Category: Mormon Stories

185: Growing the Narrative and Speaking with Candor: Richard Bushman

Professor Richard Bushman’s contribution to contemporary Mormon Studies cannot be overstated.  In this interview we discuss the need for a refreshed understanding of the idea of the ‘translation’ of the Book of Mormon; the imperative for a more supple Mormon conversation, and  the urgency…

176: In Faithful Defiance: Peter Bleakley

Peter Bleakley has had an intriguing journey in Mormonism.  Born at BYU to British parents he grew up in England loving Mormon theology and enjoying an early life in the church that he treasures. Of late he’s less pleased with…

172: When Young Mormons Question: Isabella Parker

When 17-year-old Isabella Parker was a Mia Maid she submitted a profile to Ordain Women because she noticed gender inequality in the church.  She had also  joined her school’s Gay Straight Alliance Club and was very active in social advocacy.…

165: Elise Boxer: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sacred Work of Environmental Protection

Dr Elise Boxer (Oceti Sakowin) joins me to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline.  She provides the context for the issue and explains what is at the centre of the protest at Standing Rock including the environmental and cultural consequences should the…

163: Mormon and Gay: A Response to the New LDS Website

In late October 2016 and after  a two year development phase the Mormon and Gay website was launched at LDS.org.  Previously ‘Mormons and Gays’ was the go to place to get a sense of the church’s position on homosexuality –…

162: Suzy Benson Gillies: After the Shelf Broke – Divorce, Transition and Rediscovering Self

For Suzy Benson Gillies everything about her Mormon life seemed perfect and right.  Her family was ‘that’ family.  Stable, happy and devout.  When a belief crisis struck their family everything that gave her meaning and confidence collapsed.  She found herself negotiating…

160 & 161: Carol Lynn Pearson: The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy with Lindsay Hansen Park and Gina Colvin

Join Gina and Lindsay Hansen Park (From a Year of Polygamy)  in this two part conversation with Carol Lynn Pearson, author of ‘The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy:  Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men.’      …

158: Bryndis Roberts: Awakening the Mother God

A while ago Bryndis Roberts was removed as her ward Relief Society President in Atlanta Georgia and she  recently lost her treasured temple recommend for her support and leadership of  Ordain Women.  While this move by her local leaders was…

155: Liz Johnson: The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project

The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project is based at Claremont Graduate University and seeks to build an archive of ordinary Mormon women’s stories.  Claudia Bushman – the founder of the project states: “If we want to live forever in the…

154: The Church as a Cultural Misfit: The Scottish Case

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In this episode I am joined by G. Campbell McNaughton, Roy Hann and Nathan McCluskey.  Together we discuss American Mormon cultural imperialism and its effects on the Scottish church (with the occasional nod to the New Zealand situation). We originally gathered…