Niblet Awards

March 1, 2007
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Hey! A few John Dehlin-affiliated sites were nominated in the Niblet Awards. The nominations were for: Mormon Stories: Best Podcast The Cultural Hall: Best New Blog John Dehlin: Unsung hero If you are so inclined, check it out!

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Bloggernacle Fast For Peace: March 4th

February 23, 2007
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From Bored in Vernal: “Hi, Bloggernacle Friends, Some of us would like to do a Bloggernacle fast on Sunday March 4. We are fasting for for peace in Iran and that American and world leaders will be directed to work in peaceful ways for the solutions to political tensions. If you can support this, will you write a post on it and let your readers know? Thanks, Bored in Vernal”

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Some good writing/thinking on Blogs, Forums, and Community

February 23, 2007
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For those of you ever-noodling about how to nurture and grow community on the Internet within Mormonism, here are some great blog posts/thoughts on the matter. I’m always interested in thinking of new ways to move the community ball forward.  Any of this interesting to any of you in the Mormon Bloggernacle context?  With this article in particular, I’d be interested in learning where all of you think the Bloggernacle is today (which of the 3 models) — and what direction you think it is heading. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!!!!

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054: Nate Oman — On Messiness, Harvard, the Bloggernacle, and Thoughtful Faith

February 22, 2007
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Chances are, you’ve never heard of Nate Oman. Nevertheless — Nate is a Mormon worth knowing. Born to Sunstone and Dialogue – style parents, Nate was raised to expect “messiness” within both the world, and his Church. After serving an LDS mission in Korea and graduating from BYU, Nate attended Harvard Law School. During law school, Nate became one of the very first Mormon bloggers on the Internet, and is one of the founders of the juggernaut blog “timesandseasons.org” — you might even call Nate Oman the godfather of the Mormon bloggernacle (or the network of Mormon-themed blogs on the…

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Mormon Women’s Issues Podcast Series Update

February 21, 2007
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As some of you know, I am preparing to do a podcast series on Mormon Women’s issues (see here and here). I have received some EXCELLENT essays from a handful of Mormon women, and am very excited about every one. A few final updates: I’m looking to record the 1st set of stories next week (week of Feb 26th). For those of you who have submitted essays, please email me with couple of dates/times that work for you I still need more essays, so if you have not submitted, please consider doing so. Please do not feel like you have…

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053: The Trolley Square Mall Murders — An Interview with Witness Matt Lund

February 17, 2007
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053: The Trolley Square Mall Murders — An Interview with Witness Matt Lund

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. ============================ At 6:44pm on February 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah — an 18-year-old Salt Lake City resident and Bosnian immigrant named Sulejman Talovic entered Trolley Square mall with a shotgun and began a shooting spree. In the end, 9 people were shot, and 6 were killed, including Talovic himself. One of the witnesses to this event was Matt Lund — father of 6 children, and member of the LDS Church. This is his…

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052: J. Bonner Ritchie—On Organizations, Individuals, and Pillars of Thoughtful Faith

February 16, 2007
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052: J. Bonner Ritchie—On Organizations, Individuals, and Pillars of Thoughtful Faith

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. Also, please show Sunstone your gratitude for the following presentation by either subscribing to the magazine, donating, or purchasing some of the MP3s from their library. ============================ A few weeks ago, a very close friend of mine named Russell mailed me a CD full of his favorite Sunstone Symposium MP3s. While several of struck me as profound, one presentation in particular was groundbreaking, and almost breathtaking to me. It was a presentation delivered in…

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Mitt Romney and Mormonism: On Point

February 13, 2007
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Mitt Romney and Mormonism: On Point

For those interested, check it out. Former Massachusetts governor, Republican Mitt Romney formally throws his hat in the ring for the presidency today. Romney comes to the contest as successful businessman, state leader, increasingly conservative politician who saved the 2002 Winter Olympics – and as a Mormon. He’s hardly the first Mormon political leader – or presidential candidate. Orin Hatch ran. So did Mitt Romney’s own father. But Mitt Romney is running hard to be the favored candidate of the religious right. Howard Berkes, Salt Lake City-based correspondent for NPR Richard Bushman, Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia University and…

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Philip Barlow Selected as USU Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture

February 13, 2007
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Philip Barlow Selected as USU Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture

It’s a great day. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Philip Barlow has been selected as the Utah State University Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture (thanks to Mormon Wasp for the heads up). Perhaps the most interesting quote from the article for me is, “At USU, Barlow will not be discussing or promoting his faith. ‘We are not teaching Mormon doctrine or theology . . . or testing the truth of it,’ said Norman L. Jones, history department chairman. ‘We are looking at what people do because they believe certain things.'” I’m excited because he’s in Logan.…

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Seeking Your Story as a Mormon Woman

February 10, 2007
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To begin our series on Mormon Women, I’m looking for around 20 Mormon women to tell a story. The details: I’m thinking that these will be written essays that are read, and I will capture the audio. We can record the audio over phone, or skype (if you have broadband, and a headest) Let’s try to keep the story under 5 minutes. Unless it’s really, really, really crucial to make it longer. Email me when you can, and send me your essay, along w/ a day/time that you might be able to do the recording. You can do this anonymously…

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Seeking Help in Preparation for a Series on Women’s Issues Within Mormonism

February 7, 2007
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I am literally sickened with embarassment that I have now surpassed 50 episodes on Mormon Stories, and I have yet to do an episode on Women’s issues and the church. I would like to atone for this soon, but I need your help. In all honesty (and isn’t this classic?), I know virtually NOTHING about feminism or women’s issues within Mormonism. Here’s what I’m thinking:

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My Reflections from My Interview with Richard Bushman

February 7, 2007
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Most of you will likely consider this a rambling mess, but I wanted to post my reflections from my interview with Richard Bushman somewhere–so I’m doing it here. I include these comments in audio form at the beginning of part 5, but here they are in text form:

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051: Richard Bushman Part 5 — Final Thoughts (For now)

February 7, 2007
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In the 5th and final part of this multi-part interview with Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, John Dehlin offers some final thoughts on his time with Brother Bushman, and Dr. Bushman himself provides some final musings on the challenges of dealing with tough Mormon issues. He then concludes with his testimony of Joseph Smith. To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly. To provide direct feedback to me or to Dr. Bushman about this episode, please…

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050: Richard Bushman Part 4 — Book of Mormon Historicity and the 3 and 8 Witnesses

February 4, 2007
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In part 4 of this multi-part interview with Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Brother Bushman discusses the historicity of the Book of Mormon, and the credibility of the 3 and 8 witnesses to the Book of Mormon. To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly.

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049: Richard Bushman Part 3 — Joseph Smith and the Translation of the Book of Mormon

February 1, 2007
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In part 3 of this multi-part interview with Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Brother Bushman discusses Joseph Smith’s bringing to light of the Book of Mormon, from angel Moroni’s visit, to the obtaining of the plates, to the actual mechanics of the translation process. He also discusses the process of receiving revelation within Mormonism, as a Patriarch in the LDS Church. To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly.

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History and Faith: Reflections of a Mormon Historian by Richard D. Poll

February 1, 2007
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I often mention Lowell Bennion, T. Edgar Lyon, Eugene England, Leonard Arrington and now Richard Bushman as personal heroes with regard to how they were/are able to deal with Mormon history directly and candidly, but still retain a faith, and even a commitment to the LDS Church. Unfortunately, I too often omit Richard D. Poll. Richard Poll wrote one of the most important essays ever written for thinking Mormons: What the church means to people like me. In this essay he first explores the “Liahona vs. Iron Rod” metaphor for approaches to LDS faith. Well, I’m very pleased to announce…

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Requesting Polite Questions for My Next Interview w/ Richard Bushman

January 28, 2007
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I’m interviewing Richard Bushman again soon. The topics will be: The “translation” of the Book of Mormon The credibility of the 3 and 8 witnesses Please let me know if you have sincere, thoughtful, polite questions, and I’ll try to work them in. Also, if you have follow-on questions from the past 2 interviews, please include them as well. Thanks! John

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048: Richard Bushman Part 2 — The Art of History, Joseph Smith’s First Vision Stories, and Joseph’s Participation in Folk Magic and Treasure Digging

January 25, 2007
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In part 2 of this multi-part interview with Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, we tackle 4 main topics. First, brother Bushman provides a high level review of the major Joseph Smith biographies that preceded Rough Stone Rolling, including Fawn Brodie’s “No man knows my history.” Next, brother Bushman discusses the art of writing history, and the challenges involved in trying to arrive at “the facts” and “the truth” for both historians, and readers of history. Finally, we discuss in depth the first 2 of…

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047: Richard Bushman Part 1 — Experiences as a Mormon Historian

January 22, 2007
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047: Richard Bushman Part 1 — Experiences as a Mormon Historian

In part 1 of this multi-part interview, Dr. Richard Bushman, the world’s foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and early Mormonism and the author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, discusses his years as a Mormon historian–including his struggle with faith as a Harvard undergraduate, his decision to get a PhD in history, and his experiences with Leonard Arrington, Dialogue and Sunstone. He also discusses the role of candid, honest history within the modern LDS Church. To access this interview, subscribe via iTunes, or click here to listen to the audio directly. =================== As a side note, I’m simultaneously elated and…

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

January 21, 2007
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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 the Adam God Theory, Blood Atonement, Blacks and the Priesthood, feminism, and homosexuality. She also discusses her view of the future–both for Mormon Fundamentalism, and the world. And in my favorite part of the entire series, Anne concludes by sharing with us her testimony.Your story,…

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mormonblogs.org

January 19, 2007
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I’ve been sitting on this domain for over a year now, and thanks to the help of a really swell new pal, I have decided to create a new portal/aggregator for Mormon-themed blogs called http://www.mormonblogs.org. I know there are already a few aggregators out there, and they are cool cats. I guess that this one is a tad bit different in that we are categorizing blogs (at least for now) based on the conservative, moderate, and liberal labels (if you can think of better categories, let me know). Also, we’re gonna work to be as inclusive as we can. If…

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

January 19, 2007
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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 old men taking 13 year old child brides. Incest. Wifes being reassigned to other husbands. Welfare fraud. Basically, we think about the most egregious examples to come from the isolated, closed communities of the Fundamentalist LDS Church, led by Warren Jeffs. And while this ugly…

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

January 17, 2007
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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 church, and raising her children in her Salt Lake City ward.

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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

January 16, 2007
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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. She also discusses the schism within Mormon Fundamentalism, resulting in the various sects that exist today, in the 21st century.

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Audio and Video Versions of Anne Wilde’s Interview (Part 1) are Now Added to RSS Feed

January 16, 2007
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For those of you who use iTunes, the audio and video versions of Part 1 of my interview w/ Anne Wilde have now been added to the RSS feed. This is the first time I’ve offered both via the feed, so please check it all out if you can, and let me know if it’s all working, and if the labels make sense to you and stuff both in iTunes, and on your iPods (for those of you who have them). Thanks!

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Was Having Video Compression Problems — Finally Figured it out

January 15, 2007
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Sorry for the delay. Was having video compression problems — but I finally figured it out. One or two more days, and I should have the entire Anne Wilde interview in audio and video released on my podcast feed. Thanks for your patience.

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Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 2: The Rise of Mormon Fundamentalism

January 13, 2007
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Please click here to support Mormon Stories by “Digging” this podcast, or click on the post link above to find the “Sustain This!” button. In part 2 of this 5 part interview with Anne B. Wilde, Anne discusses the rise of Mormon Fundamentalism, and its progression to today. For part 1 of this interview, click here. The audio tends to lag a bit, but it’s good enough to release (for now).

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Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 1: Polygamy Within The Early LDS Church

January 13, 2007
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Please click here to support Mormon Stories by “Digging” this podcast, or click on the post link above to find the “Sustain This!” button. This video begins part 1 of a 5 part interview with Anne B. Wilde: co-founder of Principle Voices, a support and advocacy group for Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy. Anne herself practiced polygamy for around 30 years (though her husband recently passed way). She is an extremely articulate and thoughtful woman. Anyway, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy! More to come.

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040-041: Deseret Book’s Acquisition of Seagull and Covenant–Adventures of a Mormon Book Author–Christopher Bigelow

January 8, 2007
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(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).What’s it like to actually try to publish a Mormon-themed book? As an author, how many copies are you likely to sell, and how much money do you stand to make? And how do Mormon authors view the implications of the recent acquisition of Seagull Book and Tapes and Covenant communications by Deseret Book? As we continue part 3 in our series on this acquisition, we interview Christopher Bigelow, president of Zarahemlabooks.com, and author of…

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Supporting Mormon Stories via Digg and Sustain’d

January 5, 2007
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I get asked all the time, “How can I help Mormon Stories?” One really easy, free way is to go up to the Digg site, register, and Digg Mormon Stories podcast, along with all the episodes you like (individually). The more something gets “Digg’d”, the more exposure it gets, and the more people will become listeners. Also, you can do the same type of thing at the LDS-version of Digg–Sustain’d. In fact, if you open up any of my posts here, you can click the Sustain’d button and pass it through. So if you have a few minutes, please help…

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039: Lowell Bennion–Mormon educator and humanitarian–through the eyes of Mary Lythgoe Bradford (An interview by Stirling Adams)

January 4, 2007
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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. Lowell Bennion is without a doubt one of the most important Mormon figures in the 20th century. Along with T. Edgar Lyon, Lowell Bennion founded the University of Utah LDS Institute, and taught and inspired many of the great Mormon minds of the 20th century, including Eugene England, and many of the founders of Dialogue and Sunstone. Lowell Bennion was also commissioned to author several Sunday school and priesthood manuals for the church in…

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