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 …

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, …

207: A White Supremacist Church No More?: Moroni Benally

On August 15, 2017 the LDS church issued the following statement: “White supremacist attitudes are morally wrong and sinful, and we condemn them. Church members who promote or pursue a “white culture” or white supremacy …

203: Still on the Pews: A Heart to Heart: Gina Colvin and Bill Reel

Gina Colvin and Bill Reel (host of the popular podcast Mormon Discussions)  get together for a chat about what it takes to still be engaged in the LDS Church when so many of their friends …

199: Global Mormonism: Lindy Yamamoto and Robert Slaven – Sleeping Next to an Elephant (Canada)

Too often the unique cultural identity of Canadian Mormonism gets lost in the noise of their neighbours to the South.  In 1977 Canadian author Margaret Atwood, said of the United States: “About the only position, …

198: Global Mormonism: Chantal Muller-Mukamurera – Living Graciously with Change (Rwanda & Germany)

Chantal Mukamurera is Rwandan.  She was born in Burundi, raised in Rwanda and grew up in Germany where she joined the LDS Church and married.  She’s been Catholic, Mormon and is now preparing for the …

196 & 197: Global Mormonism: Azul Uribe – What Does Belonging Mean? (A Bicultural US Mexican Deportee)

When Azul Uribe was 11 years old she was sent from Mexico to live with her Grandmother in the US.  She lived there for 15 years when she tragically discovered that she was undocumented.  After …

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. …

192: Kava, Culture, Indigeneity and Mormonism: Daniel Hernandez

How do Indigenous folk manage the White Wasatch American cultural capture of Mormonism? Daniel Hernandez, PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland, is an Urban Diasporic Mayan but grew up in Rose Park, Salt Lake …

190: On the Erasure of Native Americans from the Book of Mormon Conversation: Thomas Murphy

The Book of Mormon has been claimed by the LDS Church to be a history of Native Americans. While this proposition has been scaled back over the years it’s still somewhat present in a literalist …