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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037-038: Deseret Book’s Acquisition of Seagull and Covenant–A Conversation with Kent Larsen

January 2, 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. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally ready to bring back Mormon Stories Podcast. Thanks for your patience. As many of you know, Deseret Book recently decided to acquire Seagull Book and Tape and Covenant Communications — 2 of Deseret Book’s top competitors in the LDS book publishing and retail market. In parts 1 and 2 of a series on this topic, LDS book publisher Kent Larsen of http://www.mormonpavillion.com and http://www.motleyvision.org…

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Seeking Comments/Questions for My Next Interview: Polygamy Spokeswoman Anne B. Wilde

December 30, 2006
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OK…I’ve lined up my next interview–Anne B. Wilde, spokeswoman for Principle Voices. I met her at the Sunstone symposium last August–and she is an amazingly delightful woman. I hope to do the interview mid-next week. Please post any questions or comments you’d like me to present to Ms. Wilde in advance. About Ms. Wilde: Anne was born and raised in the LDS Church, coming from generations of prominent pioneer ancestors. She graduated with honors from BYU in Business Education, and was married in the Los Angeles Temple a year later. After extensive study and research, she determined that the original…

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Taking Requests for New Episodes

December 29, 2006
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OK….I’m now officially taking requests for new episodes.  Please comment below.  One thought: I don’t want this podcast to be all controversy/DAMU stuff going forward.  This may be a drag for some of you, but I want to cover issues that affect Mormons broadly.  Positive issues too–not just the problems.  Finally, for each topic, I’d love names (where possible) of potential interviewees.  If ya’ll can sometimes help me hunt down the folks to interview, that could help this be more manageable. I look forward to your feedback!

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Thinking about bringing Mormon Stories out of retirement….

December 28, 2006
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It’s a new year, and I’m thinking about bringing Mormon Stories out of retirement. Let me know if anyone still visits, and if there is still some interest/value in the brand name (Mormon Stories). And Happy New Year to all!!!

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Songs of Praise: Young LDS Rock Star Talks About Faith

September 26, 2006
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Songs of Praise: Young LDS Rock Star Talks About Faith

Both my mother, and my friend Eric, forwarded me this link, so I thought I’d share. It’s about a young LDS rock star named Brandon Flowers–lead singer for the Killers. Full text below….

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AskGramps.com, Moregoodfoundation.org, and the Desperate Need for Official Answers

September 18, 2006
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The More Good Foundation is referring people to a newer web site entitled: http://www.askgramps.org. Generally it seems to be a well-intended, good hearted, somewhat informative repository of unofficial answers (and I openly applaud both sites for what they are trying to do). Still, after reading around this site, here are some of the more interesting and/or troubling answers….

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“Only the Gospel” Video, LDS Teen Motivation, and the Mormon World View

September 18, 2006
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Published by a youtube user entitled “ldsteencenter“, this new video is powerfully interesting. The primary audio track is a female singing “I know that my Redeemer lives.” The video track consists of natural disasters, wars, and calamities, interspersed with pictures of Jesus, Gordon B. Hinckley, Book of Mormon quotes, etc. The secondary audio track is excerpts from General Conference talks. The end shows hundreds of new converts on baptism day, climaxing in more pictures of the Savior. Definitely an effective use of multimedia (depending on what your goals are).

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Mormon BYU Professor Steven Jones talking to Tucker Carlson (Older)

September 16, 2006
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LDS official to address group for gay Mormons

September 15, 2006
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From Peggy Fletcher Stack of the SL Tribune….. The most interesting part to me…. “One thing Evergreen does not allow, however, is open dialogue on the topic.”

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“We are safer, but not yet safe!” and “Black Bush”: My 2 favorite political clips on youtube

September 14, 2006
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I just had to share these with you…. (warning, some foul language on the Black Bush clip)

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