Women Stories

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

July 6, 2015
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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 has authored three incredibly influential op-eds for the Salt Lake Tribune: LDS Church should make clear Smith was wrong to take 14-year-old wife Think, seminary teachers, before acceding to church essay on Joseph Smith’s polygamy LDS Church should go further to disavow racist priesthood ban She…

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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 Canterbury, with an emphasis on “the history and future of ideas.” She is an insightful thinker and writer, and writes for a fantastic blog called KiwiMormon.  She also hosts the A Thoughtful Faith podcast. She is an important and somewhat fearless voice for progressive Mormon thought, and advocates very publicly and strongly…

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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 in advance.

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

November 7, 2014
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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 at Goldman Sachs and the Washington Times before settling in as a public policy analyst all over TV and radio. But Carrie also has a Mormon story. Growing up in the church, then later leaving and exploring other faiths before finding peace with Stoicism, she…

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

July 26, 2014
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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 Kate and Neil met (their love story), and what Neil loves most about Kate What Neil is researching for his Ph.D. (hint….it’s super cool) Has Neil experienced a faith crisis? Who “wears the pants” in Kate/Neil’s marriage…also what are the traits of a “real man” according…

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

July 7, 2014
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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 who was directly involved in the excommunication of Avraham Gileadi (one of the September Six).  In this multi-part episode with Christine we discuss: What it was like to grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in Salt Lake City as a very orthodox, devout member…

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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

June 2, 2014
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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

May 26, 2014
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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 suit against UTLM, and the Godmakers film.

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

March 18, 2014
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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

March 13, 2014
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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 amazon.com: 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 between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast. Now in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Nicole Hardy explores how she came, at the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads regarding her…

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458: Ordain Women Spring 2014

March 13, 2014
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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

February 11, 2014
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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 and then discuss four essays in greater depth:  Caroline’s essay on Mormon women’s conceptions of the self, Anna’s essay on Mormon women and California’s Proposition 8, Elizabeth’s essay on Mormon single women, and Caroline’s essay on Mormon women’s attitudes towards and feelings about patriarchy. From…

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

December 21, 2013
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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

October 16, 2013
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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

October 8, 2013
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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 feel, and what they are trying to accomplish.          

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415: Kate Kelly on the Ordination of Mormon Women (ordainwomen.org)

April 3, 2013
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Today we interview Kate Kelly – Founder of the Ordain Women website (http://ordainwomen.org).  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 podcast are listed below. The ordainwomen.org April 6 Launch Event Info Salt Lake Tribune Article on Kate and the initiative The FAIR talk on the LDS church and gender They “Why Mormons Question” survey referred to in the interview “A gift given, a gift taken…

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

November 21, 2012
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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

November 14, 2012
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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.  A small amount of the proceeds go to help support Mormon Stories. ============== Title: Falling in Love with Joseph Smith Author: Jane Barnes Publisher: Tarcher Genre: Non-fiction Year: 2012 Pages: 304 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 1585429252 Price: $16.85 Support Mormon Stories by purchasing Falling in Love…

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

October 28, 2012
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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

October 8, 2012
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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 present challenges to her and other LDS women, and how she reconciles these issues with her faith in the Gospel. Guest host Kylan Rice is a producer for BYU Radio, a poet, and a student of English literature. He also contributes, as a guest writer,…

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

August 6, 2012
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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 Board Chairman of Mormon Stories, has keynoted at Mormon Stories Conferences in Salt Lake City, Boston and Boise, is the author of the popular Ask Mormon Girl blog at Feminist Mormon Housewives and AskMormonGirl.com, blogs at ReligionDispatches.org and is a professor at San Diego State…

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

May 9, 2012
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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 Mormon Stories and the role it plays in the lives of listeners and community members. Part 2: Joanna Brooks talks about changes in spiritual narrative scripts over time and how telling personal stories affects community development. Conference attendees share their personal stories in an open-mic…

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305-306: Flunking Sainthood with Jana Riess

December 15, 2011
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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 secular parents, her conversion to God/Christianity, and her ultimate conversion to Mormonism.  We also discuss with Jana her new book, “Flunking Sainthood.”

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

August 28, 2011
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275-279: One Mormon Family’s Battle with Mental Illness and Depression

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 hindered aspects of their healing is broached as well as thoughts and direction for others who may be facing similar situations.

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232-234: Postpartum Depression Within Mormonism

February 5, 2011
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232-234: Postpartum Depression Within Mormonism

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 experience and knowledge regarding postpartum depression.  Jamie has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, a Masters Degree in Human Services from Capella University and her undergraduate degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University.  She initiated, co-wrote, and coordinated a doula program for women…

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

December 21, 2010
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217-221: On a Mormon Feminist Renaissance with Tresa Edmunds

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) Guardian.co.uk (a leading British news source) Beginnings New (a progressive resource for LDS Young Women’s leaders) Recently penned an article for Patheos entitled, “The Next Generation of Mormon Feminism“ Is a co-founder of W.A.V.E. or Women Advocating for Voice and Equality — which was established “To advance the cause of gender equality within…

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

August 15, 2010
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173-177: Carol Lynn Pearson – Mormon Author, Poet, Playwright, Feminist, and Philosopher

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 Oprah, Phil Donahue, and many other T.V. programs.  Her musical “My Turn on Earth” is one of the most beloved and successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent virtually all of her years since “Goodbye, I Love You” as an advocate for…

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

July 15, 2010
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168-169: Mormon Therapist Natasha Parker on LDS Sexuality, Depression, Faith & Marriage

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 of the following issues: LDS sexuality, homosexuality, depression, faith issues, and marriage issues.

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

June 3, 2010
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157-159: How to Improve Your Marriage After One of You Loses Their Testimony

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

May 20, 2010
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153: Dr. Janet Bennion – Living Among Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy as an Anthropologist

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 lies in cross-cultural perspectives of sexuality, gender and society, and women of the fundamentalist world. Her scientific publications include two major ethnographic works and two comparative analyses of Mormon polygynous women, as well as many peer-review journal articles. Women of Principle: Female Networking in Contemporary…

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