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559-560: Michael Adam Ferguson, J Seth Anderson, and their Fight Against Gay Conversion Therapy

August 31, 2015
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J Seth Anderson and Michael Adam Ferguson were catapulted into the public spotlight when they became the first same-sex couple to be legally married by the state of Utah. Seth and Michael both grew up in LDS homes, completed full-time missions for the Church, and throughout their twenties, undertook tortuous journeys to renegotiate their relationships with both the institution and with the faith of their childhoods. Since November 2012, Seth and Michael have been embroiled in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against a gay conversion therapy organization in New Jersey named JONAH: Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (formerly Jews Offering New…

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558: The Opportunities and Challenges of Building Progressive and Post-Mormon Communities

August 28, 2015
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In part 2 of my interview with Dr. Dave Christian, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of building face-to-face communities for progressive and post-Mormons, based on the work of Dr. Jonathan Haidt’s book entitled “The Righteous Mind.”

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557: Dr. Dave Christian on Epistemology and Orson Wright, the Polygamous Mission President

August 24, 2015
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Dr. Dave Christian has served as a psychologist to believing and post-Mormons for decades. In this episode, Dave begins by discussing his LDS pioneer ancestry, and his early years in the LDS church as a faithful, science-loving boy from St. George.  He then discusses early doubts he began to have regarding his…

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

August 17, 2015
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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…

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554: Sermon for the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

August 12, 2015
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On August 2, 2015 I was asked to deliver the sermon for the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah.  The topic was my experiences as a Mormon that led up to my excommunication.

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553: My Interview with Friendly Atheist Podcast

August 10, 2015
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My appearance on the Friendly Atheist podcast with Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke. Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He is a former National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, where he taught…

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552: An Analysis of the LDS Church Seer Stone Announcement

August 8, 2015
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For decades, and heavily over the past ten years, Mormon historians, podcasters, and critics have been urging the LDS Church to be more open and honest about Joseph Smith’s use of folk magic and a peep stone/hat in his production of the Book of Mormon text. On August 4th, 2015 the LDS Church released…

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A Poem Celebrating Mormon Stories Podcast on its 10th Anniversary

August 2, 2015
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by Andrew Christensen Whatever else there is to say, About all this… Whatever else, there’s this, at least. It’s quite a thing. This thing that’s been done. This thing we’ve all seen. What we’ve been through. It’s something. Undoubtedly. It’s quite a thing – no question – to sit in…

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551: Lindsay Hansen Park’s Year of Polygamy

July 17, 2015
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In this episode we interview Lindsay Hansen Park about the completion of her Year of Polygamy podcast project.

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

July 6, 2015
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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…

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547: My Book of Mormon Podcast Host David Michael Reflects on Reading the Book of Mormon Cover to Cover

June 30, 2015
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On June 25th My Book of Mormon podcast host David Michael came to Salt Lake City to discuss the conclusion of his reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover.  The event was held at Squatter’s Pub and was so heavily attended that people had to be turned away…

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Bonus: “The Boise Rescue” – Elder Oaks and Richard Turley Speak in Boise on June 13th, 2015

June 14, 2015
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Below you will find an audio recording of a meeting held June 13th, 2015 — which some are calling the “Boise Rescue.”  During this three-stake meeting in Boise, Idaho, Elder Dallin H Oaks and Richard E Turley Jr. spoke to LDS Church members about the dangers of apostasy, and of following “false…

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546: Rock Waterman (and Connie) Reports on his Mormon Excommunication

June 4, 2015
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On June 3rd, 2015 Alan Rock Waterman (blogger at Pure Mormonism) was excommunicated from the LDS (Mormon) Church for blogging about his beliefs and differences with LDS Church policies.  In this episode Rock and his wife Connie retell the experience of his disciplinary council.  

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545: Rock Waterman’s Pre-Disciplinary Council Interview

May 27, 2015
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Rock Waterman is a prominent Mormon blogger who maintains belief in all of the fundamental LDS Church truth claims (e.g., God, Jesus, Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon).  His beliefs are similar to those of Denver Snuffer, in that he believes that the modern, corporate LDS Church is  failing to follow…

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544: Marisa and Carson Calderwood Discuss Their Excommunication

May 24, 2015
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In this episode Marisa and Carson Calderwood discuss their excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 21, 2015 for apostasy. See here for a list of the five handouts Carson shared with his disciplinary council participants. See here for statements from Carson’s witnesses in the…

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

May 22, 2015
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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…

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541: LDS Church is Now Excommunicating Legally Same-Sex Married Members – Taylor Knuth-Bishop

May 6, 2015
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Taylor Knuth-Bishop was an active LDS Church member and seminary graduate who considered himself “heterosexual with same-sex attraction” until he met the love of his life, Sean Knuth-Bishop. Taylor and Sean fell in love and were eventually legally married during the now-famous 2014 Grammy performance wherein Macklemore, Madonna, and Queen…

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540: A Curated Revue of Hilarious Tales from Mormondom (New York City Event)

May 5, 2015
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This event, organized by Kate Kelly, was held in New York City on Saturday, April 25th, 6:30pm.  Billed as “A Curated Revue of Hilarious Tales from Mormondom,” it entailed a delightful evening of Mormon (and post-Mormon) storytelling and humor. Sean Carter: Harvard Law graduate and professional legal humorist (www.lawhumorist.com). Sean…

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535-539: Tom Phillips, the Second Anointing, and LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland

April 27, 2015
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Many LDS Church members are unaware that a secret LDS temple ordinance called the “Second Anointing” is regularly being administered by LDS Church apostles to elite friends, family, and leaders (mostly stake presidents, temple presidents, mission presidents, and LDS general authorities, along with their wives).  In this ordinance (according to reports) an apostle…

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532-534: Micah Nickolaisen — From “A Thoughtful Faith” to “Any Opposed” – On Mormon Activism and Secular Communities

April 22, 2015
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Micah Nickolaisen has been an important participant in the Mormon Internet for the past three years. His activism began in 2012 as co-founder of both the “A Thoughtful Faith” and the “Exploring Sainthood” podcasts/communities – both of which sought to encourage thoughtful and faithful LDS Church activity/participation. After losing his…

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Bonus: BYU Accreditation Meeting with Students (April 2015)

April 16, 2015
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On April 15th, 2015 six board members from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities met with over 100 current and former Brigham Young University students to get the most authentic feedback possible regarding religious and academic freedom at BYU — without the administration present. The full audio recording of this meeting can…

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531: John Larsen’s Mormon Expression

April 11, 2015
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John Larsen is the influential founder and host of Mormon Expression podcast, and of the White Fields Educational Foundation. This is his story.

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530: Kirk and Lindsay Van Allen – Facing Church Discipline for Rejecting Polygamy (D&C 132)

April 8, 2015
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In this episode we interview Kirk and Lindsay Van Allen, who are currently facing LDS Church discipline for publicly rejecting Joseph Smith’s revelation about polygamy, which can be found in Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Kirk and Lindsay’s original blog post can be found here. The apologetic response…

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529: Marisa Pond Calderwood – From Hinckley Scholar, to Depressed Mormon Housewife, to Happiness as a Post-Mormon

April 2, 2015
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Marisa Pond Calderwood was raised devoutly LDS in Bellevue, Washington.  She was deeply committed to the church as a teen, but she also excelled in school and dreamed of obtaining a Ph.D. in Genetics.  After receiving the prestigious Gordon B. Hinckley scholarship at BYU, she married Carson Calderwood after her…

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528: Carson Calderwood – Enduring a Disciplinary Council as a Matter of Conscience

March 27, 2015
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Carson Calderwood is an LDS dentist and father of four living in Maple Valley, Washington.  He served an LDS mission in Argentina, married his wife, Marisa, in an LDS temple, recently served as an LDS seminary teacher in Maple valley for two years, and served faithfully in the LDS church…

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526-527: John Hamer on Community of Christ as a Church Home for Transitioning Mormons

March 19, 2015
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Mormon Stories alumnus John Hamer returns to talk about Community of Christ as a viable spiritual home for transitioning Mormons in this two-part video series.  John Hamer was raised LDS, but became a doubting teenager and left organized religion altogether as an adult.  In 2010, he joined Community of Christ…

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525: Dan Wotherspoon on Speaking with Loved Ones about Faith Differences

March 17, 2015
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In this episode, co-released with Mormon Stories, Wendy Williams Montgomery, John Dehlin, and Dan Wotherspoon speak about the difficult dynamics at play in discussing with loved ones, whether family, friends, or ward members, about differences in faith positions after one party or another has shifted. In contrast with the types of challenges presented to…

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My Excommunication Appeal

March 10, 2015
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My excommunication appeal dated March 10, 2015 can be found at this link.  It includes an accompanying brief written in support of my appeal written by my close friends Nadine Hansen and Kate Kelly. For the record, I appealed for the following reasons: 1) Having now experienced the excommunication process, I consider…

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D&C 132: A revelation of men, not God

March 8, 2015
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I am re-posting this post in solidarity with Kirk Van Allen who is being threatened with a disciplinary council for authoring it.  This is posted with Kirk’s permission. ======== What I’m about to say to you may seem shocking, but please read through it completely to understand where I am coming from.  I have come to the belief that…

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524: Jedediah Rogers Discusses Joseph Smith’s Council of Fifty

March 3, 2015
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In this episode, Jedediah Rogers discusses his new book published by Signature Books entitled “The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History.” Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had both millennial and temporal aspirations for the organization he called the Council of Fifty, named after the number of men who were intended…

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523: Interview with Radiowest’s Doug Fabrizio about My Excommunication

February 11, 2015
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Interview with Radiowest’s Doug Fabrizio about My Excommunication.

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