Category: Mormon Studies

145-147: Lynn Packer: Paul H. Dunn “Lying for the Lord”

Lynn Packer, nephew of Boyd K.  was an investigative journalist who looked closely into the claims of Paul H. Dunn and discovered there to be startling concerns, not just with his storytelling but also his financial activities.  In this three…

144: Emily Jensen & Tracy McKay-Lamb: Has Zion Fled?

Jensen and McKay have edited a collection of essays from contemporary US Mormons about the idea of Zion.  Though the idea of Zion has been reconceptualized over time from  being understood as an ideal community, to a place of refuge for…

136-137: Russ Osmond: Changing the Way We Think About Mormonism

Russ Osmond shares his unique perspective on the current cultural state of the church. Russ was adopted into the Mormon Church as a baby.  Though his behaviour  got him thrown  out of the church building as a child he has always remained…

132: Patrick Mason: Planted- Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

  “The fact is that we already have a diversity of spiritual experiences (and nonexperience) within the church; we don’t very often identify it or use language to express and validate it.  With such a strong culture of explicit and…

131: Greg Prince: Analyzing this Mormon Moment

“I don’t know the way forward yet.  I think that it’s going to be a combination of people at the top exercising their inspiration and the people at the bottom exercising their inspiration as well and somehow coming to a…

130: Jerilyn Hassell Pool: Plumbing the Depths

In this marriage of minds Jerilyn and I get down and dirty about growing up, growing down, being bad, being good, being married and messing things up, and loving and hating being a Mormon.  Its an earthy banter with a…

118-119: Mormonism through the eyes of Swedish women

Marion Fust Saeternes, Kristina Olergard Tenney and Wiktoria Heinz join me at A Thoughtful Faith to discuss the  differences between Swedish culture and Mormon culture and the invariable tension that creates.  Recorded during a week where  we are discussing and debating the…

110: Mormonism, Liberation Theology and Womanism: A conversation with Fatimah Salleh and Janan Graham

One of the most bewildering dilemmas in LDS theology is the lack of attention to social justice.  Yet born out the black experience in the US has been a compelling theology of liberation where Christianity is rooted in the experiences of…

107: Joseph Peterson – Talking Church Public Relations

LDS Church Public Relations have played a central role over the last few years in shaping Mormon public discourse and responding to institutional crises.  They have come under some criticism because of how their obvious management of church communications seems…

091: Lindsay Hansen Park – After a Year of Polygamy?

Lindsay Hansen Park is a Utah public historian and the founder and host of the podcast ‘A Year of Polygamy.’  Her interest in the practice arose out of a visceral reaction while young to the possibility of her being one day…