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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 faith/confidence in the LDS Church in 2013, and in reaction to the Kate Kelly and John Dehlin excommunications in 2014/2015, Micah co-led several projects which sought to bring attention/visibility to problems within in the LDS Church. Micah co-founded the “Strangers in Zion” project, wherein LDS Church members were encouraged to…

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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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My Excommunication

February 10, 2015
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My press release from today.

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522: Three Inspirations on the Eve of My Disciplinary Council: Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner

February 7, 2015
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“Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner” April 12, 2014 McMurrin Lecture: In her lecture, Flake defines an intellectual as one who loves and is committed to the life of the mind, one for whom thought is both a delight and a necessity,…

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A Request for Mormon Newsroom and Eric Hawkins

February 7, 2015
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A note to Mormon Newsroom and Eric Hawkins (Senior Manager, Media Relations, LDS Church Public Affairs Department), It has been confirmed to me by multiple sources that over the past few days and weeks you have been attempting to directly seek corrections from news outlets who have reported that my public…

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A Response to Peggy Fletcher Stack about OSF Finances

February 7, 2015
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I obviously cannot know what Peggy Fletcher Stack​’s intentions were in the writing and timing of her recent Salt Lake Tribune article about me entitled “Mormon facing excommunication makes his living off his podcasts.”  I will say at the outset that I consider Peggy to be both a longtime hero…

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Details for Sunday, Response to Apostasy Charge, and Concerns about the Disciplinary Council

February 5, 2015
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I have put together a release that summarizes a few key things: New details regarding Sunday’s disciplinary council, including information about the vigil organized by Micah Nicholaison. My formal response to the apostasy charge, including quotes from President Bryan King supporting why I feel (know) my support of Ordain Women and…

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521: Mormon Stories: A Tribute from Past Podcast Participants

January 24, 2015
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As John Dehlin faces a disciplinary council for his work on Mormon Stories, more than two dozen past participants offer their thoughts on what John and the podcast have meant to them and to Mormonism. These reflections include faithful, orthodox Latter-Day Saints and ex-Mormons; famous scholars and private individuals; and…

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520: John Dehlin’s TribTalk with Jennifer Napier-Pearce about Disciplinary Council

January 22, 2015
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Popular Mormon podcaster John Dehlin will face a church disciplinary council on Sunday to address allegations of apostasy. On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Dehlin joined Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about his faith and how he views dissent, doubt and discipline within the LDS Church.

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Responses from Bishops and Stake Presidents about Public Support of Ordain Women and Same-Sex Marriage

January 22, 2015
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I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this question: Can LDS church members remain members in good standing/full fellowship (with a temple recommend) and show public support for either Ordain Women and/or Same-Sex Marriage? I have a favor to ask those of you who are willing.  Will you please…

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518-519: Clark Johnsen – From BYU to Broadway’s Book of Mormon Musical

January 21, 2015
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In this hilarious and touching episode of Mormon Stories, John Dehlin interviews Clark Johnson, an original cast member in the hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. In part one, Clark shares his experience as a young gay Mormon coming from a conservative LDS background, his mission to Mexico, and how he and…

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

January 21, 2015
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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…

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Stories of Marital Distress or Divorce Because of a Mormon Faith Crisis

January 20, 2015
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If you experienced divorce or significant marital distress because of a Mormon/LDS faith crisis, please share your story here.  If Mormon Stories helped you or your marriage through this process in some positive way, please feel free to share that too. Note: Please do not comment on other people’s stories.  For…

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Stories of People Disciplined by LDS Church “Just” for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

January 18, 2015
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Many people are skeptical that someone could be disciplined in the 21st century LDS Church for “just” supporting same-sex marriage.  If you have experienced church discipline for supporting same-sex marriage, please post your story below. Stories I’ve gathered so far: “My stake president (in Draper) told me a few months…

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Reasons for the Disciplinary Council

January 17, 2015
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(Updated on 1/19/2015 to provide more detail, based on feedback from Bill Benac). In Peggy Fletcher Stack’s January 16th, 2015 article entitled “Did Mormon podcaster go too far? Dehlin faces possible excommunication,” she attributes the following opinion to Mormon apologist, blogger, and attorney Steve Evans, “Evans questions whether Dehlin’s support…

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Disciplinary Council

January 15, 2015
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January 15, 2015 (updated 1/17/2015) For Immediate Release North Logan, UT Phone: 435 227-5776 Email: johndehlin@gmail.com Mormon Podcaster and Scholar John Dehlin Threatened with Excommunication Summary: As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon church), I have been summoned by my LDS Stake…

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517: Discussing Gender and Mormon Apologetics – With Nancy Ross, Kevin Barney, and Jessica Finnigan

January 8, 2015
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The voice of Mormon Apologetics in the past has been predominately male. In this episode we explore the intersection of gender and Mormon Apologetics.  We discuss the reasons that this may be, as well as how this tradition is changing and creating a space for more women within FAIR. In this episode, we are…

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Your Questions for John Larsen

January 6, 2015
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On January 21st at 6pm in Salt Lake City we will be hosting a live interview and celebration of John Larsen (former host of Mormon Expression Podcast, and current president of the White Fields Educational Foundation).  Please post your questions for John here, and please RSVP to attend the interview/celebration…

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516: 2014 Mormon Stories End-of-Year Update

December 27, 2014
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In this episode I address the past, present, and future of Mormon Stories.  I also discuss my past interactions with Stake President Bryan King, my current beliefs, my current relationship with the LDS church, and my thoughts about what appears to be a pending disciplinary council.  

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Your Questions for Clark Johnsen and/or about the Book of Mormon Musical Go Here

December 24, 2014
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We will be interviewing Clark Johnsen — original cast member for the Broadway Book of Mormon Musical — this Sunday in Salt Lake City. Please post your questions for Clark about his story, or about the Book of Mormon musical, below. To RSVP to attend the interview with Clark on…

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514-515: Infants on Thrones Podcast

December 14, 2014
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In this two-part series we interview the panelists for Infants on Thrones Podcast: Glenn, Matt, Scott, Randy, Bob, Tom, and Jake.  These guys do tend to get a bit rowdy (language!)…so listener discretion is advised.

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