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Mormon Stories is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

Mormon Stories - LDS Dr. John Dehlin

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.4 • 66 Ratings

Mormon Stories is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

    1427: Rod Decker’s Life as a Utah Political Reporter

    1427: Rod Decker’s Life as a Utah Political Reporter

    Join me today as I sit down with a living legend, Rod Decker, who has gained great prominence in Utah over the past 50 years as a journalist, columnist, and reporter for KUTV Channel 2 news. An observer of Utah politics from an early age, Decker has a truly unique perspective on Utah culture, faith, and politics, and I could not be more honored to have him as a guest on Mormon Stories Podcast.
    Rod Decker's most recent publication, "Utah Politics: The Elephant in the Room" can be purchased here.
     

    • 4 hrs 25 min
    1426: Natasha Helfer Excommunication Debrief

    1426: Natasha Helfer Excommunication Debrief

    Marriage, Family, & Sex therapist, Natasha Helfer, hosts this special edition of Mormon Stories Podcast with John & Margi Dehlin, as they discuss the aftermath of Natasha's trial for apostasy and excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    • 2 hrs 55 min
    1425: A Mormon Seminary Teacher Loses His Faith - Marc Oslund Pt. 3

    1425: A Mormon Seminary Teacher Loses His Faith - Marc Oslund Pt. 3

    Join us now for Part 3 of what many are calling a truly groundbreaking Mormon Stories Podcast series - my interview with teen convert, former All-American athlete, and former Mormon seminary teacher and CES employee Marc Oslund.
    In today's episode Marc shares with us:
    An insider's view of how the Mormon church began realizing that it was hemorrhaging its youth and young adults, and how the church has experimented in seminary/institute/CES with both "inoculation" and "avoidance" when confronting its long-denied problematic history. How the Mormon church relied on Terryl Givens and other progressive Mormons to help re-train Mormon CES employees, the backlash that ensued from orthodox instructors and managers, and how the Mormon church worked hard to simultaneously distance itself from Terryl Givens' teachings. An observation that Mormon apostles no longer act as guardians of doctrine and theology, and how they have now "outsourced" that work to progressive theologians like Terryl Givens and others, in part so that they can maintain plausible deniability. Marc's transition from an orthodox Mormon to a progressive/liberal (Terryl Givens)-type Mormon as a Mormon seminary teacher, in response to the training the church provided him, and how that ultimately undermined his own career in CES. How Marc was ultimately and literally pushed out of CES for explicitly following the advice of Mormon apostles like Elder Ballard to openly discuss the problematic issues. How the CES System continues to promote orthodox leaders in spite of its lip service to promoting openness and tolerance for diversity. You will not regret the length and depth of this interview.

    • 3 hrs 6 min
    1424: The Life of a Mormon Seminary Teacher - Marc Oslund Pt. 2

    1424: The Life of a Mormon Seminary Teacher - Marc Oslund Pt. 2

    Join us today as we continue with part two of our three-part interview with former baseball player and LDS seminary teacher, Marc Oslund. Fascinating for so many reasons, I believe this is one of the most important Mormon Stories Podcast episodes I've ever released.
    Marc was a heavily recruited high school baseball and football player in the L.A., California area. He converted to the Mormon church as a teen. He was drafted to the baseball Major Leagues three different times, and turned down those offers to go on an LDS mission and to BYU. He was an all-American baseball player at BYU. He served an LDS mission where he was often racked with guilt and shame - almost sent home for it. When his baseball career ended (due to post-mission injuries), he became a Mormon CES seminary teacher, and served from around 2013 to 2019 - while the Mormon church was trying to become more open/honest about its history, and deal with public activists like Kate Kelly, myself, Sam Young, Jeremy Runnells, etc. Even though he constantly had doubts/questions/concerns, his position as a seminary teacher caused major rifts in his marriage when his wife expressed occasional doubts, specifically about the Mormon temple ceremony. Marc became a liberal/progressive/Givens Mormon while a seminary teacher - but was punished by CES for his progressive stances. Marc ultimately lost his orthodox Mormon faith as a seminary teacher, and was pressured to quit his job. In part 2 of his story, we will hear about Marc's experience working for the Church Educational System as a seminary teacher, his attempts to be open with students about church doctrines, and why he eventually began to question the leadership of the LDS church - all while working within the CES program.

    • 4 hrs 18 min
    1423: Giving up Major League Baseball for Mormonism - Marc Oslund

    1423: Giving up Major League Baseball for Mormonism - Marc Oslund

    Join us today as we kick off our three-part interview with former baseball player and LDS seminary teacher, Marc Oslund. Fascinating for so many reasons, I believe this is one of the most important Mormon Stories Podcast episodes I've ever released.
    Marc was a heavily recruited high school baseball and football player in the L.A., California area. He converted to the Mormon church as a teen. He was drafted to the baseball Major Leagues three different times, and turned down those offers to go on an LDS mission and to BYU. He was an all-American baseball player at BYU. He served an LDS mission where he was often racked with guilt and shame - almost sent home for it. When his baseball career ended (due to post-mission injuries), he became a Mormon CES seminary teacher, and served from around 2013 to 2019 - while the Mormon church was trying to become more open/honest about its history, and deal with public activists like Kate Kelly, myself, Sam Young, Jeremy Runnells, etc. Even though he constantly had doubts/questions/concerns, his position as a seminary teacher caused major rifts in his marriage when his wife expressed occasional doubts, specifically about the Mormon temple ceremony. Marc became a liberal/progressive/Givens Mormon while a seminary teacher - but was punished by CES for his progressive stances. Marc ultimately lost his orthodox Mormon faith as a seminary teacher, and was pressured to quit his job. In part 1 of this incredible story, Marc talks about his upbringing in LA, his conversion to Mormonism, and why he gave up multiple opportunities to play major-league baseball in order to pursue a career in the Church Education System.
    This is a long one...probably deserves its own podcast...but it's really, really important. I hope you enjoy.

    • 3 hrs 23 min
    1422: The 2021 Mormon Purge Continues: TikTokkers Neesha and Kyle Brost

    1422: The 2021 Mormon Purge Continues: TikTokkers Neesha and Kyle Brost

    As the COVID pandemic begins to slow in Spring of 2021, we are seeing a surge in vocal Mormon church members being summoned to disciplinary councils for excommunication on the charges of apostasy. Last week Natasha Helfer was excommunicated from the Mormon church for nothing less than advocating for ethical mental health and sexuality. Today we interview Neesha and Kyle Brost, who were recently threatened with excommunication by their Mormon leaders for posting videos to their very popular TikTok channel.
    This is Neesha and Kyle's Mormon Story

    • 5 hrs 1 min

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Absolutely fantastic source of religious neutrality

Thank you to John and all those who help make this Podcast a reality.

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Not even Mormon and I love it

Super interesting! Covers the history and theology of Mormonism and tells the stories of Mormons all along the belief spectrum. Very cool, I highly recommend this podcast.

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Also on YouTube

I’ve been watching this podcast on YouTube and only recently found out its available as an audio podcast on iTunes. This will be great for my commutes!

Finding out some of the historical stories makes for a fascinating look into the magical world view of the period.

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