Mormon Stories is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.
1386: The Miracle of Forgiveness: Why It Should Be Removed From Desert Book, and How You Can Help
In my opinion, one of the most damaging books ever published by the Mormon Church is Spencer W. Kimball’s “The Miracle of Forgiveness.” Among other things, this book teaches that:
No young Mormon man or woman is worthy to go on a mission if they m********e. Masturbation alone leads to masturbation with others, which leads to “homosexuality.” Being gay or lesbian is “ugly,” “repugnant,” and comparable to a disease. “Homosexuality” leads to bestiality. “Homosexuality” can be easily “cured.” People who have pre-marital sex, and even rape victims, are “blighted” and “scarred.” It is far better to die than to lose one’s “virtue.” Death by suicide is a sign of foolishness, faithlessness and/or weakness and/or sin. To be clear, this book is currently sold at Deseret Book, and remains on the book shelves of hundreds of thousands of Mormons across the world.
In this short presentation, I offer my brief argument for why I believe that “The Miracle of Forgiveness” should be removed from Deseret Book, and I let listeners and viewers know what they can do to help. I also share my thoughts on what the Mormon Church can do to help “atone” for selling this damaging book for several decades.
How You Can Help:
Share this Presentation. Email Deseret Book: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Call Deseret Book 1-800-453-4532 (Toll-Free US and Canada) 1-801-517-3369 (International) Speak to any influencers you know. Do what you can to remove this book from the access of people who might be vulnerable (book shelves, etc.). Please share with me/us what you did, and the reactions. Remember the date: 1/18/2021. Monitor deseretbook.com for when they take the book down. I will throw a party when it’s gone (likely this summer post-COVID) P.S. This is a re-recording to make the video less “ranty,” and to remove the discussion of book bans and book burnings, which is not useful. HUGE thanks to everyone who gave feedback on this. I always want to be a constructive voice.
1385: The Legal Case for Mormon Church Fraud - Gaddy vs. The LDS Church
Please join me and Radio Free Mormon for a discussion of “Laura A. Gaddy vs. the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” – a class action lawsuit currently before the United States District Court for the District of Utah, with Robert J. Shelby as the Presiding Judge.
The main purpose of the case is as follows: “The case seeks certification as a class action based upon the large number of former Mormons who have been deceived by Defendant COP’s fraud, as a result of the Mormon Corporate Empire’s longstanding coordinated lies and material omissions about its history as well as lies about its use of tithing donations and how it would use that tithing in the future.”
Two of the main documents central to the case can be found here (for your review):
Gaddy v. LDS MDO Granting Defendants Motion to Dismiss Gaddy v. LDS Amended Complaint Gaddy vs. LDS Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint Click here to contact Kay Burningham (the attorney on this case), or to follow this case.
Financial donations to support the past and ongoing expenses for the case can be made here.
P.S. One primary motivator for this episode is to fundraise for Radio Free Mormon so that he can be supported in his podcasting efforts, and so that we can keep him around for a very long time. Please click here to become a monthly donor to Radio Free Mormon.
1384: How Mormon Stories Podcast Helped Our Family Heal
In a recent video released by paid actors supported by FAIRMormon and the More Good Foundation, Kwaku El, Brad Witbeck, and Cardon Ellis make the claim that I and Mormon Stories (and Jeremy Runnells) are intentionally "homewrecking for profit" with the work we do.
In an attempt to combat this hurtful claim, I reached out to our amazing Mormon Stories Listeners, requesting your help by sharing if/how Mormon Stories Podcast has helped your family. I have been deeply honored and humbled by the overwhelming support we have received, and would like to personally thank each one of you that were brave enough to share your own “Mormon Story” with me.
Mormon Stories podcast seeks to understand, explore, challenge, and improve the Mormon experience through stories, and has never had the intention of harming families in any way. In fact, we strive to support and mend family relationships by promoting healthy communication skills and unconditional love.
The primary objectives of Mormon Stories podcast include:
Providing support to Mormons who are transitioning away from either orthodox Mormonism, or from Mormonism altogether, with a particular emphasis on: Minimizing the anxiety, depression, and occasional suicidality that can accompany a transition away from religious orthodoxy. Reducing the number of unnecessary divorces attributable to Mormon faith crises. Creating a community of support for liberal/progressive and post-Mormons. Building greater awareness regarding accurate LDS/Mormon church history, doctrine, and theology – so that both active, believing Mormons and investigators of the church can make informed decisions regarding their investment in, and engagement with the church. Identifying opportunities for growth/improvement within the LDS church, and within broader Mormon culture. Mormon Stories Podcast by no means benefits from the destruction of families, and we are saddened to see our community mis-represented in this way. It is my hope that the personal accounts represented in this video will be evidence of how Mormon Stories has actually benefited the lives of our listeners, and lay to rest the claim that Jeremy Runnells and myself have ever participated in “homewrecking for profit.”
1383: Liz and Ray Interview John Dehlin (2021)
Recently two friends of mine (Liz Cannon and Ray Purcell) asked to interview me about my role and experiences over the past 20 years trying to support people experiencing a Mormon faith crisis.
This is our interview.
Note: This interview is not a "typical" Mormon Stories Podcast interview, in that it warrants a PG-13 "rating" due to some adult language and topics in the interview. Listener and viewer discretion is advised.
I hope you enjoy.
1382: How Mormonism Groomed us For, and Can Help Save us From Trumpism / Fascism
My reaction to yesterday's riot at the U.S. Capitol (January 6, 2021).
1381: Belief After the CES Letter Pt. 5 - A Passionate Q&A with Jim Bennett
Jim Bennett is the author of "A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter." He is also the son of the late Utah U.S. Senator Bob Bennett.
In Part 5 of a multi-part series with Jim, I bring to Jim listener/viewer questions, along with several questions/observations of my own, into a passionate, 4 hour final conversation.
If you were frustrated that I gave Jim "a pass" in the previous episodes, you may be more satisfied with this episode.