Liberal Mormonism II: Why I am a Liberal Mormon

John Nilsson Mormon 40 Comments

I was raised in a household of faith. My parents are believers who encouraged discussion of religion in their home. I’ve asked around and found …

Liberal Mormonism I: Diagnosis

John Nilsson curiosity, Mormon 57 Comments

Let me be clear about a few things. First, I have been diagnosed as a liberal Mormon. Second, liberal Mormonism has been discussed before in …

My Top Ten Cultural Sins, or Why I Don’t Mark My Scriptures

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10. I don’t mark my scriptures. The last time I did was 12 years ago and it was to make it easier to find the …

The Church and the BSA: part 1

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In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will celebrate its Centennial anniversary. In 2012, the Church will celebrate its centennial contract with the BSA. …

What Do Joseph Smith and Gladys Knight Have in Common?

John Nilsson Culture, feminism, gay, mormon, new order mormon, orthodox, politics 23 Comments

When I was a kid in Southern California, it was obvious to me that there were two kinds of people in the world: Mormons and …

“It’s More Than a Religion”: Mormonism as Family

John Nilsson Culture, Mormons 14 Comments

Story 1 From p. 102 of An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown: (Brown addressing a group of 75 LDS servicemen during World …

WWJB: What Would Jesus Blog?

Andrew curiosity, Mormon, questioning, thought 45 Comments

It’s been a few months since I first came out to my family and friends. I’d been living a secret double life for too long, …

Mormon Superheroes

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  Dr. Deseret is the sovereign State of Deseret’s official superhero and defender. She takes performance-enhancing drugs to ensure her fighting prowess. She is part …

Passage to Zarahemla: An Interview With Chris Heimerdinger

KC Kern cinema, Culture, Mormon 10 Comments

Anyone who has ever set foot in Deseret Book should recognize the name Chris Heimerdinger. His signature novel, “Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites,” was the …

Mothers

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This post was by Chris W.  Our 1 year old has had a stomach bug the last couple of days – lots of laundry + …

Snack Time

Lisa Ray Turner Mormon 10 Comments

My favorite time in the nursery was snack time. Oh, it’s not what you might think. I didn’t love snack time because I could snitch …

Yet Another John

John Nilsson Mormon 10 Comments

I don’t know what the prevalence of the name John on Mormon Matters says about this site or our parents’ predilection for monosyllabic British boy’s …

Episode 020: An Analysis of Mitt Romney’s ” Faith in America ” Speech Pt. 2

John Dehlin LDS, mitt, mormon, Mormons, politics, romney 4 Comments

In Part 2 of this series, review the “Mormon angle” of Mitt Romney’s much anticipated religion speech entitled ” Faith in America “, delivered on …

Episode 019: An Analysis of Mitt Romney’s ” Faith in America ” Speech Pt. 1

John Dehlin LDS, mitt, mormon, Mormons, politics, romney 10 Comments

In this episode, we review Mitt Romney’s much anticipated religion speech entitled ” Faith in America “, delivered on December 6, 2007. Panelists include: John …

Audio Replay / Podcast of Mitt Romney’s ” Faith in America ” Speech

John Dehlin LDS, mitt, mormon, Mormons, politics, romney 5 Comments

This is a replay / podcast of Mitt Romney’s ” Faith in America” Speech.

Episode 18: Same-Sex Marriage and Mormonism

John Dehlin gay, homosexuality, LDS, marriage, mormon, Mormons 35 Comments

In this episode J. Nelson-Seawright, John Hamer, David King Landrith and Rosalynde Welch discuss same-sex marriage within Mormonism.

Episode 17: Book of Mormon Introduction, Lamanites and Native Americans

John Dehlin book of mormon, faith, historicity, lamanites, LDS, mormon, Mormons 72 Comments

Recently, the LDS Church made a change to the introduction page of the Book of Mormon that has garnered much press. The change seems to …

Episode 16: The International Church

John Dehlin international, LDS, mormon, Mormons 42 Comments

Today Ronan James Head, J. Nelson-Seawright and John Fowles discuss issues surrounding the international nature of the LDS Church.

Episode 15: Inoculating the Saints — Listener Feedback

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Today Eric Soderlund (Equality) and Mayan Elephant join John Hamer, Ann Porter and I discussing their reactions to our “Inoculating the Saints” discussions. A big …

Episode 14: Our Discussion on Inoculating the Saints Pt. 2

John Dehlin apologetics, faith, history, LDS, mormon, Mormons, testimony, thought 14 Comments

In part 2 of this episode David King Landrith, Blake Ostler, John Hamer and I discuss the recent Sunstone panel entitled, “Inoculating the Saints”. A …

Episode 13: Our Discussion on Inoculating the Saints Pt. 1

John Dehlin apologetics, faith, history, LDS, mormon, Mormons, testimony 25 Comments

In this episode David King Landrith, Blake Ostler, John Hamer and I discuss the recent Sunstone panel entitled, “Inoculating the Saints”. A big thanks, as …

Episode 12: Inoculating the Saints (with Kevin Barney, Blake Ostler and Mike Ash)

John Dehlin apologetics, faith, history, LDS, mormon, Mormons, tesimony

With this episode we begin a 3-part series dealing with the idea of “Inoculating the Saints.” This first episode hails from the 2007 Salt Lake …

Episode 11: Our Favorite Books on Mormonism

John Dehlin books, history, joseph, LDS, Mormon, Mormons, smith 33 Comments

In today’s episode, J. Nelson-Seawright, David King Landrith and I discuss our favorite books on mormonism (listed below). J. Nelson-Seawright’s Recommendations D. Michael Quinn: The …

Episode 9: Big Love and Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy Part 1

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Today’s episode is on HBO’s “Big Love” and Mormon Fundamentalist polygamy. Panelists include: John Hamer, Ann Porter, Tom Grover and host John Dehlin. Extra Readings …

Episode 8: A Review of “States of Grace” and “Orthodox Paradox”

John Dehlin cinema, dutcher, faith, LDS, mormon, Mormons, movies, orthodox 4 Comments

In this episode we are excited to have Rosalynde Welch as our producer/moderator!!! The 2 main topics are: A review of Richard Dutcher’s “States of …

Episode 7 Part 2: Equal Partnering and “Presiding” in LDS Marriages and Raising Gay LDS Children

John Dehlin homosexuality, LDS, marriage, mormon, Mormons 30 Comments

In this follow-on episode, we discuss equal partnering and “presiding” in LDS marriages and raising gay LDS children. Panelists include: Ann Porter David King Landrith …

Episode 7 Part 1: The Other “One True Church” and the Obama/Mitt Romney Scuttle over Sex Education

John Dehlin catholicism, faith, LDS, mitt, mitt romney, mormon, Mormons, religion 5 Comments

In part 1 of this episode, we discuss: The Pope’s recent statement that says, “other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and …

Episode 6: LDS Church Finances and the “Approaching Mormon History” Press Release

John Dehlin faith, history, LDS, mormon, Mormons 33 Comments

In today’s episode we are joined by 2 of our fabulously wonderful regular panelists: Ann Porter and John Hamer. In addition, we are delighted to …

Episode 5: Mormon Feminism, Women, and Claudia Bushman Part 2

John Dehlin feminism, history, LDS, mitt, mitt romney, mormon, Mormons, romney 3 Comments

A continuation from Episode 4. Thanks again to Dr. Bushman, Taryn and Rosalynde!!!! And of course, to hear more of (and to purchase!!!) the wonderful …

Episode 4: Mormon Feminism, Women, and Claudia Bushman Part 1

John Dehlin feminism, LDS, mitt, mitt romney, mormon, Mormons, romney, women 16 Comments

Today we release part 1 of a 2-part conversation reviewing the recent Mormon Stories series on Women in the LDS Church (Part 1, Part 2, …

Problems Downloading

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Several people are having problems downloading this podcast (either it doesn’t download, or it only downloads a portion). Please, please, please help us troubleshoot. If …