Category: Mormon Youth

223: Motherhood on the Big Tent Side of Mormonism: Rebecca Sachiko Burton

In a frank discussion, Rebecca Sachiko Burton talks about being the mother of seven children, and how she manages parenting with wisdom and openness on the ‘Big Tent’ side of Mormonism.

222: Further Gendering the Temple Baptistry: Joanna Smith & Paula Baker

Mormon Temple policy doesn’t change a great deal from year to year, so the 14 December 2017 announcement that extends the rights of Baptistry officiation to 16-17-year-old boys was a surprise. While this might bring gasps of pleasure for the…

220: When Mormons need a Psychiatrist: Neuroplasticity, Scrupulosity, and Children Hoarding: Dr. Bill Bunn

Dr.Bill Bunn is a BYU psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent and young adult psychiatric disorders.  He joins me to discuss mental illness, the brain and neuroplasticity.  We also consider how scrupulosity and anxiety disorders present in LDS communities. Link to…

219: Growing up Tongan in Salt Lake City: Moana Uluave Hafoka

With the promise of education, social mobility and gathering in Zion, many Tongan and Samoan Mormons have made Utah their home.  But what are the challenges for Polynesians growing up in Salt Lake where wealth, church leadership, education, and opportunity…

194: Dancing Like No One’s Watching: John Bonner

John Bonner (clinical social worker, singer and grower of flowers) joins me to talk about his growth into manhood as young and gay in one of the most religiously conservative areas in the Mormon corridor.  He shares his story of…

178 & 179: The Truths About Marital Intimacy: A Critique of Wendy Nelson’s Sex Talk: Helfer-Parker and de Azevedo-Hanks

Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo-Hanks about Wendy Watson Nelson’s speech at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. Nelson’s address garnered some criticism for the unhealthy, purity-centred and confusing expectations that she constructed around sex.  She argued that…

175: A 16-Year-Old’s Questions to a Sunday School Teacher: Abel Nelson

Recently 16-Year-Old Abel Nelson of Casstleton, North Dakota was asked by his teacher to submit a list of questions that he and her other students might have about the church, its history and its doctrine.  Abel took this opportunity to send…

174: Richard Ostler: A Bishop Ministering to the Fringes of the Ward

Richard Ostler is a recently released bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward in Magna, Utah.  He reflects on his three years ministering to and seeking to be inclusive of the hundreds of young people who struggled to be fully…

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.…

153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Mormon Youth Suicide: A Discussion

In the last week the LDS community has been devastated by the suicides of several LGBT youth.  Because of the closeness of many in our community to the grieving families there has been an outpouring of anger, frustration and powerlessness at…