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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Youtube fans gets “Bannergated”, and the Potential for Video Within Mormonism

September 14, 2006
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This event has already been somewhat chronicled over at bcc, but I want to highlight and discuss as well. The quick stories:

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How you can help Richard Dutcher/States of Grace (DVD to be released soon)

September 13, 2006
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For those of you who are fans of Richard Dutcher and/or States of Grace, the DVD is being released in October. Apparently, Deseret Book and Seagull Book have not yet decided if they want to carry it. In addition, Richard’s distribution company is in strong need of grass roots support of the DVD. I recently received an email from them, asking to spread the word on the many ways we can help promote Richard, and this wonderful movie (which I consider to be the best LDS movie ever made–hands down). Here are some of the things you can do (all…

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Mormon Stories (Still) on a Brief Vacation

September 11, 2006
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Hey! Personal stuff is requiring me to take a brief vacation from the blog/podcast. I hope to return soon. Please take care….thanks for all of your kind support…and stay tuned. If I come back, it will be with a vengeance. 😉

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Beautiful Savior

September 8, 2006
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A MUST Listen: For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect LDS Couple Relationships

September 8, 2006
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This morning, during my daily jog, I was profoundly blessed to listen to a recent panel presentation given at Salt Lake Sunstone 2006 entitled: “For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect Couple Relationships” (session #SL06273). At times I was running with tears in my eyes. At other times I was laughing out loud (as old women gardening in their lawns in confusion watched me run past).

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Lessons from Digg for Sustain’d/the Bloggernacle

September 8, 2006
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As some of you know, a new project called Sustain’d has been lauched to try to provide a more community-driven alternative to the current lds blog aggregators (ldsblogs.org and ldselect.org). Sustain’d is being modeled after http://www.digg.com. Anyway, Digg has received its own fair share of bad press over the past few days, over just how democratic (or undemocratic) it really is. So I offer these 2 articles as research for Sustain’d, and all of those who want to see a Digg-like (or more community-driven) option thrive. http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/06/troubles-in-diggville/ http://jesusphreak.infogami.com/blog/is_digg_rigged

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Dr. Armand Mauss Interviewed Today on KVNU’s “For the People”

September 7, 2006
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Dr. Armand Mauss Interviewed Today on KVNU’s “For the People”

Today Armand Mauss was interviewed on Logan’s local radio show: KVNU‘s “For the People” with Tom Grover and Ryan Yonk. To listen to the interview, click here. I love Armand Mauss. I think his should be a household name within Mormonism, and his books required reading. A big thanks to Dr. Mauss and Tom Grover/Ryan Yonk for doing the interview.

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Robert Millet on How to Deal with Anti-Mormons

September 7, 2006
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Robert Millet on How to Deal with Anti-Mormons

I stumbled upon this video presentation today. It is Robert Millet of BYU speaking to future missionaries regarding how to deal with anti-Mormons. For those who have the time to watch/listen, I’m curious how you feel about his approach, and his logic. One quote caught me a bit off guard: “As Latter-Day Saints, you already know more about God, and Christ, and the Plan of Salvation than anyone who would attack you. You already know more than your attackers will ever know.”

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Free Internet Viewing of Baptists at our Barbeque

September 6, 2006
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Free Internet Viewing of Baptists at our Barbeque

Click here for a free Internet viewing of the film, “Baptists at our Barbeque.” You must use Internet Explorer Version 6 or higher on a PC running Windows 2000 or later in order to use the CinemaNow service. Thanks to my buddy Paul for the head’s up.

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Shelley Long Plans A Mormon Comeback: The Boy Who Couldn’t Say No

September 5, 2006
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Credit to the AML list for this one…. Shelley Long Plans A Mormon Comeback By Josh Tyler: 2006-09-03 In the history of bad decisions, Shelley Long’s departure from Cheers to become a movie star was one of the worst. Just think, it could be her in those horrible weight loss commercials. Instead, she’s been all but forgotten. Shelley hasn’t been seen in theaters since 2000’s Dr. T and the Women. Now well into her 50s, Long is going to try another comeback. Our friend Clint over at MovieHole says she’s signed on to the comedic drama The Boy Who Couldn’t…

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http://mormonhistory.byu.edu/ — Some Serious Progress!!!

September 4, 2006
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I thought ya’ll might be interested in this: http://mormonhistory.byu.edu/. I didn’t know it existed. Holy moly!!!! Anyone know how long this has been around? Get this! If you search for topics like polygamy or peep stones…you actually get hits/responses! Even polyandry gets a hit!!! If you type in Grant Palmer, his book is actually included as a source! Same with Fawn Brodie! It also includes Dialogue and Sunstone articles as sources. Very cool!!!!! Kudos to BYU/the Church on this one. I consider this to be progress.

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Interesting LDS Books Available on Google Books?

September 1, 2006
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Anyone wanna help gather together a list of interesting LDS-related books on “Google Books?” Here’s one for starters: “History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” by B.H. Roberts. You can even download the full PDF if you want to!!! How cool is that? Bonus for those finding “Full View” books, ’cause they’re more interesting. P.S. Rudyard Kipling wasn’t very nice to us Mormons, was he? Wowzers!

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