We are faithful Latter-day Saints who believe in using our intellect, gifts, and agency to be responsible citizens in our communities and to lift our brothers and sisters worldwide.We are thoughtful and prayerful in what we do and say.We believe in lifting others, in expanding civil conversation, and in taking action with worthy causes.
Climate Change with Christi Leman
I think this Summer and the past year have really opened so many of our eyes as to what climate change and the warming of our planet can really do and is currently doing. Fires burning throughout the Western United States have left a smokey haze over the mountains in my region here in Utah. We are in our second year of incredible drought, while at the same time having 25 year flooding storms happen within a couple weeks of each other here in my city. And we are only beginning to feel the effects. While attending a political event at my sister-in-law Camie Hodlmair’s house for a fantastic Senatorial Candidate Becky Edwards, I struck up a conversation with 2 women who advocate for policies that reverse the effects of Climate Change. This week I got the chance to speak with Christi Leman who works with Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s (MWEG)’s Environmental Advocacy. Christi made it clear that she is not representing MWEG and what she said here is her own. It was such a fantastic conversation.
Remember 9-11 20 Years Later
We can’t go back and change the beginning. But we can start where we are and change the ending. - CS Lewis.
What if we did go back to learn from our mistakes in the aftermath of 9/11? What if instead of endless wars, we focused our energy elsewhere? And what should we do from today?
This episode explores these things and more.
Season 2 Wrap-up
This episode our host Matt Gardner talks with the Latter-day Saints in Action Board of Directors to discuss the last season and some ideas of where we are headed from here.
Conserving Western Water
A good number of our listeners are from the Intermountain West where we are experiencing incredible drought. The Vice-President of our Latter-day Saints in Action non profit, Kristin Hilman, has a brother (Rob Sowby) and father (Steve Sowby) who work in water engineering and conservation. I got to chat with them about some things we as individuals can do and what is being done collectively to alleviate our water shortages.
With the planet continuing to heat up and weather systems changing, it is important for us to know how to prepare for the future.
A Multi-racial Family
On our podcast, through our book club, and our Facebook and Instagram posts, we’ve really focused our efforts and energy on following President Nelson’s plea for us to lead out in racial justice. This week I got the chance to speak with a woman named Darci who lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah. She has adopted children of different races and talked to me about what it has been like raising them in a very White part of the country. As you listen, I hope you feel the importance of speaking and educating our children around race. After the conversation was over, Darci and I talked about ways we can help educate our children. One of my favorite resources on how to teach children about race and racial justice is a podcast called First Name Basis hosted by Jasmine Bradshaw. Feel free to look it up and take a listen there.
Courageous Conversations with Vilo Westwood
I love hearing about different ways that Latter-day Saints are pitching in and making a difference in our communities. In this podcast we’ve talked a lot about race relations and how our Prophet has called on us to lead out in racial justice. Elisabeth Westwood, our book club charwoman, talked to me about her mother who is doing just that. In the Columbus Ohio area where she lives, Vilo Westwood joined a group called Courageous Conversations. The group is full of women like Vilo who want to build a dialogue so that we can build a greater bridge of understanding. One of my favorite things Vilo said was, “If you can say Black lives matter is Marxist, then you don't have to pay attention to what they're saying - you've de-legitimized it, at least in your mind.”
I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. I hope you feel inspired to create more courageous conversations in your own lives.
Short, interesting, insightful, compassionate, action-oriented
I love the new brand Latter-day Saints in Action. The group works hard to do actionable things to uplift others. The podcast is well done, well planned, and timely.
Welcome back Belmano family
I used to be a devout listener of Latter-day Left and I felt deeply happy to know that you are back to the podcast universe
Great inspiration for doing good
This podcast is a great inspiration for taking action to improve our communities. It's geared towards members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but has ideas that anyone can use. Matt discusses ideas and interviews others. This is a new podcast, and I'm excited to see it grow and develop!