Category: Mormon History

295: The Beginning and End of Church College of New Zealand: Witehira & Puriri

Church College of New Zealand, which was opened in 1958, had a short life by education standards.  For 52 years it served the mostly Māori Mormon LDS community.  But, in a swirl of confusion, it was finally closed in 2009…

289: Section 132: Read In Plain English by Gina Colvin

Section 132 was Joseph Smith’s revelation that provided the theological justification that allowed select men of the early LDS restoration to have sex with more than one authorized partner. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, section 132…

279: Finding the Divine and Community Again: John Hamer

John Hamer comes from a family who has long been a part of the Latter-day Saint movement.  Once a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, today, John pastors a bustling downtown Toronto Community of Christ congregation. …

260: Reckoning with the Corruption of Brother Joseph: Andrew Bolton

Few institutions are more equipped to peek in on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with more understanding, sympathy and even critique than the Community of Christ.  They too have been dealing with the same history with which…

250: Living Honestly with Mormonism’s Past and Present: Brian Whitney

Brian and Gina discuss the complexity of the experience of Mormonism when confronted with eyes wide open to both its past, its present and its changing contexts.   Brians’ Website:  Mormonism in Context  

249: In the Restoration’s Cross-currents: Kirtland and its Legacy: Tom Kimball

Kirtland is a singular place in the history of the LDS movement.    The Kirtland Temple once stood as a symbol of a faith that shattered and splintered upon Joseph Smith’s death.   Now it’s a powerful symbol of a shared…

248: What happened to the Cross?: Michael Reed on Free Masonry, Roman Catholics and Mormonism’s perplexing relationship with the Cross

Mormons don’t have a robust theology of the cross.  They are more inclined to say that, ‘We celebrate the Living Christ, not the death of Christ’.  Though Mormons claim to be Christian this defining sign of Christianity is missing, while…

230: Race and the Making of The Mormon People: Max Mueller

How racist was Joseph Smith?  Can the LDS Church really claim Jane Manning James as an example of Joseph Smith’s progressive ideals?  There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Joseph Smith had a theological imagination for Indigenous Americans, but what…

226 & 227: Prophets and Prophecy from the outside and the inside: Rev’d Megan Herles-Mooar & Chris Kimball

With all of the chatter happening in Mormon circles about Prophets, Apostles and Presidents I talk to two people about prophets and prophecy. In Episode 226, Rev’d Megan Herles-Mooar, an Anglican priest and theologian talks about Walter Brueggemann’s ‘The Prophetic Imagination’…

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…