Posts Tagged ‘ Faith Promoting Stories ’

467-468: Taryn and Jason Nelson-Seawright on Leaving the Church after Returning

April 23, 2014
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467-468: Taryn and Jason Nelson-Seawright on Leaving the Church after Returning

In November, 2005 Mormon Stories interviewed Jason Nelson-Seawright (known online as “Roasted Tomatoes”) and Taryn Nelson-Seawright (“Serenity Valley”).  In this touching, 2-part series Taryn discussed how she resigned from the church as a teenager, but ultimately felt called by God to become re-baptized into the LDS church — ultimately becoming sealed to Jason in the temple.  You can listen to this original episode here and here. In this episode, nine years later, Jason and Taryn discuss their decision to leave the church completely.  They also discuss how their experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorder affected this decision.

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465-466: Brad Kramer on Faith Paradigms and Letting Go of Eden

April 16, 2014
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465-466: Brad Kramer on Faith Paradigms and Letting Go of Eden

Brad Kramer represents a rising generation of young, thoughtful, faithful Latter-day Saint scholars.  In this two part episode, Brad briefly discusses his own faith/intellectual journey within the LDS church, and then offers a parent/child, developmental framework for approaching a more mature LDS faith.  Brad also briefly discusses a new approach to LDS apologetics, often dubbed “pastoral apologetics.” Brad is married to Tracey von Bose-Kramer, and is the father of five children.  Brad holds a B.A. in Russian from Brigham Young University, a B.A. in History from the University of Utah, an M.A. in American History from the University of Utah, and is…

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460-462: Lindsay Hansen Park on Bulimia, Body Image, and Faith

March 18, 2014
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Today we interview Lindsay Hansen Park, wherein she discusses her battles with Bulimia, body image, and faith.  

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454: Josh Hanagarne on Tourette Syndrome, Faith, Family, and being the World’s Strongest Librarian

December 30, 2013
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Josh Hanagarne is a father, husband, avid reader, librarian, weight lifter extraordinaire, and the author of the amazing book The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family. In this podcast, Heather Olson Beal and John Dehlin interview Josh about his childhood and adolescence, his Tourette’s diagnosis and treatment, his LDS mission experience, his marriage and family, his educational and work experiences, his body building experiences, and his faith/spirituality.  Josh is open, honest, and frank about all of the above. The book is delightful and thought-provoking and full of humanity and beauty.  We can’t…

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449: The Three Interfaith Amigos on the Past, Present, and Future of Religion

November 7, 2013
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Today we conclude our four-part interview series with the Three Interfaith Amigos: Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman, and Pastor Don Mackenzie.  During this episode, we discuss the past, present, and future of religion and spirituality. Please don’t forget to check out my individual interviews with Pastor Don, Rabbi Ted, and Imam Jamal. Also, please check out the books mentioned in the podcast, including: Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices…

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439: Greg Prince on “Faith and Doubt as Partners in Mormon History”

September 20, 2013
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Note: USU has requested that I remove this audio from the website, and so I have.  Sorry for the inconvenience! Dr. Gregory A. Prince was selected to present the 19th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture. The lecture is an annual event hosted by University Libraries and its Special Collections and Archives Division at Utah State University. The lecture is sponsored by University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, the Leonard J. Arrington Lecture and Archives Foundation and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University.  Dr. Prince spoke on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Logan LDS…

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438: Elders – A Mormon Missionary Novel by Ryan McIlvain

September 19, 2013
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Ryan McIlvain was born in Utah and raised in Massachusetts. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review.  A graduate of the Rutgers MFA Program and a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles. As part of Mormon Stories Book Club, today Heather Olson Beal and I discuss Ryan’s book “Elders,” which is the story of two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship.  Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying…

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430-434: Hans Mattsson — Former LDS Area Authority Seventy (Sweden)

July 22, 2013
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Hans H. Mattsson is a 3rd generation LDS church member from Sweden who served as a bishop and stake president in Sweden before serving in the LDS church 3rd Quorum of the Seventy from 2000-2005 in the Europe Central area under LDS Apostle L. Tom Perry. In this 5-part interview, and accompanied by his beautiful wife Birgitta, Hans discusses the following: Part 1: His early years in Sweden prior to becoming an Area Authority. Part 2: His years as an Area Authority Seventy. Part 3: His interactions with LDS Apostles and the 1st Presidency. Part 4: His struggles with faith/testimony, specifically…

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422-423: John Hamer on Returning to Mormonism Through the Community of Christ

June 14, 2013
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In today’s episode we interview John Hamer, who left Mormonism and religion/belief altogether with no intent to return (after graduating from BYU). We explore how John’s relationship with his partner, Mike, helped him to discover his love for Mormon history, the Mormon historians community, and the John Whitmer Historical Association. This path ultimately led John to become baptized in the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) on April 6, 2010 — the 150th anniversary of the Reorganization and the 180th anniversary of the organization of the church. How does an ex-Mormon who…

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419-421: Tom Kimball and Dan Wotherspoon, 7 Years After “Stages of Faith”

May 27, 2013
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In January 2006 Mormon Stories interviewed Tom Kimball and Dan Wotherspoon to discuss James Fowler’s “Stages of Faith” and Mormonism (you can listen to the original interview here).  At the time, both Tom and Dan were active in the LDS church, and committed to remaining members.  7 years later, Tom Kimball and his family have left the church, and Dan remains.  This is their Mormon story of faith and doubt…7 years hence.

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412-414: Josh and Lolly Weed on Their Love Story, Mixed-Orientation Marriages, and LDS/LGBT Issues

April 1, 2013
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In this three part interview with Josh and Lolly Weed we discuss: Part 1: How they fell in love and decided to marry, in spite of both knowing that Josh is gay  Part 2: The complexities and risks of living in a mixed-orientation marriage, and Part 3: LGBT issues within the LDS church   For more content regarding the LGBT/LDS experience, check out Gay Mormon Stories Podcast, No More Strangers blog, and additional LGBT-related interviews on Mormon Stories Podcast.

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406-407: James McConkie: Family, Faith, Bruce R. McConkie, and the Historical Christ

March 15, 2013
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Jay Griffith and Sarah Collett (of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast) sit with James W. McConkie to speak with him about his personal history and family. As a nephew of Bruce R. McConkie and Joseph B. Wirthlin, Jim has a unique perspective of the Church and the brethren and a valuable approach to the Gospel.  Speaking about his faith, parenting, and his views on the historical Christ, Jim explains his approach to doubt and difficult questions.

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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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397-399: John Dehlin and Faith Reconstruction

January 28, 2013
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In this three-part interview conducted by Sarah Collett of A Thoughtful Faith podcast we discuss: My ups, downs, and ups with the church The story behind the “Why Mormons Question” survey, including my interactions with a few church leaders A discussion of the Daniel Peterson/Neil A. Maxwell institute incident last year The reasons behind the discontinuation of the Mormon Stories conferences and communities Interactions w/ my bishop and stake president over the past year How and why I’ve returned to full activity in the church Big thanks to Sarah and Micah for all of their hard work.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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365: Why I Stay — John Dehlin

July 28, 2012
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This presentation was delivered as part of the 2012 Salt Lake Symposium held on July 27th. To listen to the entire session, click here. The text for the talk can be found here.

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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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343-344: Mormonism and the Internet with John Dehlin, Scott Gordon (FAIR) and Rosemary Avance

May 2, 2012
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As part of the March 2012 “Mormonism and the Internet” conference held at Utah Valley University, John Dehlin, Scott Gordon (of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research or FAIR) and Rosemary Avance discuss LDS disaffection and apologetics. John’s “Why Mormons Question” presentation with visuals: Part 1 – John Dehlin, Scott Gordon, Rosemary Avance: Part 2 – Panel Discussion:

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338-342: The Psychology of Religion with Dr. James Nagel

May 2, 2012
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In this 5 part series with accompanying visuals, Dr. James Nagel (also known as AntiCitizenX) discusses the psychology of religious belief. Videos and PowerPoints available below, and are highly recommended.

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333-336: 2011 Circling the Wagons Conference

April 22, 2012
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The goal of the 2011 Mormon Stories "Circling the Wagons" conference was to create a space where LGBTQ or SSA individuals and their families and allies could gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences.

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332: Navigating a Mormon Faith Transition

April 10, 2012
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We are excited to launch the pilot a new podcast and set of resources located at MormonTransitions.org.  The purpose of this project is to support LDS church members who are navigating difficult Mormon-related transitions.

In today’s episode, Joanna Brooks and Brian Johnston join John Dehlin to provide an overview of navigating a Mormon faith transition.

330: Raising Children in a Mixed-Faith Mormon Home

March 23, 2012
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This episode was recorded as part of the January 2012 Mormon Stories regional conference held in Houston, Texas dedicated to the topic of "Maintaining Positive Relationships Through Empathy and Dialogue." Panel participants include Heather Olson-Beal, Brent Beal, Anne McMullin Peffer, Jacob Brown, and John Dehlin.

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329: Houston Mormon Stories Conference Open-Mic “Story Sharing” Time

March 23, 2012
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This episode was recorded as part of the January 2012 Mormon Stories regional conference held in Houston, Texas dedicated to the topic of “Maintaining Positive Relationships Through Empathy and Dialogue.”  This is the “Story Sharing” portion of the conference.

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328: Three Powerful Stories about Having Difficult Mormon Conversations with Family

March 21, 2012
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Three Powerful Stories about Having Difficult Mormon Conversations with Family.

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