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:03:21 +0000

In this 2-part series, we interview Natasha Parker — an LDS Marriage and Family Therapist who lives in Kansas.  Natasha blogs at both Mormon Matters and on her own blog regarding her experiences and thoughts as a therapist specializing in the treatment of Mormons.  During this interview, we discuss Natasha’s background, along with brief coverage

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157-159: How to Improve Your Marriage After One of You Loses Their Testimony

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 21:41:53 +0000

In this 3-part series, Dan and Laurie Gallagher discuss Laurie’s loss of faith in the LDS Church (while Dan remains a believer), and how that led to an actual strengthening of their marriage and family relationships.

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153: Dr. Janet Bennion – Living Among Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy as an Anthropologist

Thu, 20 May 2010 15:29:32 +0000

Janet Bennion is an associate professor of anthropology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, specializing in alternative sexuality in nontraditional religious movements in the Intermountain West, specifically among Mormon fundamentalist polygynists. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Utah and a Masters in Social Organization from Portland State University. Her doctoral expertise

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139-140: The LDS Conversion and De-Conversion of Heather

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 12:41:09 +0000

This is a 2-part interview with Heather, a friend who converted to the LDS church as a college student in Texas, moved to BYU, married the son of a Stake President in the temple, and then afterwards her husband left the church, and she soon followed. Heather talks about why she joined, why she left,

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129-131: Feminist Mormon Housewives Founder Lisa Butterworth

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:44:55 +0000

In this 3-part interview I speak with Lisa Butterworth, founder of (perhaps) the most popular blog within the LDS Bloggernacle: In Part 1, Lisa discusses her early life, how she became a feminist, and what led to her creation of In Part 2, Lisa discusses the importance of open, thoughtful and candid discussions

123-125: What to do when your husband loses his LDS testimony — Jacque Parts 1-3

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:48:08 +0000

In this series I interview Jacque — a faithful, believing LDS church member whose husband lost his LDS testimony last year. Episode 1: Jacque discusses her husband’s loss of  testimony, how they first discussed it, and the lessons she learned from dealing with the immediate aftermath. Episode 2: Jacque discusses the compromises that both her

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112 & 113: Joanna Brooks Parts 1 and 2

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 04:38:26 +0000

I recorded my first podcast in some time last night w/ professor, author and mother Joanna Brooks.  Joanna was a very important figure in the uber-controversial BYU Academic Freedom days of 1990-1993…and is now a writer on Mormon topics for Religion Dispatches (along w/ being the Dept. Chair of English at SDSU).  She was also recently featured on

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076: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 8 — “Kingdom of God”: An interview with University of Utah student Ann Whittaker

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 06:45:29 +0000

In part 8 of our series on spirituality and the rising LDS generation, we interview University of Utah student Ann Whittaker. In this interview Ann discusses many aspects of her faith, including her exploration of church history and feminism issues within Mormonism.

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067: Women and the LDS Church Part 11 – Linda King Newell, “A Gift Given, A Gift Taken: Washing, Anointing, and Blessing the Sick Among Mormon Women”

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 07:21:15 +0000

Linda King Newell, “A Gift Given, A Gift Taken: Washing, Anointing, and Blessing the Sick Among Mormon Women,” Sunstone 6 (Sept.-Oct. 1981).

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066: Women in the LDS Church Part 10 – The LDS Church’s Opposition to the Equal Rights Ammendment

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 15:02:25 +0000

In this episode, Martha Sontagg Bradley, author of Pedestals and Podiums: Utah Women, Religious Authority, and Equal Rights — discusses her research into the LDS church’s opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Most LDS historians and feminists credit this amazing series of events as the major impetus for the Mormon feminist activism that emerged in

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063: Women in the LDS Church Part 7 – Margaret Toscano’s Journey into Mormon Studies and Feminism

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 22:34:16 +0000

Margaret Merrill Toscano is one of the most prominent and controversial feminists in the LDS church. In this episode Margaret discusses her journey into both Mormon Studies and Mormon Feminism. If you would like to express your gratitude to Margaret for doing this interview, please email your comments to me, and I will pass them

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062: Women in the LDS Church Part 6 – Margaret Merrill Toscano: The Early Years

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:10:10 +0000

Margaret Merrill Toscano is one of the most prominent and controversial feminists in the LDS church. In this episode we discuss her early years growing up in Arizona as a faithful but questioning Latter-Day Saint, including her time at BYU as a student. If you would like to express your gratitude to Margaret for doing

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061: A Review of the First 5 Episodes on Mormon Women by 2 Brilliant Mormon Women (Part 2)

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 16:00:37 +0000

In part 2 of a 2-part conversation with 2 brilliant Mormon women (Taryn Nelson-Seawright and Rosalynde Welch), they review episodes 3-5 of the recent Mormon Stories series on Women in the LDS Church. This includes a discussion about the 3 part interview with Dr. Claudia Bushman. This episode was originally recorded as part of the

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060: A Review of the First 5 Episodes on Mormon Women by 2 Brilliant Mormon Women (Part 1)

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 15:56:49 +0000

In part 1 of a 2-part conversation with 2 brilliant Mormon women (Taryn Nelson-Seawright and Rosalynde Welch), they review the first 2 episodes of the recent Mormon Stories series on Women in the LDS Church. This includes a discussion of my introduction on the topic, the 3 waves of Feminism in the USA. This episode

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059: Women and the LDS Church Part 5 — 19th and Early 20th Century Mormon Women Part 2 (with Dr. Claudia Bushman)

Sat, 30 Jun 2007 06:03:57 +0000

In our final hour with Dr. Claudia Bushman, she discusses early 20th Century Mormon women, again through writings from this era. Dr. Bushman also shares her perspective on the present and future of Mormonism, and provides some encouragement to the discouraged. In her summary, she asks our sisters to consider remaining engaged in the LDS

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058: Women and the LDS Church Part 4 — 19th and Early 20th Century Mormon Women (with Dr. Claudia Bushman)

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 06:04:23 +0000

In this episode, Dr. Claudia Bushman joins us again to discuss 19th and Early 20th Century Mormon women, through the writings of 10 women of this era. If you happen enjoy/appreciate Claudia’s interviews, please do email me so I can let her know. I’m sure she will appreciate hearing from some of you.

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057: Women and the LDS Church Part 3 — An Interview with Dr. Claudia L. Bushman

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 05:28:07 +0000

Today we hear from one of the foremost voices on Women’s Issues within Mormonism: Dr. Claudia Bushman. Dr. Bushman is a historian by training, and has taught at Columbia University for many years. She is the author of several books and articles, including: “Mormon Sisters: Women of Early Utah” and “Mormon Domestic Life in the

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056: Women and the LDS Church Part 2 — The Three Waves of Feminism in the USA

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 22:06:11 +0000

Any discussion of women in the LDS Church would be incomplete without first understanding a bit about the history of women more broadly within the context of 19th and 20th century America. Consequently, in part 2 of this multi-part series on Women in the LDS Church, we will hear from an LDS woman who also

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055: Women and the LDS Church Part 1 — An Introduction

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 21:14:27 +0000

To keep this podcast alive, please consider donating to Mormon Stories by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button at the top right of this blog. ============================ To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly. The text of this introduction is (roughly as follows): =========== In 1789,

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046: Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 5: Anne’s Beliefs and Testimony

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 08:10:52 +0000

To keep this podcast alive, please consider donating to Mormon Stories by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button at the top right of this blog. =================== In the final portion of our 5 part interview with Anne Wilde (Mormon Fundamentalist and Polygamist), Anne shares with us her views on a plethora of topics, including

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045: Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 4: Modern Polygamy Gone Wrong and Right

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 21:13:55 +0000

To keep this podcast alive, please consider donating to Mormon Stories by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button at the top right of this blog. =================== When many of us, as Mormons, think about 21st century polygamy, we often associate it with what we see on TV, or read in the paper: 60 year

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044: Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 3: Anne’s Story

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 22:43:49 +0000

In part 3 of this 5 part series, Anne B. Wilde (Independent Mormon Fundamentalist and polygamist) discusses her story–recounting how she went from being a traditional member of the LDS Church: BYU graduate, married in the temple, and mother of 3 children–to becoming a practicing Mormon Fundamentalist and polygamist–all while remaining active in the LDS

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042-043: Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Parts 1 & 2: Polygamy in the Early LDS Church and the Rise of Mormon Fundamentalism

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 23:44:58 +0000

In part 1 of this 5 part interview, Anne B. Wilde (Independent Mormon Fundamentalist, polygamist, and founder of Principle Voices) discusses the early practice of polygamy within the LDS Church. In part 2, Anne discusses the rise of Mormon Fundamentalism after the LDS Church decided to stop teaching plural marriage as an official church doctrine.

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025: New Order Mormons Pt. 2–Ann’s Story

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 14:19:40 +0000

Today we finally release Part 2 of our series on New Order Mormonism. New Order Mormons’ web site can be found here. According to their web site, “New Order Mormons are those who no longer believe some (or much) of the dogma or doctrines of the LDS church, but who want to maintain membership for

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018: New Order Mormons Pt. 1–Ann’s Story

Tue, 14 Feb 2006 04:40:38 +0000

Today we begin a 2 part series on New Order Mormonism.  New Order Mormons’ web site can be found here.  According to their web site, “New Order Mormons are those who no longer believe some (or much) of the dogma or doctrines of the LDS church, but who want to maintain membership for cultural and

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