18 episodes

Podcast of the Mormon History Guy, Russell Stevenson. Discussions and interviews on the history of Mormon Culture (LDS), theology, and other aspects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its inception in 1830. From Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, and all the culture in between. Topics range from discussion the Mormon position on war, grace, homosexuality, to reverence, modesty, and more. Fun, entertaining, and always informative.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.2 • 13 Ratings

Podcast of the Mormon History Guy, Russell Stevenson. Discussions and interviews on the history of Mormon Culture (LDS), theology, and other aspects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its inception in 1830. From Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, and all the culture in between. Topics range from discussion the Mormon position on war, grace, homosexuality, to reverence, modesty, and more. Fun, entertaining, and always informative.

    Podcast #17: Joseph Smith and Religious Liberty with Dr. Spencer McBride

    Podcast #17: Joseph Smith and Religious Liberty with Dr. Spencer McBride

    Is the Mormon emphasis on religious liberty rooted in anything other than the considerations of 21st-century America?  Neither fully American, Christian, nor white, Mormons found themselves at the margins of antebellum American life, compelled to advocate for their own claims to Constitutional protection when state and federal government officials failed them. In this episode, Dr. Spencer McBride discusses Joseph Smith as a champion for religious liberty and discuss how Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign reveals the difficulty faced by religious minorities. His book on Joseph Smith and the plight for religious minorities is currently under contract with Oxford University Press.

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    • 26 min
    • video
    A Family Home Evening Lesson on Martin Luther King Day

    A Family Home Evening Lesson on Martin Luther King Day

    Full disclosure: I like Martin Luther King. This shouldn’t surprise most of us. Most of us in 2017 do.  He had a vision for human rights that have since transcended the times, and I celebrate it. Dr. King worked to dismantle white power structures that defined (and, to a large extent, still do define) American […]

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    Podcast #16: The Man Who Plays Elijah-An Interview with Danor Gerald

    Podcast #16: The Man Who Plays Elijah-An Interview with Danor Gerald

    In this episode, I interview Danor Gerald, an African-American working actor in Utah commissioned to play the role of Elijah Able[s] in new official LDS Church productions. Given Ables’ position as one of a few black priesthood holders prior to the implementation of the priesthood restriction, the moves represents a marked shift towards a reckoning with a past that is anything but clean. I discuss Gerald’s work as a black actor in Utah and the significance of the Church’s move to dramatize Ables for the public eye.  A story both personal and historical, Gerald offers us an intriguing look into how the LDS Church is taking steps to present an important chapter in Mormon history heretofore left neglected in Mormonism’s public discourse.
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    • 25 min
    Podcast #15: Of One Heart and One Mind Fireside

    Podcast #15: Of One Heart and One Mind Fireside

    On March 8, Russell Stevenson, along with Blacks in the Scriptures and Northstar, sponsored a special event devoted to discussing how the LGBT/SSA/transgender and African-American communities have endeavored to uphold their faith in the face of systemic marginalization.  Participants included Nick Gregory, an active transgender Latter-day Saint, Rod Olson, an active gay Mormon living in Los Angeles, and Marvin Perkins, an African-American Latter-day Saint man and producer of Blacks in the Scriptures. You will also hear stunning musical performances from Catherine Papworth, Rashida Jordan, and Cherie Call.

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    • 2 hr 23 min
    Podcast #14: Transcending Death: Dr. Samuel M. Brown on Mormon Death Theology

    Podcast #14: Transcending Death: Dr. Samuel M. Brown on Mormon Death Theology

    In this podcast, I sit down with Dr. Samuel M. Brown, a medical doctor at the Intermountain Medical Center and a brilliant historian of death theology in Mormonism, focusing particularly on his book, In Heaven as it is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death. We discuss the distinctive contributions Mormonism made to Christianity’s understanding of death and Mormonism’s conceptualization of the Saints as a bonded “enduring community” whose friendship and ties could overcome death. Whether you’re cleaning the kitchen, taking an evening run, working the shop, or making the commute, stop by and listen to the Dr. Brown talk about how Mormonism grapples with the Terrible Questions that haunt us all.

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    • 40 min
    Podcast #13: An Interview with J.B. Haws

    Podcast #13: An Interview with J.B. Haws

    For generations, Mormons have navigated the tumultuous waters of public opinion. Whether defending themselves against charges of racism or making charming advertisements about the importance of family, Mormons have sought to be conscious about how the outside world sees them. Russell Stevenson sits down with Dr. J.B. Haws, an assistant professor of religion at Brigham Young University, to discuss his award-winning book, The Mormon Image in the American Mind: 50 Years of Public Opinion. They discuss the civil rights movement in Utah, the blowback from Mormon opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, and Mormon efforts to dodge attacks even as they hoped to disseminate a message of Jesus Christ for all who would listen. Haws’ story gives us the Mormon need for flexibility, negotiation, and principle in an age when the public eye is always watching. Stay tuned!

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    • 1 hr 41 min

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3.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Listener

Russell Stevenson does a great job with the Mormon History Guy podcast. He is extremely knowledgable about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While he comes from a background of faith, he does not hesitate to provide the listener with all the information applicable to the topics he covers - even when that information does not reflect positively on the church. He has had both believing and non-believing guests on his podcast.

No matter you background or beliefs, Mormon history is fascinating, and Mormon History Guy does a great job of informing all who are interested!

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