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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Sustain’d (The 1st attempt at an LDS-themed Digg.com) is born!!!!

August 30, 2006
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Holy moly! A bloke named Connor Boyack decided to take me up on my blog post challenge to create an LDS-themed Digg.com, and walla! Sustain’d is born!!!! So far, I’m really impressed. To read more about it, click here. Also, if you want to be notified of advancements, fill out the form here. Welcome to the show, Connor! A little advice….stay out of the middle of the ldsblogs.org vs. ldselect.org battle. It can get quite heated at times. 😉

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Super Lame Interviewer Nancy Grace Talks with Elizabeth Smart

August 29, 2006
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I’m sure you’ve all seen this, but if you haven’t, check out this SUPER lame Elizabeth Smart Interview on CNN with Nancy Grace.

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Polygamy Primer

August 29, 2006
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Hey! I’m gonna co-host KVNU’s For the People tonight with Tom Grover, and the topic will be the recent capture of Fundamentalist LDS leader Warren Jeffs. To prepare for the show, Tom sent me this: The Primer: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Polygamous Communities. It was created by the Utah Attorney General’s office, and really is a good read of you want to ramp up on Mormon Fundamentalists in the U.S. Check it out!

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New Podcasts from the Remys: “Changing Perspectives”

August 29, 2006
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New Podcasts from the Remys: “Changing Perspectives”

As you all know, I love the Remys. They have a new podcast out which I found to be extremely interesting and moving. The theme is around changing perspectives–how we sometimes reinterpret experiences differently as we mature in life. The two main stories in this episode are: As some of you may know, John Remy has been on a journey of redefining his faith/belief over the past 4 years. In this episode, he discusses how he has reinterpreted a pivotal LDS-related spiritual experience he had as a young man–through his current lense. Few of you probably know that Jana Remy…

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DMI Blog Holding Vote for Inclusion/Exclusion of Mormon Stories on ldsblogs.org

August 29, 2006
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Dave’s Mormon Inquiry is holding a vote regarding the inclusion/excusion of Mormon Stories on ldsblogs.org. Feel free to voice your opinions there (if you feel so inclined).  I promise not to be offended. 

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Referral Comparison of ldsblogs.org vs. ldselect.org

August 28, 2006
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A buddy of mine just asked now much traffic ldsblogs.org and ldselect.org actually drive to my site. I thought I’d share: For all of 2006, here’s the breakdown: ldsblogs.org: 2492 referrals, which represents 9.2% of my total referrals. ldselect.org: 2244 referrals, for 8.3% of the total. However, if you consider the “long tail” of all the blogs that find out about my postings from either of the aggregators, and then refer to my blog from there–the number gets significantly larger. For July 2006, here are the data: ldsblogs.org: 1067 pages or 22.1% ldselect.org: 943 pages or 15.9% Anyway, just thought…

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Self-playing audiobooks: Playaway

August 28, 2006
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This is so cool/interesting, I had to post–even though it’s not directly Mormon related. Someday I hope it will be. It is basically self-playing audio books (just plug your earphones in, and go!!!). Who will publish the first LDS audiobook on this technology?!?!?!?!

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Yes, ldsblogs.org (Mormon Archipelago) de-listed me from their portal

August 27, 2006
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I keep getting inquiries, so I thought I’d answer them once and for all from a single place. Is it true that ldsblogs.org removed you from their portal? Yes. Did they at least contact you before they de-listed you? No. I heard about it from someone randomly. Why did they do it? They said it was because I referenced/provided links to the View From the Foyer web site, which they said is not the type of web site they want promoted from their portal. Didn’t Dave’s Mormon Inquiry also post links to the Foyer? Yes, but they said he provided…

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View From the Foyer…Reborn!!!

August 23, 2006
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OK…I suck at taking “vacations.” Just wanted to let you all know that “A View From the Foyer” has been reborn!!! Check it out here: http://www.thefoyer.org/ Whoever killed the old forum…shame on you! At least turn it over to someone else!!! (my uninformed 2 cents) If I’m missing something, please let me know.

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