21 episodes

Get help answering some of life’s most challenging questions with Let’s Get Real with Stephen Jones. This @scripturecentralofficial original series offers practical insights and ways to navigate life’s challenges and heaviest questions through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The show covers various topics, from life skills, personal development, Church history/culture, service, and personal relationships, all through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let’s Get Real with Stephen Jones letsgetrealwithstephenjones

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 99 Ratings

Get help answering some of life’s most challenging questions with Let’s Get Real with Stephen Jones. This @scripturecentralofficial original series offers practical insights and ways to navigate life’s challenges and heaviest questions through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The show covers various topics, from life skills, personal development, Church history/culture, service, and personal relationships, all through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    From Muslim Prisoner to Latter-day Saint: Forgiveness after Family Betrayal and Imprisonment E0021

    From Muslim Prisoner to Latter-day Saint: Forgiveness after Family Betrayal and Imprisonment E0021

    How can Christ help us forgive those who have wronged us in the most egregious ways?
    As a young, Muslim girl in Iran, Shima Baughman’s mom was betrayed by a family member and sent to one of the world’s worst prisons in the middle of a war-torn country. Shima shares how her family has navigated the deep wounds of betrayal.
    Can she and her family forgive the woman who betrayed her mom?

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Church Historian: Here’s How I Approach Complex Church History - Dr. Steven C. Harper E0020

    Church Historian: Here’s How I Approach Complex Church History - Dr. Steven C. Harper E0020

    If you, or someone you love, has struggled to reconcile complex church history, join us in our conversation with Dr. Steven C Harper.
    Exploring the mystery of multiple First Vision accounts, Stephen Jones sits down with BYU Professor Dr. Steven Harper, a renowned historian and expert on Latter-day Saint history.
    They unravel the reasons behind the discrepancies and shed light on the broader implications for faith and history, guiding us toward a deeper understanding of this foundational event.
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    Credits: Hosted by Stephen Jones
    Written and Produced by Stephen Jones
    Edited and Produced by Skyler Sorensen
    “Let’s Get Real with Stephen Jones” is a Scripture Central original production.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    BYU President: "This Is the Most IMPORTANT Decision I'll Make" | Pres. Shane Reese E0019

    BYU President: "This Is the Most IMPORTANT Decision I'll Make" | Pres. Shane Reese E0019

    BYU President Shane Reese has been in his role for a year now. We had a lot of questions for him.
    Is there anything he’d do differently? What is BYU's "divinely established" mission? What's at stake if BYU doesn't fulfill its mission? What is the current student experience, and how can we improve it?
    We discuss President Reese’s hard time acclimating as a new student at BYU, what it’s like to report to General Authorities, and his hopes for the future of BYU.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Black Pioneer Slaves? LDS Grammy Winner Reconciles Painful Past in an Unexpected Way | E0018

    Black Pioneer Slaves? LDS Grammy Winner Reconciles Painful Past in an Unexpected Way | E0018

    For episode 18, I get real with Grammy Award-winning vocal director Mauli Bonner.  After uncovering controversial and lesser-known stories about Black pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mauli, feeling embarrassed about his ignorance, is inspired to become a film writer and director. His mission: To craft an enlightening film that breaks the silence. Despite facing societal hesitation to confront painful, controversial histories, Mauli aims to use the film's proceeds to fund a monument at This is the Place, transforming his newfound knowledge into a beacon of awareness and reconciliation.
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Why Curses ARE NOT About Race In Scripture | Egyptologist Dr. John Thompson E0017

    Why Curses ARE NOT About Race In Scripture | Egyptologist Dr. John Thompson E0017

    In E17 of Let's Get Real with Stephen Jones, Dr. John Thompson tackles a topic that's often misunderstood: the concept of "curses" within sacred texts, especially regarding Latter-day Saint teachings. He explains that what some might interpret as racial curses in scripture, like those mentioned in the Book of Abraham, is about something entirely different.
    John S. Thompson is an acclaimed Egyptologist with a rich background in ancient scriptures and modern religious studies, including a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thompson has dedicated his life to exploring the depths of ancient Egyptian culture and the Hebrew Bible. He has served in diverse religious communities and even participated on Harvard's executive board of university chaplains.
    The Book of Abraham, sometimes misused to support racial worldviews within Latter-day Saint history, actually discusses "curses" in terms of legal disinheritance, not racial inferiority. These "curses" imply a temporary loss of spiritual blessings or inheritance due to non-compliance with divine laws, applicable to anyone regardless of race. 
    This interpretation clarifies Joseph Smith's revelations, highlighting that divine blessings are inherited through adherence to covenantal lineage, as seen in ancient scriptures and modern practices like temple sealings. 
    Understanding these concepts helps avoid misinterpretations of sacred texts, emphasizing that spiritual disinheritance is reversible through gospel obedience. This concise understanding encourages and focuses on universal themes of redemption and the potential for all to inherit divine promises.

    • 55 min
    This FBI Investigation Proves Joseph Smith didn’t WRITE the Book of Mormon | John Hilton III E0016

    This FBI Investigation Proves Joseph Smith didn’t WRITE the Book of Mormon | John Hilton III E0016

    I sat down with Dr. John Hilton III and discussed the FBI investigation that proves Joseph Smith DIDN'T write the Book of Mormon.
    From this episode, you will learn how stylometry, the same method that unmasked the Unabomber, unveils the complex tapestry of voices within the BOM, suggesting a divine collaboration beyond Joseph Smith's capacity. You will learn of Joseph Smith's translation process, highlighting his divine gift and the remarkable efficiency with which the BOM was translated, reinforcing our appreciation for this sacred text.
    John Hilton III is an associate professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU.  Together, we explore the Book of Mormon (BOM) through the lens of stylometry and faith. With a Master's degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from BYU in Education, John brings a unique blend of academic rigor and spiritual insight to the study of the BOM, as showcased in his work, "Voices in the Book of Mormon."
    Hilton shares personal reflections and insights from applying his grandfather's research, enhancing his faith and understanding of the BOM's spiritual messages.

    • 57 min

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