405: Brian Hales Pt. 4 – Reconciling Belief with Polygamy

March 14, 2013
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In part 4 of a series on Joseph Smith’s polygamy, Brian Hales explains the foundations of his LDS beliefs, and how he maintains belief in the face of detailed knowledge regarding Joseph Smith’s polygamy.

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404: Brian Hales Pt. 3 – The Naturalistic vs. Faithful View of Joseph Smth’s Polygamy

March 14, 2013
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In part 3 of a 4 part series on Joseph Smith’s polygamy, Brian Hales contrasts his views on the naturalistic vs. faithful view of Joseph Smith’s polygamy. Brian’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

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Moving Forward

February 26, 2013
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Stephen Smoot of the Student Review recently asked me to comment on the Greg Smith article.  This was my response to Stephen, and it is the only public thing I plan on saying about the affair going forward. ======== Stephen, I think my biggest regret in this whole ordeal is that I’ve allowed myself to be become a distraction to the real issue: that there are thousands of sincere LDS church members and former members who are struggling with their faith and/or their church-related experiences.  I believe that they are in desperate need of greater empathy and support, and that…

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403: Brian Hales Pt. 2 – 12 Myths Regarding Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

February 21, 2013
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In this episode Dr. Brian C. Hales discusses 12 myths regarding Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy. Joseph Smith had a reputation as a womanizer. The Joseph Smith – Fanny Alger relationship was not a plural marriage. Joseph Smith’s polygamy was all about sex, in other words, “multiply and replenish the earth.” Joseph Smith had no children by his plural wives. Joseph Smith had sexual relations with 14 year olds. John C. Bennett was a polygamy insider in Nauvoo. None of Joseph Smith’s plural marriages were non-sexual “eternity-only” sealings. Joseph Smith’s teachings allow sexual polyandry. Some of Joseph Smith’s marriages included…

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402: Brian Hales Pt. 1 – A Refutation of Grant Palmer’s Treatment of Sexual Allegations Against Joseph Smith

February 21, 2013
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In this episode Dr. Brian C. Hales refutes Grant Palmer’s podcast and article on sexual allegations against Joseph Smith. Click here to obtain the PowerPoint presentation for this podcast. Click here to listen to Grant Palmer’s podcast outlining his interpretation of sexual allegations against Joseph Smith. Click here to read Grant Palmer’s discussion of these allegations. Click here to purchase Brian’s new books entitled “Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Vols. 1-3″ Click here to check out Brian’s website called “MormonFundamentalism.com” Click here to check out Brian’s website called “JosephSmithsPolygamy.com” Also, Brian C.Hales will be speaking about his research and signing copies at Benchmark Books (3269 S Main…

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401: A Short Stay in Hell with Steven L. Peck

February 17, 2013
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As the 5th feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series, we feature Steven Peck and his book A Short Stay in Hell, accompanied by the following readers:  Heather Olson Beal, Matt Nokleby, and Amanda Nokleby.  Please click on the link to purchase your book through Amazon.  A small amount of the proceeds go to help support Mormon Stories. ============== Title: A Short Stay in Hell Author: Steven Peck Publisher: Strange Violin Editions Genre: Fiction Year: 2012 Pages: 108 Binding: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle ISBN-13: 978-0983748427 Price: $21.95 (hardcover), $9.56 (paperback), $2.99 (Kindle) Support Mormon Stories by purchasing A Short Stay…

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A Clarification about the Mormon Stories Regional Communities and Conferences

January 27, 2013
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In my recent interview entitled “John Dehlin and Faith Reconstruction” I made some comments about the Mormon Stories Regional Communities and Conferences that have apparently hurt many people, so I’d like to offer a few brief clarifications and a sincere apology. To provide a tiny bit of background, about a year and a half ago we (at the Open Stories Foundation) were concerned/saddened by the very large number of struggling and/or disaffected Mormons that we were encountering across the globe, and felt motivated to create a number of Facebook support groups with the intent of seeding the formation of regional,…

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396: Kristine Haglund and Brent Metcalfe (2012 Seattle Conference)

January 16, 2013
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Dialogue Editor Kristine Haglund and author Brent Metcalfe speak at the 2012 Mormon Stories Seattle Conference.

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392-395: Ralph Hancock – Critic of Mormon Liberalism

January 5, 2013
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Dr. Ralph C. Hancock is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from BYU and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and teaches classes on American and French political history as well as the history of political thought.  He is currently serving as president of the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs at BYU, and within Mormonism is perhaps best known as a critic of Mormon liberalism and feminism.  You can read Dr. Hancock’s writings here, and responses to some of his writings here, here, here and…

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389-391: Top 10 Mormon Mental Health Issues

December 21, 2012
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In this 3-part interview with Natasha Helfer Parker we launch a new podcast initiative called “Mormon Mental Health.”  For this episode we discuss the top 10 (or 11) mental health issues commonly faced by Mormons. Episode 1: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Masturbation Episode 2: Pornography, Addiction, Marriage and Divorce Episode 3: Sexual Intimacy, Parenting, Faith Crisis and Coping with same-sex attraction as a Mormon.

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388: Carol Lynn Pearson and “the Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon”

December 11, 2012
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As part of a new podcast initiative called “Gay Mormon Stories” (in cooperation with Mormon Stories Book Club) we interview the beloved poet, playwright, LGBT activist and Mormon author Carol Lynn Pearson about her new book entitled, “The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon” (click here for the Kindle version, and here for the print version). From Carol Lynn: I am so happy to introduce the fourth (and probably final) of my works that focuses on the needs of our gay brothers and sisters. We live in a wonderful day. Science has shown that a homosexual orientation is…

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387: McKay Coppins – A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus

November 30, 2012
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In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview journalist McKay Coppins.  McKay is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a journalist for BuzzFeed.  During the 2011-2012 U.S. presidential campaign, McKay was assigned the task of reporting on fellow-Mormon and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  This is his story. McKay’s reflections on covering the Romney campaign can be found in this excellent article, “A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus.”

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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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383: Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton Discusses Book of Mormon Racism with Dan Wotherspoon and Charles Harrell

November 4, 2012
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383: Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton Discusses Book of Mormon Racism with Dan Wotherspoon and Charles Harrell

This Mormon Matters episode hosted by Dan Wotherspoon examines the status of the claim that the Book of Mormon teaches that dark skin is a curse from God, that because of their wickedness God cursed a group of people and actually brought about a miraculous change in their skin color so as to make them seem “loathsome” and not enticing to a more righteous group with whom they were in conflict. This claim relies upon a literal reading of various passages in the Book of Mormon that seem to draw this conclusion, as well as an extremely strong view about prophetic…

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381-382: 2012 New York City Conference Pts. 3 & 4 – Political Panel and Story Sharing

November 4, 2012
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2012 New York City Conference Mormon Stories Pts. 3 & 4 – Political Panel and Story Sharing.

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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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379: 2012 New York City Conference Featuring Richard Bushman, Andrew Kimball and the Sabre Rattlers

October 21, 2012
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Richard Bushman and Andrew Kimball speak, and the Sabre Rattlers perform at the 2012 New York Mormon Stories conference.

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Strategy Announcement for 2012

October 11, 2012
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Mormon Stories Listeners/Supporters, If you can, please take the time to listen to the strategy announcement below.  A few important highlights: We are shifting our emphasis back to podcasts for the next few years.  Podcast changes include the following: Mormon Stories will add: A monthly book club discussion with authors (please purchase your books through Mormon Stories if you can) A monthly discussion panel on current events in Mormonism An increased emphasis on practical and transition issues within Mormonism Mormon Matters, Mormon Stories Sunday School and A Thoughtful Faith will continue their respective awesomness — please, please, please support these…

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377-378: Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet with John G. Turner

October 10, 2012
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As the 2nd feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series (organized by the brilliant Heather Olsen Beal), we feature John G. Turner and his new book “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, accompanied by Dialogue Foundation chair elect Morris Thurston.  Please click on the image to the right to purchase your book through Amazon.  A small amount of the proceed go to help support Mormon Stories. ============== Title: Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet Author: John G. Turner Publisher: Harvard University Press Genre: Biography Year: 2012 Pages: 352 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 0674049675 Price: $26.00 Support Mormon Stories by purchasing Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet through…

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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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374-375: Eldon Kartchner Pts. 3 & 4: Losing Heather to Cancer, Grief, and its Impact on Faith

September 18, 2012
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In parts 3 and 4 of a 4-part series, Eldon Kartchner discusses: 1) losing his wife, Heather, to cancer, 2) his grieving process, and 3) the impact her death has had on his religious faith.  In part 4, Eldon is joined by several family members to discuss their reactions to Heather’s death as well. Part 3 Part 4

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372-373: Eldon Kartchner Pts. 1 & 2 – Living a Successful Mixed-Orientation Marriage, and Not Recommending It

September 16, 2012
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In parts 1 and 2 of a 4-part series, Eldon Kartchner discusses: losing his battle against same-sex attraction as a Mormon, and his experience living a successful mixed-orientation marriage as a gay Mormon. He also discusses his feelings about the Josh and Lolly Weed story. Part 1 Part 2

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370-371: Philip Barlow and A Thoughtful Faith

September 9, 2012
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Philip Barlow is editor of the book “A Thoughtful Faith,” which was pivotal in my faith transition as a BYU student and beyond.  He currently sits in the Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, at Utah State University. He earned a B. A. from Weber State College and an M.T.S. and Ph.D. (1988, with an emphasis on Religion and American Culture and on the History of Christianity) from Harvard University. He spent two years as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Rochester after which he became professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College in Indiana. In addition to…

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369: Exploring LDS Temple Wedding Exclusion and Inclusion

September 2, 2012
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In this episode three active, believing LDS church members explore LDS temple wedding exclusion and inclusion.  A big thanks to Jean Bodie for organizing this episode.

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Seattle Conference with Kristine Haglund and Brent Metcalfe – October 19th-21st

August 29, 2012
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Seattle Conference with Kristine Haglund and Brent Metcalfe – October 19th-21st

“Infinite Shades of Black and White” A Mormon Stories Conferences Statement of Purpose can be found at the end of this page. Friday, October 19th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. – POTLUCK SOCIAL Location: 81 Vine Street #500, Seattle, WA 98199 SATURDAY, October 20th Location: Woodland Park Community of Christ, 5555 Phinney Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98103 Standard Price: 37.00 Registrants may pay less or more, depending on ability to pay. Free admissions available. All are welcome regardless. See registration section below for details. 12:00-1:30 p.m. – FIRST SESSION Conducting: Erin Phelps Non-traditional Prayer: Musical Number: Nate Ihli Keynote Speaker: Kristine Haglund Keynote Speaker:…

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368: “A Thoughtful Faith” Episode 1 – Greg Prince’s “Manifesto for Change”

August 26, 2012
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For the inaugural episode of the new “A Thoughtful Faith” podcast, Micah Nickolaisen interviews Greg Prince.  Greg is well known for his historical contributions and grassroots activism within the LDS Church, and is an advocate for better curriculum, scholarship, gender equality, and open dialogue within Mormon discourse and church policy. Greg sits on the board of directors for Dialogue Foundation, as well as the Madison House Autism Foundation. In this interview, Greg and Micah discuss: Dialogue, one of Mormondom’s oldest and most controversial publications, and what role it will continue to play in the Internet Age The contributions of Chieko Okasaki…

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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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363-364: Bishop Bill Reel on Being a Mormon Bishop, a Critique of Mormon Stories, and Resolving Faith Struggles

July 19, 2012
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Bill Reel is currently serving as Bishop of the Sandusky ward of the Cleveland Ohio Stake. In this interview we begin by discussing Bishop Reel’s conversion to the church AFTER reading Fawn Brodie’s “No Man Knows my History”, and his avid pursuit of Mormon apologetics after his baptism. We also discuss in depth his calling as bishop – including his job to counsel youth and women on sexual matters, masturbation, and homosexuality. Since Bishop Reel is a listener of the podcast, we discuss his perception and frustration of an increasing trend towards negativity on Mormon Stories. We also discuss the…

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362: Overcoming Pornography Addiction

July 13, 2012
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In this episode, Tony discusses his approach for overcoming pornography addiction within a Mormon paradigm.

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361: Introduction to Mormon Stories Sunday School

July 4, 2012
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361: Introduction to Mormon Stories Sunday School

             Mormon Stories Sunday School is a new podcast led by Bible scholar Jared Anderson. You can visit the site at www.MormonSundaySchool.org. In this first episode, Jared outlines the vision, tone, goals, and proposed content of this Sunday School podcast. There will be a weekly Gospel Doctrine podcast entitled “Engaging Gospel Doctrine”, as well as a “ward library” of expanding content under the title “Excavating Scripture”. He also introduces skills for “close reading” of the scriptures as well as suggests resources, to which you can find links below. This project models Sunday School teaching that is…

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