Posts Tagged ‘ Testimony ’

365: Why I Stay — John Dehlin

June 12, 2014
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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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470-471: Adam Miller’s Letters to a Young Mormon

May 13, 2014
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Adam Miller has been described as one of the most interesting and important writers in Mormonism today.  In this episode we speak with Adam about his new book, “Letters to a Young Mormon,” published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.  According to Adam, this book attempts to address the real beauty and costs of trying to live a Mormon life. Adam is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney Texas.  He was born and raised in a small Pennsylvania branch, and served an LDS mission in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has been married for 15 years…

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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297: 2011 Washington D.C. Conference Testimony Meeting

October 21, 2011
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On October 15th, the 2011 Washington D.C. Mormon Stories Conference was held in the home of Greg and JaLynn Prince.  Eighty splendid community members were in attendance.  In this segment, members of the Washington D.C. Mormon Stories community bear their testimonies.             Thanks to all who participated!!!

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235-238: Dan Wotherspoon – Mormonism Broad and Deep

February 16, 2011
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235-238: Dan Wotherspoon – Mormonism Broad and Deep

In this 4-part series we interview Dan Wotherspoon. Dan has a Ph.D. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and was Director of the Sunstone Education Foundation and Editor of Sunstone magazine for eight years, and he now serves on its board of directors.  In this interview, Dan discusses his early experiences with the LDS church, his early stumbles before his mission, the various crises of faith he experienced during his graduate studies and beyond, and the various perspectives he has gained that have allowed him to put his faith back together again in such a way that he is…

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178-181: Navigating an LDS Faith Crisis In or Out of the Church

September 6, 2010
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178-181: Navigating an LDS Faith Crisis In or Out of the Church

This 4-part workshop series was recorded during the August 2010 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium.   During the workshop, we explored techniques for navigating an LDS Faith Crisis — both in and out of the church.

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141-142: Staying in the LDS Church after a Crisis of Faith: StayLDS.com Co-Founder Brian Johnston

April 13, 2010
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This is a 2-part interview with Brian Johnston, co-founder of StayLDS.com.  In this series Brian discusses staying in the LDS Church after a crisis of faith.

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123-125: What to do when your husband loses his LDS testimony — Jacque Parts 1-3

February 17, 2010
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In this series I interview Jacque — a faithful, believing LDS church member whose husband lost his LDS testimony last year. Episode 1: Jacque discusses her husband’s loss of  testimony, how they first discussed it, and the lessons she learned from dealing with the immediate aftermath. Episode 2: Jacque discusses the compromises that both her and her husband had to make to work through his loss of faith, and what eternal marriage has come to mean for her. Episode 3: Jacque discusses some of the unexpected blessings that have come to her marriage as a result of her husband’s loss…

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114: Mormon Expression Interviews John Dehlin

January 24, 2010
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In this episode, the good guys from Mormon Expression podcast Interview John Dehlin. This recording was published on August 11, 2009, and is re-published here courtesy of John Larsen.

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For those who are in the LDS faith struggle

January 21, 2010
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Each week I continue to receive at least 2-3 emails from people who are deep “in the struggle” — having lost their traditional faith in the LDS Church, and don’t know where to turn.  They feel isolated and alone: often desperate.  Here is a summary of the best advice I can offer someone in this situation: (Note: please consider this as a very rough draft.  I am very open to suggestions to make it better.) =========== Thank you for sharing your story with me.  If there are a few messages I can leave with you…that I hope you will repeat…

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109: How to Stay in the LDS Church after Losing Your Faith

January 1, 2008
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In this seminar (recorded live at the 2007 Northwest Sunstone Symposium in Seattle), I discuss techniques for staying in the LDS church after a major trial of faith. Additional links include: The essay from which I based this presentation. The PowerPoint deck from this presentation. The music used in this presentation (please purchase from the authors if you like) The videos from this presentation

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108: The Best Articulation of My Own Mormon Testimony That I’ve Ever Found — Elbert Peck and “Remnants of His Faith”

December 21, 2007
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In the 1995 Salt Lake Sunstone symposium, Elbert Peck spoke in the annual “Pillars of my faith” presentation about the “Remnants of his faith.” This presentation represents (to me) the closest thing I’ve ever found to expressing how I now feel about my Mormon faith. I hope some of you will find value in it as well.

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101-103: Dr. Ted Lyon on LDS Church Change, Latin American Missions, LDS Membership Statistics, and Thoughtful Faith

December 1, 2007
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Dr. Ted Lyon has served as a BYU Professor, LDS Mission President, LDS MTC President, and is currently serving as the LDS temple president in Santiago, Chile. He is both a believing Mormon, and an intellectual. In part 1, he discusses changes in the LDS church during his lifetime. In part 2, he discusses tough lessons learned by the LDS church in Latin America dealing with low quality of baptisms, and retention. He also discusses the importance of reconciling thought with faith. In part 3, he answers questions from the audience, and concludes with his testimony of the truthfulness of…

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Book of Mormon Introduction, Lamanites and Native Americans: No big deal?

November 9, 2007
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We just recorded a new episode of Mormon Matters podcast, wherein Ronan and John Hamer (a non-member of the LDS church) make a strong case that this dust-up about the recent change to the Book of Mormon introduction page is actually much ado about nothing. Check it out if you have a sec. Let us know what you think.

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Knowing the gospel is true vs. knowing the gospel

November 9, 2007
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What does the following quote mean, and what are the implications if this sentiment were pervasive in the church (from Cecil O. Samuelson and BYU NewsNet)? “It is a good thing to know that the gospel is true,” President Samuelson said. “But it is even better to know the gospel.” Cecil O. Samuelson

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074: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 6 — “Grace”: An interview with BYU student Kimball Sanders

October 26, 2007
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In part 6 of our series on spirituality and the rising LDS generation, we interview BYU student Kimball Sanders. In this interview Kimball discusses many aspects of his faith, including his experiences at BYU, and his struggles with church culture. He also emphasizes the importance of love, forgiveness and grace within Mormonism.

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073: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 5 — “Re-evaluation”: An interview with BYU student David Lassetter

October 22, 2007
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In part 5 of our series we interview BYU student David Lassetter. David was raised in a home very well-versed in Mormon Studies (Dialogue and Sunstones abounding), and seems to have benefited tremendously therefrom. In this interview, David discusses some of his views on the atonement, evolution, church doctrine, and membership awareness of history and doctrine.

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072: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 4 — “Honesty”: An interview with BYU Professor Chris Foster

October 19, 2007
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In part 4 of our series we interview BYU Philosophy Professor Dr. Chris Foster. Dr. Foster was raised a “devout atheist” and then later converted to the LDS Church. In this interview, he discusses his conversion to the church, along with his views on faith, religion, the church, teaching at BYU, and the importance of honesty and openness in all our religious endeavors.

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071: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Part 3 — Loyd Ericson on “Estrangement and Reconciliation”

October 17, 2007
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In part three of our series on the Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation, we interview Loyd Ericson — UVSC student of philosophy. In this interview Loyd discusses his estrangement from, and eventual reconciliation w/ the LDS church. He also discusses his views on the LDS church’s approach to public relations and war. For more on Loyd, check out his blog here.

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068: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Pt. 1 — “Flexibility”: An interview with John Kovalenko

September 28, 2007
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In part one of our series on the Spirituality of the rising LDS generation, we interview John Kovalenko — BYU student, musician, and church believer. John also discusses same sex attraction as a young, believing Mormon and BYU student.

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Audio and PowerPoint from my “Staying in the Church After a Crisis of Faith” Sunstone Workshop

August 27, 2007
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I have edited down the audio from my recent Sunstone “How to Stay in the Church After a Crisis of Faith” workshop (to remove most of the comments) and have posted it online. It’s not polished or anything, but if anyone would like a copy, please email me directly at: mormonstories@gmail.com

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New Mormon Matters Series on “Inoculating the Saints” — Featuring Kevin Barney and Blake Ostler

August 26, 2007
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For those interested in the idea of “Inoculation” with regards to LDS church members and challenging church history/doctrine, please check out part 1 of our new series on inoculation. This episode features Kevin Barney, Mike Ash and Blake Ostler. We hope you will enjoy.

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